September 17, 2008

Fat-free Chocolate Pistachio Roll

Chocolate Pista Roll

Lately, my readers have been intimidating me! I was thinking they were being courteous when saying that they will "try it out" soon, but they are actually trying out the recipes that I put out on my blog! :p
Overall, I have received postitive feedback and that makes any blogger happy, especially for someone like me who has been blogging only for the past couple of months seriously. So, I am not complaining!

Hop back to the recipe, shall we?
This dessert is a modification on Tarla Dalal's recipe and I made it low in calories.
I could not find low-fat or fat-free khoya anywhere (if you have come across it, pls enlighten me), so I decided to make my own. Trendy aren't we?

Anyway, the rolls were so pretty to look at... the brown and the green with little specks of nuts. And what was even better was eating them.
I could eat desserts day in and day out. I have a gigantic sweet tooth, but the verdict has nothing to do with ;) I promise!

Fat-free Chocolate Pistachio Roll


For Khoya:
Mix 2 cups of fat-free Ricotta cheese with about 2.5 cups of Non-fat dry milk powder in a non stick pan on medium heat. Keep stirring every now and then till it forms a nice homogenous mass. All the water from the ricotta should be absorbed, and you will be left with a nice doughy mixture.

For the rolls:

1 cup - Fat-free khoya (Recipe above, since it is not readily available in the market)
1/4 cup - Powdered sugar
1 tsp - Cocoa powder
2 tbsp - Chopped pistachios
1/4 tsp - Vanilla essence


Cook the khoya and powdered sugar in a non-stick pan on slow flame, while stirring continuously till the sugar has dissolved and the moisture has evaporated.
This would take about ten to fifteen minutes.

Cool, add the vanilla essence and mix well. Divide into 2 equal portions.

In one portion, add the cocoa powder and mix till combined. Roll (with the help of a rolling pin) into a rectangle of 1/4" thickness and set aside. I roll it on a wax paper to prevent it from sticking.

In the other portion, add the chopped pistachios and mix well, it will turn green from the pistachios, or you could add permitted cake coloring to make it more attractive.

Make the pistachio cylinder equal to the length of the chocolate rectangle, but it should be only wide enough so that the chocolate rectangle can be wrapped around it.

Place the pistachio roll on the chocolate rectangle and wrap so that the chocolate rectangle covers the pistachio roll evenly from all sides. Seams should not be visible. If crack forms, then roll the cylinder back and forth till it becomes smooth.

Wrap the roll in a plastic sheet/wax paper and refrigerate till firm, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove the plastic sheet/wax paper and cut into 1/2" slices & serve.

I am rolling it off to :
Sangeeth's Eat Healthy - CALCIUM Rich Contest - It has more than 2 cups of Non-fat dry milk powder.
Sunshinemom's FIC Green event - For obvious reasons, being green.
Nags The Saas Bahu Aur Sensex Contest - I kind of like to think as Saas and Bahu as the two complimentary colors in the healthy dessert but they are gelled together as one. I am patting myself for that piece of impromptu-creative-bull I came up with.
You can find the movie's website here


  1. Chocolate pistachio rolls look tempting and mouthwatering.

    I have added U in my blogroll.

  2. Maybe for those MILs and DILs who don't really gel together well, we could come up with wierd colour combos like orange and pink??? Just kidding :-))
    This looks really good. Am sure it would disappear instantly if served at a party.

  3. Lovely color combination. Great idea to use ricotta cheese and milk powder in place of khova.

  4. they really look very gorgeous.. mouthwatering

  5. Hi,

    Don't be intimidated. I liked the way you created your own version of fatfree koya. Will remember this one for sure.Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for sending it to FIC, Divya!! BTW - whos the saas and whos the bahu? Its a chakravyuh:)

  7. This looks delicious! Please don't be intimidated when I say I can't wait to try making this.

  8. It is fantastic Div! Very attractive color :)

  9. Can't see the pic...will come back again

  10. Wow, I've never seen anything like that, I really want to try some (and I'm not just saying that)! But what does it taste like? Is it like a doughy cookie? or a slightly sweet roll?

  11. divya Chocolate Pistachio Roll looks great yaar and i love pista in any form.the colour looks nice.thx for sharing this lovely recipe,i will try this for my daughter

  12. haaa really mouthwatering are tempting me to try it......

  13. Looks tempting indeed!You have a lot of patience to make this at home!

  14. Hi Divya. Thanks for visiting and thus giving me the opportunity to find out about your lovely blog and lovely recipes.

  15. I got carried away and forgot to tell you how beautiful the chocolate pistacchio roll is. However there are a few questions. If I can't get dried milk, can I substitute it with something else? With only 2 tbsp of chopped pistachios do you get all this green colour or did I miss something? This is really impressive.

  16. Nick - It is somewhat doughy in texture. Somewhere between a soft cookie and a cookie dough. I guess you could sneak the peanut butter in/instead of the chocolate mixture. Hmm, that would be a whole 'nother recipe.

    Ivy - If you dont get milk powder, try heating the ricotta cheese in low heat till all the water evaporates. I have not tried this method before, but apparently it is another way of doing it. Or if you get plain khoya at any Indian/non-Indian grocery store, that would work too. It wont be non-fat though.
    About the color, the pistachios lend a nice light stain to the dough, but if you want it to be greener (for the sake of contrast), then you may try using cake food coloring as suggested in my recipe.

    Jayashree - Orange and pink seems like an interesting combination! Yeah, they work great at parties.

    Sunshinemom - You are very welcome. I am still figuring that out! :)

    Sireesha - Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. Appreciate it.

  17. Those look phenomenal! Fat free is just icing on the cake:)

  18. I am liking your blog! Fat-free dessert?! Wow! :)

  19. Divya, what a professional job with the rolls. Just lovely.

  20. rolls look sooo goodd divya

  21. The most perfect rolls I have seen!

  22. wow! that looks awesome! added u to my blogroll!
    first time to ur blog and missed it for a long while and it is toooooo good!
    do visit my blog while u find time!

  23. Rolls looking yummy and the colour is very vibrant...thanks for the lovely recipe and wonderful entry for all the events..

  24. am back to see the is such a lovely contrast of colours...

  25. Hi!!
    That's a mouthwatering recipe!! looks beautiful!!

  26. Hi,
    these rolls looks so delicious , and it reminds me of my fav sandesh , but now this is sure one of my do to list for festive season, thanks for sharing this recipes ..
    hugs and smiles

  27. Divya...These look store bought! You have got them perfectly.

  28. this looks like a professional sweet shop product .. hats off...

  29. first time here.. u have wonderful recipes and i am gonna try your pistachio roll soon...

  30. Wow! I would never have thought that something so yummy looking could be fat's a miracle!!!

  31. Very pretty and thanks for the make at home khoya recipe...

  32. divya,
    Those rolls look so perfect, with chocolate in them I gotta try these (i really mean it :)),I'll you know when i do :).

  33. Oh my god,this is just fantastic,nice way to make khoya,Now I remember I saw it in Tarla dalals but just couldn't think of khoya.Great,I always love the pista colour.

  34. woooow....
    I have been in chocolate heaven for sometime sitting in ur blog....pls give me some wen u cook next time:)....i kept browsing in tangerines kitchen and reached ur blog.U've got mouth watering recipes....Im definitely coming back to a chocolate lovers heaven!

  35. Thanks for visiting my blog :)I really loved your blog! And obviously the choco pistachio roll! Have bookmarked it :)Happy blogging!! Will be back for more :)

  36. Hello Divya,

    How have you been? I got back to blog-reading/cooking after a while now. I tried these rolls for my hubby on Fathers Day and they generally turned out fine. I just felt that the khoya turned out a little dry. Would you happen to know what could have fixed it? Or are the rolls a little dry while eating generally?

    Apart from that, the taste was heavenly :-)


  37. HiDivya,
    Nice one Divya .... bought khova from frozen section
    so would like to give a try for this recipe let me know if thats ok ? if i plan to do in advance how many days it would last pls let me know at the earliest

    1. San, yes you may use frozen Khova. But you might want to thaw (bring it to room temperature) first before adding it to the pan along with the sugar. Hope this helps! Happy cooking


Thank you for taking the time to comment on this post. I will try to respond to queries as soon as I can. If I miss anything that needs to be addressed... please feel free to ping me again.
Happy cooking/baking or whatever it is you are doing in the kitchen! :)