Low calorie healthy Tapioca Pudding Recipe
I have to accept. I am officially freaked out. Freaked out at the insane speed of time breezing past me. I mean is it time already to post yet another theme of FSB? We have completed  4 themes and are only raring to get ourselves challenged some more. This month's theme was a brainchild of dearest Lata of Flavours and Tastes fame. We had to pick out a number from 1-12 where each number corresponded to an mystery ingredient out of which we had to make a dessert.  I picked out my favorite number that turned out to be Tapioca. I was glad having never cooked with it before. It has been in my list of ingredient to try but well it somehow got replaced with some other list  until Lata bought me back to my original list of to-do's.
Low calorie healthy Tapioca Pudding Recipe
Having never tried my hand with it before, I intended to dive into it right away. But life had other plans and just 10 days before the posting date I got a rude awakening about the deadline. I had completely forgotten about it and went to the shop the very same day to get some tapioca. I was greeted with tapioca of different shapes and not having done my home work I was not sure which one to buy. I closed my eyes and picked the first one that my hand touched :) The large pearl tapioca looked at me. I planned to try out few recipes so that I get  a feel for the ingredient. But I finally got around to make something only yesterday. Not having any idea, I thought the best thing to do was start at the basics. Low calorie healthy Tapioca Pudding Recipe The Changes I Made :  I used the recipe provided in the packet itself and adapted it to make it eggless. I used cornstarch to thicken my pudding and used 2% milk instead of whole milk. The chocolate chips that I had on hand were semi sweet and hence went for the same. The pudding was deliciously creamy and velvety. Its mildly sweet and was a hearty (and a guilt free) treat. Can you see the texture of the pudding? I had a tough time trying to make this chocolate dessert look as good as it did in my serving cup. I seriously developed photographic insecurity at the amount of time I was taking to get this picture right. 45 minutes for one final pic?? Na - that's so not me. My love for photography extends only up to the point where I can show the food the way it was on my plate. Hope I managed to get that across :)
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • Yields: Makes 6-8 Servings
  • 1/2 cup Large Pearl Tapioca (see Tips)
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips
  • Raspberries, Mint and powdered Sugar to garnish (optional)
Tapioca and Sago (sabudana) technically are not the same thing. Tapioca is a starch from the "cassava plant/root" which is a tuber (has more fiber with little nutritional value) whereas Sago is a starch that comes from the "sago palm" trees (pure carbohydrates). But they are processed in a similar fashion and are available in the "pearl" form. They can be used interchangeably in the recipes.
1. In a bowl, soak the tapioca in 2 cups of room temperature water overnight.
2. Drain Water and set aside.
3. In a double boiler, heat the milk just until no longer cold.
4. Add salt and tapioca.
5. Continue heating until small bubbles appear at sides of the pan. Cover, turn heat to very low and cook for 1 hour. Make sure that the milk mixture does not simmer or boil
6. This is how my mixture looked at 30 minutes.
7. Add the sugar and give it a quick stir. Cover and continue cooking for about 15 minutes
8. Mix the cornstarch with water until dissolved.
9. Add it to the tapioca mixture and stir.
10. Cover and continue cooking until very thick - another 15 minutes.
11. Stir in the vanilla. Mix and cook for 1 min and switch off the flame/heat.
12. Add the chocolate chips
13. Fold it into the tapioca and give it a stir
14. until it is completely blended well into the mixture.
Serve this warm or cold. You can garnish it with raspberries and mint. Low calorie healthy Tapioca Pudding Recipe Or even some powdered sugar for the people with sweet tooth. Low calorie healthy Tapioca Pudding Recipe

Recipe Reference

recipe adapted from tapioca packet instructions

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By Jola on Aug 28, 2012

Does this recipe come from Asia?

Many cultures have Tapioca pudding, so I have no idea of its origin --DK

By Apeksha on Apr 11, 2012

aha...this is sago kheer, with a little addition...thanks for the recipe.

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By Sam @ H.V.R on Aug 8, 2011

Another healthy chocolate treat for me! I like tapioca but I only have a few recipes, so thanks for sharing! :)

By Madhuri Kumar on Aug 2, 2011

You had me at 'chocolate' in the title of the post. After that, the chocoholic in me just got jump-started and my mind refused to pay attention to anything else. And the rasberries paired with the chocolate = total food porn moment! :-P

By Anu on Aug 2, 2011

I was reading up until you added the chocolate chips. After that though, I could not waste time reading. I just had to drool - like serious drool. And yes please, I'll take the cup with the extra powdered sugar. Awesome!

By Deepti Pawar on Aug 2, 2011

In one word - Yummmmmax! I love the chocolate goin' on in here :P

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By Neha on Aug 1, 2011

Hi D, Could you please also give the nutritional value like calories, fat, fibre etc for the recipes that you create? Would rally love to know how many calories goes into per serving... Neha

By Sangeeta on Aug 1, 2011

very temmmmmmmmmpting,thx DK i had made it 2day by using sago,turned out so well:),finished in a minutes,not able to click d pic n share with u all:(

By sukanya on Aug 1, 2011

tapoica gives this pudding a nice texture, looks very delightful

By Jiya on Aug 1, 2011

For other members... Yes, think its the same sabudana or sago used in India....well this seems to be a nice twist to d tradional kheer, wud surely give it a try.... :) also as one of you has mentioned of using them in bubble tea.... Can you plz post its recipe too...! :-D

Please refer my "Tips" section regarding details of the differences. Yes, I will post the recipe for bubble tea when I can :)

By Hemal on Jul 31, 2011

So can I use sabudana instead out here in India ?

Please refer my "Tips" section

By Shubhangi on Jul 31, 2011

Is Tapioca pearls mentioned here exactly the same as Sabudana or sago?

Please refer my "Tips" section

By Vardhini on Jul 31, 2011

I have not used tapioca a lot .. looks yummy. Vardhini Check out my 100th post giveaway

By Radhika Vasanth on Jul 31, 2011

I have two packets of Tapioca of different sizes and it has been lying in my pantry for a while. I bought it to make husb's favorite bubble tea. But I guess I am gonna use them to make this pudding now. And I love that transparent pot.