These poached pears for dessert were refreshing, something like we had never had before. They were an instant hit with both of us (remember the fussy-eater husband?)! Just the right amount of sweetness induced by palm sugar, this one is truly a dessert for weight watchers and diabetics alike.

Poached Pears

The summer makes me reach out for desserts so often!! Something cool and sweet is all I want! I reach out for fresh fruits too but I only keep wishing they looked fancier like an ice-cream or something! 😀 Well, poaching pears has been on my mind for a while now but I never got around to making them. Coming across fresh pears in the market, having wine at home (which we surprisingly had not finished!) and the summer itself presented a perfect opportunity to make Poached Pears.

Fresh Pears

While creating a recipe, I am always on the look-out to tweak it to better suit my taste or make it healthier. I have to use “or” because health and taste (my taste especially) usually do not go hand in hand. However, this recipe for poached pears rocked my world! Do go easy on the side of whipped cream though. I had the excuse of a photograph 😛

Cane Sugar

Cane Sugar

Why do I call this recipe for poached pears weight-watchers and diabetic friendly? Here you go:

  1. While fresh fruit is a popular choice for those watching their weight, pears in particular
  2. Studies have shown that pears which have naturally low GI are perfect for satisfying diabetics’ sweet tooth without losing control over the ailment
  3. The recipe uses jaggery/cane sugar in place of sugar as a sweetener. It is natural product known for its numerous health benefits in Indian Ayurveda. While it is not significantly lesser in calories than sugar, it is not stripped  clean of all vitamins and minerals as in the case of sugar
  4. The amount of jaggery required to sweeten a dish is just about 1/4th to 1/3rd the quantity of sugar cutting the calorific value of a dish by leaps and bounds!
  5. The cardamom simmered along with the wine aids digestion and promotes weight loss!
Green Cardamom

Green Cardamom

How about it?! A triple trifecta! Pears, Jaggery and cardamom! Go ahead and indulge without worrying about the bulge 😀

By the way, it tastes awesome too. I mean it is no Tiramisu but with probably just 1/4th the calories, I am willing to swap my dessert cravings with Poached Pears almost always (the keyword being almost :P). Anyways, here’s the recipe for

Poached Pears

Poached Pears


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4-6



  • 3-5 firm & ripe pears
  • 1 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4-5 cardamom
  • 1/4 cup jaggery (cane sugar/palm sugar)
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients except pears in a large saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, peel pears and leave stem intact.
  3. Add pears to liquid and simmer for about 20 min or until tender.
  4. Turn the pears around halfway through the 20 min.
  5. Take the pears out and let the sauce simmer away until it has reduced to 1/4th or lesser of the original quantity.
  6. You can refrigerate them in the sauce/poaching liquid until you're ready to serve.
  7. Slice up the pears, de-core them and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

My Take:

You can try replacing palm sugar with honey but you might require more than 1/4 cup of honey to sweeten the poaching liquid. It depends on taste and the honey itself.

You can also try poaching the pears in white wine laced with saffron.

Yummily Yours'



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  1. A very nice recipe and very nice blog as well!

  2. Lovely clicks and the poached pears sound wonderful as a dessert. I am all for desserts that I can have guilt free 😀

  3. Wonderful clicks as usual!! Interesting recipe..

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  5. I have been using so much cardamom lately and trying to find every recipe that I can put it in. Your poached pear recipe with cardamom is just making my taste buds happy! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  6. I’m happy having desserts of every kind, but I do have a special liking for pears. Would like to do something special with them for a change though and this recipe looks just perfect for that!

  7. I have friends coming to stay and was looking for a dessert recipe as my friend is diabetic , yours sounds great thank you i’ll give it ago 🙂

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