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Persimmon Butter.

Persimmon butter on a slice of bread aka Slice of Heaven!

My husband brought home a dozen persimmons the other day. He had heard me mention that I loved the taste of persimmons. Thus when he saw them at the supermarket he picked up a box of them for me. So very thoughtful of him! When I had tasted them for the first time a few months ago, they were something new to me. They were part of my project to broaden my culinary horizons. I could not stop raving about them to anyone who would listen. Apparently my husband listened!
But by now I was tired of persimmons. Their flavor was no longer “new” and I could care less if I never ate another one. I guess I never updated my husband on part 2 of my persimmon saga.
When he brought them home and handed them to me saying “I know how much you love them”, I didnt want to be rude by saying “Persimmons!? Blech!”. So I thanked him for his thoughtfulness knowing there was no way I was going to be able to eat 12 persimmons.
I kept them on a counter for a few days hoping that the inspiration to cook with them or the desire to eat them would strike. No luck! Then I moved them to the pantry hoping that the desire to eat them would strike when I opened the door to the pantry. Nope. No can do! Then a part of me hoped that maybe they would go bad and I could feign sorrow and never have to eat a persimmon. Now, now, people! This was just a thought for a few seconds in the very back of my mind. I hate wasting food. Yes, even more than having to eat a persimmon!
The persimmons were here to stay! They were not going bad. They were sitting there just staring at me and waiting to be eaten. On occasion I even felt that they were taunting me by staying so fresh and not going bad. I was going to have to do something about them.
I looked at yummy baking recipes and even took suggestions from friends. Unfortunately baking wasnt something I was looking forward to after Christmas. I needed a break from cookies, cupcakes and brownies. FINALLY inspiration struck me on a bright and cold Sunday!
Butter!! Persimmon butter! Candis, my amiga, always makes apple butter and I have always wanted to try making butter. So persimmon butter it was!
I googled “persimmon butter” and a bunch of recipes showed up. After reading multpile recipes and missing one ingredient or another of every recipe. I decided to just go with what I had at home. I mentally thanked the Googleites who had taken time to write down their recipes. Based on the inspiration they provided, I set about making some butter.
I peeled and chopped the persimmons and tossed them in honey, sugar, garam masala powder, lemon juice and a very small amount of rosemary and some Orange rind. I let the persimmons marinate for 3-4 days and then slow cooked them on my slow cooker on low for 8 hours and then on high for an hour. Then I ground the persimmon into a fine paste (butter) and let it cook on high again for an hour. Voila! Butter is done. Can the butter using standard canning methods. Remember that the popping sound is your friend while canning.
I wish I had a detailed recipe or pictures for you guys. Unfortunately, I dont. I wasnt plan to blog about this because I wasnt sure how the butter would turn out. Luckily for me, it turned out super DELISH!! I decided that I had to share it with you guys.
From my experience I can tell you that making butter is simple, easy to make and will taste heavenly on bread, biscuit and rolls. Do try it! Once canned, they wil make awesome gifts as well.

XO,
Radhika.

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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Snacks

 

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Batata Poha.

Poha is a snack from the beautiful state of Maharashtra in India. Having grown up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, it is one of Ashok’s all time favorite snacks. Ajay loves it too. Avinash, who is a light eater, enjoys this light snack. I love it making it on Saturday evenings when Ashok comes home exhausted and hungry from work. This dish is easy to make but takes some practice. I have failed at it once, twice, five times and many times. But I finally have mastered the poha. I guess I am now truly Mumbai’s daughter-in-law
I hope you enjoy it as much as do!

Batata Poha (Flattened rice with potato) (Serves 4 hungry people who love poha)
Based on this recipe.
Ingredients:
5 cups poha (thick flattened rice)
2 big potatoes, boiled, peeled & mashed roughly
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tsp mustard seeds
few curry leaves
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 green chilli, finely chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1.5 tsp salt or as per your taste
1/2 tsp sugar
juice of a lime
1 heaped tbsp of grated coconut, for garnish
chopped cilantro, for garnish
2 tbsp oil

Rinse the poha using your fingers to clean it. Drain it. Then soak it in water for 45 seconds to a minute – *no longer*. Drain well. Set aside.

Heat oil in a vessel.
Add in the mustard seeds & let it splutter.
Next add the curry leaves & let it sizzle in the hot oil.
Add the chopped green chillies & fry till it turns crisp.
Next add the onions & fry till they turn just transparent. Do not let it brown.
Add turmeric powder & saute for a few seconds.
Add the frozen peas and let the cook.
Add the roughly mashed potatoes & mix well.
Pour over the lemon juice & mix well.
Add salt, sugar & mix well.
Add the washed poha & mix well.
Garnish with grated coconut & chopped cilantro. Cover the vessel.
Simmer for 10 minutes. Be sure to mix the poha every so often. This is so that the poha doesn’t burn and stick to the pan.

Once done, serve hot.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Snacks