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How to make Apricot Shrikhand, Khubani Ka Meetha

By BETHICA DAS
November 11, 2020 19:40 IST
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Take the stress out of cooking this Diwali with these easy and delicious recipes from Bethica Das.

Apricot Shrikhand

Ingredients

  • 400 gm yoghurt
  • 200 gm dried apricots, pitted
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Chopped pistachios, dried rose petals and cherries to garnish

Method

  • Pour the yoghurt in a cheese cloth and place on a strainer.
    Keep this on a bowl in the refrigerator overnight.
    The thick hung yoghurt is used for the recipe.
  • Soak the apricots overnight in a cup water.
    Then blend into a smooth paste.
    Heat a pan and simmer the apricot paste, sugar, lime juice, pinch of salt, saffron and cardamom powder till reduced and slightly thick.
    Keep aside to cool.
  • In a bowl, whisk together hung yoghurt and the reduced apricot.
    Pass it through a sieve to remove the granules.
  • Add the rose water and mix well.
    Chill before serving.
    Garnish with chopped pistachios, cherries and rose petals.

Khubani Ka Meetha

Ingredients

  • 200 gm dried apricots, pitted
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp kewra/rose water
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp chopped pistachios
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Extra chopped nuts to garnish
  • Few pomegranate pearls to garnish (optional)
  • Hung yoghurt to serve

Method

  • Soak the apricots overnight in one cup water.
    Pressure cook in the same water it was soaked in for 2-3 whistles.
    This way the cooking time is less.
    Transfer the contents to a pan and simmer till all the water has dried up.
    Keep mashing the apricots with a ladle or potato masher.
  • Add the sugar (you may add more depending on individual preference), cardamom powder, chopped almonds, lime juice, salt, pistachios and kewra water.
    Mix everything well and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
    Switch off the flame and add the saffron.
    Mix and keep it aside to cool.
    Refrigerate for some time and serve with a topping of some hung yogurt (to balance the sweetness), chopped nuts and pomegranate pearls.

Parwal Ki Mithai

Ingredients

  • 5-6 parwal
  • 100 gm paneer
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp pistachio, powdered
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp + 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Chopped pistachio and dry rose petals to garnish

Method

  • Wash the parwal and pat dry.
    Then scrap them and make a slit lengthwise on one side. Carefully deseed them and keep aside.

For the stuffing

  • Heat a non-stick pan and saute the paneer, 2 tbsp sugar, coconut and cardamom powder for a few minutes till the moisture has evaporated.
    Set aside to cool.
  • Mix the pistachio powder to it and keep aside.
    The stuffing is ready.

For the parwal

  • Heat sufficient quantity of water in a saucepan.
    Add baking soda (this will help retain the colour) and bring it to a boil.
    Drop in the parwal and simmer, covered for 2-3 minutes.
    Drain and keep aside.

For the sugar syrup 

  • Add sugar and water in a pan and bring it to a boil.
    Simmer on a medium flame till the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Add the boiled parwal in the syrup and simmer for 2-3 minutes or till it softens.
    Switch off the flame and keep it covered for another 5-10 minutes so that the parwal get nicely soaked in the sugar syrup.
    Drain completely and let it cool down.
  • Carefully stuff the parwal with the prepared stuffing and press them lightly.
    Garnish with chopped pistachios and dry rose petals.
    Refrigerate till serving time.
    Then enjoy.

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