Indian desserts remain for me a somewhat tricky and challenging thing – I find them extremely sweet and I struggle to actually fall in love with the flavours. So I decided to experiment with a very well know Indian dessert – Semolina Halwa. This is an easy dessert to make. In this instance though I decided to use a lot less sugar and added sultanas and raisins and served this together with a peach puree. What is also great about this recipe is that you do not need to use an oven for this dessert – just a warm plate. Live a bit beyond the ordinary and give this one a sample….
semolina halwa with peach puree = easy indian dessert
- ½ Cup semolina
- 3T Ghee
- 25g Sultanas (small handful)
- 25g Raisins (small handful)
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 2 Cardamom seeds (shelled)
- 1 Cup boiling water
- ½ Cup sugar
- ½ - 1 Cup cream
- Pinch of salt
- 100g Drained tinned peaches
- 1t Sugar
- For serving
- 30 g Pistachio nuts crushed
- 30g Almonds flakes
- Melt the ghee over medium heat and add the semolina, sultanas, raisins, cinnamon stick and cardamom seeds.
- Let it cook to a point where the fruit is nicely swollen and the semolina turns somewhat of a pinkish colour.
- Add the water and let it simmer until the semolina is cooked. Remember to stir.
- Add the sugar and allow it to cook for a minute or two.
- Add the cream and salt and cook over low heat for a few minutes.
- Blend the peach and sugar together for the puree.
- To serve - Make two quenelles per person.
- Put some of the peach puree on the side of the quenelles and sprinkle with almond and pistachio nuts.
- Serve luke warm or cold.
My husband, Rick, buys our weekly veggies on a Friday – yes, he does ladies … and there is always a surprise or two in the veggie basket for me … some exotic or peculiar addition to tickle my culinary brain. It’s kinda like a mystery box that I get to explore over the weekends. Last week, he walked in with a punnet of passion fruit. Passion fruit or granadilla as they are more commonly referred to in these parts is one of the most flavoursome of fruits and it takes something really simply to migrate it to an extraordinary level.
Curiosity got the better of me and did a little research on the World Wide Web… to my shock and horror it took me straight to a few porn sites! Clearly, these purveyors of porn were taking liberal interpretations of this innocently delicious fruit. I immediately closed my computer and ran to my fridge to cool down! As it would then happen, I had some Ricotta cheese in the fridge so I decided to mix the two – it set my taste buds racing. I loved it.
I dished it up in in the empty granadilla cups. Be tempted with these forbidden fruits, it is after all food porn – with no age restrictions.
passion fruit cups = food porn with no age restrictions
- 250g Ricotta cheese
- 20g Icing sugar
- 125ml Fresh Granadilla pulp from about 3 to 4 large-sized granadillas
- Scoop out the granadilla pulp, mix all the ingredients together…and put back into the granadilla shells. Put in fridge – serve cold…with a sultry smile.
I know many of you think I must be off my rocker … but this is a MUST TRY. Lately, I have been reading a lot about modern food combinations with unusual flavours. Let me mention a few …
1. dark chocolate + parmesan cheese
2. chocolate mousse + crispy onion sprinkle
3. oysters + coconut + lychee + rose
4. lobster + passion fruit
5. belgian endives + chocolate + vanilla ice cream.
The one that really aroused my curiosity was the chocolate mousse and crispy onion sprinkle. I just had to try it so I dashed off to my Woollies store down the road and bought a tub of chocolate mousse and a bag of crispy onion sprinkle, you know the type that they sell as a soup topping. So that evening I took a scoop of chocolate mousse and a healthy serving of onion sprinkle and I served this unusual matching to some very startled guests …! Well, well, well, if you want to impress your friends with an amazing out of the box dessert that you don’t even have to make yourself …try this. The tastes just gel together and produce a surprising and unusual delicious combination. Put this on your list the next time you are out of ideas for dessert!
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