Saturday Fare

Spiced Pears (Masaledar Naspati)

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes, plus chilling
Serves: 6
Each serving contains: Kcals: 200; g fat: 3; g saturated fat: 1.8

* 7.5cm piece of cinnamon stick, halved
(dalchini ki dandi)
* 2 star anise (chakra phool)
* 4 tablespoons sugar (chini)
* 250ml low-fat fromage frais (cream cheese)
* 2 tablespoons rooh afza or 3 tablespoons rose-flavoured syrup (gulab syrup)
* A few crystallized rose petals, to decorate (gulab ke pankhude)\

* Peel, quarter and core the pears. Put them in saucepan and add the remaining ingredients, except the fromage frais and rooh afza. Cover and simmer gently until the pears are al dente
* Use a draining spoon to transfer the pears to a dish. Strain the strup into a small saucepan and boil until it is reduced to about 3 tablespoons. Spoon it over so the pears and allow to cool, then chill for 2 hours
* Mix the fromage frais and rooh afza together and spoon into a small serving dish so that diners can help themselves
* Arrange the pears in individual serving dishes and decorate with rose petals if wished