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Recipes by Mridula Baljekar

Recipes by Mridula Baljekar

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 July 2019 9:32 AM GMT

Spiced Pears (MasaledarNaspati)

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 (dalchinikidandi)

2 star anise (chakra phool)

4 tablespoons sugar (chini)

250ml low-fat fromagefrais (cream cheese)

2 tablespoons roohafza or 3 tablespoons rose-flavoured syrup (gulab syrup)

A few crystallized rose petals, to decorate (gulabkepankhude)


  • Peel, quarter and core the pears. Put them in saucepan and add the remaining ingredients,except the fromagefrais and roohafza. 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 saucepanand 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 fromagefrais and roohafzatogether and spoon into a small serving dish so thatdiners can help themselves
  • Arrange the pears in individual serving dishes and decorate with rose petals if wished

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