Cleaning out the cupboards Indian style

On Monday, I spied a bright yellow box of dried fenugreek leaves winking at me from the cupboard.

As I continued to  survey and organize my dry goods, finding things like rose water, mustard oil, palm sugar and three massive jars of black mustard seeds,  a whole section of the spice cabinet emerged that I lovingly dubbed “Little India”.

A curiosity about fenugreek inspired this truly delicious menu.  However, the orange fool, something I dreamt up after reading about traditional Indian fruit desserts, turned out to be the best discovery of all.  No doubt, I will make it again and again over the years.

7 December 2012

An Indian buffet:

aloo methi

potatoes cooked with fenugreek leaves

Gujarati style vegetables

carrots, cabbage and chard stems sautéed with garlic, ginger, hot pepper and black mustard seeds

saffron basmati rice

Bianca’s beautiful handmade chapatis

whole wheat griddle breads brushed with butter

celery thokku

a flavorful celery condiment made with carrot tops, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, green chilies, black mustard seeds and turmeric

apricot and chili chutneys found in the fridge

mint raita, limes

orange supreme and coconut tapioca fool with whipped cream, palm sugar, rose water and toasted coconut

How to make your own fool at home:

Prepare the following ingredients: firmly whipped cream, coconut tapioca, toasted large coconut flakes, orange segments dressed with rose water, palm sugar and a few good spoonfuls of marmalade.

The orange mixture must marinate and chill for an hour.

Layer a wine glass or other suitable vessel with a few good spoonfuls of tapioca, then a good spoonful of at least three orange segments and their juices, a few good spoonfuls of whipped cream and a sprinkling of the toasted coconut.  Repeat these layers again and chill in the refrigerator until ready for dessert.

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4 thoughts on “Cleaning out the cupboards Indian style

  1. Your words and food are poetry. I like this new daily indulgence of mine, reading your entries, that is….if only I could taste your concoctions! Thanks for sharing!

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