Shredded Apple Jam

Apple Chhundo / Shredded Apple Jam

This recipe makes enough for four people to enjoy with dinner. About a quarter cup? A lot depends on the type and size of apples you use. This lasts in the fridge for months (the same way a normal jam or jelly you buy would last), or at room temperature for around a week (in Chicago!!! That would be around 70 degrees F!).

If you have ever had mango (keri) chhundo, you will love this recipe. The proper type of mango (kachi keri) to make a pickle (athana/achar) is not frequently available in the US. However, apples are plentiful all year round.

This recipe taste great with naan, rice, bread (toasted), roti, paratha, poori, veggies, or really anything. I personally enjoy eating spoonfuls by itself, the way a normal person would eat Nutella. YMMV.

Note: Sugar and salt amounts depend on the type of apple you use and how sweet or tart it is. A Granny Smith apple would require more sugar than a Macintosh, for example. Start at the bottom of the scale and work your way up, tasting the jam along the way. (You can add more sugar and salt than I’ve suggested, as I said, it depends on your taste :)) (If you want to be super fancy, you can add some ghol/jaggery in addition to the sugar — just a few tsp will make a huge difference in taste. If you don’t have ghol, you can use brown sugar. Whatever you like. If you are partial to molasses cookies, you will like the recipe with brown sugar or ghol. If you are partial to sugar cookies, you will like it with plain sugar. Experiment to find what you like best).

Note: This recipe is pretty mild, but full of spices. It is not hot the way most people think of Indian food as being. My family and I are from Chicago, and do not eat spicy food. If you want to increase the heat quotient, increase the amount of paprika, or add a red chili pepper (dried) to the vaghar. Most Indian people in India add chili peppers to vaghar, that is why the food is so darn spicy. My family and I do not do this. It is horrible, like cooking with chili oil. However, if that is your thing, go for it! If you absolutely (for health reasons or whatever) cannot tolerate hot food, omit the paprika. If you cannot tolerate spicy food, omit the cinnamon, black pepper, clove, and paprika. Don’t worry, it will still taste good without it 😉

Ingredients:

1 apple, shredded (use a hard apple, like Macintosh, Granny Smith, Red Delicious)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rye)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1/2 tsp turmeric (haldar)
1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing)
3 whole black pepper
1 in cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt (depending on taste)
2-3 tbsp sugar (depending on taste)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 bay leaves

Directions:

  1. Vaghar – put oil on heated pot until oil is hot. Add mustard seeds (they will splatter). Add fenugreek seeds. Add cumin. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, black pepper. Add turmeric and asafoetida. Add paprika.
  2. Add shredded apple. Let cook until all moisture is gone.
  3. Add paprika, salt and sugar.
  4. Let cook until all moisture is gone. Sugar will lose water and then thicken into jam consistency.
  5. It takes a few minutes after you add the sugar until the sugar comes together in a thick syrup.
  6. Remove from stove.
  7. Enjoy!

NOTE: I usually enjoy with with poori and a nice hot cup of Indian tea.

NOTE: Most people can’t taste the difference between this apple chhundo and a normal gujarati keri chhundo. 😉

Tea Biscuits

Adapted from KAF.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/8 teaspoon coconut flavor OR lemon flavor OR orange flavor
OR 1 tsp vanilla extract
OR 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment.
  3. Mix all the ingredients, by hand or mixer, until a well-blended, cohesive dough forms; this will take about 2 minutes at medium-low speed in a stand mixer.
  4. Drop the cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet (a teaspoon cookie scoop works well here), leaving 1″ between them; these cookies won’t spread much when they bake.
  5. Use a fork to flatten each cookie to about 1/4″ thick, making a cross-hatch design.
  6. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, until just browned on the bottom. The tops will not brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.
  7. Yield: 22 cookies.

Lemon Butter Cookies

INGREDIENTS

Cookie
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
Juice of of 1/2 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 cups flour

Lemon Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

COOKIE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.

Add egg and beat in well.

Add lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla and mix until well blended.

Add salt, baking powder and flour and mix until well incorporated.

Use 1 inch cookie scoop, place cookie balls 2 in apart on nonstick cookie sheet (on silpat). You can get 12 cookies on one cookie sheet. That’s half the dough. Save the other half of the cookie dough for another time.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges of cookies.

FROSTING

Combine glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth glaze is formed.

Drizzle as much as desired over slightly warmed cookies and let finish cooling completely before eating.

NOTE: Yum! Soft and delicious, perfect cookie to serve with tea. Tastes excellent without frosting. Nice balance of lemon and butter. The amount of lemon I used is in parenthesis above.

Muffalata Sandwich

Ingredients:

Muffalata (Brand: That Pickle Guy)(They sell it at COSTCO, it is AMAZING!)

2 slices white bread

cream cheese

Directions:

1. Spread cream cheese on white bread.

2. Top with muffalata.

3. Enjoy!

Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Ingredients:

butter

cucumber, sliced

salt

pepper

white bread, 2 slices

Directions:

Butter white bread.

Top with sliced cucumbers.

Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

(To be fancy, use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes of white bread before topping and serving).