Cooking with pears…

by Sunita on March 31, 2008

The pears have come and the pears have gone…but I couldn’t make anything with them. Although all four of us absolutely love munching this fruit, I have never cooked with them. And before I could figure out something, batches of them had already disappeared.

The fruit bowl was once again filled with pears, but, yet again, was doing the disappearing act quite fast. But, this time I was determined and managed to grab hold of some of them..and what did I make?….Well, nothing fancy, just a simple fry. But, what a fry…I really seem to have fallen in love with it. It was ready in minutes and tasted quite good, I must say. The slight hints of spice went quite well with the fruit and we relished it. As you must have guessed already,the reason for all this fuss was to send it in to dear Raaga, who is hosting this month’s AFAM(Pears), an event started by Maheshwari.

Now back to the recipe for the pears bhaji (as e call all dry stir fries), here it is…

What’s needed-


4-5 small, firm pears, cut into small pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped
3/4 tsp panch phoron(a spice mix of equal parts of fenugreek, nigella, mustard, fennel and cumin seeds)
1 tblsp oil
1 whole dried red chilli
1 whole bay leaf
salt to taste
a pinch of sugar
1/2 tsp freshly roasted and ground cumin
1/3 tsp turmeric powder

How to-

  1. Heat the oil and add the panch phoron, bay leaf and whole red chilli.
  2. When the seeds begin to pop, add the pears and onion.
  3. Add the pinch of sugar and season with salt.
  4. Stir well and cook covered low heat for 6-7 minutes, stirring after every 2 minutes .
  5. Add the turmeric and cumin, and cook, stirring constantly for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and serve hot as a side dish with rice or rotis/puris.

The pears had a little bite to them which we liked…cook further if you want them softer. They were slightly sweet and slightly hot.

We had ours with some roti like this…

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dhivya March 31, 2008 at 9:28 pm

wow!amazing one

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2 Nags April 1, 2008 at 4:19 am

lovely idea :)

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3 sra April 1, 2008 at 4:26 am

That’s really creative, Sunita!

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4 Raaga April 1, 2008 at 6:45 am

this is the most unusual entry I have received. Thanks Sunita. Hugs

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5 musical April 1, 2008 at 7:21 am

The most delicious thing cooked with pears EVER :) .

Truly creative and different-gotta’ try this one soon!

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6 sunita April 1, 2008 at 9:15 am

dhivya,thanks…a spur of the minute thing :-)

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7 sunita April 1, 2008 at 9:16 am

sra, thanks…they came out quite well, I must say, although I was a bit apprehensive at first :-)

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8 sunita April 1, 2008 at 9:17 am

raaga,you’re welcome dear…glad you like it :-)

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9 Ben April 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

Oh wow! This is new way to eat pears. I make a chipotle sour cream pear sauce to go with my grilled chicken, but I must try this new way.

Thanks for sharing! :D

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10 Poonam April 1, 2008 at 12:20 pm

I have used ripe bananas before in a similar way, but pears sound great too! Loved your perfect cake as well!

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11 Patricia Scarpin April 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

This is unusual to me, Sunita! I love pears but have never thought of having them this way. It looks delish!

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12 Dhanggit April 1, 2008 at 2:14 pm

wow!! your photos are stunning!! i bet this sounds delicious!! cant wait to try this myself

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13 Sukanya Ramkumar April 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm

WOW!…. This is amazing…. Nice picture…..Lovely idea…. Such a creative work….

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14 Rachel April 1, 2008 at 5:08 pm

A pear stir fry? Nice!

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15 Namratha April 1, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Wow, pear fry,…very interesting Sunita, pics are gr8..as always! :)

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16 Madhavi April 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Hi Sunita,

Wonderful recipe and photos also looks great :)

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17 ranji April 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm

first time here!!u have such an amzing collection of cakes and other recipes…excellent job!!this pear bhaji is a wonderful idea…:)

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18 Kevin April 2, 2008 at 1:19 am

Cooking pears with onions, chilis and spices like this sounds pretty interesting.

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19 SMN April 2, 2008 at 10:47 am

this is a totally new recipe for me.. and such an innovative one.. chapati wil do good wth this

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20 Saswati April 2, 2008 at 1:09 pm

wow what an innovative recipe and i missed 3 of your posts ….didn’t see them in TOI….isn’t your feed being uploaded in TOI?

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21 sunita April 2, 2008 at 1:17 pm

ben,
thanks…your sauce sounds yum…do give this recipe a try :-)

poonam,
Thanks…your rcipe sounds interesting too :-)

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22 sunita April 2, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Patricia,
Thanks…it was a spur of the moment thing…but didn’t regret it at all :-)

dhanggit,
Thanks…do give it a try :-)

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23 sunita April 2, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Sukanya,
Thanks :-)

Rachel,
Yes, a pear stir fry…how’s that :-D

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24 sunita April 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm

namratha,
Thanks…we did like it :-)

madhavi,
Thanks :-)

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25 sunita April 2, 2008 at 1:24 pm

ranji,
Thanks and welcome to my world :-)

Kevin,
Thanks…it did taste good :-)

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26 sunita April 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

smn,
Thanks…and yes, chappati goes well :-)

saswati,
thanks…and yes, there seems to be a problem with TOI in updating my feeds :-(

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27 Sia April 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm

suni, it looks like TOI is not updating ur posts :(
never i would have thought of using pears this way.. very unique and innovative recipe:)

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28 sunita April 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Sia, glad you like the recipe :-)

…and yes, there seems to be a problem with TOI regarding the updates of some blogs :-(

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29 KayKat April 3, 2008 at 8:56 am

Very unusual, great idea! :)

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30 kittie April 3, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Sunita, when the pears on my tree ripen in October I’ll be sure to try this!
What an unusual and gorgeous recipe!

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31 Anonymous April 5, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Hi Sunita! I made this for breakfast today and it was great! I serve it drizzled with maple syrup and on toast. YUM!

d

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32 sunita April 7, 2008 at 10:18 am

Kaykat,
Thanks :-)

Kittie,
You’re lucky to have your own pear trees…do give this a try :-)

d,
I’m really glad that you liked it :-)

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