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…
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
- Heat the oil and add the panch phoron, bay leaf and whole red chilli.
- When the seeds begin to pop, add the pears and onion.
- Add the pinch of sugar and season with salt.
- Stir well and cook covered low heat for 6-7 minutes, stirring after every 2 minutes .
- Add the turmeric and cumin, and cook, stirring constantly for another 2-3 minutes.
- 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…