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July 2010

Tickle your taste buds! Pickle your Pears!

It was a few years ago that my mom picked up a pear sapling  which has grown  into a beautiful tree directly in front of our house. Every year at  this time, we have an abundance of pears. When one thinks of pears, desserts come to mind -   poached in some wine ; a pear tart ;  fruit salad  and  with cheeses and nuts.  Have you ever thought of making a pickle with it? I am not kidding ... Check this out! 

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METHOD :

Ingredients :

Pear -  24 numbers ( Medium size - firm and not too ripe)

Vegetable oil or any oil of your choice -  1/2 cup

Mustard Seeds ( powdered) - 2 teaspoons

Mustard seeds ( whole ) - 2 teaspoons

Asafoeteda powder - 1 teaspoon

Fenugreek Seeds ( powdered) - 1 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves - 2 large sprigs

White Vinegar - 1/2 cup

Salt - to taste

Lemon or Lime - 2 nos. ( freshly squeezed )                                                                                                                                              

Method : 

1. Wash, core, clean and cut pear into small dices as shown in the picture. Squeeze juice of two lemon or lime on to the diced pears so that it does not discolor. 

2. Heat oil, add mustard seeds ( when they pop). add curry leaves. 

3. Reduce the fire and add red chili powder.

4. Stir and add the diced pear and rest of the spices.

5  Finish with salt and vinegar.

( Do not cook for too long - Maximum of 2  minutes on a medium fire. )

                                                                                                                    

  I am sure this will tickle your palate. Let me know how it worked out for you.             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                      

                                                         


Washingtonian's Best of Party 2010

  Washingtonian's Best of Party 2010 

Washingtonian's Best of Party was held on July 21 at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Indique / Indique Heights were proud participants at this annual event. This year we served "Chicken Nilgiri Khorma with basmati rice. Our chicken dish was cooked with a "green masala" consisting of cilantro, green chilies,coriander, ginger, coconut and spices.

Most of the top restaurants of the city were in attendance.

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