Khubani ka meetha is an authentic dessert from the Hyderabadi cuisine. Hyderabad fondly known as the ‘Pearl City’ is an enchanting land of heritage monuments,forts,palaces, lakes, museums, gardens, software parks and more importantly a delectable cuisine fit for the kings. The once princely state was a kingdom of the wealthy and powerful Qutubshahi and Asafjahi rulers. The relics of their glorious rule can still be seen all over the city. Hyderabad has now emerged as the seat of India’s mighty Software dynasty. but what is remarkable about this city is that it has not lost its princely charm while catering to the city’s new royalty.
Hyderabadi food even today can boast of the aristocratic touch. Hyderabadi dum biryani, haleem and khubani ka meetha are the most famous delicacies of this place, so much so, no feast big or small is complete without these delicacies.
Khubani means Apricot and Meetha means dessert. It is very easy to make,nutritious and is still considered a royal dessert. It is served chilled with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. It can be easily stored in the fridge up to a month. I am sharing with you this authentic recipe.
Khubani ka Meetha
What you need:
- 250 g dried Apricots
- 1 cup sugar
- Soak the apricots in three glasses of water for at least 6 hours. I prefer to soak over night. The apricots swell up and become slightly soft.
- Remove these soaked apricots from the water which by now would have acquired a beautiful color. Reserve the water.
- Make a small slit on one side of each apricot and remove the nut from inside. Keep both the nuts and the apricots.
- In a deep bottomed pan, put the reserved water and the sugar and boil till sugar has been dissolved.
- Now add the seeded apricots and cook till apricots become soft and the syrup comes closer.
- Take off heat and chill. Make sure it is neither too watery nor too thickly pulpy. Add a little red food color .
- Now crack open the shells of the nuts carefully with a pestle.
- You can see a nut with a brown skin just like an almond. Put these nuts in hot water and peel them.
- When the sweet is chilled, serve in individual bowls.
- Sprinkle the nuts.
- Top with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Enjoy a desert of the royalty.
First week of Fiesta Fridays First Annual party was a huge success. There were many new guests besides the usual gang. Congratulations to the awesome host Angie @ The Novice Gardener and her super duper co-hosts Hilda @Along The Grapevine and Julianna @Foodie On Board for successfully completing the first course of the fiesta.
The second week happens to be the ‘Dessert and Main Course’ round. This week’s fiesta will be co-hosted by my very dear friends Nancy @Feasting With Friends and Selma @Selma’s Table. I am taking this indulgent chilled dessert for this course for all the wild party goers. My sweet will be chilling in the fridge till I prepare the main course.
For all my friends…..
This week has been an eventful one. 26th January happened to be celebrated in India and Australia. India celebrated its 66th Republic Day and US President Barack Obama became the first US president to attend the spectacular military and cultural display in a mark of the nations’ growing closeness.Australians celebrated Australia day to commemorate the first landing in Australia by Captain Arthur Phillip. They attended festivals, fireworks, community and many sporting events.