Hey everyone 🙋
Today’s post is a foodie one
With two different recipes in two different posts involving the sour berry, the Indian plum
Jujube- Indian plum
I am a South Indian married to a Bengali, so when I came across this particular recipe I cringed thinking how could anyone make a sweet dish out of something which is supposed to be spicy and sour..
The berries are called Kul in Bengali..Elandapazham in Tamil…Regipandlu in Telugu
(The southern part of India)
A small flashback though..
Having grown up in the south, everyday outside my school just before summer this particular berry used to be sold in carts…All for a meagre 25 paise..
My pocket money used to be one rupee per day, which was a lot in those days..,
I used to buy these for 25/50 paise while walking back home..
The vendor used to drizzle them with salt and chilli powder mix..😋
One had to be cautious while consuming them as they were the residing places of miniature fruit worms..
I know it sucks but one can’t resist eating the good ones though..
We used to get these dried, packeted ones sold for just One rupee…we used to call them BORROMS!!
How the word came into picture I do not know..
So when I first saw my Mil making a sweet dish out of this I quickly pocketed a few to be eaten with salt and chilli powder…yummy yum
Below is the Bengali style recipe Of this yummy berry..
It’s a simple one with variations..I will stick to one taught to me by Mil…
So here we go..
🍒Wash the berries without much pressure on them( they tend to burst open and get gooey)
🍒Gently press each berry to check for fruit worms
Clean the berries
Clockwise…Dried red chillies..Sugar..Black mustard seeds..
🍒Take a wok and add some oil and a tablespoon of black mustard seeds..
🍒Once they splutter add in little turmeric and one or two dry red chillies..( I am using the kashmiri variety here )
Saute them and add in the berries..
🍒Add in sugar and a cup of water depending on the amount of berries
🍒Saute all till you get a thick syrupy consistency
🍒The flavour is that of sweet and sour…Sweet from the sugar and the berries contributing to the sourness
🍒An alternate method would be to add in raw mangoes or even tomatoes to balance out the sweetness..
Do give it a try and let me know how it tasted…Until next time have a great week ahead everyone 🤗🤗🤗