Perfect Peru Nu Shaak (Jain-friendly Guava Recipe)
Sweet, Sour and Spicy, this Jain-friendly Peru Nu Shaak is the perfect twist to your favourite fruit - Guava.
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Serves: 2 - 4 Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins
- Guavas (medium ripe) - 6
- Chilli Peppers - 2
- Salt - to taste
- Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
- Red Chilli Flakes - 2 tsp
- Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
- Coriander powder - 1 tsp
- Cumin powder - 1 tsp
- Sugar - half tbsp
- Ghee - 2 tbsp
- Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp (Optional)
- Chopping Board
- Heat some ghee in a pan. When hot add the cumin seeds and let the seeds crackle. You may crush the cumin seeds to help release their natural flavours.
- On a low flame, add the curry leaves and asafoetida and saute for 30 seconds. Ensure you do this on a low flame or your curry leaves may burn.
- When your curry leaves start sputtering, quickly add the chopped guava, mix well and cook for 5 minutes on a high flame.
- Then add the coriander powder, chilli flakes, turmeric powder, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Mix well and cook for about 7-8 minutes more. If you have used unripe guavas, you may cook them for longer to make them softer.
- Serve hot garnished with coriander.
How To Pick a Ripe Guava
- Grasp a fruit with one hand and using your thumb, press against the skin gently. Ripe guavas are slightly soft and the flesh should give slightly under your fingers.
- Check the colour of the skin of the Guava. If it is bright green, it is raw. However, if it is slightly yellow or has turned into a lighter green, it is ripe.
- The skin of a ripe Guava has a powerful, sweet, floral fragrance. The fragrance deepens as the fruit matures.
- If your Guava is not as ripe as you’d like, place it in a paper bag along with an apple for 24 hours at room temperature.
Benefits of Guava
- Rich in Vitamin C, lycopene and antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin. Vitamin C helps improve immunity and protects you against common infections. The lycopene and antioxidants prevent the growth of cancer cells.
- Rich in manganese which helps the body absorb other key nutrients
- Rich in Folate, which promotes fertility
- It helps keep blood pressure and diabetes in check due to the rich fibre content
- Guava has less sugar compared to most other fruits and the presence of the proteins, vitamins and fibre helps regulate your metabolism, thereby aids in weight-loss.
Note: Guavas should not be too ripe, however, you may use ripe guavas too. If you do, cook them for a lesser time to prevent them from getting too soft.