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Perfect Peru Nu Shaak (Jain-friendly Guava Recipe)

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   

 

Ingredients Required:

  • 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)

 

Utensils Required:

  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • Pan

 

Method:

  • 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. 

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