Qubani ka Meetha is a traditional dessert from the city of Hyderabad . The dessert is made with dried apricots and served with fresh cream .
The alphabet Q brings us to Hyderabad , and Qubani ka Meetha . I know many of you might be thinking that this is a gourmet dessert , so how come it is classified under Street Food ? Well while I was Exploring the Flavours of Street Food I read that this dessert is served on the streets during Ramadan . There is such a big variety of food served during Ramadan , it is a treat to see and read about it . After reading about Ramadan Recipes I seriously want to make many more desserts , they sound so interesting , but for now it’s Qubani ka Meetha .
The dessert is simple and very quick to prepare . You just need two ingredients ! Apricots and sugar . In the market we see two varieties of dried apricots . One where the apricots are whole with a kernel inside , these are lighter in colour . The second variety is where the apricots are large and the kernel is removed for drying . They are treated with sulphur dioxide which gives them this vibrant colour . Normally the first variety is used to make the qubani ka meetha .
Apricots are soaked overnight , the kernels are removed , but mind you these kernels have a tiny almond inside , which are blanched and used for garnish .Now these almonds are sweet but at times they are very very bitter ! I remember as a kid I loved to suck this kernel after finishing the apricot , it tasted sweet for a while and then I would break the kernel with teeth and enjoy the almond . But guys beware do not break the kernels with teeth , it could leave you with damaged teeth .
After we have soaked these overnight and removed the kernel we just need to boil them with sugar , we use the same water in which they had been soaked . After cooking half the pulp is puréed in a blender and mixed . And that’s it . We are ready with this dessert .
I made this dessert and piped some cream . After clicking pics , I enjoyed a bowl of it . Later in the evening , I served the dessert with custard and vanilla ice cream . To be truthful I enjoyed it with ice cream , while hubby liked it with custard . So once the Qubani ka Meetha is made you have multiple options of serving .
Qubani ka Meetha
250 gms dried apricots
1/8 cup sugar
Fresh cream / ice cream / custard
Soak the apricots in 11/2 cups water overnight.
Remove the seeds and crack them open.
Blanch the almonds from seeds and keep them aside for garnish .
Boil the apricots in the same water in which they have been soaked.
Add sugar and boil for about 10 minutes.
Keep aside half of the apricots and purée the other half .
Mix the two .
Serve hot or cold garnished with almond kernels and cream.
The dessert can also be served with ice cream or custard .
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