Monday, 31 March 2008

AFAM: Pear Koshimbir

Hardly one day away from the deadline and I still hadn't made up my mind about what to make for this event. Just happened to wonder in front of GM about this & he immediately suggested the Koshimbir! Now why doesn't he have these brainwaves when I ask him what to make for lunch/dinner? For me cooking is not a task, I enjoy it, but thinking of the menu everyday is somewhat tiresome. But yesterday my problem was solved in an instant! So the credit for this one goes to GM!

Pear, also called Nashpati back in India, is a nutritious juicy fruit full of fiber. They are available in a lot of varieties ranging from the hard or soft pulp to sweet or tangy tasting. I selected the hard ones with a tangy taste for this koshimbir. Since most of the fiber content lies in the skin I did not peel the pear and only chopped it finely.

1 Pear (remove the seeds & chop finely)
Half a tomato (finely chopped)
1 green chili (finely chopped)
finely chopped coriander
1 tsp roasted peanut powder
1-2 tsp curd
1/2 tsp sugar

For the seasoning:
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1-2 pinches hing (asafoetida)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. The peanut powder gives it a nutty taste and also helps to bind everything together since the pear will let out water once salt & sugar are added.

In a small pan heat the oil for seasoning & add the mustard seeds. Once they start spluttering add the hing & turn off the fire. Add this to the Koshimbir and mix properly.

I served this with Veg Biryani and the combination was awesome. The sweet/tangy koshimbir complimented the spicy Biryani very well.

The details of the Biryani will follow, but for now this Koshimbir is off to Raaga of The Singing Chef for the AFAM Pear event.


  1. This is something I must try... and I know... thinking up menus can be so tough!

  2. How innovative! The pear koshimbir looks delicious and I will be trying it soon.

  3. Chef & Nupur: Thanks for your encouraging comments!

  4. Hi Bhagyashri - I just stumbled upon your blog while searching for some recipes.
    I think we have a lot in common...for instance - our roots..Belgaum! Your blog, the stories about your college days...everything just took me down my memory lanes..
    Your story about filter coffee just reminded me of my Mom's own filter not sure if you know of Mohini coffee in Belgaum. That's our fav.
    Coming back to Pear Koshimbir...unbelievable recipe! I am going to try it out tonight itself.

  5. Hi Madhuri, thanks a lot for visiting. Good to know that my posts brought back pleasant memories for you.
    I have never been to Mohini Coffee in Belgaum, but will keep it in mind to check it out the next time I am there.
    Thanks again, let me know how you find the Pear Koshimbir!


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