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12 December, 2013

Rusbhari Malai Handi (Gooseberry Cheesecake Pot)

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Gooseberry   Cheesecake  pot

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It  did’nt  matter  whether  we  ordered  Filet  de  truite  fraiche  aux,  Bouillabaisse,       or  Tarte  Normande,  all  the  dishes  in  this  exquisite  French  restaurant   L’Heritage  came  with  a  final  touch,  a  crowning  glory  so  to  speak,  an  orange  berry  on  top. This  is  no  ordinary  berry  though.  Just  like  a  candy  in  its  wrap,  this  little  orange  berry  has  a  dainty  strawlike  calyx  .I  held  the  little  stem  with  my  finger  and  dug  my  teeth   in,   to  pluck  the  berry.  A  little  sweet  a  little  tart,  I  was  always  intrigued  by  this  fruit.  Such  was  my  attachment  with  this  berry , that  my  friends  and  family  have  more  than  once  given  up  their  share  to me.

On  a  recent  visit  to  my  SIL  in  India,  I  had  a  de  ja  vue.  Devi  my  SIL,  herself  an  award  winning  cook,  always   looks  for  ways  to  include  local  and  seasonal  veggies  and  fruits  in  her  cooking.  ‘Kisher  chutney  banali?’,  What  did  you  make  the  chutney  with,  I  ask  her,  after  giving  up  on  the  guessing  game.  Surely  the  sweet  and  tart  taste  with  the  familiar  chutney  spices,  were  all  pointing  towards  a  fruit.  But  which  one?  ‘Rusbhari’  she  said  matter-of-factly.  She  dose’nt  mean  Raspberry,  does  she?  The  colour  was  far  from ‘ Raspberry.’  Try  saying  Rusbhari  a  few  times,  dose’nt  it  sound  like  Raspberry?  In  as  much  as  I  was  itching  to  find  out  about  the  mystery  ingredient,  anymore  discussion  at  that  point  would  only  undermine  her  knowledge  about  Raspberry.

Gooseberries and Oranges

Gooseberries and Oranges
By Ratna

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After  a  brief  break,  I  see  my  brother -in-law  returning  with  a  small  packet  in  his  hand.  ‘There  you  go,  more  Rusbharis  for  you’  he  said.  As  he  put  the  shopping  on  the  table,  imagine  my  surprise  when  I  see  the  little  orange  berries  right  in  front  of  me.  A  few  of  them  were  tied  together  with  an  elastic  band.  The  calyxes  were  pulled  behind,  as  if  sporting  a  pony  tail !   I  was  like  a  kid  in  a  candy  store.  No,  I  didnt  gobble  them  down,  but  held  them  very  softly,  turned  them  over,  opened  the  elastic  bands,  tried  to  put  the  calyxes   back,  as  if  to  relieve  them  of  the  pain  from  a  tight  ponytail.  Then  came  the  camera,  I  tried  them  in  landscape  and   portrait  mode,  single  and  in  bunches,  flat  on  the  table and  in  glass  containers.  Not  sure  what  to  make  out  of  this    Rusbhari-love   of  mine,  my  brother-in-law,  pointed  his  finger  to  the  open  window,  as  if  even  uttering  a  word  would  dilute  the situation.  As  I  look  out  of  the  window,  I  see  a  man  with  a  wooden  cart  selling  something.  A  closer  look,  I  see  a  sea  of  Rusbharis   spread  out  on  the cart.  Here   was  the  berry  that  we  got  one  per  plate  in  the  restaurant.  It  is  being  sold  in  kilos!   I  can  surely  justify  Devi’s  decision  of   making  chutney  with  this  berry.

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‘Juicefilled ‘  would  be  the  literal  translation  in  English.  Cape  gooseberry  or  Physalis  peruviana    were  some  of  the  other  names.

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Very  recently,  I  saw  them  in  small  plastic  bushels  holding  about  ten  or  twelve  gooseberries  in  them,  in  my  local  grocery  store.  After  doing  the  happy  dance,  I  bought  a  couple  bushels.  I  knew  I  was  not  making  chutney,  I  wanted  to  relish  them  as  they  were with  minimum  cooking.  I  liked  this  idea  of  strawberry  cheesecake  pot  that  I  saw  in  Kirstie  Allsupp’s  video.   Why  dont  I  recreate  the  same  using  the  gooseberries?

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I  can  safely  say  you  won’t  be  disappointed. As  you  dig  the  spoon  in  the  cheesecake  pot,  to  include  a  bit  of  the  cut  berries,  the  layer  of cheese,  the  crunchy  biscuit  pieces  with  a  bite  or  two  of  the  almond  sliver,  there  is  a  medley  of  tastes.  The  sweet  and  soft  cheese  layer  melts  in  the  mouth,  giving  way  to  the  little  berry  pieces,  and  finally  the  chewy  bits  of  the  nuts ,  berry  seeds   and  biscuits.  .   I  must  admit  my  spoon  did  not  leave  any  evidence  of  the  cheesecake  being  in  the  pot.

DSC_0901-2Recipe:

Ingredients;

Light  Digestive  biscuits.  Peek  Freans            12

Low  fat  Greek  yoghurt.                                  150  gms

Extra  light  soft  cheese,                                   150  gms

Light  condensed  milk  .Carnation.                     Half tin.  200 gms

Lemon  juice                                                   From  one  lemon

Fresh  gooseberries                                        250  gms.

Almond  slivers                                              Handful

Method;

Crumble  the  biscuits  with  your  finger.  I  put  two  biscuits  in  each  tumbler.I  had  six  tumblers  in  all.

Place  the condensed  milk  into  a  bowl  and  add  lemon  juice. Stir  together  untill  the  mixture  has  thickened.  Whisk  the  cream  cheese  and  yoghurt  in  a  small  bowl  untill  smooth  then  fold  in  the  thickened  condensed  milk.  Spoon  the  creamy  mixture  over  the  biscuits.  Chill  for  atleast  30  minutes  to  an  hour.

Chop  the  berries. Add   about  two  tablespoon  of  the  cut  berries  to  the  cheesecake.  Throw  in  a  few  slivers  of  almonds  and  garnish  with  a  whole  berry  on  top  to  serve.

Inside  Scoop;

SIL            Sister-in-law

I  was  left  with  some  of  the  cheese  mixture,  You  can  be  generous  with  portioning  this.

By  Ratna

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One thought on : Rusbhari Malai Handi (Gooseberry Cheesecake Pot)

  • pankaj marwaha
    February 17, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Didi you are a chupa rustam ..you cook so good you write so good ..i am blessed meet a wonderful person like you and doctor dada

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