Raisins are dried grapes full of nutritive value. Whether black or golden, both are equally delicious and readily available . Raisins are loaded with fibre, potassium, iron and other essential nutrients but are free from fat and cholesterol. They contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can benefit overall health.
1. Raisin Pudding
Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 30-35 mins
Put semolina in a saucepan and the milk to it. Bring to boil stirring constantly. add half a cup of hot water if it becomes too thick. Add sugar, essence and raisins. Stir well and ensure that it is a smooth consistency. Turn off the flame. Now add the beaten eggs and mix well. Transfer to a greased dish. Bake at 180 degrees for 20 mins or till the top is golden brown. Invert pudding into a serving bowl when it has cooled slightly. The raisins will dot the top of the pudding and make it very attractive. This pudding may be eaten cold and served with vanilla ice cream or hot with caramel sauce.
P.S. You can give the same pudding a twist by adding shredded orange rind instead of vanilla essence.
2. Raisin Chutney
Prep time: 2hrs Cooking time: 5mins
Grind raisins to a paste. Add cumin powder, ginger and garlic and mix well. Now add salt and lime juice and store in refrigerator. This chutney is a good add-on at any meal. Sweet and tangy it is sure to be a hit.
3. Raisin Pickle
Prep time :10 mins Cooking time: 5 mins
Clean and cut all ingredients. In a bowl mix all ingredients together. Check for salt and sugar If needed add some more. Pour into a dry, clean jar and set aside. Use after two days. The raisins would have swelled up and the pickle is ready for use. May be eaten as it is as a pickle or may be added to a salad or sandwich to add