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From the pantry: Strawberry

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Jan 07, 2016 16:00 IST
Meenakshi Iyer
Chef Nitin Mongia with
Chef Nitin Mongia with "Strawberry Kale Salad with Granola Coutons" in Mumbai on Tuesday.HT photo by Anshuman Poyrekar.

Sweet, and sour, and filled with all the goodness from Mother Nature, strawberries work best with all kinds of desserts. The fruit is a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin C and perfect for those looking to cut down on calories. In this edition, our expert chef uses strawberries in a healthy salad, while our winning reader recipe incorporates the fruit in a dessert.

Kale Salad with Fresh Strawberries and Granola Croutons

Recipe by: Nitin Mongia Executive Chef, Kiki’s Cuisine (Mumbai and Alibaug)

Serves: Two

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

- Kale leaves: 200g

- Fresh strawberries (sliced): 10

- Granola bar (coarsely crushed): 1

- Feta cheese (diced): 50g

- Strawberry crush: 5 tbsp

- Balsamic vinegar: 3 tbsp

- Olive oil: 3 tbsp

- Cracked black pepper: for seasoning

Method

- Chop the kale leaves into small pieces.

- Massage the leaves (with your hands) in some salt to get rid of the bitterness, it also helps retain its colour. Wash thoroughly and dry in a salad spinner.

- Put all ingredients for the dressing in a bottle, shake well till emulsified.

- Put the Kale leaves in a bowl, drizzle some dressing and mix the leaves well.

- Top with fresh strawberries, feta and croutons, and serve immediately.

Winning reader recipe: No Bake Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake

Recipe by: Hetali Shah

Serves: Two

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

- Oreo biscuits: 14 to 16

- Butter (melted): 3 tbsp

- Whipped cream: 125ml

- Cream cheese: 50g

- Powdered sugar: 3 tbsp

- Vanilla essence: few drops

- Chopped strawberries: 4 to 5

- Crushed strawberries: 4 to 5

Method

- Crush the biscuits (with the cream intact).

- Fold in the melted butter.

- In a baking tray, spread the mixture evenly with a spatula to form the base.

- Put the container in a refrigerator to allow the mixture to set.

- Beat the whipped cream till it doubles in volume and forms peaks.

- In another bowl, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla essence and beat it with electrical mixer.

- Add this to the whipped cream.

- Now fold in the strawberries (crushed and chopped) to the mixture.

- Spread it evenly on top of the base. Make sure it does not spill out.

- Refrigerate till the cheesecake sets.

For the next edition of From The Pantry, email us recipes made using APRICOT (send a high-res photo of your dish, a photo of yourself, along with your name, address and contact number) at 48hours@hindustantimes.com. The best recipe wins an exciting prize.