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RECIPES: Juicy magic of Orange

It's not just mufflers and mittens that announce the arrival of winter season, fruit markets flooded with season's citrus bounty, oranges, is a cherished sight this time round. The sweet and tangy fruit comes loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, adding health benefits to a refreshing taste.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 02, 2011 01:24 IST

It's not just mufflers and mittens that announce the arrival of winter season, fruit markets flooded with season's citrus bounty, oranges, is a cherished sight this time round. The sweet and tangy fruit comes loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, adding health benefits to a refreshing taste.

While you can savour the whole fruit, also make the most of the orange season with delicious dishes made from the fruit. Here are some recipes of orange treats shared by city chefs. From starters and main course to desserts and cocktails, get ready to throw a zestful soiree with orange dishes at home.

Starters
Fresh Fruit
Eton Mess
Ingredients:
80gm whipped cream
5ml Cointreau
1 orange, fruit portion
1/2 plum
1/2 sliced kiwi
5 macaroon, broken
40ml toffee sauce

Method:

1. Whip the cream. Add the Cointreau and set aside.

2. In an old fashioned glass, add 1/3 of the toffee sauce.

3. Add half of the chopped fruits.

4. Add half of the whipped cream and form a layer.

5. Add half of the broken macaroons.

6. Repeat the process one more time and form a

second layer using the fruit, whipped cream and toffee sauce.

7. Pour the leftover toffee sauce on top.

8. Set in a refrigerator, Serve chilled.

By chef Shamsul Wahid, Smoke House Grill



Oranges

Main course
Hearty poached chicken salad
Ingredients:
4 chicken breast
120gm feta cheese
80gm blanched spinach leaves

Marinade:
20ml orange juice
Salt to taste
White pepper powder to taste
20ml honey
A pinch of lemon grass
powder
40ml salad oil

For the bed:
440gm diced exotic
oranges
Few maraschino cherries
Lemon Juice of 1 lemon
20ml honey
A few sprigs of
basil leaf

Method:
1. Slice open the chicken breasts. Beat them lightly. Keep in marinade for 10 minutes.
2. Spread the breasts flat on oiled cling film.
3. Arrange previously softened feta cheese and the spinach leaves.
4. Roll the breast along with the cling film into nice and tight cylinders.
5. Wrap them with aluminium foil and poach for 10 minutes. Cool and then chill immediately.
6. Slice them up and arrange on the bed of exotic oranges.

By chef Devraj Haldar, The Suryaa

Grilled Basa with orange dressing
Ingredients:
1/2 glass fresh orange juice
1/2 inch ginger
150gm vegetables
250gm basa fish fillet
1tsp mustard
Salt to taste
A pinch of pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon

Method:
1. Reduce orange juice in a pan along with grated ginger.
2. Marinate the basa fillet with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and mustard.
3. Blanch the vegetables, toss in olive and keep aside
4. Grill the basa in a non-stick pan and serve along with the vegetables and ginger orange sauce.
By chef Mmanav M Sharmaa, Ignis

Cocktail
Tequila sunrise
Ingredients:
1 glass fresh orange juice
45ml tequila
15ml grenadine
Lime juice of 1 lemon

Method:
1. Layer the base of the glass with the grenadine syrup.
2. Top with orange juice.
3. Add tequila and garnish with slice of oranges.
By chef Mmanav M Sharmaa, Ignis

Soft orange and nutmeg pudding
Ingredients:
200ml orange juice
250ml cooking butter
9 whole eggs
350gm breakfast sugar
250ml vanilla sponge crumb
125ml white flour
2gm nutmeg powder
2gm baking powder
300gm chopped fresh orange
2 orange zest

Method:
1. Cream butter with sugar incorporating the eggs.
2. Mix the vanilla sponge crumbs with white flour and baking powder.
3. Fold in all other ingredients with orange juice and zest and the white flour.
4. Pour mixture into moulds and bake at 165°C till done.
By chef Devraj Haldar, The Suryaa

Health benefits of oranges
* Oranges are rich in nutrients and vitamins, especially vitamin C and A, which help in strengthening the immune system.
* The fruit is packed with a decent amount of vitamin E that is good for skin. The antioxidants present in the fruit help preventing heart problems.
* Oranges have high water content and can act as a supplement to water and keeps the body's enzymatic processes fit.
* It is an excellent source of dietary fiber that enhances digestion and improves the bowel movements .
* It is recommended to include two to three oranges (500gm) in your daily diet to enjoy the winter season without the worries of sniffles and cold.

Inputs by Sunita Rai Chowdhari, senior dietician, Rockland Hospital