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Nectarine and Chillie Jam
Homemade jams and preserves are so delicious. The real fruit flavours that are natural and without additives make up for any time and effort one takes to prepare them. It is definitely worth a try.
1 kg ripe Nectarine; washed and peeled
1/2 kg sugar
Juice of one lemon; freshly squeezed
pinch of salt
1 fresh thin long red pepper finely chopped
In a pot place the prepared nectarines roughly chopped. Include the kernel/seed.
Pour the sugar over it.
Sprinkle with the juice of one lemon or lime
Add the pinch of salt and the finely chopped pepper
Cover and keep for a few hours.
Remove the cover and place it on the stove on a low flame, keep stirring until all the sugar has melted away.
Bring it to a boil and let it cook for 20 to 30 minutes until its the correct consistency you desire.
Fill in sterilised jars. Cool and seal. Refrigerate.
Nectarines in season are flavourful and sweet. Use fruit that you have tasted for best results.
If the nectarines are not fully ripe you may need to blanch them for a few minutes to peel the skin off easily.
To check if the jam is thick drop a teaspoon of jam on a small plate. Cool. Push it with a finger and the wrinkles will show you the thickness. It will get slightly thicker as it stays in refrigerator.
To read about an ancient cuisine you can purchase my cookbooks called The World of Parsi Cooking; Food Across Borders and The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine.
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