Apricot Nut Dessert – Malai Khumani
Malai Khumani is a popular recipe that was created in the princely southern state of Hyderabad. The sweet tooth of Hyderabadis is legendary. No meal is ever complete without a sweet and this dessert is a favourite at weddings, when the fresh apricot stone’s kernel is removed and used as a garnish. It can be served with cream, custard or ice cream.
50g caster sugar
250g dried apricots, finely chopped
2 drops rose extract or 1 tsp rose water or 1 tsp vanilla extract
200ml double cream, stiffly whipped
50g chopped pistachios
In a heavy-based pan, gently dissolve the sugar in 400ml cold water, stirring occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved. Add 400g of the apricots and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Drain.
Stir the rose extract, water or vanilla extract into the whipped cream. Fold the apricots into cream and spoon into 8 ramekins or serving glasses,
Serve chilled, garnished with the chopped pistachios and the remaining dried apricots.