“Peeking from the leaves, looking as red as love,
They tempt me to be evil, and reach out to pluck.
Juicy & luscious, in my arms they lie,
Some I eat, some I save, for that oh-so-scrumptious pie!
But as I to my kitchen go, in pursuit of a treat mid-day,
I yearn to be creative, with my friends on the tray.
So I roll up my sleeves, and bring you this sweet,
That is just as much magic, as an apple on a tree…”
2 red apples, washed and grated
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
½ cup whole milk (optional)
½ cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable/coconut oil
1 teaspoon palm sugar, jaggery (shakkar/gud) or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan and add the grated apples. Cook stirring continuously till the apples become softer and most of the moisture has evaporated. Add the sweetener and cook for another 4-5 minutes till the sugar melts and apples soften further. They should start to get soft & pasty, almost like stewed apples. Now add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Continue to cook till the coconut milk has halved, and the apples are completely cooked. Now add the whole milk [optional] & water, and continue to cook on medium-low flame to bring to a second simmer. Let the mixture cook till it begins to thicken. Remove from heat, pour into serving dishes and chill for 1-2 hours. Sprinkle with cinnamon (or nuts) & serve chilled.
A gluten-free, sugar-free sweet treat that will make you wanting more!
Cook the apples only in coconut milk & water for a delicious vegan/paleo version!
Apples naturally contain a fair bit of sugar, so add less sweetener in the beginning, and adjust to your liking towards the end.