(Recipe from “Flavors First: An Indian Chef’s Culinary Journey” by Vikas Khanna)
Soybean sprouts are garnering increasing attention as a modern vegetable that not only taste delicious, but are also highly nutritious. In this recipe the sturdy, crunchy sprouts are combined with the Fuyu variety of persimmons which have exceptional flavor when ripe.
The bright orange fruit is the national fruit of Japan and contains no fat and has a high content of fibers, vitamins A and C, and natural sugars.
- 6 ounces soybean sprouts, or bean sprout of your choice
- 1 large ripe persimmon, peeled and sliced
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- Salt to taste
Gently toss all the ingredients and serve chilled.
Vikas Khanna is an award winning, Michelin Starred Indian chef, restaurateur, food writer, filmmaker, humanitarian and the host of the TV Show MasterChef India. He is based in New York City. To learn more about Vikas Khanna, visit his website www.vkhanna.com
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The persimmon is a sweet, tangy fruit whose name is derived from the Greek word Diospyros which means “fruit of the gods.” Persimmons are a wonderful, out-of-the-ordinary treat. Just be sure to eat them when soft and ripe, as an under-ripe persimmon will be the most sour thing you have ever tasted! However, your patience will be rewarded and you can delight your friends and family with these exotic recipes.
Persimmon Cheesecake. Mmmmm…cheesecake! Give this classic favorite a new twist with the addition of tangy persimmon. “This light and delicious cheesecake is made with fresh persimmons and a walnut crust,” says a contributor to Allrecipes.com.
Curried Persimmon Soup. Persimmons, ginger, onion, and chicken broth simmer to olfactory perfection in this lovely soup, perfect on a chilly day with good, adventuresome friends!
Pomegranate Persimmon Salad with Warm Goat Cheese. A beautiful array of bright greens and a rainbow of fruit colors give this lovely salad its visual appeal, but you will be in heaven when you taste the pairings of the creamy, warm goat cheese with the sweet and tangy pomegranate and persimmon fruits.
Persimmon Cookies. A delicious frosting of persimmon puree and orange peel give these zesty, slightly spicy cookies their remarkable flavor. Pair them with hot chai tea for a moment of instant delight and relaxation.
Persimmon Bread. A favorite gift and potluck item is banana bread, but surprise your friends with this tasty switch. Nutmeg, cinnamon, dates, nuts, and persimmon puree combine to make a beautiful bread that is sure to be savored.