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The “Q” Quake!!!! May 19, 2007

Posted by live2cook in Desserts.

In Nupur’s A-Z of vegetables series, this week’s alphabet is “Q”.

hmmm! That’s quiet a challenge!

As there are no vegetable names starting with alphabet “Q”, I decided to use a name from some other language. But in most of the languages we don’t have one. At last two languages came to my help, Arabic and portugese. The fruit\vegetable were Cantaloupe and okra.

In Arabic, they call “melon” as “Qawun” and “Qawun kantalubi” means “cantaloupe”. And in Portuguese, “quiabeiro” means okra. Since I used okra in the A-Z series, I took Qawun kantalubi as my entry for Q.


What did I do with it?

Qawun kantalubi kheer.

Kheer is Hindi term for pudding. I prepared a dessert pudding with cantaloupe and pressed barley.

Here’s what I did:

Took 1 Cup of shredded Cantaloupe, 1 Cup of Pressed Barley, 1/2 Cup sugar, 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, 10 – 15 Cashew nuts, 10 – 15 golden raisins, 2 teaspoons of ghee.

Took the barley in a sauce pan with 2 cups of water and cooked till soft and creamy. Added the sugar and milk powder and mixed well. Allowed to boil for 3 minutes. Kept aside.

In a separate pan heated the ghee. Added the cashews and when they turned brown, added the golden raisins. when the raisins puffed a little, added the shredded cantaloupe and cooked till it turned glossy. Mixed well with the barley mixture and added cardamom powder for flavour.

The kheer looked like this:

qawun kantalubi kheer



1. asha - May 19, 2007

Good one Sig! Bee and I went to Afghanistan to get some q’s too.Qabouli and Qorma!!;D

2. bee - May 20, 2007

very very creative. i love this recipe.

3. live2cook - May 21, 2007

Hi Asha and Bee,

Read your posts too. Nice ones.

Thank you for your encouragement

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