dried apricots
Last Updated : Jan 12,2023

What is Dried Apricots? Glossary | Benefits, Uses, Recipes with xxx |
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Also Known as Khumani , Khubani, Jaradalu

Description of Dried Apricots, Khumani

They are wonderful; delicious, chewy and tangy yums. They are relatively inexpensive, especially if purchased in bulk. They are available year round. Dried apricot is fruit that has been dried, either naturally or through use of a machine, such as a dehydrator. Dried apricots are pitted that have had a large percentage of the moisture removed. They're usually treated with sulfur dioxide to preserve their color.

Chopped dried apricots
Cut the apricot into half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds and place a halve on a chopping board. Chop the dried apricots lengthwise at regular intervals with a sharp knife. Line all the long pieces together and chop horizontally to get chopped dried apricots. Oil the blade of the knife to chop easily. 
Deseeded dried apricots
Cut the apricot into half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds and use them accordingly.
Dried apricot puree
Take 1 cup dried apricots, as per recipe requirement and soak the dried apricots in luke warm water for 20 to 25 minutes or till soft. Put the apricots in a blender and blend till smooth using approx. 1 to 2 tbsp of water to get a smooth puree. This will yield approx. 3/4 cup of puree.
Sliced dried apricots
Cut the apricot into half with a sharp knife. Remove the seeds. Place a dried apricot on a chopping board and slice it thinly or thickly as required using a sharp knife.
Soaked dried apricots
Soak the apricots in warm water for 15 mins. Drain them as they become soft. Dry the same in shelter. Can be used to make sauces, dessert, puree etc.

How to Select Dried Apricots, Khumani
Purchase it from a well known grocery shop, to ensure good quality dried apricot.

Culinary Uses of Dried Apricots, Khumani·
Dried apricot have all the moisture removed and thus they are high in calories as compared to the fresh apricots. Thus weight watchers need to monitor the quantity of dried apricots they have. They are a good source of fibre, but also high in carbs and so diabetics should avoid or strictly limit its consumption. They are a good source of few nutrients like potassium which helps to promote muscle and nerve function. Potassium also helps to maintain electrolyte balance in the body. The calcium in it can help strengthen bones. The fibre pectin in dried apricots can help prevent and overcome constipation.

Famous Hyderabadi desserts use jardalu in their desserts. A land that is famous for dry fruits, Hyderabadi cuisine makes generous use of dry fruits in gravies, rice dishes and sweets. Khubani Halwa is one such mithai made with apricots, laced with Indian spices like cardamom and saffron. 

Khubani ka Meetha is the perfect dessert to serve after a sumptuous meal of Hyderabadi Biryani. It is a classic Hyderabadi famous sweet made with apricot and custard.

A puree of delightfully sweet apricots with a hint of tang and sourness, is laced with Indian spices like cardamom and saffron, and served on a bed of lusciously creamy vanilla custard. 

Pears with Apricot Sauce : Pears, stewed in sugar along with whole spices like cinnamon and cloves, is laced with lemon juice, and topped with a lusciously fruity apricot sauce. 

Apricot shake made for pregnancy

fig and apricot shake recipe is a pleasing drink which is far superior than the ready shakes available in the Indian market. Learn how to make fig apricot milkshake for pregnancy. To make fig and apricot shake, soak the figs and apricots in ¼ cup of warm milk for at least ½ hour. Combine the soaked figs and apricots (with the milk), remaining 1 cup of milk, ice-cubes and sugar and blend in a mixer till smooth and frothy. Pour equal quantities of the shake into 2 individual glasses. Serve immediately garnished with almonds. 

Dried fruit is often added to baking mixes and breakfast cereals.
· Also used in milk shakes, salads and fresh fruit ice-cream

How to Store Dried Apricots, Khumani Dried fruit has a long shelf life and therefore can provide a good alternate to fresh fruit, allowing out of season fruits to be available. Drying is a good way to preserve fruit in the absence of refrigeration.

Health Benefits of Dried Apricots, Khumani 

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