Recipe from Baros: Dragon Fruit Salad
Maldives.net.mv – The exotic Dragon Fruit brings a freshness and a citrus flavour, mixing perfectly with the Kataifi -wrapped and deep fried Indian Ocean Prawns.
Kataifi is a popular Middle Eastern pastry made with a special form of shredded phyllo dough that is also called kataifi. The dough is excellent for making light savoury appetisers. This spectacular appetiser can be enjoyed both for lunch and dinner on the Lime Restaurant at Baros Maldives.
Recipe by Baros Culinary Team
Serves 2 people
For the Dragon Fruit Salad
- 600g Dragon Fruit, / 10g Shallots / 20g Onions red, sliced
- 10g Basil / 5g Red Chili chopped / 5g Coriander Leaves
- 10g Mint / 5 Crispy fried shallots
- 500ml Lime Juice / 800g Sugar / 20g Salt
- 200ml Fish Sauce / 130g Red Finger Chilli / 10g Red Bird’s Eye Chilli / 20g Garlic
- 3 pieces Tiger Prawns (wrapped with Kataifi dough and deep fried)
- Cut the Dragon Fruit in half. Gently scoop out the white fruit from its centre and dice it.
- Slice the crispy fried shallots and mix together with all the herbs and chillies.
- Blend lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, salt, sugar and chilli to a make the dressing and marinate the Dragon Fruit salad in it.
- Check seasoning and decorate with fresh herbs and some more crispy fried shallots
For the Kataifi Prawns
- 40g Kataifi pastry
- 3 medium size Tiger Prawns (peeled with tail left on)
- 50g melted butter
- 5g lime juice and pinch of salt
- Peel and de-vein Tiger Prawns leaving the tail on. Dry in a cloth then season with salt and lime juice
- Place strands of Kataifi pastry in length on a clean surface. Melt butter and brush it gently on the pastry.
- Wrap each prawn in some buttered pastry and deep fry wrapped prawns gently until light golden brown and crispy.
The Dragon Fruit is a grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America and Israel. The plant is a type of cactus and the fruit comes in three varieties: two kinds have pink skin but with different coloured flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh. Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fibre and antioxidants.
Dragon Fruit is sweet and crunchy, with a flavour that’s like a cross between kiwi and pear. To choose a perfectly ripe dragon fruit look for bright, even-coloured skin. A few blotches are normal but a lot indicates the fruit may be over-ripe. Hold the Dragon Fruit in your palm and try pressing the skin with your thumb or fingers – it should give a little, but shouldn’t be too soft or mushy. If it’s very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days.
This recipe is by Baros Maldives culinary team and Dragon Fruit Salad is available at the Lime Restaurant at Baros Maldives. Located right by the lagoon, the contemporarily styled Lime Restaurant offers Asian influenced cuisine served to guests relaxing at tables on a spacious deck above the waves.
Lime is open for a superb buffet breakfast with action stations and sparkling wine, and for salads, snacks, tea, lunch, dinner and family favourites throughout the day.
Light and healthy snacks and beverages are served beside the infinity swimming pool set in a wooden deck over the lagoon at Lime, with an impressive view over the blue lagoon of spectacular Maldivian sun sets.
For more information about Baros Maldives and Lime Restaurant please visit www.baros.com