How to make Apple Pineapple Surprise -

A delicious fusion dish – baked moong dal halwa base covered with fresh fruit roundels and baked again

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Medium red apple, Medium pineapple

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Desserts

Apple Pineapple Surprise

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Fusion cuisine is one that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style and have played a part in a number of innovations.
Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms.  

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Apple Pineapple Surprise Recipe

  • Medium red apple 1/2

  • Medium pineapple peeled 1/2

  • Medium pear 1/2

  • Tata Sampann Moong Dal 1/2 cup

  • Ghee 3 tablespo to grease

  • Sugar 1/2 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Castor sugar 3 tablespoons

  • Cinnamon powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Sugar syrup for glazing

  • Fresh mint sprig for garnish


Step 1

Put Tata Sampann Moong Dal in a grinder jar and grind to a coarse powder.

Step 2

Heat ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add the moong dal powder, mix well and saute on medium heat, stirring continuously for 7-8 minutes or till it turns golden brown. Add 2 cups water, mix well, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 180˚C.

Step 4

Add sugar and green cardamom powder and mix well. Cook till the sugar is dissolved completely and the mixture gets a halwa consistency.

Step 5

Grease a loose bottom aluminium cake tin with ghee. Spread the moong dal mixture evenly in the tin, keep the tin in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely. Remove the moong dal from the baking tin and place it on a baking tray.

Step 6

Halve the apple into half horizontally and core it with a corer. Thinly slice them into roundels. Similarly, slice the pear. Thinly slice pineapple into roundels.

Step 7

Arrange the fruit roundels all over the moong dal base alternatively, each roundel overlapping the other slightly.

Step 8

Mix together castor sugar and cinnamon powder in a bowl and sprinkle this on top of the fruit roundels.

Step 9

Keep the tray in the oven and bake at 180˚C for 5-7 minutes. Take it out of the oven and brush sugar syrup on top.

Step 10

Keep it on a serving platter, garnish with mint sprig and serve.

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