Savory Stuffed Apples with Guava Sauce

Vegetarian, gluten free, easy recipe, (also with a vegan option), that is perfect for parties and potluck dinners.

Apples stuffed with coconut filling.Indian fusion recipe, vegetarian, gluten free, vegan option, easy and perfect for #Christmas, #holiday and #potluck parties
Apples stuffed with the savory coconut filling and cooked in the Indian spiced guava sauce!

Where do you get your inspiration? And when you are in that “inspired mode”, are you like me, impatient to pursue?

Well, I was sitting quietly watching a historical documentary on Kashmir. The narrator mentioned how apples are chopped and used as vegetables to make “subjis”…..and the wheels started turning….and before I knew it, I was off the couch checking how many apples I had in the fruit bowl, and gathering ingredients to try and put together this recipe. I was happy to have guava paste in the house as stores would have been closed by then 🙂

If you are not familiar with guava paste, check it out in my Sweet and Tangy Gauva Sheera recipe post. I love the taste!

The apples are stuffed with grated coconut, minced ginger, cilantro, green chili, cashew nuts and raisins and the sweet, sour and tangy guava sauce compliments it perfectly….if I may say so myself 🙂

Apples stuffed with coconut filling.Indian fusion recipe, vegetarian, gluten free, vegan option, easy and perfect for #Christmas, #holiday and #potluck parties
The filling minced together in a food processor- quick and easy!
Apples stuffed with coconut filling.Indian fusion recipe, vegetarian, gluten free, vegan option, easy and perfect for #Christmas, #holiday and #potluck parties
Apples stuffed with the moreish filling! Yummy!
Apples stuffed with coconut filling.Indian fusion recipe, vegetarian, gluten free, vegan option, easy and perfect for #Christmas, #holiday and #potluck parties
Apples cooking in Indian spiced guava sauce!
Apples stuffed with coconut filling.Indian fusion recipe, vegetarian, gluten free, vegan option, easy and perfect for #Christmas, #holiday and #potluck parties
Ready to dig in?

The dish cooked in 8 minutes! How easy is that? It is sure to be my go to dish to take to parties this holiday season!

Savory Stuffed Apples with Guava Sauce

  • Servings: 3~4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients-

For the filling-

  • A handful of cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • ½ small fresh green chili ( or to taste)
  • 1/8 inch thick slice of fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoon raisins
  • 8 cashew nuts
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated coconut or frozen coconut defrosted
  • Salt to taste

4 small or 3 big apples

For the sauce-

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil + ½ teaspoon butter (for vegan choice, use coconut oil)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1/16 inch slice of ginger, cut into slivers
  • 1/3 cup guava paste, about an inch of the slab, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste

To make the Savory Stuffed Apples with Guava Sauce-

  1. Make the filling. In a food processor or by hand, mince together the cilantro, chili, ginger, raisins and cashew nuts. Add the coconut and salt. Set aside.
  2. Prep the apples. Cut off a slice at the top and scoop out the inside with a spoon, leaving about 3/8 inch edge all around. Core and chop the scooped apple flesh and add to the coconut filling. Mix well.
  3. Stuff the apples with the mixture.
  4. In a sauce pan, heat the oil+ butter on medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and the red chilies. When they crackle, add the slivered ginger and let it sizzle.
  5. Add the guava paste, water and salt and stir to make sure the paste is dissolved. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low, add the stuffed apples in the pan and spoon some of the sauce over it.
  6. Cover and let it cook on low for 7 to 8 minutes or until the apples are cooked but not mushy.
  7. Serve this spectacular and yummy dish with rotis or cooked quinoa.

Enjoy!

I am taking this newly discovered favorite dish to Angie’s Fiesta Friday which I am lucky to be co-hosting with Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju !See you there!

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24 Comments Add yours

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Greg!

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  1. Loretta says:

    Wow Sandhya, very clever! I like the idea of incorporating those Indian spices into the apples which no doubt elevated your taste buds. It’s quite a creative and unusual recipe I’d never have come up with. That guava sauce, ginger, coconut, cumin and other spices sounds absolutely wonderful. A touch of pungency coming through the sweetness of the apples, had to have been pretty moreish.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much dear Loretta. I made up the recipe as I went along, but am very happy with the result. And it is so easy to put together too. I have my book group potluck and Yankee swap next week and am thinking of making it again.

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  2. What an idea Sandhya. Lovely concoction of flavors. Hope it tasted yumm. Wish to have a bite. 😊you have taken your inspired mode to a different level.
    Meena.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Meena. The combination of flavors came together very nicely.

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  3. Love the guava sauce and the stuffing you have here Sandhya, especially the addition of cilantro. Brilliant! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Ronit. I made up the recipe as I went along but am happy with how the flavor combination turned out.

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  4. Hi co-host! It is always so much fun to read your recipes as they are frequently unique to me and always look delicious. Happy Fiesta Friday Sandhya 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Judi! I am thrilled to be co-hosting with you! This dish is unique because I made up the recipe as I went along. Luckily the combination of flavors worked really well 🙂

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  5. Wow Sandhya – this is so inventive! I wouldn’t have pictured baked apples in a savoury dish!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Laura!

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  6. Antonia says:

    Your apples look amazing Sandhya! Such a creative dish! I love baked apples, but haven’t had any like this before. Happy Fiesta Friday and thanks for hosting! Have a lovely weekend 😀

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Antonia! I made up the recipe as I went along but am very happy with how it turned out. the flavors worked very well together.

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  7. This looks so delicious and a completely new way to use apples for me! Very intriguing and beautiful!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Jenny!

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  8. This looks special and creative Sandhya….you are right, in Kashmir we do use apples in cooking and even dry them to preserve for future cooking. Love the stuffing! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Zeba! Loved watching the documentary about the historical influences on the cuisine of Kashmir.

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    2. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Zeba!

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  9. Delicious appearance! Looks yummy!

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  10. How different, but love the idea. Some tasty flavors.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Caroline! I was happy that the flavors came together nicely.

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  11. Sumith says:

    An absolute treat to the taste buds. You are so creative in those great combination of flavours!! Love your blog!!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Sumith. I admire your creativity, so this is a huge compliment for me! I love your blog too.

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