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Sweet Chai-spiced Apple with Pistachio Crunch

The spices used in this easy yet indulgent dish are described in Ayurvedic practice as ‘heat giving’ and they certainly warm you up! 

Black peppercorns and ginger give the dish a subtle heat that marries well with clove and cardamom. It works perfectly with plain ice cream dusted with the apple skin ‘crunch’.

Serves 2
Cooks in
Difficulty Easy
Dr Rupy Aujla Desserts


  • 2 apples, peel removed in long, thin strips
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp demerara sugar
  • 20g unsalted, shelled pistachios, toasted and finely crushed
  • 400ml water
  • large piece of cinnamon bark or cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 thin slices of root ginger (skin on) 4 black peppercorns (or ½ tsp
  • ground black pepper)
  • generous pinch of freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 4 green cardamom pods, lightly  crushed
  • 3 tbsp honey


Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.

Rub the apple peel with the coconut oil, cinnamon and demerara sugar, place in a small roasting tin and bake for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. The peel may still be slightly moist despite being nicely coloured, but it will firm up when cool and become crunchy. Roughly chop the peel, mix it with the crushed pistachios and set aside.

Pour the water into a saucepan with the cinnamon, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, nutmeg, cardamom and honey. Bring to a simmer and add the whole apples. Cover the pan with baking parchment and close the lid tightly over it, so no steam escapes. Cook over a low heat for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat. Transfer the apples to a bowl with a slotted spoon and continue to reduce the liquid until you have about 100ml left.

Serve the warm cooked apples drizzled with the chai syrup (I like to leave the aromatic whole spices in) and top with the apple ‘crunch’ and crushed pistachios.


TIP: This tastes great with frozen yoghurt or simple vanilla ice cream.

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