Well, the World Pie or Pi Day is observed in many ways across world, somewhere people eat pie’s to celebrate, whereas at some countries people even throw pie at each other and discuss the significance of the mathematical number “Pi”.
In simple words Pie Day is a great excuse to gather with families and friends and share life’s simple pleasures over a slice or two of pie. We all love pie; sweet, savour, gravy or sauce filled, round, square or triangular. Why not, we also take this opportunity to celebrate the World Pie Day in a traditional Indian style with a homemade and healthy pie.
Pies are well defined by their crusts, with your favorite choice of filling. Pies can be made in variety of sizes, from bite sizes to a bigger one for portioning. The first reference of Pie dates back to the 12th century in England as easy-to-store, easy-to-carry, and long-lasting nutritious food. The pilgrims and early settlers carried pie recipes with them to America, adapting to the locally available ingredients and techniques available to them in the New World.
Try the Mango Lassi Pie:
Lassi, the Indian version of yoghurt based fruit smoothie made by using the ripest mangoes available and flavored with cardamom and lime zest, made into a frozen pie.
The crust –
Graham cracker crumbs (about 10 whole crackers) : 1¼ cups
Unsalted butter, melted : 4 tablespoons
Granulated sugar : 1 tablespoon
Kosher salt : ½ teaspoon
Lime zest : ¼ teaspoon
The filing –
Chopped ripe mango (fresh or frozen) : 3 cups more for garnish
Low-fat plain Greek yogurt : 1 cup
Reduced-fat cream cheese : ¾ cup
Honey : ½ cup
Lime zest : 1 teaspoon, plus garnish
Lime juice : 1 tablespoon
Ground cardamom : ¾ teaspoon
Salt : a pinch
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Use cooking spray to coat a 9-inch pie pan.
- To prepare crust:
- In a large bowl, take graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter, ¼ teaspoon lime zest and ½ teaspoon salt and combine well.
- Evenly press on the bottom and up the sides of the coated pie pan.
- Bake the same in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Take out and let it cool completely on a wired rack.
- To prepare filling:
- In a food processor puree the mango till smooth.
- Strain through a muslin cloth or fine mess sieve to remove any fiber.
- Put the strained puree back into the food processor, add yoghurt, cream cheese, honey, lime zest, lime juice, cardamom and salt. Puree until smooth.
- Put the same into the cooled crust.
- Freeze the pie till it is firm for about 12 hours. Your mango lassi pie is ready to serve.
- Before serving, take out the pie from the freezer and keep it at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Slice it, garnish with chopped or diced mangoes and lime zest and enjoy.
Note: To store is loosely cover it with plastic wrap and enjoy for 5 to 6 days. Top this healthy dessert with a generous dollop of whipped cream if you like.
The article is authored by famous Dietitian Sheela Seharawat. She is founder & chief mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt Ltd www.dietclinic.in