17 Jan 2012

Orange Coulis

This post is about comfort food. I’m sure all of us have this one particular kind of food that we love, something that reminds us of home, a childhood recipe or cooking that takes us back to the good old times. The recipe that I want to share is one of those that instantly takes me back to the times when I developed a fondness for cooking. Come winter and orange coulis, or sauce as we called it, was made very often. All of us loved it and I clearly remember hovering around my mother in the kitchen whenever she used to make this. I would be fascinated with how the sauce thickens upon cooling and she would get exasperated with all my questions. Even with all the watching, coulis is not something that I have always been very comfortable with and it has been my new year’s resolution to learn how to make this well. This time around I got all the instructions and made this with great trepidation. It turned out so well that I felt that I must share it with you.

Eat this with plain vanilla ice cream or have it like I do – sandwiched with your favorite chocolate sponge cake and vanilla ice cream.

Orange Coulis
Makes ¾ th cup

1 cup orange juice
2 level teaspoons cornflour or cornstarch
2 teaspoons sugar
Juice of ½ lime
A few drops of orange essence

For the orange peel to add in the sauce
Orange peel with the pith removed, cut into thin ¼ inch slices
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons sugar

  1. To sweeten the orange peel, put all the ingredients in a bowl and heat it (keep stirring all the while) over a low flame for 5 minutes until the sugar solution thickens and the peel softens.
  2. In a saucepan, put the orange juice, cornflour and sugar and heat it over a low flame. Keep stirring this for 7 – 8 minutes until the sauce thickens a little bit.
  3. Take it off the heat and add the lime juice and orange essence. Add the orange peel and let the sauce cool.
  4. Enjoy it with a bowl of vanilla ice cream.


  1. This is something that is a great thing to have around to spruce up desserts, the possibilities are endless. I will need to try this. Funny how certain foods can take us back to special moments in time. Great post!

  2. this seems nice Radhika. Some how missed reading a few of ur blogs!! this seems easy to try!

  3. I think this would go great on roast chicken with peri peri salt.