I cant stop smiling! I am at a unique and much cherished dinner. She’s twenty two years old and has won the world’s first vegetarian masterchef. He is 56 years old, a revered Michelin starred chef from Italy. She is a Gujarati born and bred in Abu dhabi and has majored in finance and business from a prestigious American university. Whereas Roberto Franzin is from a family of professional chefs and cooks, Nikita Gandhi grew up watching her mother cook (she has never baked). Having won the masterchef series zoomed Nikita into the international lime light (and she even assisted Sanjeev Kapoor in cooking for Prime minister Modi). Roberto honed his formidable talents under superstars: Spanish Chef Santi Santimaria, and the French chef Jean François Piège and his restaurant has been conferred the coveted Michelin stars.
I’m celebrating! The word “multi” just got redefined. We’ve all heard of multi-cuisine, but how about multi-talented, multi-payment options, multi-homechefs? All this just a click away.And not to forget it’s all home-delivered too.
Have I managed to intrigue you? Confuse you? Its quite simple really and very useful to know.
This is all about an online platform to order incredibly delicious home made meals and bakery items and get them delivered right at your desk or doorstep.
CHENNAI’S CHUTNEY MAGIC
Found. Atlast. The most vibrant of chutneys and chutney recipes and that too here, at our “Whats hot tasting session” in Chennai. I like to call myself a “chutney champion” and trawl the world looking for unique and yummy chutney recipes. Be it the fruit based ones of the Western cuisines or the spice infused ones of the Eastern ones.
Grilled Lemon Chicken with Cinnamon Sticks
Chef: Farrokh Khambatta
Category: Main Course
Cooking Time: 15 minutes Prepn/Marin 5 minutes
Herbed Chicken Drumsticks
Chef: Satish Arora
Cooking Time: 20 minutes Prepn/Marin 15 minutes
8 Chicken drumsticks, without skin
60 gms. Fresh bread crumbs
15 gms. Parsley, chopped
20 gms. Garlic, chopped
1 tspn. Rosemary, chopped
1 gms. Star anise powder
2 tbsp Thyme
1 tspn. Paprika powder
1 ½ tbsp. Cheese powder
8 Egg whites
1 tsp. Black pepper corns, crushed
10 gms Flour
As required Salt
4 tsp. Olive oil
Make insertions in chicken pieces.
Beat egg white stiffly in a bowl.
Mix bread crumbs with parsley, paprika, star anise powder, garlic, rosemary, thyme, cheese powder and salt. Mix well.
Dust chicken with flour, then dip in eggs and roll in breadcrumbs. Pat and keep aside.
In a frying pan, heat oil. Put chicken pieces slowly (not too many at one time). Turn over when brown.
Arrange in a greased tray and put in preheated oven (350 F.) for 15-20 minutes.
Serve chicken with a spicy tomato sauce.
Murgh Shorba “healthy refreshing soup”
Chef: Kesar Singh Kotwal
Cooking time: 45 minutes Prepn/Marin Time 10 minutes
Ingredients 1kg Chicken bones
5 gms. Peppercorns
20 gms. Onions, quartered
40 gms. Tomatoes, quartered
60 gms. Turnip (shalgam), quartered
30 gms. Leeks, diced
As required Salt
40gms. Chicken breast, boiled and shredded
40ml. Fresh Cream
Boil chicken bones along with the flavouring ingredients for 35-40 minutes.
Strain the soup and check seasoning. Stir in the cream before serving.
Garnish with shredded chicken and serve hot.
SHHH! SECRETS AHEAD
Im about to share a very yummy secret with you. Correction: many secrets that will help you cook and eat healthy as well as tasty. And creating these recipes and sharing them freely is a slender, slim and sunshiny young girl. I was so rivetted by her instagram posts that I requested to meet her. Whoa! What an amazing success story…Karen McLean , this Australian-Vietnamese girl moved to Dubai only two years ago and since then has millions of fan followers. She’s a qualified CA who came to a foreign country (Dubai), loves cooking and her dad and grandpa are amazing cooks. But healthy eating recipes are her very own and it was accidentally that Karen started sharing them on her website and instagram and voila! her fan following hit sky high.
MY DOUBLE TREAT
It’s a treat to beat all treats. A Double Treat, whichever way you look at it. And Im not only referring to the delicious nutritious dates (which I cant stop eating) but also my delightful dates from South India. The brilliant Executive chef Thirimalai Murugan ‘s award winning dish blends South India and Dubai so is it any wonder that the dish was given highly prestigious UAE award? The creative and hard working chef from kanyakumari has not only honed his talents all over the world, but has also spearheaded many a hotel pre-opening team.