Ashwagandha Truffles- Ayurvedic Exotica
Ashwagandha, also called as winter berry or Indian ginseng is an ancient herb that goes back to Ayurvedic times. It is well-known for enhancing immunity, regulating sugar levels, combating anxiety, relieving stress, increasing energy levels and improving concentration.
Executive Chef Kapil Dubey from The Den Bengaluru has leveraged this versatile herb to create delectable truffles (laddoos) that should be taken during breakfast with a glass of milk, or post dinner.
“The richness of this ...
Cooking with Banana Peels
Green and yellow banana peels can taste as delicious as a ripe banana...if made into epicurean delights that is. When presented with an opportunity to innovate and curate, chefs can come up with truly incredible dishes that can taste heavenly.
Banana peels are thick, fibrous and carry a slight bitter taste and according to nutritionists they are good source of potassium, fibre, magnesium and vitamins B6 and B12. Regular consumption of banana peels helps you sleep well at night, courtesy the ...
Exotica with Lavender, Sandalwood &Chamomile
The Chef Post’s recent dessert extravaganza in early December, Cold War 2019 witnessed over 100 talented chefs from 21 uber luxury hotels and standalone restaurants in Bangalore come together and display their culinary skills and baking expertise. Themed around ‘’Progressive Desserts’’; desserts that herald a new beginning come 2020, the event erupted into a riot of ideas, concepts, flavours, textures and tastes!
As each hotel put their best chefs forward, what caught our particu...
Fried Apple Tacos
It’s apple season and we have a peppy appetizer which lavishly uses freshly harvested apples. Executive Chef Avinash Kumar from Novotel Imagica Khopoli near Mumbai, shares an innovative recipe of Fried Apple Tacos.
• Refined flour 300 gm
• Vegetable Oil 50 ml
• water 100 ml
• salt 3 gm
• Baking powder 5 gm
For crumb fried apple
• Apple 100 gm
• Cinnamon a pinch
• Salt 10 gm
• Water 200 ml
• Refined Flour 10 gm
• Bread crumbs 60 gm
Pico de ...
The classic Italian risotto, rich and creamy with Parmesan cheese, butter and rice, slow-cooked till perfection, has attained immense popularity with the Indian palate. But with growing health-consciousness, foodies are aggressively seeking out healthier options of their favourite delights.
And getting innovative with ingredients and creative with presentation is Kapil Dubey, Executive Chef at The Den Bengaluru who craftily replaces rice with the much healthier, nutrient-dense ragi, a native ...
Basil Seeds – The Indian Chia Seeds
Get over chia seeds. Basil seeds are around in abundance. And cost a fraction of what their more popular cousin costs in the market. Black, sesame sized and tear-shaped, basil seeds have been traditionally consumed in Indian homes by first soaking them in water for a few hours and then adding them to milk or beverages when they swell up and turn gelatinous and crunchy.
Take a look at some of the health benefits basil seeds carry…
Rich in Calcium, Magnesium and Iron
A tablespoon of ...
Sprucing Up Veggies – Ash Gourd
In our attempt to give traditional Indian vegetables a glamorous makeover, we’ve asked chefs from a host of luxe hotel brands like Hilton, Swissotel and Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts to craft out delectable delights from humble veggies like snake gourd, teasel gourd and yam, amongst others. And what an enticing spread it has been so far! From snake gourd burgers to yam pancakes, chefs have lent modern, contemporary twists to these veggies, creating stunning dishes.
Taking ahead this ...
Sprucing Up Veggies – Snake Gourd
Ever tasted snake gourd burger? Well…don’t knot your brows in a bewildered manner. If you’re game for some deliciously healthy experimentation, then ditch that hamburger, chicken burger or even a mashed potato burger with extra cheese. Taking wellness-centred culinary innovation to a whole new level is Executive Chef Dinesh Mhatre from Hilton Mumbai International Airport.
Chef Mhatre believes traditional Indian vegetables like the snake gourd need to be reinvented in contemporary ...
Green Apples in Town
The Indian tropics are famed for a variety of fruits from bananas to mangoes. Although apples grow aplenty in the northern cooler Himalayan belts, green apples have so far been a novelty, with mostly imported varietals from the USA and New Zealand dotting fruit markets across the country.
Being high in vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, green apples increase the body’s metabolism and help in detoxification; while the tartaric and maleic acids keep digestive health intact. Meaty and juicy, ...
The chickpea wonder – Hummus
The millennial pantry essential is a jar of hummus
Hummus dates back to the 12th century and is believed to be conceived in the Mediterranean empire. It is an immaculate blend of garbanzo beans and tahini accompanied by a dash of lime, pinch of salt and a generous dribble of the olive oil.
Hummus in the Mediterranean cuisine
Hummus is believed to have its roots in the Mediterranean kingdoms since the chickpeas are copiously grown, harvested and celebrated in these regions. In Israel ...