Chocolate Chilli Cake – Cinnamon Ganache

How about a dash of chillies to cut out the saccharine sweetness in your desserts? Spicy desserts are as exotic as chilli flakes over strawberries & cream! They play around with your palate, tickle taste-buds and add some zing to dessert counters stacked heavy with sugar and cream. We approached Executive Pastry Chef Ashutosh Gairola from Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel, a master craftsman when it comes to cakes, pastries and all things sweet to spice up a dessert. And here is ...

What’s with the Small Plate Movement?

With wellness stretching across the horizon, food movements have come to define the way we eat and live in this millennial age. Joining in the bonhomie created by the vegan, raw vegan, gluten-free, organic, slow food and keto movements is the small plate movement. After evaluating what to eat and what to avoid, the wellness-conscious are now eyeing the plates that they use. But does plate size really matter for healthy living? Yes…if you are to believe experts and researchers. You can shed ...

How to Cook Pasta Al Dente

Pasta is a favourite in many restaurants as well as in homes. But cooking it right is a technique that can be mastered with experience and a dose of expert advice. How often have you tried cooking pasta the right way? How often has it gotten overcooked and turned soggy, or has remained undercooked and hard? If ‘al dente’ is what you are looking for, then we have a few tips doled out by a pasta expert himself. ‘’Al dente in Italian means to the tooth.  The basic idea is cooking dried ...

Sustainable Pina Colada

Sustainable cocktails are the buzz this season. From upcycled ingredients to organic produce and a thrust on minimising wastage, mixologists are reimagining classic cocktails and giving them an eco-friendly touch. Akhil Krishnan, food & beverage executive at Hilton Bangalore Embassy Golflinks has reinvented the pina colada by using coconut syrup and cream made in-house, locally sourced pineapples and leveraging the empty pineapple shell to serve the cocktail instead of in a glass! Here...

Sustainable Cocktails – L’heritage

Sustainability reigns high across the food & beverages industry. With chefs sourcing sustainable ingredients and adopting cooking techniques that reflect the trend, how could bartenders and mixologists be far behind? Putting together local organic produce, maximising available ingredients, conserving resources and minimising negative impact on the ecology is what contemporary mixologists are often up to. Cocktails are today focused around being harmonious with nature and are often made ...

Raw Veganism

It’s trendy to be a raw vegan. It’s uber chic to embrace the movement. A niche branch of veganism, raw veganism is catching on with one and all that look for a healthier lifestyle. What is it about? Being a raw vegan implies consuming farm fresh, raw, unprocessed, vegan food bereft of any dairy or animal products. But it’s not all raw. Raw foodies also eat certain food which is cooked, but not heated beyond 46C or 110F. The movement believes heating food beyond this specified ...

Ragi Risotto

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 ...

Charcoal Martini – A Healthy Cocktail

Healthy cocktails? Actually they are much more than mere oxymorons. Talented mixologists who know their trade can bring in elements of wellness to uplift a cocktail onto the health pedestal. Jack G Son Hangshing from Layla, the awe-inspiring rooftop restaurant at The Den Bengaluru is one such mixologist who gives a healthy twist to a tequila cocktail by concocting the Charcoal Martini. ‘’This cocktail takes on a healthy avatar with the addition of activated charcoal. The flavours from ...

Solkadhi Ice Cream

Solkadhi is a fuchsia-toned beverage from the western coast of India which is a concoction of spices and the tropical super-fruit ‘kokum’. Kokum is known for its hydrating and cooling impact on the body, besides offering protection against sunstroke and combating inflammation. In a wonderful wellness-infused twist to frozen desserts, Pastry Chef Rajat Sachdev from Sofitel Mumbai BKC teaches us to prepare the solkadhi and then to fuse it with ice cream mix and churn it into a delicious ice ...

Pickled carrot & barley with arugula, feta & crispy onions

It’s the season for some hearty salads which can make for wholesome meals. If you’re running short on time for both cooking and dining, then it makes perfect sense to put together a filling salad with some cereals, cheese and veggies and can be relished as a main.  Take some inspiration from this awesome recipe of carrots, barley with arugula, feta cheese and onions shared by Sous Chef Soni Rana from ITC Windsor, Bengaluru. Ingredients 300 gms carrots 30 gms pickle – mixed ...