Culinary Journeys

Goan Chorizo Sausage Pulao

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Culinary Journeys | 0 comments

Goan Chorizo Sausage Pulao

Ingredients   250gm Goan pork sausages/chorizo 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste 2 cups duck stock(I used a few bony pieces of the duck meat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and made a simmering stock from it) 2 medium onions chopped fine 2 small tomatoes finely chopped 1 green chilli slit salt to taste 1 tbsp oil or ghee a dash of sugar Whole spices (garam masala) 4 cloves 4 peppercorns 1 inch cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf 1 star anise 1 black cardamom Preparation: 1. Wash the basmati rice 2-3 times and soak it in sufficient water for 15-20 minutes. Drain & keep...

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Fiery Hot Duck Vindaloo

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Culinary Journeys | 0 comments

Fiery Hot Duck Vindaloo

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons cumin seeds 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic 1 teaspoon ground red pepper( I used dried ground Mexican Poblano Chillies) 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/3 cup white wine/grape vinegar 1 kilogram duck meat, cut in medium pieces( Ask your butcher to leave the skin on for that extra crispness) 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups minced fresh onion 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 cup water 3 tablespoons tomato paste 2...

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A Delightful Gastronomic Sin, “Per Se”!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Culinary Journeys, Reviews & Recommendations | 10 comments

A Delightful Gastronomic Sin, “Per Se”!

There are lunches and then there are lunches that are downright sinful. “Per se”, this lunch was the epitome of a dining nirvana.  Between the various functions dedicated to each table (each and every one of them thoroughly knowledgeable about each and every dish printed on the everyday-custom-made menu), everything at Per Se– from the ambiance, impeccable service, pace of the service, the wine selection, and not to leave behind by any mean quarter, surrealistically delicious food, to even the restrooms– was the fantasy finale of a dining experience. In that context,...

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Eataly, New York:Everything Eataly-an!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Culinary Journeys, Reviews & Recommendations | 1 comment

Eataly, New York:Everything Eataly-an!

Let me start with the last. “Let’s go to Eataly!”, he said. He has stayed in the Americas for the last 15 years or so, with enough travel and food experience around the world to be termed a global citizen. So, when he suggests that my trip to NY won’t hold good, if I do not walk and/or dine at Eataly (Pronounced  how you are read it!), I simply agree to it…presuming it was Little Italy, he was referring to! I smirked, thinking he was showing off his Mediterranean accent, complete with the lisp! Turns out, it wasn’t Little Italy, but the place is actually...

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Kashmiri ‘Wazwan’ Gosht

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Culinary Journeys | 11 comments

Kashmiri ‘Wazwan’ Gosht

“Wazwan” (Inspired)Kashmiri Gosht (serves 10-12 friends, we consider extended-family) Mutton-2 kilograms Onions-1 kilograms,finely chopped Whole Kashmiri Chillies(round whole chillies with a sweet skin and a hot interior) Kashmiri Mirch powder-3 tablespoons Aniseed/Fennel paste-2 tablespoons Whole fennel seeds-2 teaspoons Tomato Puree-2.5 cups Garam Masala powder-2 teaspoons Whole Fenugreek-4 teaspoons Shahi Cardamom- 6-7 numbers,lightly crushed Crushed peppercorns-3 tablespoons Yoghurt (to marinate the mutton) Salt to taste Pinch of saffron(soaked in 1/4th cup of warm milk Oil-3...

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‘Masterchef’ Spiced Chicken with Summer Salad

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Culinary Journeys | 3 comments

‘Masterchef’ Spiced Chicken with Summer Salad

Dukka Spiced Sesame-Walnut ‘Masterchef’ Chicken with Summer Salad(Serves 2): The chicken 1kg free range chicken for grilling(thighs and legs separately) Del Monte Extra Virgin Olive oil, to drizzle 1 clove garlic, sliced 2 sprigs rosemary Dukka spice 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1/3 cup walnuts, dry roasted and minced 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon ajwain 1 teaspoon sea salt ¼ cup sesame seeds Summer salad ¼ watermelon, cut into triangular pieces ¼ muskmelon, cut into triangular pieces Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits 1 cucumber, deseeded and cut...

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