Christmas Brunch at Diva Restaurants, Sangam Courtyard

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Chef Ritu Dalmia is a name that speaks of sheer brilliance. A fan of her curated menu at  Depot 29 , I couldn’t wait to enjoy the festive season feasting a specially curated menu by the respected chef herself.

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Sangam Courtyard houses some of the finest and my favorite restaurants of the city. Diva Restaurants nestled in this calm and upcoming food hub, stands firmly to its sturdy reputation and lives upto my expectations of food that lingers on your taste buds for long.

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Christmas Brunch began on a tasteful note with Millet Salad. It was a great appetizer to begin the festive feasting. Paired with the traditional Mulled Wine that was warmed to perfection, the choice of ingredients in the dish and the lemon dressing in the dropper were a visual delight!

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Tried two variants of Pizzas straight out of oven piping hot! Vegetarian Hand Tossed Pizza was my favorite – The aroma of fresh Basil. baby Tomatoes and gooey Cheese was indeed very scrumptious. The dish was bursting with both colors and delicious flavors. Certainly coming back again here for this.

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Chicken Breast with Zucchini, Black Pepper Sauce and Rosemary Potatoes was a masterpiece.  Intelligent pairing of food along with an exemplary plating.. sounds like a true Ritu Dalmia recipe of success. There is nothing flawed in some dishes, and here this one above is a clear example of that.

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Bikaneri Roti was soft, flaky and stuffed with filling of green peas. This renowned Marwadi offering from the Rajasthani Cuisine was paired with a Papaya Curry. A quite unusual and flavorful twist sure to be loved by every vegetarian definitely.

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Cinnamon Custard coupled with a Christmas Cake filled with Cashew Nuts and Cardamon is a match made in heaven. This dessert was the highlight of the meal and even with very appetite, I couldn’t resist to binge on the entire serving.

Ended the meal brimming with joy of feasting on such appetizing food, and healthy conversations about various Indian cuisines and cultures. Chef Ritu Dalmia‘s warm and humble nature reflects in the food she cooks, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate the season of jolly!

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Enjoy this festive feasting only at Diva Restaurants, Sangam Courtyard on 24th and 25th December, 2015.

KFC launches no crust, all-chicken KFC Chizza

KFC’s signature hot and crispy chicken has been our favorite for almost a decade. After making their presence felt in India and weaving numerous success stories, this leading restaurant chain decided to to surprise its loyalists with a new offering this new year.

KFC’s juicy and crispy fillet is turned into a ‘Chizza’ with the addition of crispy toppings, gooey molten cheese, signature pizza sauce. All the ingredients ideally used in Pizza but with NO CRUST and only 100% REAL CHICKEN as the base. With toppings of Oregano and Chilli Flakes, you can certainly count on Chizza to tantalize your taste buds! A quick tip to enjoy it piping hot, before both the Chicken and Cheese get soggy.

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The product was launched with much fanfare by KFC Chief Food Innovation Officer, Praneet Singh at a launch party held at a KFC store in Connaught Place in New Delhi on December 18. The theme of the party was #WhyNot, the very origin of the thought that led to the genesis of the Chizza (a pizza without any base, #WhyNot?).

India’s first-ever vocal orchestra Voctronica (a band without any musical instruments…#WhyNot) also pumped up the tempo at the event and performed a unique Chizza anthem based on the #WhyNot theme.

KFC Chizza is a limited period offering, available across all KFC stores in India with a nominal pricing of INR 169.  Do share your experience with me!

 

Leonardo Olive Oil launches a new variant at the New Delhi Palate Fest 2015

Leonardo Olive Oil launched its new variant, Olive Oil – Extra Light, at the New Delhi Palate Fest 2015, Nehru Park on November 28th, 2015. To celebrate the launch and demonstrate the use of Olive Oil-Extra Light in day to day cooking, Leonardo Olive Oil hosted a Masterclass in association with Chef Kishi Arora. The event witnessed food enthusiasts who were keen to learn cooking using Leonardo Olive Oil – Extra Light.

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Chef Kishi Arora curated tea treat recipes such as Achari Paneer with Tadka Veggies, Buckwheat Sago Tikki with Green Chutney  and a 2 minute Olive Oil Chocolate Cake in a mug! Despite using only 1/3rd of olive oil as compared to other regular cooking oil(s) viz. sunflower, soybean, rice bran etc., the texture and taste were appreciated by the visitors. Leonardo Olive Oil uses 1/3rd the other refined oils because of its high MUFA content. MUFA forms a thin crust over the food item cooked in olive oil and inhibits oil penetration, making it light, tastyand healthy.

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Leonardo Olive Oil – Extra Light is best suited for day-to-day Indian cooking as it is naturally refined oil mixed with extra virgin olive oil that enhances its health benefits. It has high MUFA content (75%), zero cholesterol, trans-fat free This oil can be used for stir-frying, sautéing and shallow frying; therefore one can use it to cook their favorite day-to-day Indian dishes such as Paranthas, Palak Paneer, Mixed Vegetables etc.

Chef Kishi Arora said “It was a great experience to host a live cooking class at the New Delhi Palate Fest 2015. I am happy to be a part of this event to create awareness about the multiple uses of Olive Oil in Indian cooking and its health benefits. It was interesting to experiment with three different cooking techniques using olive oil to create dishes ranging from a shallow fried tikki to stir fried vegetables, and even a dessert!”

Neelima Burra, CMO, Cargill Foods India Ltd said “Palate Fest enables us to connect with consumers directly and demonstrate the versatile usage of olive oil. With 1/3rd the oil usage (as compared to other refined oils) and a host of other health benefits, Leonardo olive oil makes the dishes healthy so that consumers can enjoy their cuisine without thinking about the oil. We have a range of olive oils to suit Indian taste palate and are happy to add a new variant – Leonardo Olive Oil Extra Light, which further strengthens our portfolio and is perfect for day-to-day cooking in Indian kitchens.”

Leonardo olive Oil-Extra Light is natural refined oil infused with extra virgin olive oil and is perfect for day-to-day cooking.  It is available in pack sizes of 1 Ltr. & 2 Ltr.

 

 

Sky Lounge and Bar Season II : What a perfect comeback!

As winter sets in and the temperature drops, ‘Sky Lounge and Bar’ opens its doors for a second innings! The unveiling of the new season was marked by a glamorous launch party recently. An extension of the night sky, located on the top of Hotel The Royal Plaza on Ashoka Road, ‘Sky Lounge and Bar’ is the Capital’s highest lounge with the largest open bar. The season two marks yet another incomparable season of innovative cocktails, mouthwatering food, striking atmosphere and spectacular views.

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‘Sky’ is spread across an expanse of 18,000 sq. ft., divided between two interconnected spaces, the Moon Bar and the Presidential Lounge. The strategic location of the venue provides a panoramic 360 degree view of the scenic city, with key highlights including Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Qutub Minar, amongst other significant landmarks in the city.

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Commenting on the occasion Mr. Vikram Mittal, Managing Director of the Litolier Group, the parent company of Hotel The Royal Plaza said, “We are proud and excited to announce the launch of the season two of the highest and largest lounge bar and grill.  The overwhelming response received in the last season has motivated us to keep the fabulous work going .This season promises fun and thrill like never before.”

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Positioned as a premium lifestyle destination, ‘Sky’ encompasses state-of-the art facilities and amenities, including a vast open-air space, which can be used flexibly for hosting a variety of small and large scale events, larger-than-life projection screens, enchanting water features and an advanced viewing telescope, amongst others.

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Along with this, ‘Sky’ has an extensive menu encompassing various cuisines and an extensive bar menu featuring an eclectic selection of whiskies, wines, champagnes etc. The menu also boasts of innovative cocktails, all prepared and served by warm, engaging and experienced personnel.

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Smitten by the ecstatic view of the city from 19th floor, I will be back with my favorites from the menu at ‘Sky’ soon.

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Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur unveils his love affair with Avocados!

Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur hosted an interactive session using Avocado as the hero product organized by AVANZA in association with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) at the Russian Cultural Centre, New Delhi on 28 November, 2015.

Chef presented a live demonstration of Avocado recipes for all the members of Tangent Ladies Club and talked about the various health & nutritional benefits of the premium fruit Avocado along with Nutritionist Geetu Amarnani at the event.

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The event was hosted by Avanza to increase awareness about avocado – thereby  announcing the availability of New Zealand avocados in India and to educate Indian consumers of the umpteen benefits of the super fruit. The informative session unveiled many unknown facts about Avocados. “Avocado is a storehouse of all the essential nutrients and a must have for everyone as part of their daily diet.” Said Nutritionist Geetu.

Chef Kunal enthralled the audience by demonstrating easy to prepare, instant & healthy recipes using avocados. He shared recipes for Avocado & Kiwi Smoothie, Avocado & Chickpea Hummus and Avocado & Salmon Sandwich.

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Talking about his love for the super fruit, Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur said,I am in love with the fruit. But for me it wasn’t an instant love affair, my passion for this fruit has grown and matured over the years and it still continues to surprise me as it is such a versatile fruit and can be used in many forms. I remember that a decade back, Avocados were a rarity and unfortunately we didn’t even know how to use them.As I started researching more and experimented with the fruit, it came out as a strong super food that not only boosts the nutritive value of the food but also makes it delightful.It’s great to see, that the fruit is being available in abundance now and more more people are understanding its benefits.

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After the live session, ladies at the event got the chance to taste the freshly prepared recipes using Avanza Avocados. A few of Chef’s dishes were inspired from his recipe book ‘A Chef In Every Home’. Chef Kunal is always on a lookout for exploring interesting ingredients with nutritional benefits & taste.

The Grub Fest 2015

The season of food festivals in Delhi kickstarted with The Grub Fest from 23rd October to 25th October. Three days devoted to celebration of food, yes absolute bliss for the foodies of our city! Gurgaon was buzzing with crowd, which was not very likely on a day of holiday. Contrary to its first stint, The Grub Fest came to our capital for a second innings and left us bewildered and how!

Almost 50 restaurants and cafes came on one ground with the best of their offerings and servings, waiting to enchant the customer who passes by their stall. While some complained of parking issues, a majority walked out with a smile evident of a sinful gastronomical adventure.

For all those who missed, enjoy these photos and videos that I took from my latest gadget, Google Nexus 5X from this 3 day extravaganza. Delhi, you never fail to impress me. Love such innovative culinary experiences and adventures!

Here are my 5 key takeaways from The Grub Fest 2.0! Read on 🙂

Emerging of the chefs: The chefs are slowly and gradually coming to the forefront. They are starting to be known by their signature dishes, the brands they have built and they are not shying away from any attention. Loved the masterclasses by the chefs giving them the much deserved attention.

Amalgamation of food, music and dance: Music , food, and our favorite theater artists, what happens when you bring all three at one common platform? The result is sheer brilliance. Apart from food, the organizers had enough reasons to keep the crowd hooked. Eminent names like Vir Das, Hari Sukhmani and Nikhil Chinnapa were enough reasons for Delhiites to skip their lazy Sunday plans and hop onto this festival.

Willingness to experiment: Audience is no longer confined to the restaurants or the dishes in their favorite list. Blame it either on exposure of digital media or a change in thinking, but we do notice a considerable taste of experiment in the people of Delhi be it fusion of street food or new cuisines. P.S we are not complaining!

People are not shying away from cocktails, especially women: It’s not longer a taboo to drink a whiskey or savor the alcohol you have always love but a little reluctant to try it in public. We saw bartenders acing some brilliant techniques and wooing away the ladies with cocktails, that lost count. From Sangria Chuski to Aam Panna Cocktail, there were enough varieties to keep us glued to the bar!

This is the start, something BIG is coming: With The Grub Fest kicking the countdown of the festivals, get ready to bid goodbye to your diet plans as our city is all set to witness 5 more festivals in the next 2 months. From Delhi Cocktail Week, to Palate Fest, or to the Street Food Festival, I am going to bring you my picks of the best from these fests.  Until then, keep eating and exploring!

Check out my Youtube Channel to catch a glimpse of The Grub Fest 2.0 – https://youtu.be/ltRm-A9eHYo

Leaping Caravan’s Shirazine Menu

Does food take you back to a memory?

Well, at rarest of rare occasions like these, when eminent food connoisseurs embark on a journey to spill the beans of some of the most underrated and delicious recipes from their bag full of traditions. Say hello to Parul Pratap Shirazi of Chef at Large fame, the magician as I must say, for giving us something beyond food, an experience, a lingering taste, a long lost memory of the flavours I, and perhaps a lot of you grew up with.

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She ties up with Leaping Caravan, Delhi NCR’s renowned food-tech home delivery service that brings the flavours of the Indian Dhaba right at our doorstep. The uncompromising attitude with the hygiene, the generous quantity, such nice packaging are few parameters that are very tough to be not pleased with, the moment you receive the order. Followed by the aroma of the food cooked in authentic spices, that just can’t fail to leave you smitten.

 

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The menu is a delight for both vegetarians as well as non vegetarians. Keeping it simple, classy and tad original, just like Parul herself, you just can’t go wrong with any dish you lay your hands on!

 

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RawalPindi Meat Curry tops the list of my favorites. The dish that forced me to quit the fork and etiquette, and totally justified a guilt free indulgence. Soft lamb, very well cooked Curry and the flavour that reminds me of nothing except my grandmom! The preparation is done in a slow cooking pot, which gives ample time for the spices to blend in the food and gives such rich flavour to the dish.

 

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Beeji Ka Chicken Bharta becomes an instant hit with the aroma of the ingredients. The shredded chicken, chopped onions and the flavour is going to stay with you for long. These dishes don’t come by often, don’t miss on this one!

Biryani lovers like me could kill for such delicious Mutton Biryani. So well cooked, and perfectly marinated meat just shows how efficient the cook making the dish is. Worth a double serving, without a doubt.

 

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Pom’s Dhaba Ghobi is the perfect dish for the brewing winter season. If you are a fan of Ghobi Parathas drowned with generous quantity of white butter, then this dish is going to give you a similar feeling of authentic Dhaba food. Won my dad’s heart, and left the family gleaming with joy!

Ending the meal with Ghee Shakkar Roti that transported me straight to the time when enjoying a Chappati dipped with Ghee and stuffed with Shakkar, cooked with nothing but love by your Granny meant bliss. How often do you see such heroic attempts in the kitchen?

Skip a party, order in this exclusive meal and savour it with your family. You might just end up having the best food and a nostalgic conversation, just like I did.

The limited edition menu is now LIVE on www.leapingcaravan.com. Orders can be placed online or customers can call in for quick delivery options across Delhi NCR.

For the Leaping Caravan’s Shirazine menu – Visit: www.leapingcaravan.com
To place orders call – 9015141688 or log onto www.leapingcaravan.com
Timings: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Outlets: – Gurgaon & Saket, Delhi NCR

Amuse Bouche to MasterChef Australia Season 7

 

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To kickstart the fabulous new season of MasterChef Australia, Star World and Food Talk India Curated a bite sized experience to Season 7 in association with Olive Bar Qutub Minar.

 

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AMUSE BOUCHE – a French word that translates to “Amuse mouth”

Inspired by 5 favorite recipes from this season- Chef Sujan Sarkar created a bite sized teaser to MasterChef Australia Season 7. Here’s a little snapshot of the delicacies especially curated by the talented culinary expert.

On the menu:

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Muse: of The Hills Hoist
Amuse Bouche: Beetroot chip, truffled goat cheese mousse, cress and mud

 

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Muse: Mushroom Custard Hazelnut Granola with Sautéed Mushrooms and Mushroom Pickle
Amuse Bouche: Liquid duck egg and Hazelnut mousse, puffed black rice, mushroom smoke

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Muse: Lamb Noisettes a la Forestiere with Madeira Sauce
Amuse Bouche: Sous vide Australian lamb loin Confit root, semi dried tomato, burnt leeks, braised lettuce, thyme jus

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Muse: Bistro Vues Warm Chocolate Orange Mousse
Amuse Bouche: Hot Valarhona mousse, Kumquart sorbet, chocolate cookie crumble

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Muse: Passionfruit Sphere and Coconut Granita with Pineapple
Amuse Bouche: Broken passion fruit tart Passion fruit sable, passion fruit gel, passion fruit curd, fake egg shell meringue

Here’s a few snapshots from the wonderful event. The event brought together eminent names from the industry sharing a common love for food and celebrating Food Talk India’s association with Star World Masterchef Australia Season 7.

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Keep watching Star World and stay tuned to Food Talk India for your daily dose of salivation!

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Nando’s rolls out a new menu!

 

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The inception of Nando’s in our capital city dates back to 2010. Since then, Indian taste buds have never been more fond of the Peri Peri flavour and hence, the massive expanse of this foreign food chain to multiple outlets in Delhi. From Connaught Place, to Vasant Vihar and Gurgaon, Nando’s has its presence felt in all major locations of NCR.

Keeping up with the trend of the health wave swept across this generation, and giving the regular visitors few more reasons to binge here, Nando’s rolled out a new menu that stands eligible be the perfect September supper! A few different renditions and a few new recipes make this menu very exciting and a must try!

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Chicken Breast Burger: The juicy and succulent Chicken Breast is served on a toasted Portuguese roll with fresh additions of Rocket Leaves, Tomato, Pickled Red Onions and a lavish spread of PERI-naise. Due to the lighter texture and crispy crust of Portuguese roll, this Burger makes up for a wholesome meal without making you feel guilty!

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Chicken Pita: The delectable combination of tender Chicken Strips, a crispy Veggie Salad and Creamy Whip with a hint of Cilantro, stuffed in a lightly toasted Pita! Sounds too good to be true, eh? The chicken is cooked to perfection, the spices are very well balanced with a lingering taste that is going to stay with you for long.

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Chicken Caesar Wrap: This classic appetizer with Tender chicken, Parmesan Cheese and fresh Lettuce features the perfect amount of dressing to make us salivate! Already a personal favourite, and sure to be a roller coaster for your taste buds!

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Roasted Veggie Wrap: With an ample quantity of veggies, all new fiery hot Red Pepper Dip and a generous helping of fresh Feta Cheese, Roasted Veggie Wrap is a perfect solution to your hunger pangs without compromising on your nutrition and dietary intake. This one has all the potential to be a big hit with veggie enthusiasts!

Dessert Pizzas at Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon

Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon gives us a very palatable and delectable reason to celebrate our sweet tooth. At the onset of monsoon, when we are just recovering from the hangover of celebrating the king of fruits – Mango in a variety of desserts, Chef Amit Dash, Executive Chef Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon brings to table his flavorsome tryst with food innovation.

While the culinary circuit is abuzz with fusion foods and complex food innovations like molecular gastronomy, I rather loved the simplicity of the combination of foods chosen by Chef Amit Dash, which leave you stunned and smitten with an effortless charm.

Mango Basil Pizza

Mango Basil Pizza

His idea of making his daughter gleam with joy after serving a similar dessert on her birthday led to the inception of the idea of dessert pizzas. His 3 month long experimental journey resulted in absolutely lip smacking 8 inches wide and delightful variety of pizzas ranging from a Mango Basil Pizza, Angoori Rasmalai Pizza to Sweet Chilli Pizza and Blueberry White Chocolate Ganache Pizza.

Nizami Nazakat Pizza

Nizami Nazakat Pizza

Nizami Nazakat Pizza – A delicious amalgam of our favorite Indian desserts – Rabri, Gulab Jamun and Boondi is an absolute treat to the taste buds. Blueberry White Chocolate Ganache Pizza – A combination that will linger on your taste buds for long. This variant is my absolute favorite from the list only and only because of the heroic choice of toppings. The classic  Banana Nutella Pizza tastes divine with those chunks of caramelized Banana dipped in luscious Nutella. And to top it all, Mango Basil Pizza stands a class apart with the freshness of Basil and the voluptuous chunks of juicy Mango making their blend totally sinful!

Banana Nutella Pizza

Banana Nutella Pizza

What: Dessert Pizzas
Where: MoMo Café, Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon
When: 20th-31st July
Time: 12 noon to 11:30 PM
Price: INR 401 + taxes