Boiled Wheat-berries and Sorghum.

Wheat-berries are what we know in India as whole wheat grains. Commonly used to make Indian flat breads like roti. However, you can also use boiled wheat grains for a variety of recipes. I used these and boiled sorghum, Jowar in India for making risotto. Rinse and soak the wheat in water preferably overnight. Soaking…

Bubble & Squeak Risotto, crispy poached egg.

This is no regular risotto. A British delicacy, Bubble and squeak refers to mashed and fried cabbage, carrot, peas and potato. Inspired from chef Paul Ainsworth’s recipe, I have made this risotto using boiled wheatberries and sorghum instead of Arborio rice. Fried red/purple cabbage, carrots, peas and potato. Aromatics like shallots, garlic and fresh herbs….

Poached egg. A kitchen conundrum solved.

How to get that perfect poached egg every time. Most chefs and cooks find poaching eggs quite tricky. In fact it is a very simple method. Before you poach eggs, always remember and follow the points below and you will never go wrong. 1. Always use the freshest eggs available in the market or (wait…

Handmade from scratch: Lamb Chorizo Sandwich.

Homemade lamb chorizo sandwich. Ingredients: Lamb mince 80:20 (meat to fat ratio) – 250g. 1 onion finely minced. Use lamb, not mutton. 1 stalk Celery finely chopped 4 garlic cloves finely minced. 1 sprig Rosemary finely chopped. Smoked paprika – 1 to 2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper – 1 tsp. Red chili flakes- 2…

Homemade lamb chorizo sandwich.

Smoky grilled Lamb Chorizo topped with herb breadcrumbs, homemade queso sauce (cheese sauce), caramelized balsamic onions, lettuce, cucumbers and tomato.  

Herb breadcrumbs.

Fresh white bread, herbs like mint, cilantro or dill, rosemary, thyme and garlic. Pulverize all together till thoroughly mixed. Use fresh, herby breadcrumbs for gratinating meats or vegetables. Store in air tight container, under refrigeration. Keeps good for 3 days. Use a day old stale bread for better results.  

Homemade lamb chorizo for sandwich.

Ingredients: Lamb mince 80:20 (meat to fat ratio) – 250g. 1 onion finely minced. Use lamb, not mutton. 1 stalk Celery finely chopped 4 garlic cloves finely minced. 1 sprig Rosemary finely chopped. Smoked paprika – 1 to 2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper – 1 tsp. Red chili flakes- 2 tsp. Spicy red chili…

Nasi Goreng. (Indonesian Fried Rice recipe)

“Nasi Goreng” simply means fried rice in Indonesian. Recipe as follows: Ingredients- 1 head shallot, roughly chopped. 3 cloves garlic. 1 – 11/2 tsp shrimp paste. 11/2 Tbsp kecap manis. 1 Tbsp fish sauce. 1 Tbsp sambal oelek. 400g cooked jasmine rice or long grain rice. Salt -To taste. 1 spring onion, chopped. 1 egg…

Color Palette.

A color palette, in the digital world, refers to the full range of colors that can be displayed on a device screen or other interface, or in some cases, a collection of colors and tools for use in paint and illustration programs. This is my kitchen color palette. Full of vibrant colors enough to make…

You are the Picasso of your plate.

Sketching food is an important aspect of food styling. For many chefs, sketching out dishes before they even enter the kitchen is a regular ritual to help find balance in their food from both a taste and visual aspect. It’s the unseen part of the creative process where the flavour and visual backbone of a…