Travel the world without leaving your kitchen
At home in social isolation instead of enjoying your summer holiday? Here are five easy recipes to bring the world to your plate
The pandemic has stalled all travel plans. Holidays have been cancelled indefinitely and life has come to a standstill. But that doesn’t mean your dinner has to be boring. We asked chefs and food writers for quick, delicious recipes from different parts of the world that they can recreate at home, and here are the results.
NOT-SO-STRICTLY-BRITISH JACKET SWEET POTATO
Cooking time: 60 minutes
4 medium-size sweet potatoes
For the chickpea filling
75g chickpeas (soaked overnight, boiled for 40 minutes)
120g heirloom tomatoes, puréed
60g onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
5g ginger, minced
Half tsp turmeric, freshly grated
Half tsp mustard seeds
Half tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
Half tsp cumin powder
15ml coconut oil
Half-cup parsley, chopped
20ml lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Pierce the skin of the sweet potatoes and roast at 175 degrees Celsius for 45-60 minutes (depending on their size). While the potatoes are roasting, make the filling. Add the coconut oil to a pan with garlic, ginger, turmeric and mustard seeds. Cook the spices on simmer for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add puréed tomatoes, chickpeas, Kashmiri red chilli powder and cumin powder. Cook for 5 minutes and add water to the mixture. Cook on gentle heat for another 10 minutes. Turn off the gas. Add lemon juice and freshly chopped parsley.
Slit the sweet potatoes. Scoop out some flesh for the stuffing. Use the scooped flesh and mix it with the filling. Stuff the potatoes with the filling. Roast at 175 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes. Enjoy it with freshly made guacamole, wild arugula and habanero.
Recipe by Vanika Choudhary, founder and owner, Sequel, Mumbai
A NEW MUM’S TAKE ON SOUTH-EAST ASIAN TOFU DUMPLING
Cooking time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
200g silken tofu
1 tsp ginger, chopped
1 tsp garlic, chopped
3 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp red chilli sauce
1 small cup spring onion
1 tsp white pepper powder
1 cup plain flour
3 tsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
1 cup cabbage, grated
Make a dough with plain flour, salt, oil and water. Let it rest for an hour. For the filling, sauté ginger and garlic. Add cabbage and spring onions. Add soy and chilli sauce and then add the tofu. Let it cool. Now, make small balls with the dough and roll out into disks. Place the filling in the centre and seal it in like a money bag, almost like a modak. Steam for 15-20 minutes and serve with your favourite sauce.
Recipe by Manchester-based Amrita Kapadia, who runs the food account @LactofreeWife on Instagram
RISGRØT OR NORWEGIAN RICE PORRIDGE THAT TASTES LIKE BUTTERED KHEER
Cooking time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
200g medium-grain rice
1 litre milk
1 tsp salt
Butter, sugar and cinnamon powder to serve
Cook the rice and water in a saucepan for 10 minutes on medium heat until the water has nearly boiled. Add milk, bring to a boil and lower the heat. Let it simmer on low heat for about an hour or until it turns thick and creamy. Stir occasionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and season with salt.
Serve risgrøt in four bowls, each with a dollop of butter and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.
Recipe by Norway-based Arunima Sen, faculty of biosciences and aquaculture, Nord University
COMFORTING PESTO, BUT NOT WHOLLY GENOAN
Cooking time: 15 minutes
2 cups fresh basil leaves, thoroughly washed
Half-cup almonds, toasted
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp Parmesan
Fresh lime juice to taste
Salt to taste, if needed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Put all the ingredients in a mixer grinder and blitz. If the sauce is too dry, add more olive oil. If you want to skip the salt, add more cheese. This can be stored for two days in the fridge and is best eaten with pasta or even as a sandwich spread.
Recipe by Jahnabee Borah
WISCONSIN’S WHISKEY SOUR REIMAGINED
120ml fresh orange juice
1/4 cinnamon powder
10ml of lime juice
6-8 fresh mint leaves
4-5 ice cubes
1 slice of orange for garnish
1 cinnamon stick for garnish
Place the mint leaves in your palm and gently smack them to release their flavour and aroma. Add them to all the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Garnish the drink with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick.
Recipe by mixologist Swapnil Pawar of Candy & Green, Mumbai.
FIRST PUBLISHED27.03.2020 | 01:35 PM IST