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Sushi Rice Bowl with Miso Glazed Vegetables

In the last decade, I’ve made sushi a few times, the bulk being predominantly in college (and once, not so long ago). One Saturday in my third year, the Japanese society was holding a sushi-making workshop in a heavily (food & safety) regulated part of campus, and the fact that there were no open flames (rice cooker for the rice was the shortcut), just knives and raw fish (and some vegetables for the likes of just me), seemed to pass their safety standards agreeably. The afternoon that ensued was great, learning the tricks that have been passed down from generation to generation, not the chef’s secrets, but honest home versions of a world-famous Japanese favourite. The most intriguing part for me was the precision and linear way in which each filling was cut and prepared. One of the most essential tips that have stayed with me till now (even though I didn’t take any pictures or notes there) is the specific urgency in which the rice vinegar is fanned while being added and mixed into the hot sushi rice – it’s what makes all the difference and successfully elevates the sushi rice.
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Truffle Scented Champagne Risotto

Truffle Salt Scented Champagne Risotto

To make up for my shamefully long absence, I tried to make something so distractingly decadent and drool-worthy that my hiatus will hopefully be quickly forgiven! This risotto was conceived as all fantastic recipes – while discussing something completely different! We were sitting at my parents home, and having a chat with my visiting Italian brother-in-law about bhel and sev puri, and somehow reached the conclusion that a champagne risotto with parmesan would be incredible.

That just stuck.

All I did was add some truffle salt and sliced truffles.

One of the many fabulous characteristics of this recipe is that it involves absolutely no fresh ingredients (unless you count one small white onion ‘fresh’). It is just a fabulous way to use up that almost over bottle of champagne (yeah, because that always happens. NOT!). You can always spruce it up with some fresh spears of asparagus, or swap the champagne for merlot and then add some beetroot.
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Chef’s Basket – Burrito Box!

Finally got around to testing this baby out, which has been patiently been sitting atop my kitchen cabinet for a little over a month. Chef’s Basket is an interesting start up, targeting the more refined palate, without the hassle and painful process of scouring the city (in the monsoon, no less) to get your hands […] Read more…

Vietnamese Ricepaper Rolls

Traditionally Vietnamese Goi Cuon  are made using seafood or pork, but these vegetarian ones are gaining great popularity world over, specially as the summer months approach. These are time-consuming, but worth it, so enlist some help while assembling these little babies. You won’t regret it. Adapted from Easy Vegetarian, makes 12. Ingredients:                    1.            12 […] Read more…

Jack of All Traits

 I have a thorough decade old weakness towards Thai food. If I had to choose one cuisine I had to eat every day for the rest of my life, Thai would be right up there. There is something insanely gratifying and comforting about the clean yet complex dishes, bursting with flavour, yet not feeling as […] Read more…

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