- Bollywood legend Sridevi passes away at the age of 54
- India beat South Africa by 7 runs to clinch series 2-1
- Taliban kill 18 soldiers in attack on Afghan army base: Officials
- Will shift operations partially to IGI T2 in coming weeks: IndiGo
- False allegations levelled against me but truth will prevail: Choksi to employees
- FM slams regulators' failure to detect PNB fraud
- Delhi diamond exporter booked for Rs 389-cr OBC loan fraud
Prerna Sharma savoured luxury lamb mince and chocolate dessert with sea salt at the nation's 65th Independence Day celebrations at Hyatt Regency
These days Hyatt Regency is filled with the fragrant aromas of Israeli cooking.
Food from the ancient land has made its way here, in the company of two celebrated chefs, Z Bukshester and Eran Zino.
The pair will give us a taste of food from their homeland over lunch and dinner, during a week long food festival to be held between April 15-21 at The Café.
Israeli food is subtle, we learnt, glancing at varieties of breads before us, with different sauces.
The hummus, with its olive oil, chickpeas and herbs, and the falafel, were both freshly made.
Israelis love vegetables and our Tabouleh and Madbukha were done to perfection.
The latter is just a simple blend of tomato, garlic and olive oil, with herbs; amazing burst of flavours. The Balad (village) Eggplant was skinned baingan, regal in a cream and olive oil base.
Chef Eran specialises in vegetarian dishes. He said, “I play herbs, nuts and celery. For the event today, I ordered eight kilos of pulses. The hotel staff wondered what I was going to do with so much. But when the preparation was through, neither grain nor pulse was wasted.”
His cohort chef Bukshester, is a well-known media personality, known for his intellect and sense of humour.
He hosts popular television shows on food and has written restaurant reviews. He is also a well-known food stylist.
His style is innovative. He uses grills, roast and other mediums to cook food. Instead of machine minced meat, he prefers it hand chopped. “It tastes better. Nutrients are not lost.”
We were told that Israeli food can be summarised in two words — clean and fresh. From herbs to chicken to fish, even their handmade kebabs were delicious.
Smoking hot, they were served with cinnamon sticks — the aroma filled the restaurant.
Apparently they had considered Indian palates, so this spread wasn’t atypically Israeli.
Eran explained, “The structure of the menu was decided by the hotel. But we chose the dishes. Not all ingredients were available here. So we studied the Indian market for what you could source.”
Chef Eran first visited India two decades ago, after a stint in the army.
“At that time, I didn’t know what to do. I was looking for somebody to sponsor a trip to India. I didn’t find one and tried to enroll for an architecture course. That did not happen, so I joined cooking class, because I love food. Gradually my interest became a passion and the urge to create was unstoppable.”
Working his way up to be chef in well-known Israeli restaurants, then as a boutique caterer specialising in luxury events, Eran represented new Israeli cuisine at festivals in Hong-Kong and Tuscany.
Complexity set in with the next dish — Maffon are lamb rolls in tomato confit.
This was minced lamb, rolled, egg washed and fried again. The tomato gravy with it was fresh and chunky. But the final dish was the star — mushrooms filled with chicken and cheese, served on a bed of cream sauce.
The stuffed and fried mushroom balls coated with bread crumbs break into a multitude of flavours in your mouth. And the sauce — reduced cream with garlic and basil — was finger-licking yellow heaven!
The desserts also get points with Malabi for instance, a pudding flavoured with rose water and topped with nuts.
It was served with coffee sauce and cinnamon chocolate ganache — cream of chocolate. It was topped with hazelnut, pine nut, fresh herbs and sea salt with chocolate.
The dish also consisted sticks of pure dark chocolate embedded with cashew.
Apart from malabi, the tarts and mousse of fresh fruit with grapes and mulberry were equally delicious. These flavours will only be around for the weekend, so try and experience them before that.
- The faulty chair 24 Feb 2018 | Ramya Palisetty
- Pairings for the season 24 Feb 2018 | Pioneer
- Fiction can‚Äôt beat facts: Rajkumar Hirani 24 Feb 2018 | IANS
- Unconventional jewellery ideas 24 Feb 2018 | Pioneer
- A sundar spot 24 Feb 2018 | Kritika Dua
- Experimental classics 23 Feb 2018 | Kritika Dua
- Trend Blazer 23 Feb 2018 | Pioneer
- Not quite a Big Bear 23 Feb 2018 | Kushan Mitra
- ‚ÄėRaza piece revises gaze‚Äô 23 Feb 2018 | Uma Nair
- Redefining interiors 23 Feb 2018 | Team Viva
Sunday EditionView All
25 Feb 2018 | M Venkaiah Naidu
Today, we are conferring International Gandhi Award-2017 on two outstanding personalities, Dr MD Gupte and Dr Atul Shah, for their selfless and humanitarian services in the cause of elimination of leprosy and in alleviating the suffering of leprosy-affected patients. Leprosy has been prevalent in our country since a very long time...
STATE EDITIONSView All
25 Feb 2018 | PNS | Bokaro
Over 600 Government primary and middle schools do not have power supply across the Bokaro district at present. As per the government directive, all the government schools must have been electrified by the end of the financial year 2016-17, about 619 primary and middle schools yet to get electric supply across the district, reveals official data...