Sunday 13 February 2022

Strawberry Compote with White Chocolate Panna Cota

Strawberry Compote with White Chocolate Panna Cota

With Valentine's Day around the corner, we all are in a different stage at out love lives and have very different expectations from this hyped day. We could either be Monica and Chandler, who are in their happiest and most stable relationship and want to spend the day with each other, even if it involves lying to our best friends. Or maybe we are Monica and Chandler before they fell in love with each other and are simply awkward and desperate for love. We can also be part of a highly volatile yet passionate relationship, like that of Ross and Rachel's and just want to spend a day surrounded with roses and a jealous boyfriend. Or maybe we are Joey Tribianni and would rather spend our Valentine's Day with a tub of delicious jam. Either way, this recipe is for you, no matter which character you are feeling today.

Unspoken theme of valentine has always been red, white and chocolate. So in this recipe, we combine all three. For this dessert, I combined two different recipes. The first recipe is a Strawberry Compote, that embraces the taste of sweet, sour and tangy strawberries. The perfect combination, really. The current season is also the perfect time to savour fresh strawberries and the recipe can be the perfect excuse for you to buy strawberries. This compote is very versatile and can go with any dish, ranging from muffins to ice cream. This recipe is simply a Joey. Our second recipe is a White Chocolate Pannacotta. A recipe that encapsulates the very chocolaty essence of Valentine's Day in its rich and creamy taste. It is the perfect representation of a dessert and the best way to end this romantic day. Combined together, we get our current recipe that is the perfect mixture of rich and creamy chocolate and sweet and tangy strawberries and thus the best way to culminate the 14th of February. So, no matter where you are at life, and irrespective of how you feel about the socially imposed romantic day, this recipe would be your perfect companion to Valentine's Day.

Preparation Time : 30 Min 

Resting Time : 1 hour

Cooking time : 20 Min

Ingredients : 

For Strawberry Sauce : 

  • Strawberry 500 grams
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

For White chocolate Panna Cota :  

  • Full cream milk 1 cup
  • Amul Fresh cream 250 ml
  • Sugar 3 tablespoon
  • White chocolate compound 60 gm chopped
  • Agar Agar 1 tablespoon
  • Vanila essence few drops
  • Mint leaves for garnishing 
Procedure : 

For Strawberry Compote : 
  • First take fresh strawberries wash them and dry them. Now cut them into four pieces 

  • Now take a heavy Bottom saucepan, add cut strawberries, along with sugar and lemon juice. 

  • Toss them on medium flame. Keep stirring the mixture till the sugar is melted completely 

  • Continue to cook the strawberries mixture till it is tender and sauce has thickened 

  • After sometime you will notice that the mixture has bubbles and it start thickened. it seems sauce is done. close the gas
  • Allow sauce to cool down. Now shift it into a jar and refrigerate it and use as desired 

You can have this with toast, ice cream, dessert or anything 

For White chocolate dessert : 
  • Take a heavy bottom pam add milk, cream, sugar, agar agar and chopped chocolate. 

  • Mix them, Now simmer them over low fame for 3 to 5 minutes till it is smooth. 

  • Pour them in moulds or dessert glasses 

  • allow them to set for an hour
Presentation :

  • Demould your dessert on a plate, add some strawberry sauce to it garnish with mint leaves and enjoy 

  • Or in a glass spread a layer of strawberry sauce add some fresh strawberry and mint leaves . Ready to impress your loved once 

Thursday 3 February 2022

Manchow Soup

 Manchow Soup 

In these rainy, gloomy and unbearably cold winters, warm and spicy soups prove to be the best solution to combat the chilling cold. Manchow Soup, in particular is a healthy and delicious way to include some of the best winter-selling vegetables like cabbage, zucchini, beans, spring onions and carrot in an appetising wrapping of spicy and warm soup. It has been the highlight for my family's evening conversations, so much that it almost felt impossible to get the picture clicked for the blog. Soups are best served warm and therefore, to absolutely no one's surprise, the soups would be gone before I could even get a hold of my camera. The solution to that was simple really, I booked the entire Sunday afternoon and warned everyone to not enter the 50 cm radius surrounding the soup and my kitchen. The threats, as can be seen below, worked like a charm. 

The inclusion of various vegetables can at times be a task for the person preparing the soup. With a lot of ingredients to chop, the cook would need a lot of time, patience and perhaps a good music playlist. If you have all those essentials ticked down, all that is left is for you to prepare this recipe and enjoy a warm bowl of soup while enjoying the chilly wind of winters, wrapped up in a blanket.

Preparation Time : 20 Min

Cooking Time : 7 to 10 Min

Serves :

Ingredients : 

  • Oil 1 Tablespoon
  • Garlic chopped 1/2 Tablespoon
  • Ginger 1 Teaspoon chopped
  • Green Chillies chopped 1 Teaspoon
  • Onion 2 Tablespoons chopped
  • Onion greens 1 Tablespoon chopped 
  • Carrot  2 Tablespoon chopped 
  • Zucchini chopped 2 Tablespoon
  • Beans chopped 2 tablespoon
  • Cabbage chopped 2 tablespoon
  • Salt according to taste
  • Black pepper crushed 1 Teaspoon or according to taste
  • Soy sauce 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornflour dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water
  • Chilli sauce 1 teaspoon
  • Vinegar 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar 1 teaspoon
  • Fried Noddles for garnishing 
Procedure : 
  • First of all cut and chop all vegetables and keep aside.

  • Lets prepare fried Noodles. First, boil your noodles and keep a side. Now add 1 Tablespoon of cornflour, some salt and pepper mix it well. Now deep fry them in small portions and keep it in an air tight box use it as required. 

  • Let's start making our soup
  • In a pan, take a tablespoon of oil, add chopped garlic, ginger and green chillies and saute them 

  • Now add chopped onions and sauté it but not too much just for a minute on high flame so the crunch remains.
  • Now add chopped beans, carrot and zucchini and toss them on high flame for a minute or two

  • Now add chopped cabbage to this along with salt, pepper and sugar 

  • Let's add 2 cups of water to this. Once its start boiling add soy sauce and chilly sauce to this 

  • Now add cornflour mixture slowly slowly give a 2 to 3 boil and close the gas 

  • Finish it with vinegar and some spring onion greens 

  • Now serve this hot with fried noodles and enjoy 

Tip :  

You can add other vegetables too like bell peppers, mushroom or capsicum 
Try to cook vegetables on high flame and avoid over cooking otherwise your soup will not be as crunchy as restaurant one 

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