If you’ve ever been to Goa and eaten at a beach shack, you’ve definitely had this delectable snack. Crispy pappadum stuffed with a Shrimp Chilly fry filling, rolled, sealed and fried. Papads or Pappaadums are made from a lentil flour paste that was traditionally dried in the sun by the ladies of the household. Today these are available in a wide variety of flavors and sizes. The best kind for this snack is the type that does not have any holes that will let the oil through.
These must be prepared to order. If you must prepare them ahead, roll them, let the papad dry out and just fry it in hot oil before you serve it.
If you ask anyone that grew up in India what they like to do when they are caught at home on a rainy day, I can almost guarantee that they would say they’d like to be curled up with a cup of chai(tea) and garma garam(literal translation – hot) pakoras. Now they are likely referring to potato or onion slices that are dipped in a simple chick pea batter flavoured with whole and ground spices and herbs and deep fried. The pakoras are fritters are crispy and should be eaten immediately.
I’m making a popular twist on this recipe which has a blend of Indian Chinese ingredients called the Chicken Pakora. Pakora is an Indian term for a deep fried fritter but pairing it with Asian ingredients makes this recipe uniquely Indo Chinese. If you haven’t heard about Indian Chinese cusinine before, I’m here to tell you that it is simply the best. India is home to generations of Chinese immigrants that brought their wonderful cuisine with them. Over time with the influences of their new adopted country these flavours got bolder and incorporated ingredients not typically seen in regular Chinese menus. The recipe for Chicken or Shrimp Pakoras likely evolved over time and is a wonderful blend of the two cultures. Although the population in India is predominantly vegetarian, there are plenty of people that love their meat, chicken and fish to enjoy these delights!
I use boneless Chicken boneless thigh in this recipe and coat it in a wonderful batter before deep frying it till crunchy. You can use Chicken breast if you prefer. Bear in mind that thigh meat, although more succulent, does take a bit longer to cook.
I’m going to bring you yet another Mumbai street food recipe from my college days. Bombay may have changed it’s name to Mumbai but this is still known as the Bombay Sandwich. This sandwich consists of soft white bread, spread with soft butter and green chutney and layered with thin slices of tomato, cucumber and boiled potato. It’s dusted with chaat masala for an extra chatpata flavour. Onion rings in this sandwich are optional and should be used at your own risk.
When I went to art college, a vendor just outside our gates would prepare these delicious sandwiches for the hungry masses that gathered to devour them in between classes. There was even a distinction between the use of butter – sada or Amul they would ask – sada meaning ordinary butter and Amul being the leader in dairy products in India. Without a doubt, the best part of this sandwich is the green chutney which I’m going to show you how to make so lets gets started.
NYE is around the corner and we’re all thinking about what to wear to look our elegant and glitzy best. I also decided to collab with some YouTubers from around the world to make something delicious and elegant to serve at an elegant soiree. I didn’t have to think too hard – an elegant Ceviche immediately stuck out.
A couple of years ago we visited the Riu Palace in Costa Rica. They were kind enough to allow me to film with their Executive Chef Rudolfo Garcia. Prior to this, I would have been scared to tackle raw fish and seafood, but Chef Rudolfo made it look so easy. I decided to make this myself and top it with the most gorgeous Tobiko flying fish roe I had been eyeing at my local specialty food store. Ceviche can be served family style, but dressed up, makes a gorgeous and elegant hors d’oeuvre.
The holidays are here and it’s time to pull out all the stops to bedazzle your guests. This crispy cheese tart is going to do just that with it’s simple Rosemary scented pie crust, ooey gooey Goat cheese center and pomegranate jam topping. These tarts can be made ahead, and warmed up before topping with the pomegranate jam.
The pie dough is the one I’ve been making religiously even since I learned how to make it at George Brown culinary. In this recipe, I added some chopped fresh Rosemary to wake up those tastebuds and get you in the holiday mood. I’ve filled my tarts with crumbled Goat cheese. I love this cheese, but I’ve discovered that not a lot of people like the gamey taste of this cheese, if you wish you can use a cream cheese and feta blend instead. Once baked I top this will a little Pomegranate jam, some more crumbled cheese, some Rosemary sprigs and some Pomegranate jewels. The sweetness from the fruit and jam compliment the creaminess of the cheese and crunch of the tart beautifully.
When I’m entertaining I like to have a couple of easy make ahead apps that look amazing. These Smoked Salmon Pinwheels are elegant and beautiful and will earn you some fabulous comments. Most Salmon Pinwheels I’ve seen and made before are scraps of Smoked Salmon laid over cream cheese and rolled tightly in bread to make a log which is then sliced. My version is going to push it just a little bit further by making little Salmon rosettes out or strips of Salmon to decorate the pinwheels. My younger son was introduced to Smoked Salmon a few years ago and is such a fan that he hangs around the kitchen like a cat waiting for scraps. I always buy extra for him 🙂
The bread I’m using comes pre sliced horizontally. This is a great product from Loblaws that caters to the Italian community to make something called Tramezzino a popular Italian sandwich. It’s also perfect for my pinwheels and I also use it to make Smogastorta, a Swedish sandwich cake. Before this product was in market, I would order a loaf from the bakery and ask them to slice it horizontally for me and remove the crust myself.
This meatball encompasses all the flavors of a stereotypical Christmas or Thanksgiving meal all in one bite. Ground Turkey is mixed together with spices, herbs, rice, nuts, rice and cheese and rolled in fresh breadcrumbs before it’s baked to a crispy finish. It’s the magic of the holidays all in one bite.
In this recipe I’m using lean Turkey because this is the only kind that was available, but dark meat would work well too. I’ve got one pound of minced Turkey and I’m going to be adding some crazy favours of Christmas to the mixture before I shape them into meatballs. I’m also adding small cubes of Asiago that will form pockets of melty cheese. These meatballs are rolled in a breadcrumb, herbs and grated cheese mixture before baking in a hot oven. If you use a mini ice cream scoop, you can make an appetizer size or a regular ice cream scoop size would make a great side to a creamy pasta.
Chilli Shrimp & Paneer wontons are a a perfect app for any party. Tiny pieces of Shrimp and Paneer are tossed in spring onions and chilli paste to make a spectacular filling for these crispy treats. What’s great about this recipe is that these can be made ahead and frozen and deep fried when you need them. It’s best prepared fresh, but if you’re planning to freeze them, line them up on a baking sheet so they are not touching each other before you freeze them, once frozen you can add them to a freezer safe bag.
Ragda Pattice are a typical Mumbai street food snack. Potato patties are topped with a white pea also known as ‘Vatana’ curry, garnished with date and Tamarind chutney, ‘sev’ or dried lentil vermicelli and chopped Coriander. This recipe however brings back very sad memories, we recorded and documented enough footage for three videos but because of a miscommunication, my son reformatted the card and erased everything. I tried everything to recover the footage, but all we were able to save are some of these pictures.
This recipe made up of three components the potato patty, the white pea curry and the tamarind and date chutney. The sev can be bought in most Indian stores.
Potato Patty (recipe in card below)
White Pea(Vatana) Curry (Sorry I wasn’t able to recover this picture)
I don’t know why but lately I’ve been thinking about my college days a lot and one of those memories was definitely hanging out with friends and enjoying all of the culinary delights Bombay has to offer. Of course one of them is the delectable Bombay Chicken. Bombay was officially changed to Mumbai in 1995 by the ruling political party, but the name of this snack never really changed. Similar to Chicken 65, this recipe is prepared dry and spicy a perfect accompaniment to a cold beverage. Like many others, there are many different variations to the the ingredients used in this recipe. I base this recipe sorely from my memory of how it should taste and the end result is pretty damn good!
This recipe is super easy to prepare. We first create the spice base and caramelize the chicken in it and serve it garnished with coriander and shallots. Boneless chicken is your best option as this is basically a bar snack. I prefer and urge you to use Chicken thigh instead as dark meat is more succulent, it’s also better as the masala takes time to thicken and the chicken cooks slowly at the same pace.