Indian Cuisine: 5 Exotic Recipes for Real Foodies

Indian Cuisine: 5 Exotic Recipes for Real Foodies

India’s rich culinary culture is one of the most innovative worldwide, where some of the most extraordinary recipes have been created. The wide variety of fine exotic dishes is the reason food lovers keep exploring this cuisine. Here are some more exotic Indian recipes for all you real foodies. Enjoy!1.  1. Spinach and Paneer Turnovers with Basil Mango Chutney Ingredients: For Turnovers: 2 cups flour 1 thinly sliced onion 1 pound chopped spinach 1 cup paneer 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 6 tablespoons grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon garam masala Pinch of salt For Chutney: 1 mango ½ lime juice 1 tablespoon minced ginger ¼ teaspoon five-spice blend (2 teaspoons mixed peppercorns, 8 whole star anise, 1 teaspoon whole cloves, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon) 3 tablespoons chopped basil 1 tablespoon vinegar ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom 1 minced red chilli Pinch of salt Pinch of sugar Method: For Turnovers: preheat oven to 175C. Place cumin seeds in skillet over medium heat and toast for 30 seconds. Transfer into bowl together with flour and salt. Stir to combine. Add 3 tablespoons oil and ¼ cup water and begin kneading. When dough is formed, cover loosely and set aside. Heat remaining oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add garam masala and fenugreek seeds, cooking for another 2 minutes. Add spinach, seasoning with salt. Stir well and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool, then crumble paneer, stirring to combine. Cut dough into 6 pieces and roll each into a thin circle. Cut into 3 even strips and place a...
Thai Cuisine Menu: 6 Easy-to-Cook Recipes

Thai Cuisine Menu: 6 Easy-to-Cook Recipes

Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, with dishes well-loved by travelers, food enthusiasts, chefs and all those new to the South East Asian mix of flavours. Variety and balance are of the utmost importance, and the lightly prepared dishes are made complete with strong aromatic ingredients with a peculiar Asian piquancy. Thai dishes are a simple, but clever combination of different influences that taste like a party in your mouth. Sweet, bitter, salty, spicy and sour work their magic together giving every dish an edge. Well-known ingredients pop out with a whole new tang that will excite your taste buds. Most Thai dishes feature vegetables, herbs and fish or sea food. Due to the Buddhist background, it’s unusual to find a recipe with large meat quantities, but modern Thai cuisine boasts plenty of recipes with chunks or strips of meat flavoured with spices and herbs.  Traditionally grilling, stewing and baking were the usual cooking techniques, but the Chinese influence introduced frying of food which is how some of the classic Thai dishes such as Pad Thai (fried noodles) or Khao Pad (fried rice) are prepared. Thai on your dinner table looks bold and exciting. Treat your palate to an exotic culinary journey and don’t be surprised if you fine yourself a new favourite dish. 1.  1. Tom Ka Gai (Thai Coconut Soup) Serves: 8 Ingredients: 4 cups chicken broth 2 teaspoons red curry paste 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 tablespoons fish sauce 3 cans coconut milk 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 200g fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced 500g medium shrimps, peeled 2 tablespoons fresh lime...
Fine Italian Cuisine: 5 Authentic Recipes You Must Know

Fine Italian Cuisine: 5 Authentic Recipes You Must Know

Let’s face it, from style, music to food, Italians just seem to live better than the rest of the planet, have more fun, and enjoy life more than we do. And on top of that, everything they do, they do it passionately. Love them or hate them, we all want to be like them. They say “you are what you eat” so why not bring passion and elegance into your meals. Italian food is all about emotional connection of a wide palette of flavours and rich textures. So next time you want to make something special and treat yourself, a loved one or friends, take note of these must-know Italian recipes to spice up and celebrate life – the Italian way! 1. Fresh Figs Bruschetta with Hazelnuts, Gorgonzola Cheese and Pancetta Crumbles (Serves 8) Ingredients: 1 Bagguette or cut into 16 thin slices 8 Fresh figs (ripe), cut in half 1 Soupspoon olive oil 5 Ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese Half a cup bacon bits, cooked A soupspoon of honey A soupspoon toasted hazelnuts Method: Preheat your oven to about 200°C. Lay the slices of baggette and coat them over with olive oil. Onto each slice of the baggette put half a fig. Try to flatten the figs so that they can fit better on the slices. Take the cheese and the bacon and divide them into equal amounts for each slice. Add this mixture on top of the fig. Put the prepared slices into the preheated oven, then bake them so that the cheese can melt. Once the cheese has melted take the bruschetta out of the over and sprinkle...
A Taste of Greece: Feel the Mediterranean Soul

A Taste of Greece: Feel the Mediterranean Soul

Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine that stands out with the wide use of olive oil, vegetables, grains, fish, meat, herbs, and wine. Greeks have given us olive oil, feta cheese, yogurt and their culinary tradition exists for over 4,000 years. Greek Mediterranean dishes are a mix of lots of healthy stuff, with herbs and wine that enrich the flavor, often complemented with traditional culinary samples such as pita bread, skordalia (potato garlic mash), eggplant dip, fennel pies, and an endless variety of fresh salads. Here are a few classic Greek dishes to awaken your senses and bring a bit of the Mediterranean spirit at the dinner table. 1. Souvlaki (Serves 12) Ingredients: 1/4 cup olive oil 1 lemon, juiced 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon dried oregano 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 kg pork tenderloin, cut into cubes  2 green bell peppers, cut into pieces 2 medium yellow onions, cut into pieces skewers Method: In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and oregano. Add the cut pork, green peppers, and onions, and stir to coat with the mixture. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 hours. Preheat grill (medium-high heat) and thread the pork, peppers, and   onions on skewers. Oil the grate lightly. Cook for about 15 mins, turning skewers frequently. 2. Moussaka (Serves 8) Ingredients: 3 eggplants, peeled and cut into thick slices 1/2 kg lean ground beef 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 onions, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup butter 1 egg, beaten 4 cups milk...
Mexican Cuisine: Time to Spice Up Your Kitchen

Mexican Cuisine: Time to Spice Up Your Kitchen

Feeling adventurous in your kitchen? Then, you’re in the right place and your best option is Mexican food. Eating Mexican is an exciting culinary experience and preparing it yourself will introduce you to a whole new world of food combinations and tastes. Diverse and delicious, Mexican cuisine is considered as one of the world’s great cuisines. Food is an important part of Mexican culture and Mexicans enjoy eating well. Their cuisine can be both simple and sophisticated, and both a simple quesadilla as well as chicken in specially prepared flavor-rich sauce can be equally memorable. In fact, Mexican traditional cuisine is the only one in the world to have made in in the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Mexican cuisine is ever evolving, but beans, corn, squash and chili peppers have been the staples even since pre-Columbian era with many native American foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, chocolate, turkey, etc. The Spanish settlers in the 15th century introduced new techniques and foods including rice, onions, wheat, cheese, pork, beef and chicken. Modern Mexican cuisine is an original fusion of indigenous recipes and European traditions. Different kinds of flatbreads and salsa sauces make regular appearances on the table. Omnivores and vegetarians alike can enjoy loads of authentic Mexican dishes that are tasty as they are healthy. Say sí and go Mexican for your next home-cooked meal with these mouth-watering dishes. 1. Bean Casserole (serves 4) Ingredients: 6 corn tortillas, halved 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced diagonally 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup shredded mild white cheddar cheese 1 cup prepared pico de gallo (tomato salsa) or...
French Cuisine: 4 Traditional Recipes + Wine Pairing

French Cuisine: 4 Traditional Recipes + Wine Pairing

French cuisine is a synonym for gastronomy. It is sophisticated and classy, not because of its complexity, but because it’s about creating a harmonious meal. Achieving balance of flavours that elevate the main ingredient is the secret to every meal. And wine pairing should enhance this experience. Matching food and wine is therefore an art in France. The key to good pairing is considering the body, acidity, aromas and flavours of a wine. The French first taste a wine and decide whether it’s sweet, spicy or light and then pair it with a dish. The secret is that they should equal in intensity. Knowing this and understanding that this culinary culture is a way of life that brings pleasure of enjoying food with family and friends, will hopefully encourage you to introduce the delicious French cuisine into your home. To help you bring the taste of France in your kitchen, we’ve selected for you 4 traditional French recipes and their wine pairings. Your life won’t be the same after trying them. They’re just trѐs trѐs bon! 1. Salade Nicoise The classic salad from Southern France with exuberant flavour and rich texture is the perfect easy recipe for a summer dish. Ingredients: 450g fresh tuna 4 tomatoes (roughly chopped) 8 potatoes (cooked and cut lengthways) 115g beans (cooked and drained) 1 red onion (finely sliced) 4 gem lettuce hearts (cut lengthways) 6 anchovy fillets (cut into thin strips) 4 eggs (cooked for 6 minutes in boiling water, halved) 8 basil leaves (ripped) 16 pitted black olives For the dressing: 7 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin) 2 tbsp parsley (freshly chopped) 2...