Holi Lunch – finger foods and Chocolate Mousse

Holi the festival of colours is great fun with friends.

This year for Holi, I had friends over for lunch. It was also the day of the Cricket World Cup match – India v/s West Indies. Perfect day to enjoy a holiday. Friends, food and TV

: )

I made finger foods as it goes well while watching television. I started the meal with red wine and fried peanuts. Served a curd dip with carrots n cucumber and wafers.

curd dip with carrot n cucumber sticks and wafers

curd dip with carrot n cucumber sticks and wafers

This was followed by Nachos. I served these with refried beans and cheese.

nachos with refried beans and cheese sauce

nachos with refried beans and cheese sauce

Two helpings later, palak (spinach) rolls with cheese stuffing.

spinach rolls stuffed with cheese

spinach rolls stuffed with cheese

Then followed Chicken fry and potato pattice. The chicken fry was a take-away from a restaurant close-by and the pattice were courtesy a friend. I forgot to take pictures of these as I was much to busy eating the pattice.

All this food was enjoyed by India playing very well and seeming to win the match and good conversation.

We then ordered pizzas from Domino’s.

All of us were really satiated but wanting the dessert.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE!

I had only made this once before about 2-3 years ago. I was a bit apprehensive on how it would turn out but I must say – it was perfect. Yippee…

chocolate mousse

chocolate mousse

It was a great day well spent.. India won the match. Everyone enjoyed the food. I think everyone went home early evening and slept.

home chef

Was passing by Dadar and decided to do a pick up dinner. 

Restaurant front

Restaurant front

They have a pretty exhaustive menu for a restaurant their size. 

inside home chef

inside home chef

I felt like having pasta for dinner. The person across the counter suggested A la tikka pasta since I wanted something spicy. I agreed – A la tikka – what could that taste like?, I wondered. Hubby ordered a Non-veg club sandwich. Our parcel was ready in 20 mins. and we went home.

Dinner time – The A la tikka pasta was accompanied by 2 herbed breads. What can I say to the taste but – interesting, very interesting. Its a very interesting fusion of an international dish with an absolute Indian flavour. And spicy it was – just the right amount. The pasta has a good amount of paneer and cheese. The herbed breads were good, but they were ‘herbed’ a bit too strongly. Would have been a perfect accompaniment to the pasta if the herbs were sprinkled in lesser quantity. Its a heavy and wholesome meal. At Rs. 225, its absolutely VFM. Would I order it again – yes but would ideally like to try their other dishes first.

A la tikka pasta

A la tikka pasta

The Non-veg club sandwich. Price Rs. 200.

Non veg club sandwich

Non veg club sandwich

Hubby’s instant reaction on opening the box – its not grilled! Well, we assumed they would grill it or would have asked otherwise what we wanted. So, that was a disappointment. As the wafers are just dunked into the side of the box, which is not air-tight, they were completely wilted and soggy : (

Plus point to this sandwich was the size – the portion size was good. Look below for a picture of a single half of the sandwich.

Non veg club sandwich - 1 piece

Non veg club sandwich – 1 piece

The taste of the club sandwich was very average. Grilled would have tasted better (even their menu says so). The coleslaw was decent. 

I will definitely try this place out for other options.

 

Che Mato Pasta

Che Mato Pasta

Che Mato Pasta

I love this pasta. So does hubby and the entire family. Well, it’s also enjoyed by hubby’s office colleagues. What can I say – everyone loves this pasta – everyone has to! Its a pasta rich in tomato flavour and mounds of cheese…slurp….

Its the easiest tomato-based pasta to be made and so its surprising that restaurants don’t serve this! Is it because it is not authentic pasta (do we Indians really eat authentic Chinese food?) or because it has no elaborate technique to make it? So its not on menus because it is simply too simple to make?

Had it for dinner tonight and a hot mug of Mocha coffee. Bliss. All set for a good night sleep.

 

Request for recipe

Nachos

Life is so much more fun with NACHOs.

Nachos - tortilla chips topped with beans and cheese

Nachos – tortilla chips topped with beans and cheese

Made this – plate full of nachos – topped with spoonfuls of refried beans and cheese smothered over. Relished that with chilled drinks – bliss….

 

Cafe at NCPA

This is an open air cafe on the premises of NCPA, Nariman Point. However, its now covered – I’m hoping its because of the rains and when the weather changes, it’ll be open air again. The cafe started off initially with just about 8 to 10 tables and now its expanded to thrice its initial dining area. Its a lovely place to unwind. The tables are well-spaced, music is soft and lilting. Service – impeccable. Guess, I like the place.

The menu too has expanded. It has its in-house list of options, menu from Amadeus and then a selection from Joss as well.

Starters were Ulte tawe ke gilouti kebab, Chili cheese toast and a Fresh lime soda.

Ulte tawe ke gilouti kebab

Ulte tawe ke gilouti kebab

Chili cheese toast

Chili cheese toast

fresh lime soda

fresh lime soda

The Gilouti kebabs were absolutely splendid. Rs. 175 for 6 pieces. Its a must-order starter. It gets a 5 on 5.

The chili cheese toast – melt in the mouth. As good as it can get. Rs. 160 for a portion of 4. It gets a 4.5 on 5.

Fresh lime soda – perfect blend of sweetness and the lime. Refreshing.

For main course, we ordered the Corn crusted cheese and jalapenos burger with creamy spicy sauce – sounds lip-smacking?    : )   We also ordered the Prime grilled beef burger with cheese pickles and caramelized onions and a chicken Nasi Goreng.

Corn crusted cheese and jalapenos burger

Corn crusted cheese and jalapenos burger

Prime grilled beef burger

Prime grilled beef burger

 

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

The Corn crusted cheese and jalapenos burger was really, really good. Take a bite and you can taste the crunchiness of the corn and the melting cheese at the same time. The caramelized onions add to the flavour. At Rs 260, a complete meal as its served with french fries and Cole slaw. The Cole slaw is delectable. Rated it a 4.5 on 5

The Prime grilled beef burger with cheese pickles and caramelized onions too was appetizing. It too was served with french fries and Cole slaw. Price – Rs. 360. It gets a rating of 4 on 5

The chicken Nasi Goreng was good in taste. At Rs. 300 it was a regular fare. Rating it at 3 on 5

The above were ordered and eaten by three persons. We were satiated but my friend wanted to try their dessert. Our server recommended the Chocolate Cigar – so be it.

Chocolate cigar

Chocolate cigar

The Chocolate Cigar is served with Prune and Armagnac ice-cream and a walnut cookie. At Rs. 350, the 3 of us went to heaven. Its a MUST ORDER. The chocolate cigar is a chocolate mousse (strongly coffee flavoured) encrusted in a thin chocolate casing, served with a two servings of awesome ice-cream. Rating 5 on 5. (If I could – i would give it a 6 on 5). Pure bliss.

Will definitely keep going back to try the other selections on the menu.

The prices mentioned are exclusive of taxes and their 8% service charge.

Pizza !

I always buy the pizza bread from the shop and make the pizza tomato-base at home. Top this with various toppings and cheese – bake – and BINGO pizza is ready to eat.

However, this one time I decide to make pizza for dinner, from the scratch – dough n all. So, there started my search online for dough recipes. Lucky for me, all of them had the same ingredients and almost the same steps to follow. However, many differed on the ratio of water to yeast and this activated-yeast water to maida ratio.

So, I decided to follow Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe, started with measuring all his ingredients and was all set for step 1 – activating the yeast. Suddenly I realised, that his recipe did not say how much water! What to do? Went online but suddenly all the recipes had different ratios. Got totally confused and irritated. Took the plunge – made 2 cups of lukewarm water, added yeast to it, but then used only 1 and a half when adding the maida.

The dough process was about a 7 hour long process but was fun – in hindsight as it turned out good. Else, I would have said the process was tedious.

Started the plating up process. Handmade the dough – 9″ pizza

My 9 inch handmade pizza dough

My 9 inch handmade pizza dough

Added the tomato-base, sun-dried tomatoes and cheese. Baked. The result was really good

9" pizza with sun-dried tomatoes

9″ pizza with sun-dried tomatoes

Sorry, but had to taste it. It took me 7-8 hours to get this result. Satisfied. The next pizza was a non – veg pizza with chili chorizo. No pics for it as it was gone as soon as it was out of the oven and before I could get to my camera!

So, the next pizza was a margarita.

9 inch margarita pizza

9 inch margarita pizza ready to be eaten

And finally a 5″ pizza with olives stuffed with red pepper

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All pizza turned out good. Successful day. Happy day. Fun day and by the end of dinner – tiring day.