Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kebabs, Festivities, Fun and Kolkata

Kebabs, festivities , fun and Kolkata 

It was the weekend after the revelry of the weeks of indulgent eating over Christmas and New Year's when my best friend and I lay exhausted on our beds after a week of hard work post the holidays and were thinking of going out when I realized a bit of extra indulgent food and I would soon be like the couch at the corner of the room.

After a lot of thinking we decided that we wanted something grilled and since Kebabs is your answer to the least unhealthy yet completely delicious meal we zeroed in on one of Kolkata's Kebab houses.

A week later when Supreeta invited us over to sample a Kebab festival at The Astor's Kebab- e -Que I knew I would be in for some delightful surprise.

For those of us who have been born and brought up in Kolkata visiting Kebab e Que has  probably been  part of our growing up years.

So its the weekend night yet again and you are feeling lazy and would like to simply sit back and relax over some cocktails and spicy finger food with an old friend or a new friend or a group of buddies or some friendly business . Well! well ! How does a wide range of kebabs with full course dinner all under Rs999 for 2 people sound?

That is exactly what the Great Kebab Theatre at the kebab - e -Que is all about. A whole range of unlimited kebabs with a main course to follow and all for Rs999 for 2 is a deal not to be missed.

If you are busy this weekend then do not worry at all for this festival is being hosted every weekend till the 31st of March.

I would especially recommend the Anarkali Mahi Tikka which  is not quite like the regular kebabs and with its unusual spices and soft flakiness from the fish it definitely is a kebab I would recommend. If some mildly spiced up kebab si what you are craving do try the Murgh Kalmi kebab.
If you are craving one of Kebab e Que's usual regular fare you have the Murgh Chakori kebab. I would say its kebab e Que's signature kebab and is like a old trustworthy friend.

For vegetarians there is the bankable Hara Bhara kebab and a host of other kebabs. The tandoori aloo was spicy and a perfect accompaniment to some much needed chatting over the weekend.

Head over to The Astor's Kebab -e -Que  at 15, Shakespeare Sarani Kolkata -71 on any evening during the weekends till 31st March and do enjoy yourself with some delicious food.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Classic Chocolate Brownie

Classic Chocolate Brownie 

I usually like trying out different recipes for one dish to make sure I hit upon the one which suits my taste buds the best. Once in a blue moon I do come across a recipe which is simply perfect for me. About a week and a half ago I was craving something chocolaty at 11 in the night. Since I anyway knew that my aunts would be coming over the following day I made my big batch of brownie.  While it was baking away to glory I realized that this has always been my go to brownie recipe no matter what and I adore it.

Ever since I followed Katherine Hepburn's recipe for chocolate brownies there has been no looking back. Not only is the lady a superstar on screen , going by her recipe for brownies I am sure she was a superstar in the kitchen as well.

When it comes to brownies there are several variants out there, cake like , fudge like  and even gooey ones. I like mine extra chocolaty, nutty and with a texture which is somewhere between a cross of fudge and cake.

Waiting a day post baking , brings out the best flavour but hey, unlike cake which needs complete cooling , here you might as well slice off a small square right after you take it out of the oven. Its not what is recommended but desperate  craving for chocolaty indulgence calls for desperate measures and that topped with some whipped cream and chocolate sauce can uplift my mood anytime , anywhere.

Adapted from Katherine Hepburn's recipe :-

120gm to 125 gm chocolate 70% dark
200gm butter
150gm sugar to 180gm sugar depending on percentage of chocolate (150gm for 50% dark chocolate)
64gm flour
3 tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder
4 eggs at room temperature
160gm chopped walnuts

Line a square pan with  butter paper. Preheat the oven to 160C

The method is as simple as it can get. Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler. While it is melting, whisk together the eggs and sugar till its fluffy. Once the chocolate butter mixture has melted well mix it and add it to the whisked eggs and sugar and whisk well again till its a homogeneous mixture.

Now mix in the flour, cocoa powder with your wooden spoon . Add the chopped walnuts and mix a bit more with your wooden spoon and then pour the mixture in your lined square pan and bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cool it in the pan for 5 minutes and then take it out and cool it on a rack . Wait for it! I know its hard but still do wait and once cool make as many brownie squares as you want and enjoy.