Gig of the year: MVMNT featuring Dualist Inquiry @ Club Rhino

Shivangi Reviews

has been Gurgaon’s most happening restaurant and nightlife authority for around three years now. With Executive Chef Pankaj Rana’s mouth-watering menu and performances by electrifying artists the place has become the trusted party spot for the smart and savvy young metropolitan 20-30-something.

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The restaurant and lounge has brought to you blockbuster, record-breaking events created by India’s best performers and once again Club Rhino is proud to host one of its kind music project “MVMNT”, curated by the capital’s most prominent music agencies – Wild City and UnMute, bringing together a monstrous line-up for artists that are sure to make it the most exciting gig of the year.

Legendary Special Guests and DJs

Club Rhino’s event will feature nightlife’s best performers including MVMNT 001 FEAT.DUALIST INQUIRY LIVE, KOHRA B2B JITTER & MANY MORE ELECTRIFYING ARTISTS – ALL IN ONE NIGHT.

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It’s fun to be Single – Single’s Day @ C&D Speakeasy, Gurgaon

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Speakeasy – As the word means, is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverage. These bars were quite prevalent in the prohibited era of the United States! And they were so called because of the practise of speaking easy (read quietly) about such places in public. Quite a history!

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Cocktails & Dreams- Speakeasy is an enigmatic and interesting place in the Sector-15 market of Gurgaon. A kind of retro styled bar of US that takes you to the old world charm of its recent past. The heavy entrance iron door reads “Knock three times before you come in”- giving you a feeling of entering a prohibited area. You walk in and there’s foosball tables around n then you walk downstairs where the real life of the place is. The seating is simple and easy going with no frills attached! The walls are done up with posters from the Prohibition era…

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Masterclass with Chef Kunal Kapur & New Zealand’s AVANZA Avocados

Richard White- Trade Commissioner, Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand and AVANZA hosted a masterclass conducted by celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur at the New Zealand High Commission in Chanakyapuri.

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The 2014-15 New Zealand avocado season is now underway and chef Kunal Kapur, showcased how well avocadoes blend with Indian meals. Guests were treated to a delightful avocado and coconut stew as well as avocado chicken kebabs paired with a zesty pineapple vodka salsa.

“Coastal India is known for its “ishtew” and most of the stew has seafood in it. This recipe is a fine example how Hass Avocados seamlessly blend with the spicy tones of the coastal curry. Whereas the latter is a traditional home made chicken tikki with a kiwi twist of AVANZA Avocados. The subtle flavor of the kebab with the buttery notes of the avocado makes for a hassel free healthy snack.” said Chef Kunal.

He added “AVANZA avocados are healthy, versatile and blend seamlessly with Indian delicacies lending them a unique flavour with its soft buttery texture. It helps your body to absorb more of the nutrients from other foods it is eaten with. In fact, it’s regarded as one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world.”

Richard White, Trade Commissioner, Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand says, “We are glad to partner with Chef Kunal Kapur in bringing the goodness of avocadoes to Indian homes. This healthy superfood is harvested by New Zealand growers who only harvest it when the taste and quality of each avocado reaches its best setting a global benchmark for quality.”

Chef Kunal concluded the masterclass by preparing the classic Litti with an Avocado Chokha and traditional Namak Para paired with an Avocado dip. Guests celebrated the splendid evening with a dinner paired some excellent New Zealand wines and cocktails.

About New Zealand Avocado

Avocados are the thirdlargest fresh fruit export from New Zealand. The total crop for the 2014-15 season is estimated at 7 million trays with 4.5 million due to be exported.

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  • Beautiful skin The vitamins & antioxidants in Avocado can improve your skin from the inside out
  • Energy & vitality The iron, niacin and vitamin B6 in Avocado support energy levels and help to unlock energy from your food
  • Healthy heart The good fats and omega acids in Avocado help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  • Nutrient booster Avocados help your body absorb more nutrients from other foods they are eaten with
  • Protection Vitamin C in Avocado contributes to  protection of cells from free radical damage
  • Healthy digestion Fibre in Avocado keeps your digestive system in shape 

About Kunal Kapur

Kunal Kapur is one of the most celebrated faces of Indian cuisine today. He is a chef extraordinaire, TV show host, winner of several culinary awards and the author of ‘A Chef in Every Home’. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one cuisine in the world and empowering everyone through power of cooking to become self sufficient.

Chef Kunal (Executive Sous Chef, The Leela, Gurgaon) has been honored as one of the Top 20 chefs of India. He is also in the Elite Category of “Star Chefs” from around the world, representing Indian cuisine on board Lufthansa Airlines with his specialty menus for First and Business class. Chef Kunal was recently bestowed with the Indian Television Academy and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan National Media Award 2014 for his contribution to the television industry through Junior MasterChef and MasterChef India.

Avocado Recipes

Avocado and Coconut Stew

The costal India is known for its “ishtew” and most of the stew has seafood in it. This recipe is a fine example how Hass Avocados seamlessly blend with the spicy tones of the coastal curry.

Prep time: 12 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Serves: 2

Ingredients

Avocado (just ripe and firm) – 1no

Coconut oil – 4 tbsp

Dried red chillies – 2 no

Mustard seeds – 2 tsp

Curry leaves – a sprig

Ginger julienne – ¼ cup

Garlic sliced – ¼ cup

Onion sliced – 1 cup

Green chilly slit – 1 no

Turmeric – 1 tsp

Red chilly powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Coconut milk (thick) – 2 ½ cups

Tamarind pulp – 2 tbsp

Rice flour – 1 tbsp

Method

  • Run a sharp knife from the top of the avocado in a circular motion. Slightly twist the avocado and separate the halves. Remove the seed and discard it. Peel off the hard skin and cut the avocado lengthwise into thick slices.
  • In a separate pan heat coconut oil, add dry red chilly and then add mustard. Once it crackles ad the curry leaves followed by ginger julienne, garlic sliced, green chilly slit and onion sliced. Sauté for 3-4 minutes on slow flame.
  • Now add turmeric, red chilly powder and coriander power. Sauté for a few seconds and add a cup of water. Allow to boil and then add the coconut milk and cook on slow flame for 5 minutes.
  • Now add little tamarind to get the acidity right and check for seasoning. Mix the rice flour in 2 tbsp of water and slowly pour in the curry while still stirring it. Now in a bowl arrange the sliced avocados and pour the curry on top. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Litti with Avocado Chokha

Ingredients

For chokha

Round eggplant – 3 nos

Tomato – 6 nos

Boiled potato – 2 no

Avocado – 3 nos

Garlic chopped – 2 tsp

Onion chopped – ¼ cup

Green chilly chopped 2 tsp

Coriander chopped – 2 tbsp

Mustard oil – 2 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Lemon juice – 1 no

Method

  • Roast the aubergine, tomato, potato and avocado. Peel and mash them all. Add the rest of the ingredients and mash them. Season and serve.

Happy Cooking!

Mayank

Delhi Food Clun

email: mail@DelhiFoodClub.com

Is Aamir a star only because we’re too dumb?

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This week we kick things off with a direct quote, from the occasionally great Aamir Khan:

Mujhe yeh dar lagta hai ki Dhobi Ghaat shaayad audiences ko — matlab jo masses hai — unko pasand nahin aayegi. Kyonki yeh bahut hi fine film hai. Matlab jin logon ko cinema ki samajh hai, jo log sensitive hai,dil se jo jazbaati log hain, unkeliye ye film hai.

“I fear that maybe audiences — the masses — won’t like Dhobi Ghaat. Because it’s a very fine film. I mean people who have knowledge of cinema, who are sensitive, who think from the heart and are emotional, this film is for them.”

Really, Mr Khan?

Do please put a sock in it, sir.

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MAMAGOTO – WINTER MENU

WINTER MENU REVIEW:
Mamagoto’s winter menu is a pleasant surprise. I love it when restaurants are always on their feet to bring to its patrons, seasonal favourites. If you are at Mamagoto you will find a lot of hot and fiery dishes to generate lots of heat. The menu has a lot of Cocktails and Mama shakes that will leave you craving for more and more.

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Do not miss the mojito with your food. That drink is so refreshing that you will savour it to the very last sip. The winter menu has a lot of seafood options that I loved, go for anything with prawns – to die for!

A big thumbs up for the winter menu!

REGULAR MENU REVIEW:
After reading a fellow foodie’s review on Mamagoto I knew I had to order in on a lazy Saturday morning after a long night of partying with friends. We were all really hungry when we woke up and because I follow that foodie I mentioned earlier, I found out they deliver and I just had to order. I knew they were in Sec 29 and they could not have delivered to my house really quickly but I was shocked when the doorbell rang in 35 minutes – there they were with all my food.

I have always loved Mamagoto for their ambience, service and promptness but today I will only be rating their Home Delivery Service and food. 10/10 to the home delivery service and their customer care staff who were polite and took the order for 10 people very calmly and patiently, not only that they added a lot of their recommendations to our order, making it all the more special.

On to the food, I have always strongly hated the thai green and red curry so when my friends ordered some I knew I was not going to try it! But I did and I was not disappointed because the chef’s at Mamagoto do not disappoint in the least. They really know how to add beautiful flavours to boring dishes like thai green curry! I was very impressed.

The shrimps with burnt garlic were to die for. The burnt garlic added a fantastic flavour that can not be described it can only be tasted so if you are tempted after reading my review do not forget to order the shrimp.

The crispy chilli potatoes came with bell peppers, onions, etc. and they were really really special. I was surprised to see how none of the dishes that we had ordered disappointed us. The garlic chicken and chicken in black bean was a mix of great textures and flavours and I really felt alive with the variety of spices I tasted.

As far as desserts go, we ordered a brownie, mud cake and the cheesecake. The cheesecake was fine but everything else was superb. 5 out of 5 to Mamagoto Home Delivery!

The New Winter Menu @ Mamagoto, Delhi

Shivangi Reviews

Mamagoto has always been one of my most favourite places for Asian, Thai and Chinese food. The Winter Food Festival celebrates the hot flavours from different parts of Asia. The menu consists not just of hot spicy flavours, there are also a lot of cool and refreshing #MamaShakes that will surely blow your mind.

My personal favourites are:

Smoky BBQ Pork Belly Bowl (₹699/-)
Robata treated skewers of pork belly with leeks and a chinese flavoured BBQ Sauce, served with sticky fried rice, pok choy and baby corn stir fry, finished with a fried egg and served with red chilli and extra BBQ sauce – one of the nicest things I’ve ever had at Mamagoto.

Spicy Bangkok Chicken Bowl (₹499/-)
Similar to the ‘Bai ka pao’, we replace pork with chicken, thai spices and herbs over garlic and chilli fried sticky rice or jasmine rice, garnished with a boiled egg…

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