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New Delhi: David Rocco, Italian-Canadian chef visited India five times in the last three years and calls India his “second home”. It’s interesting how the culture of the country reflects through its cuisine, he said.

Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel FOX Life. For the second season of the Italian-Indian culinary adventure “David Rocco Dolce India”, he returned to the nation and visited lesser-known locales to uncover some hidden gems.

“It was really cool discovering these unique and diverse communities throughout India and seeing how their cultural influences are reflected in the cuisine,” Rocco said in an email interview from Toronto.

Through his show, which airs in over 150 countries including India, he introduces viewers to the Portuguese influence in Goa, the Chinese community in Kolkata and the holiest of Punjabi traditions in Amritsar, while sampling plenty of culinary delights along the way.

“I was first introduced to Indian food many years ago, but having Indian food in India is a totally different experience than outside of India. And of course making my first Indian dish was a little intimidating, but I’ve learnt a lot since then in terms of ingredients and technique.

“In season two of my show, I’m much more comfortable with the process and I really start to play around with certain dishes, combining flavours that north and south Indians might never have even thought to work with,” said Rocco, whose first attempt at Indian food was a ‘dal’ (lentil) and he found it “pretty straightforward” in making.

The author of three cookbooks, Rocco has travelled the world over. But he said “I’m attracted to India for its diversity and the warmth of its people”.

He is also fascinated with the importance given to food and family in the Indian culture, which he finds “so diverse, from region to region”.

In his show, he says he fuses his own style of cooking with Indian ingredients as “inspiration”.

“You could call it the easy Indian approach. I’m really being an ambassador to the people outside of India, helping them see how accessible Indian cooking can be,” he added, stressing that localisation of global cuisine is “an incredibly common thing around the world”.

“For instance, McDonalds is different everywhere you go! If you look at Italian food, you can get it pretty much everywhere in the world lasagne, pizza and pasta are probably some of the most universally liked dishes that you can get in any major city across the globe. Is it authentic? Most likely not.

“But if someone truly enjoys the taste of the ‘local’ version, or it inspires them to take up cooking or even take a trip to Italy some day, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”(IANS)(image:davidrocco.com)

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Test your culinary skills with these recipes

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Top chefs and experts bring you healthy and easy home recipes. IANS

Locked up in your home with absolutely nothing to do. Why not test your culinary skills? Top chefs and experts bring you healthy and easy home recipes.

Paneer / Tofu Satay recipe

by- Ashish Joshi, Executive Chef at Jaypee Siddharth

Ingredients

  • Paneer / Tofu: 200gms
  • Thai Red Curry Paste: 2tbsp
  • Coconut Milk: 6tbs
  • Fresh Red chilli: 2
  • Oil: 30ml
  • Lemon Grass : 1
  • Lemon Leaf: 2
  • Glangal: 1 small
  • Coriander: 5gms
  • Lemon: 1
  • Salt: To taste

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Method

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except the paneer / tofu.
  • Cut the paneer / tofu inti � inch thick finger shape.
  • Now put the ready mixture of step 1 over the paneer / tofu fingers and mix well. check for seasoning and let it marinate for 1 hour.
  • Put the marinated fingers on individual stay stick or a long toothpick.
  • Cook on a grill and baste with oil. When cooked remove from grill and serve hot on a sizzling plate along with peanut sauce.
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Vegetable, Sprouts and Oats Cutlet is one of the most healthy food item and the easiest recipes. IANS

Peanut sauce

Ingredients

  • Coconut milk: 1cup
  • Peanut : 1/4cup
  • Red curry paste: 1tbs
  • Lemon leaf: 02-03
  • Coriander: 5gms
  • Galangal: 2gms
  • Fresh red chilli: 2-03nos
  • Salt: To taste

Method

  • Blend the above ingredients together till smooth.
  • Heat the pan and put oil add the above paste into it and reduce it till it is a thick coating
  • consistency.

Vegetable, Sprouts and Oats Cutlet recipe

by Anuj Mathur

Chef de Cusine- Indian – Paatra Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resorts

Ingredients

  • Chopped carrots: 20gms
  • Chopped beans: 20gms
  • Green peas crushed: 20gms
  • Home grown sprouts: 100gms
  • Cottage cheese grated: 30gms
  • Oats powder: 40gms
  • Cumin: 5gms
  • Ginger chopped: 5gms
  • Green chill chopped: 5gms
  • Salt: as required
  • Hing: as required
  • Peanut oil: for shallow fry/20ml
  • Fresh coriander chopped: few sprigs

Method

  • In a pan put peanut oil. Add cumin, Ginger, Green chillies, hing and Saute well
  • Add carrot, beans, peas and saut� well till tender.
  • Add Turmeric, saute and remove from flame and cool it in a plate.
  • Mix together mixture, cottage cheese, oats powder and salt and chopped coriander.
  • Divide in small portions as desired and give shape, dust with oats powder.
  • In frying pan shallow fry cutlets with peanut oil till golden brown from both sides and become crisp.
  • Serve with mint chutney, tomato ketchup.

Pair these delicious dishes with some exotic cocktail, which are easy to make at home. Expert from Grey Goose India — world’s first super-premium vodka from France – shares recipes.

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Grapefruit Caipiroska is made using the finest vodka. IANS

Grapefruit Caipiroska

Ingredients

  • Grey Goose Original: 50mls
  • Pink grapefruit wedges: 4
  • 1 bar spoon on caster

Method

Shake with cubed ice, and pour into old fashioned glass, garnish with slice of grapefruit

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Grey Goose Le Fizz

Ingredients

  • Grey Goose Original: 45ml
  • Elderflower syrup: 15 ml
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice: 20 ml
  • Chilled soda water: 75ml
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Grey Goose Le Fizz is one of the most exotic cocktail recipes. IANS

Method

Shake all ingredients with cubed ice, double strain into a flute. Top with soda

Cape Fizz

Ingredients

  • Grey Goose Original: 50mls
  • Soda water: 50mls
  • Cranberry Juice: 50mls
  • Simple Syrup: 5mls
  • Lime Juice: 10mls

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Method

Build in a highball with cubed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge (IANS)