Behind the bar at New York City’s Michelin-starred Junoon, mixologist Hemant Pathak works to complement the kitchen’s ambitious progressive Indian cuisine with equally exuberant cocktails that incorporate many of the same herbs and spices. This vibrant take on the bloody mary adds South Asian flair to the cocktail staple.This recipe is courtesy of Hemant Pathak, the mixologist of Junoon restaurant. To watch a video of Pathak making three cocktails including the Mirchi Mary, click here.
Ideally you want to brine your cauliflower overnight, but even a couple of hours in brine will work wonders. Look for a small cauliflower and trim only a couple of the outside leaves as you want as many as possible to help protect the cauliflower while it cooks – plus the leaves make great eating. My Indian spice mix is a personal favorite, but you can choose any spices you like. You’ll find many varieties in Asian grocery stores. Try using different yoghurts, too. I love buffalo milk yoghurt for its light texture, and coconut yoghurt works very well if you have dairy allergies. If this is the case you can also replace the clarified butter with olive oil. Additions of sliced fresh chile to add heat and mint for a menthol hit are great twists. — Mike McEnearney, author of Real Food by Mike
This sandwich recipe brings together two cultures. Delicious flavors from pickled vegetables and cold cuts in between a French baguette to create a well-made Vietnamese banh mi sandwich.Courtesy of Simply Vietnamese Cooking
Peaches and pork naturally go hand in hand, and nobody does it better than Matt Abdoo of the Pig Bleeker restaurant. Keep in mind that you have to brine the chops the day before so give youself a little time to prepare with this one.
Others may have differing opinions, but this is what we feel is the perfect fried chicken recipe. We took all of the necessary steps, from buying the right chicken and brining it to carefully creating a buttermilk marinade and seasoned flour. It’s juicy, it’s crispy, and it’s delicious — it’s perfect fried chicken. Click here to see How to Make the Perfect Fried Chicken.