Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Restaurant Review: Snobar, West Hollywood

If you don't know already, I am a HUGE fan of dessert!  This past weekend I had the chance to visit a place that I've been hearing a lot about recently, called "Snobar"! "Sno" is kind of like a cross between ice cream, shaved ice, Pinkberry and Dots! I love all four of those, so I assumed that I would love "Sno" just as much!

I ended up trying the following three flavors: mango, chocolate and rose.  The Mango Sno was rather mild, and didn't really taste much like mango to me.  The Chocolate Sno was also disappointing because it didn't taste at all like chocolate and in fact it completely lacked any flavor!  Rose Sno, oddly enough, turned out to be my favorite of the three I tried.  It definitely had a strong rose flavor, and almost reminded me a bit of a lighter (possibly healthier?) version of Kulfi (an Indian popsicle/ ice cream flavor)!  Though Sno is undoubtably beautiful to look at, and it's paper thin texture makes it fun to eat, it seems to be a dessert better suited for someone who more concerned with calorie counting than intensity of flavor.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Indian Cooking Basics: Chai Masala (Spiced Tea)

Every day I cringe as I watch my co-workers order their "Chai Soy Lattes" and other Chai-wannabes from a certain coffee shop chain that shall remain nameless (Starbucks!).  So today I decided I would take them a carafe of my Authentic Chai Masala! Now there are about as many variations of Chai as there are languages in India!  But this one is my absolute favorite because it consists of the only 2 spices that I consider to be the heart of any real Chai Masala :  cardamom & fresh ginger!

Authentic Chai Masala (Spiced Tea):

Makes 2-4 cups
1 Tablespoon Black Loose Leaf Tea (-or- 2 Teabags of Black Tea)
1 Tablespoon Roughly Chopped Fresh Ginger Root
8-10 Cardamom Pods (Crush to release flavor)
2 Cups Water
2 Cups Milk (Whole Milk is best)
Sugar to taste (I recommend 4 Tablespoons, for more authentic tasting Chai Masala)

In a medium pot add Milk, Water, Copped Ginger, Black Loose Leaf Tea and Cardamom Pods.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat.  Stir in sugar to taste.  Take off heat and strain chai into mugs.

PS- If you're looking to experiment, I suggest trying the following spices: Black Pepper Corn, Fennel, Clove or Cinnamon. Oh, and if you're feeling a bit naughty, I highly recommend that you take a look at the spiked version of this recipe on my Cocktail & Fashion blog, Fashionably Bombed.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Indian Food Palooza: Chaat Masala Popcorn

I was so excited when I discovered that one of my favorite Indian Food Blogggers, Prerna of Indian Simmer, announced that she and two other food bloggers (Kathy and Barbara) were going to hold an Indian food blogging contest called Indian Food Palooza!  It's been over a year and half since I first had the idea of starting an Indian food blog.  As you can probably tell from the only entry on this blog, I've been pretty busy with my other blogs (Fashionably Bombed and DJ Kathbombay).  Needless to say, the Indian Food Palooza was just the kick in the butt I needed to get me blogging about Indian food again!

My entry is ridiculously simple to make, especially if you use microwave popcorn!  The most difficult part would be finding an Indian Grocery store to purchase Chaat Masala, if you don't already have it.  As you can see from the video below, I LOVVVVVE Chaat Masala!  It's basically a bunch of Indian spices (Mainly Dried Mango Powder (Amchoor), Black Salt (Kala Namak), Cumin, Dried Ginger, Asafoetida (Hing), etc.) combined with salt.  I choose to make Chaat Masala Popcorn because it brings back many fond memories of watching Bollywood films with my friends when I lived in Jaipur!  These days I make it all the time and for some reason it's even tastier when you sneak it into the movie theater ;)  I also like to sneak in my homemade Chai, but I'll save that for another entry!

Chaat Masala Popcorn: 

1-2 Tablespoons Chaat Masala (I use MDH brand)
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Bag Popped Microwave Popcorn

Drizzle oil evenly over popped popcorn and shake in the bag.  Sprinkle Chaat Masala and shake bag well.  Now don't forget to hid it in a large purse when you're sneaking it into the theater!

PS- As you can tell from the first picture, this entry was intended to be a "Fusion Friday" entry, but I missed by one day!