Back to University with Leela Ambience Convention Hotel!

Wanna revisit college days, head straight to Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, and in case you have missed eating the typical canteen food, the Back to University Food Festival at Leela, will help you recreate those memories again.

The ambience really catches your eyes the moment yo enter Cafe Knosh, with a huge gold spot bottle forming the centre piece and scholar hats and degrees hanging on the ceiling and blackboards on the walls.  A nice bus stop, sports zone and cycles, trophies shelf and loads of interesting artistic decor really brings the college life magic alive.

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Loved a Tapri Chai Thela, which served some cutting chai along with age old rusk and cookies. It was like a Deja Vu, remembering number of times we went for tea and biscuits to a near by thela and enjoyed simple things of life chatting away with friends.

The food has been inspired from various colleges across Delhi and typically served specialities from all these colleges. Like Rajma Chawal and Dosa from Hansraj College, Egg Fried Rice and French Fries with Mint Chutney from Ramjas, Minced Cutlets, Omelletes and Chicken Curry from St Stephan’s, Chole Bhature from SRCC and so on.

We tried Vada Pao, which was nice, crispy and spicy. I really liked it. Next on my plate was a piping hot Mattar Samosa, which was delicious. The stuffing of potatoes and peas was perfectly done and was very flavourful. You can’t afford to miss this one. Relish it with a glass of cutting chai and you will experience sheer bliss.

Then came one of the best dishes of the evening, the chicken sliders. Juicy chicken patty in soft buns, it was mouth meltingly delicious and again a must try.

We tried both Chicken Maggie and Masala Maggie, I mean how can you ignore Maggie in college days, its been a lifeline for most of the people and one dish which has evolved so much in taste. I mean the typical masala maggie is actually a legacy of colleges and at Leela, the same tastes were recreated, I personally enjoyed the Masala Maggi more.

We also relished some Crispy Fried Fish with Tartar Sauce and Paneer and Chicken Tikka and all of them were delectable and perfectly done. This is something that at least I didn’t get in my college days, changing times.. but I am glad I could experience it this way!

Then we came down to trying a plate of Kadhi Chawal and Chicken Curry Rice, a staple diet for many in college time. I still remember how we used to crave Rajma Chawal and Kadhi Chawal and the days Chicken was served was a boon. I loved the typical way of how Kadhi Chawal and Chicken Curry Rice were served here, nothing fancy, steel plate, rice topped with gravy and some onions and voila, you are good to gorge upon those plates.

Apart from trying these college legendary dishes, if you have appetite for more, Cafe Knosh serves an amazing spread of buffet that you can lay your hands on along with this special menu

I thoroughly enjoyed this REWIND.. BACK TO UNIVERSITY concept as those are the best days of anyones life and who doesn’t want to revisit them again. SO catch hold of your friends and head straight to Leela Ambience Convention Hotel to indulge in some great food and create new memories. The festival is on till 13th August so make the most of it!

 

 

Chef’s Special Recipe- Garlic Tossed Spinach Filled Cottage Cheese Cannelloni

Enjoy this amazing recipe shared by Chef Anirudh Nautiyal from the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

Garlic Tossed Spinach Filled Cottage Cheese Cannelloni
Here is the list of ingredients and its quantity

CANNELLONI
Cottage cheese 100 gms
Spinach (blanched) 100 gms
Garlic 10 gms
Onion 10 gms
Nutmeg powder 01 gms
Salt 05 gms
Pepper 02 gms
Olive oil 05 ml
LENTIL SAUCE
Yellow lentil 50 gms
Onion 05 gms
Garlic 05 gms
Salt 02 gms
Olive oil 02 ml

 

METHOD

  1. Keep lentil for cooking and make a fine puree later on
  2. Sauté onion and garlic in a pan. Add blanched and chopped spinach-season it and keep it separate.
  3. Sauté onion and garlic in another pan, and add lentil puree-adjust seasoning and keep aside
  4. Now cut thin slices of cottage cheese and sear it on a hot plate, add spinach mixture and roll it like cannelloni
  5. Now arrange it on a plate and pour lentil sauce on top and serve piping hot

 

Recipe-Duo of Vegetable Dumpling with Lemon Honey Dip

Who doesn’t love enjoying dumplings, so here is a beautiful recipe shared by Chef Anirudh Nautiyal from the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, so don’t just enjoy dumplings, but make them yourself and then enjoy to the fullest

Ingredients and Measures

Carrot 10 gms
Beans 10 gms
Broccoli 20 gms
Cabbage 10 gms
Spinach 50 gms
Tofu 20 gms
Salt 5 gms
Sesame oil 05 ml
Garlic 02 gms
Light soy sauce 02 ml
Ginger 05 gms
Lemon 02 ml
Honey 10 gms
Spring onion 05 gms
Whole wheat flour 100 gms

METHOD

  1. Make dim sum dough by kneading whole wheat flour with water, add little salt to it and keep it covered.
  2. Now make a mixture of vegetables with ginger, garlic and light soy sauce
  3. In the other mixture, add spinach, pok choy and tofu…let the mixture cool down
  4. Now sheet the dough and make dim sum and keep it covered. Apply little oil to the tray so that the dim sum doesn’t stick
  5. Steam the dim sum and serve hot with lemon honey dip

Tasty Thursdays- Bhang Ki Thandai- Holi Special

Here is another Holi special shared by Rohit Tokhi, Executive Chef, Leela Ambience Convention Hotel. Bhang Ki Thandai is to Holi just like colours and water are attached to this festival.

So prepare, slurp and gulp.. enjoy..!!

INGREDIENTS QUANTITY
Milk, boiled 1 Litre
Almond 100 gm
Char magaj 50 gm
Poppy seed 50 gm
Sunflower seed 50 gm
Rose petals 5 gm
Fennel seed 15 gm
Black peppercorn 15 nos
Green cardamom 15 nos
Nutmeg powder 1/4th tsp
Sugar 150 gm
Saffron 1/2 gm
Rose water 20 m
Bhang leaves 2 1/2 tbsp

GARNISH

Saffron, soaked in hot milk

Pista, chopped

METHOD

  • Pick, wash and drain the bhang leaves.
  • Dry roast all fennel seed, black peppercorn, rose petals, saffron, poppy seed, sunflower seed and char magaj and keep aside.
  • Balanced and peel almond.
  • Now soaked all the ingredients in the milk for 1 hour and keep it in a freezer.
  • Now make a fine paste, stain, garnished and served in purvas.

 

 

Tiranga Burfi- Recipe by Rohit Tokhi, Exec Chef, Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

We Indians need just an excuse to indulge in sweets and when there is a special occasion, we go all the way for it. So why not even celebrate Republic Day with a traditional Indian sweet, but of course with the Republic Day twist of making it in a try-colour, the colours that represent India, the colours of our flag. Here is a very interesting recipe shared by Rohit Tokhi, the executive chef for The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, I am sure you will love to try this out as I am gonna do it too. Do share your feedback on the recipe with us, and tell us how it was.. enjoy and have a great Republic Day!


INGREDIENTS & QUANTITY

 

PREPARATION:-


THE BASIC MAWA MIXTURE:-

Take a pan put in grated Khoya and heat over a slow flame for 5 minutes. Add sugar and stir well over a low heat. Cook till mixture leave the pan. Now add ghee along with cardamom powder and rose water, stir well. Now take three bowls and pour the prepared mixture equally into the bowls. Use the first bowl of prepared basic mawa mixture as white mixture.

THE GREEN MAWA MIXTURE:-

Take a pan fry pistachio in desi ghee. Add milk, cook till dry and make a fine paste. Keep aside. Now add the prepared green pistachio mixture and the second bowl of prepared mawa mixture and mix thoroughly.

THE KESARIYA MAWA MIXTURE:-

Take a pan fry diced carrot in desi ghee. Add milk, cook till dry and make a fine paste. Keep aside. Now add the prepared kesariya carrot mixture and the third bowl of prepared mawa mixture and mix thoroughly.

TO ASSEMBLE THE BURFI:-

Take a greased tray. Spread the green pistachio mixture first. Evenly spread the second layer of basic mawa mixture on the first layer and press well. Now evenly spread the third layer of kesariya carrot mawa mixture and press well.

TO SERVE:-

Cut the burfi as per you size and serve cold or at room temperature.

About the Chef:


Award-winning Executive Chef Rohit Tokhi brings a special magic to the hotel, with over 19 years of experience crafting mouthwatering food. Chef Rohit was voted the championship winner of a student chef’s competition conducted by the National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology (NCHMCT) in 1996. Ever since then he has continued to demonstrate and develop his culinary skill set. Recipient of the coveted Hotelier India’s Chef of the Year award in 2011, Chef Tokhi was also the winner of the Bacardi Cruise Industry Chef of The Year 2006. At The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences (formerly The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon), his restaurants Spectra, Rubicon, Diya and Zanotta won the Times Food Guide Awards consecutively in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2007 and 2008, under his culinary guidance, restaurant 360 at The Oberoi New Delhi won the Times Food Award as well.

 

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