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4 recipes for your New Year party

By Dinesh Mhatre
December 27, 2019 12:00 IST
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Executive Chef, Dinesh Mhatre, Hilton Mumbai International Airport shares delectable recipes for your New Year party. 

Cauliflower and Vanilla Panna Cotta


  • 200 gm cauliflower florets
  • 2 gm vanilla bean pod
  • 100 ml fresh cream
  • 100 ml whipped cream
  • 20 gm agar agar
  • 5 gm salt


  • In a thick bottom pan, take clean cauliflower, fresh cream, salt and vanilla pod.
  • Keep it on slow fire boiling for 20 minutes. Take out the vanilla pod. 
  • Make a fine puree of the mixture, add agar agar and whipped cream.
  • Pour the contents in a mould and keep it in a chiller for 2 to 3 hours. Serve it chilled. 

Homemade Panettone


  •  1 cup raisins
  •  2 tbsp light rum
  •  2 tbsp hot water
  •  3¾ cup all-purpose flour
  •  ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  •  4 tsp sour dough
  •  ½ tsp salt
  •  ¼ tsp lemon zest
  •  ½ vanilla bean (split in half lengthwise)
  •  3 eggs
  •  ⅔ cup tepid water
  •  1 tbsp honey
  •  10½ tbsp unsalted butter (well softened)
  •  1 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  •  1 tbsp unsalted butter (chilled)
  •  ⅔ cup candied orange peel in ¼ inch pieces


Day 1: Soaking

  • Mix refined floor and water. Keep it aside to prepare as a sour dough
  • Soak raisins, lemon zest, candied orange peel, light rum and hot water. Keep soaking overnight

Day 2: Making the dough

  • In a bowl take sour dough, all the soaked ingredients mixture. 
  • Add all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, vanilla bean, eggs, tepid water, honey, unsalted butter (melted) and mix well. Keep it rising for 12 to 15 hours.

Day 3: Finishing the dough and baking

  • Mix the dough with chilled butter and keep it for resting for 2 hours.
  • Pour the dough in a panettone mould and keep for rising for about 45 minutes.
  • Bake it for 20 minutes at 180°C to 200°C temperature. You can use powdered sugar to decorate the ready sweet bread. 

Hazelnut Crusted Cheese Potato Croquet


  • 200 gm mashed potato
  • 80 gm processed cheese, grated
  • 10 gm chopped coriander
  • 5 gm salt
  • 2 gm black pepper
  • 100 gm bread crumbs
  • 60 gm hazelnut, crushed
  • 300 ml refined oil


  • In a bowl take mashed potato, grated cheese, coriander, salt, black pepper and mix it well. Check for the seasoning.
  • Make small cylinder shaped dumplings, coat it with a mix of bread crumbs and crushed hazelnut.
  • Ina frying pan, heat the oil and shallow fry, till you get a nice golden color. Serve it hot.

Peanut Butter Cookie


  • 175 gm butter
  • 175 gm peanut butter
  • 80 gm brown sugar
  • 100 gm castor sugar
  • 2 gm salt
  • 350 gm flour
  • 2 gm baking soda
  • 80 gm crushed peanuts


  • In a bowl, take soft butter, peanut butter, castor sugar, brown sugar and whisk it nicely till you get creamy texture.
  • Add salt, flour, baking soda, crushed peanut. Mix it nicely and make any shape of your liking for the dumplings.
  • Bake it for 12 to 15 minutes at 180°C to 200°C temperature. Cookies are ready to be enjoyed.

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