Kolkata-based chef Shaun Kenworthy tells us how to put together an irresistible creamy dessert for your loved one.
Make this V-day perfect by surprising your love with a homemade trifle with a desi twist.
According to Chef Shaun Kenworthy, "It's just a matter of layering ingredients together and very little cooking. It's perfect for young lovers on Valentine's day who have never cooked before."
Strawberries, according to Shaun have always been associated with love and St Valentine's day.
He says Mishti Doi and Ras Malai make for the perfect Valentine's Day dessert.
Presenting an exotic recipe blending the two:
A Trifle Indian
- 200 gm ginger biscuits
- 2 large oranges (segmented)
- 12 to 15 strawberries (cut in halves)
- 500 gm of mishti doi (sweet curd)
- 4 pieces of ras malai
- 200 gm whipped cream
- Finely diced aam papad
- Multi coloured saunf
For spun sugar decoration (optional)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
For spun sugar
- Heat a pan, add sugar and water, stirring well till sugar melts. Boil till it gets caramelized.
- Hold a wooden spoon and spin the sugar on the spoon vertically.
- Set it aside to cool and thicken slightly.
- Dip a fork in the syrup to make thin sugar threads on a pan.
- Make desired shape of the strands to decorate the trifle.
- Crumble some biscuits into a glass or a base of your serving bowl.
- Scatter some orange segments and strawberries on it. Keep the rest for garnishing.
- Add a layer of whipped mishti doi.
- Place the ras malai on it and add another layer of mishti doi.
- Top off with a layer of whipped cream.
- Scatter the remaining orange segments and strawberries.
- Sprinkle with aam papad and multi coloured saunf.
- Decorate with sugar spun.
UK-born Shaun Kenworthy is a celebrity chef Judge at Young Chef Olympiad 2016 and Chef & Culinary Director at International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), Kolkata.
Photographs: Kind Courtesy IIHM Team
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