Do you have that one ingredient that you enjoy cooking with? That one ingredient that you try incorporating in most of your dishes? I decided to ask some of my favourite food bloggers and home chefs what their favourite ingredients to cook with are. These are bloggers that I follow, home chefs whose food I swear by, and food writers who I enjoy reading - an esteemed bunch who I am thankful to for contributing to this post. Read on!
1. Kalyan Karmakar of The Finely Chopped
One of the first food blogs I started following, each post Kalyan pens down is a fable, where the central characters are food! I've yet to find a blog that oscillates between gourmet food from the cobbled streets of Rome, to street side dosas from Mumbai suburbs with such ease.
Kalyan tells me he enjoys cooking with fish - an answer I was hoping for owing to his Bengali lineage. 'My current focus has been on oven based yet flavourful fish grills and bakes. The trick is to ensure that the fish is cooked right. Not over cooked. Not raw. Which is always a challenge in the oven and part of the fun.', shares Kalyan.
|Kalyan's Lebanese Inspired Grilled Snapper|
Image Courtesy - Kalyan Karmakar
2. Nikhil Merchant of Nonchalant Gourmand
Gorgeous pictures, innovative recipes, and beautifully worded text - Nikhil's blog is a perfect dive into the world of gourmet food.
Nikhil is currently based in Los Angeles, working on a new project, and relishing California's citrus trees - blood oranges, lemons, limes and avocados which are found commonly in most homes over there. 'I have a lemon tree growing here and it's perennial. Not only do they have that quintessential citrus tang but are sweet and mildly acidic. Fleshy skin for some great zest and full of juice. I am a sucker for lemons these days, and they are totally worth it.', quips Nikhil.
|Nikhil's Nonchalant Lemon Soufflé|
Image Courtesy - Nikita Mody