Sunday, April 15, 2012

Garlic Chilli Roasted Grapes for the Nonchalant Gourmand

Soon after I began  #365PerfectFoodles, I realised I needed a name for it and asked the Twitterverse for help, promising a dedicated illustration to the winners. Two peoples suggestions finally came together in this name. One of them was my friend Nikhil who also has a very attractive blog - Nonchalant Gourmand. He requested a recipe with garlic in shades of Purple since that is the color of his blog. It took me a while to actually come up with a recipe but here it is 

Chilli Garlic Roasted Grapes #365PerfectFoodles - 11 (15 Apr 2012)

I have been wanting to do a caramelised fruit recipe as well as cook with grapes so this recipe does both. Grapes are in season just now and chilled make the ideal summer fruit/snack. But what I have found over time is that all fruit get even more delicious when subjected to a little heat that caramelises the sugar they contain. This recipe also has two favourite ingredients, garlic on request by Nikhil, which is important for adding caramelly, savoury notes and chillies for a little heat that will help the roasted grapes hold their own with the cheese later. But most impotantly in this platter is an ingredient that is very local. In arranging the platter I have scattered little sprigs of baby Methi all over it. Baby Methi to translate it to world gourmet terms would be Fenugreek Mesclun and has been a regular on the menus of Gujarati and Maharashtrian cuisines for eons. In this platter it makes an important additions, its slightly sweet-bitter crunchiness offering a contrast in texture and flavour to the soft sweet grapes and savoury cheese. In retrospect a few toasted walnut flakes could also be scattered over....

Here is the written Recipe 

3 cups/250 gms large red seedless grapes, a few halved, rest kept whole
1/3 cup / 40 cloved Garlic, chopped fine
4-5 / 15 gms Red Chillies, chopped fine 
1/3 cup / 80 ml Robust Red Wine
Sea Salt to taste (optional)

To Serve 
A selection of Sharp goats milk or smelly-spicy cheeses (Camembert, Roquefort, Brie, Feta, Gorgonzola to name a few)
1 bunch Baby Methi (Fenugreek Mesclun), cleaned and trimmed
Toasted walnuts (optional)
Sea salt (adjust quantities if used in roasting also)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade. In a large mixing bowl, combine the grapes, garlic, chillies  wine, sea salt if using and mix well. Transfer to a baking tray and place in preheated oven. Roast for 15-20 minutes till skin of grapes gets slightly wrinkly and garlic is well browned. Whille grapes are roastin arrange your cheeses on a platter. Scatter the grapes around the cheeses with drizzles of pan juices. Arrange sprigs of the baby methi all over. Scatter walnuts and sea salt if using. Serve with the red wine you used to cook! Bon Apetit!  

For those of you who want a look at the real thing, here is a picture. This pan full was wiped out by the husband.

Straight out of the oven

Closer shot.


Nikhil Merchant said...

Rushina, you have crossed all limits with this recipe ... I mean who WHO in the world gives a simple ingredient and a color and you gourmandize the whole dish ?!?! Thank you once again and I think I need an autographed version of this recipe with the hashtag and my name and everything and send me a high-res copy so i can take frame it (I am not kidding) - this one goes up my Food Wall which I plan to do up in my bedroom !

Cherish it forever !

amrita said...

This is indeed a great idea.. I had been wanting to the same since I saw they draw and cook.. your post inspire me.. Now I ahve to make the husband read your last post on how a smasung galaxy note should be given to me as surprise ;) but nevertheless should make it soon.. will share the link with you then.. Grt work Rushina :)

Swati Sapna said...

I have just discovered your blog (totally, utterly my loss) and girl, am i floored or what?! Love your illustrations, love the recipes (though i'm still struggling with the absence of real food pics, unimaginative me!), love the quirkiness!
And Chilli Garlic Grapes? Really? You hv gotta be kidding me! I have to try this out this very weekend and see if this is for real :D

Rushina said...

Nikhil, it was a fun challenge. And frame is being done.

Amrita - Thank you!

Swati - Thank you so much! Have added a picture of this one for you. They are a HUGE hit around these parts. Also very good on Salads with crisp lettuce and feta.

Rushina said...
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Swati Sapna said...

Awww... thanks a ton for the picture. The dish looks just as good as the illustration :) Though the illustration still wins hands down just for the sheer madness of it :D
Am loving trawling thru ur blog!