With Summer almost knocking there Chef Megha Kohli shares two of her favourite recipes of Fatoush Salad and Sumac Chicken. Let's whip this recipe at home for a nice comfort meal
International Women's Day, a global day celebrated to recognize the and to raise awareness of the challenges they still face in achieving gender equality. The day serves as an opportunity to highlight the achievements of women who have broken barriers and made significant contributions to society, as well as to call attention to the inequalities that still exist and to work toward a more just and equitable world for all.
And when we talk of breaking barriers the whole new age Female chefs that have surely proved that. One chef who surely has made heads turn is Chef Megha Kohli whose journey from Oberoi hotels, The Olive to Lavaash and now Mademoiselle has been worth mentioning.
Chef Megha Kohli adds “ "Women's Day is without a doubt a day to pause and reflect on who we are as individuals and the work that we undertake. Knowing that women lead so many organisations around the world, including the hospitality industry it fills me with a strong sense of pride and satisfaction. Being a part of Mademoiselle, which has a team of women who proudly lead it, makes me proud to be a a part of this brand. At Mademoiselle, we collaborate every day to foster a culture of growth that aspiring talents can emulate."
Here are two exclusive recipes by her –
The sumac bush, native to the Middle East, produces deep red berries, which are dried and ground into coarse powder. With a deep red hue and trademark citrusy tartness, sumac is one of the most instantly recognisable spices of the Middle East. In addition to its rich culinary history, which dates back beyond the Roman empire, the health benefits of this ancient spice were first documented thousands of years ago in Greek medicinal texts, which noted sumac’s antiseptique qualités.
• Oil 5 tbsp
• Sumac powder 3 tbsp
• Chicken (Boneless) 500 gms
• Garlic (sliced) 10 cloves
• Garlic (paste) 4 tbsp
• Rosemary 5 sprigs
• Green chillies (slit) 5 pcs
• Whole red chillies 5 pcs
• Green olives 20 pcs
• Cherry tomatoes 20 pcs
• Salt to taste
• Basil sprigs handful
• Red Wine vinegar 5 tsp
• The first step is to marinate the chicken with sumac powder (1 tbsp), garlic paste and salt, and set aside.
• Next up, heat oil in a pan and add the sliced garlic.
• When the garlic is almost cooked add the rosemary, green chillies, whole
• red chillies, stir.
• To this add the chicken pieces and sear for about 30 secs on each side.
• In the same pan, add rosemary, green chillies, whole red chillies and
• sliced garlic, sauté for about 1-2 minutes.
• Deglaze the pan using the red wine vinegar.
• Add cherry tomatoes, olives and salt to taste.
• Once the chicken is cooked through, add the basil leaves.
A classic mediterranean fried/ roasted bread salad. The bread used traditionally is called- Khubz, it is leavened. Alternatively, you can use the pita or else make bread crumbs using regular bread loafs. Just toss them with some olive oil/butter, garlic, salt and chopped herbs of your choice and roast them at 140c until crispy.
• Pita breads 2 pcs
• Onion (diced) 2 medium sized
• Cucumber (diced) 2 medium (ideally use english cucumbers)
• Tomato (diced) 2 medium sized
• Red bell peppers (cubes) 1 medium sized
• Yellow bell peppers (cubes) 1 medium sized
• Parsley (chopped) 1/3 cup
• MInt (hand- torn) 1/3 cup
• Olives 10- 12 pcs
• Radish (thinly sliced) 2
For the vinaigrette :
• Olive oil 1/3 cup
• Lemon juice 1 + 1/2 lemons
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Sumac 1- 2 tsp
• Cut the pita breads into cubes, toss them in some olive oil and toast them in your oven at a low temperature till they are crisp but not brown.
• In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped onions, cucumbers,
• tomatoes, bell peppers with the sliced radish, mint and parsley.
• To make the sumac vinaigrette, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil and
• sumac in a small bowl.
• Dress the salad with the vinaigrette and toss lightly. Finally, add the pita
• chips, and more sumac if you like and toss one more time. Transfer to small serving bowls or plates. Enjoy!