Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hard Rock Cafe with a Reinvented Menu

Corn Fritters
Discerned patrons of Hard Rock Cafe could definitely look beyond the rock memorabilia, fantastic music and without a doubt the food. The Hard Rock Cafe menu conjured up new items on the menu which is by far an abosulute delight to one trying them at HRC. One visiting HRC would definitely not go disappointed. One thing to be noted in the menu is the new header Namma Benguluru which has some new bites like the Corn Fritters which comes in a brown paper package which are a mouthful of fritter balls filled with sweet corn, bell pepper and some spices golden fried, served with a refreshing cucumber dip. Next up on the list to try is the Fritto Misto which is not only crunchy but a definite must have for those who love the seafood. It's a cocktail glass full of golden fried squid rings and prawn spirals accompanied with a justified chili garlic dip. These rings are something you could go on munching without knowing how many of those you would have HAD at the end of the day. I reckon the dish as that good because it comes without a hint of oil and is just so non greasy.
Fritto Misto

Another new entrant like the Saag Paneer is something the vegetarians are going to indulge in, its a sizzling platter of paneer marinated in an Indian-Tunisian flavor served over a heap of spinach served with pita bread and a yogurt dip. You must ask the Chef to show you how to eat this dish, so that you could eat enjoy the dish through and through. Chef Niranjan did the honors for us. For the piquant lot the Chicken Pakodas are new on the menu. Incase your looking for something rustically spicy as the chicken pieces are fried to a crunchy finish which compliment your drinks o! so fine.

Saag Paneer

Chicken Pakodas

If your wanting to go light for a meal then try their Assorted Hummus Platter ,something you would'nt want to miss which is a trio of dips. Black bean and chipotle chilli, classic garbanzo with roasted red pimentos & kidney beans with roasted garlic, a flavorful twist to the Arabic delicacy served with vegetable crudites & toasted pita. If your thinking this is it, then there is more in the sandwich section just to show how the food at HRC could get bigger and better. 

There is more in the Namma Benguluru section when  it comes to the main course for the ones who want  the taste of the Indian Cusine, HRC brings you Bhuna Chicken Rolls, Paneer Kathi Rolls, Kerala Fish/Prawn Curry, Murg Makhani, Southern Spiced Chicken Curry and the Paneer Makhani.

Assorted Hummus Platter
Under their Legendary Burger Section they have additions like the Fish 'O Fillet, the Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger and the Carribean Black Bean Burger which is a sweet potato burger spiced with carribean seasonings and glazed with a tangy mango chutney.

Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger
There is the Pulled Chicken Sandwich, the Poboy Sandwich which can be Vegetarian, Chicken or Prawn Based and also a Pulled Pork Sandwich which is a robust filled sandwich with some stunning pork meat in barbecue sauce in some bustling flavors! From the Smokehouse Section  you could enjoy some authentic memphis style Barbecue pork spare ribs and chicken, which is succulent and packed with a punch, served with a coleslaw and french fries.

BBQ Combo 

And for Dessert which truly overtook the palates by pure dreamy delights were the Tres Leches and the Mohito Yogurt with Fresh Seasonal Fruit. The Tres Leches is a traditional Mexican dense moist cake oozing with flavor and served with a curly cue of whipped cream and fresh berries. While the other dessert is an exotic mix of berries in yogurt with a shot of raspberry rum poured over. 

Tres Leches

So on your next visit to the Hard Rock Cafe be sure to try the stuff you haven't tried, because it's definitely worth the bite besides that, there is plenty to choose from....

Cheers to all!!!!

Mohito Yogurt with Berries
Hard Rock Cafe  - 40, St.Mark's Road,  Bengaluru

Tel: 080- 41242222

Working Hours - 12 noon to 11:30pm (Kids Menu and colouring kit on request)
Group parties or special events available on request

Car and Bike parking available

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Sausages

Something the grandmother made for the grandson, because he was screaming sausages.......Yup my mum made these for Elijah and he helped her make them. Not only was he super excited to make them but he was super super delighted in tasting them hot right from the oven.

Bratwurst - 8 ( you could use chicken sausages instead)
Bacon Slices - 12
Paprika Powder - 2 tsp
Brown Sugar - 8 tbsp

Mix the paprika powder and brown sugar in a dish and keep aside. Cut the sausages into three pieces and wrap a slice of bacon around each pieces and fasten with a toothpick. Lightly coat the sausages with the paprika and sugar mixture and place them on a baking sheet lined with an aluminium sheet. Bake in the oven till the bacon is browned and crisp, for about 25-30 minutes at 180 C. Serve warm on a platter with paprika and brown sugar lightly sprinkled.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chocolate Brownie

I'm at home with mum so when I'm with her the its all the more exciting to bake and try something. She is even more excited to try out her set of written and stored recipes. So out of the selected we tried this together, a nice fudgey piquant chocolate brownie.

Butter – ½ cup
White Sugar – 1 cup
Eggs – 2
Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 1/3 cup
All Purpose Flour – ½ cup
Salt – ¼ teaspoon
Baking Powder – ¼ teaspoon
Butter - 3 tablespoons, softened
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder - 3 tablespoons
Honey - 1 tablespoon
Vanilla Extract - 1 teaspoon
Confectioner’s Sugar - 1 cup

Preheat oven to 175C. Place wax or parchment paper onto the base of the pan and then grease and flour it. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
To make the Frosting:
Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar and mix well using an electric mixer. Frost brownies while they are still warm. Spread an even layer.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tuna Bread~ As Delicious as it Gets!!

Each time I have gotten this bread baked I haven't got a single decent picture clicked, why? because as soon as its baked, its just waiting to be eaten, you don't believe it? Well don't let this bread intimidate you in any way coz this is my first experiments with yeast and baking bread and the results are fantastic. Another of my mum's recipe's which she said if I tried I would love. I haven't captured a great click, but moments before the grab, this is the least I could get, I promise to bake another one to bring forth this creation more life!!!

Flour – 2 cups
Eggs – 2
Yeast – 1 1/2 tsp
Milk – 4 tbsp
Sugar -2 tsp
Butter – 1 oz
Salt- 1 tsp
For the Filling
Tuna or any other fish - 200 gms, cooked and flaked
Onion – 1, finely chopped
Tomato – 1, finely chopped
Celery - A dash of celery (optional)
Garlic – 2 pods, finely chopped
Green chilies – 2, finely chopped
Flour – 1/2 tbsp flour
Salt to taste
An egg yolk and little milk to glaze

Prepare the Filling:
In a frying pan, sauté the onions and garlic in oil along with green chilies. Add in the tomatoes and sauté till oil separates. Add the flour and sauté. Add the celery and then the tuna and sauté till everything is blended well. Keep aside to cool.
To prepare the bread:
In a bowl, mix the yeast in the warm milk and sugar and keep aside for about 15 minutes. Into a food processor, add the flour, butter and salt and process for about 2 minutes. Meanwhile in another bowl break the eggs and lightly beat them. Add the milk mixture to the beaten eggs and mix lightly.In a slow and steady stream, through the feed pour the egg milk mixture to the flour to form a smooth dough. Transfer the dough to a well oiled bowl. Cling wrap the bowl and keep in a warm place to rise for about an hour. Once risen, punch the dough down. Turn the dough out to a floured surface. Roll it out to 37.5 x 22.5 cm rectangle. Spread the filling along the length of the rectangle. Roll tightly. Once rolled, place onto a greased sheet shaped like a ring sealing the edges. I shaped mine like a horse shoe. Using a knife or scissors, cut 2/3rd’s the top of the ring down through all around. Leave to rise again. Once risen, glaze the bread with an egg yolk and milk mixture. Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes at 180 C. Garnish with capsicum rings.
Combine mayonnaise, tomato sauce, chili sauce and add little chopped celery(optional) and serve with the tuna bread snack.

Tip: I have tried the same thing with potates, and you would need 200gms of potatoes. First boiled, mashed and then sauteed. You would end with up aloo bread for the vegetarians.
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