Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Beetroot Gnocchi With Spicy Coconut Sauce (First Video Post!)


Beetroot Gnocchi with Spicy Coconut Sauce from IndianSimmer on Vimeo.
Rubbing those sea deep brown eyes, in his arms, the butterfly and her papa entered the kitchen. I was straining his tea and prepping to warm up her milk when they sneaked from behind and hugged me. Landed countless “monster puchis” (those big fat kisses, the butterfly nomenclatured so) on either of my cheeks and got a family group hug in response. Although the very next moment was not something they were used to for the past couple weeks. The rushing look on my face told them that the party was over and we are back to business! First day back to school, work and the daily grind. A disappointed sigh and then off to the drill. Stepping out the doorstep the butterfly cried a little in agitation and if he could then her papa would have done the same. “Just a couple days with your friends at school before we leave for our big India trip and Mama’s (uncle, mum’s brother) wedding!”, I tried to console her which still wasn’t enough. Yet off they went with a droopy face. I don’t blame them, a two week long break, away from all the “man made” craziness of life does that to you.

Beetroots
This break was specially relaxing for the husband who between his school, work and “chores” barely finds time to satisfy his passion - photography. Not sure if enough people know but he is the photographer in the family. Abhishek is the one who started me with the basics. He was the one who brought the first DSLR home and he’s definitely more educated about the techniques than I am. Only if he had more time, although he says, “one day!”. So for this winter break, since unlike every year we were not away on a long trip we decided to play around with something we wanted to do together for a while. We tried our hands on videography. Or more like he tried his hands on videography as I was always in front of the camera, which just for the record is SO boring! But together we were able to create something for you.

Beetroot Gnocchi
For our first video together, we thought it would only be appropriate to share a recipe that the two of us created together and have been enjoying for a couple years now. The recipe started with me wanting to try my hands at making gnocchi, one of our favorite dishes. With time a simple gnocchi evolved and got the color and flavors we enjoy as a family.
I was hoping to share this post before we hopped on a plane to leave on a month long trip to India. A trip which was supposed to be very special and turned out to be nothing less. We were to join a very special person in my life for a very special occasion in his life. My little brother, my partner in crime and my best friend was getting married! I was thrilled and then amongst all the excitement, planning and preparation, this post went on a back burner. We put it on simmer and left for India. But now we are back and it has been cooked to something of our liking so I am sharing it today with you.

The recipe here for beetroot gnocchi makes double the quantity suitable for the amount of sauce. I usually save one half of the dough for later. You can either do that OR reduce the gnocchi recipe to half OR can also double the recipe for sauce if your are entertaining a larger crowd.

Ingredients:
For Beetroot Gnocchi: Serves 6
500 grams russet potato (yields 2 cups mashed potatoes)
230 grams beets (yields 3/4 cups beetroot puree)
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour + extra for dusting
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt

For Spicy Coconut Cream Sauce: Serves 3-4
2 tablespoon unsweetened grated coconut (fresh or dry, dessicated)
1 tablespoon ground almond
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tsp grated ginger
1-2 cloves garlic, grated
salt
1 cup coconut milk

Method:
For Beetroot Gnocchi:
Pre heat the oven to 350 deg. F.
Wash the beetroots. Pat dry. Chop the leaves and ends off. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 30-35 minutes until fork tender.
Pull out of the oven. Let cool before peeling the skin off. Chop. Puree in a blender or food processor. Set aside to cool.
Boil water in a sauce pan.
Peel potatoes. Chop into chunks.Boil in water until cooked through. Strain water.
Mash potatoes using a masher or food mill leaving no lumps. Set aside to cool.
On a clean counter top bring all the ingredients of gnocchi together.
Mix well and while dusting occasionally, knead into a smooth soft dough, dry to touch.
Divide into two parts. Wrap one half and save for later.
Divide the other half into 3-4 smaller portions. Roll into long dowels about 3/4 inch in diameter.
Cut into 3/4-1 inch long dowel pieces. Flick pieces into the back of a fork or gnocchi maker.
Boil a pot of salt water. Add 2 tablespoon oil. Drop the gnocchi.
Cook for a few minutes. Once cooked gnocchi float to the surface of the water. Fish them out. Collect in a dish.

For the Spicy Coconut Cream Sauce:
In a medium hot pan, dry roast ground almond and coconut for a few minutes until the coconut turns golden in color.
Add bay leaf followed by ground spices and salt. Quick roast for 10-15 seconds.
Add salt followed by coconut milk. Mix everything well together. Simmer on low heat for a minute.
By now the gnocchi should be cooked. Add to the sauce. Toss to coat gnocchi with sauce.
Serve immediately with your choice of wine.

48 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! fantastic video... loved it !!!

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  2. absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!was waiting for ur voice inputs :)

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  3. Well done, great video!! Gnocchi looks delicious...

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  5. I love this video! So simple and classy! :)

    The gnocchi looks great!! What other types of sauces would work with this gnocchi? (my husband sadly doesn't love coconut.)

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    1. I go crazy and use all kinds of pesto and sauces with my gnocchi. Avacado, mint pesto, beetroot leaves pesto, simple brown butter spiced with a few spices, just about anything.

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  6. Beautiful! !!!! Such a gorgeous video...
    Love everything. .. from the food to music
    Love it!!!

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  7. You made those beets look sensual. Wonderful!

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  8. lovely video, looking forward to more :)

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    1. Hoping not to make you wait too long. :-)

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  9. This was a beautiful video Prerna!
    I get the feeling that we are in so similar shoes! My hubby too is the photographer, but his job etc dont allow him to explore as much as he, and we all would like! Of course, these days I am not blogging either, but itching to get back to it all!
    And guess what - my little brother's wedding is also coming up soon, and I am so excited!

    Anyways, keep up the fantastic work - I loved watching this recipe!

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    1. Wow, that's strange and very funny! :D I hope you have great fun at your brother's wedding.

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  10. Superb work. Lovely video Prerna. Music simply rocks!

    Siri

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  11. Nice Video. simply shows cooking is an art. Not like a usual one. Love it.

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  12. A lovely video and recipe. Those gnocchi must taste amazing. What a refined flavor combination!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  13. Video speaks of cooking with ease and grace..lovely!!!

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  14. Nice .. just would have liked to have seen your pretty face ;o) Loving this fusion recipe. Like the mix of beetroot and the spicy coconut a lot. Save me some!

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    1. If only I wasn't this camera shy :) Atleast I started with hand shots. Probably one day!
      Oh I'd love to cook some for you!

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  15. simply beautiful..the video is so nicely done..and the recipe - i love it.

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  16. Gorgeous colour, lovely recipe...great job on the video x

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  17. Very nice, Prerna! East meets West. Lovely colors. It is always a pleasure to see hands working. Looking forward for more!

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  18. Love the video - specially the sound of shredding coconut, sizzle and simmer. Very beautifully done! Looking forward to many more :)

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  19. Han, waise where is your lovely face in the video? Loved it - congratulations and may there be many more. Superb. xo

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  20. Great video!! Love the presentation..very professional :)

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  21. I was planning on making a video for the Chocolate Souffle I made a few weeks ago, but I gave up on it. Having attempted that I can fully appreciate the effort that must have gone into the making of this. It's absolutely stunning! You could have used more light, but for a beetroot recipe the dark moody feel worked brilliantly. Needless to say, I love it. :)

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    1. Thanks Devz! Yes for this particular recipe we wanted a moody feel.

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  22. I can't wait to make this! Looks fantastic! Thanks for the recipe and video!

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  23. I just watched the video and I LOVE it. The lighting and everything is perfect, yes please do more of these!

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  24. more more more! is all I'm saying.

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  25. Gorgeous video...one of the most captivating shorts on food I've seen! Oh, and the beet gnocchi looks luscious. Now I want to taste it!

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  26. love the video, beautiful lighting, love the beetroot gnocchi recipe too

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  27. So nice Prerna. I am loving the music & all the sizzles and stirring! Now if only my husband eats gnocchi done with beets, but he ll love the coconut sauce for sure!

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    1. Thanks Tanvi! The sauce also works well with panko crusted fish and chicken..

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  28. Your first video...but it's so beautiful it comes across as something you've been effortlessly doing for years! Cheers to more videos to come from the talented duo!!

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  29. Really it does't seems that you are doing this video thing for the first time. I would love to see more and yes would try my hands on cooking this. order food online when in rush with Foodpanda coupons

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  30. Such a lovely post! Loved the video, very very well done! Congrats!


    Oh, and of course, the stills are terrific (like always!) and the gnocchi sounds delish!

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  31. It's an interesting Indian food recipe. Never heard of it before. Will try it for sure.

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  32. Great post!! very informative.
    Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.

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  33. Hello Prerna,
    this video just looks so great!
    Especially, that it's without any voice or text inputs makes it so wonderful because the focus stays on the main subject - the food! <3
    I'd love to see more of it!

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    1. ...and even if beetroot isn't my favourite vegetable, the video and its colours make me wanting to cook this! ;-)

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