Desi Couture

By Puneet Sikand

Who says comfort food can’t be haute cuisine? What better occasion than your wedding to celebrate the confluence of two ends of the gastronomic spectrum? Comfort food has quietly reclaimed its top spot in the great Indian wedding. Not surprising for nothing can match the pleasure it provides.

Everyone loves street food (childhood memories are made of it). The simple aloo-puri makes a stunning comeback with a twist in its tale: a dab of tulsi, orange juice and peppercorn give it a quirky texture, one with a suave palate will relish. Chole, a mainstay of the Punjabi kitchen, meets its haute-cuisine counterpart, the volau- vent, to make for an explosive culinary experience. The delicate rabri forges a bond with French macaroons, the result is nothing short of magic. Dal combines with stuffed chili pickles to venture into a territory of fresh aromas and textures, while small-town staples like litti chokha (from Bihar) get a stamp of approval from the fancy tastemakers.

Chef and owner of the ‘Kitchen Art Company’, Puneet Sikand has over two decades of experience and accolades from five-star hotels in India and haute cuisine locations in London and Ireland and has turned his expertise into the art of premium catering.

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