If you’re following me on social media, I’m sure you know by now that I recently attended the #GoCheeseTastingEvent organized by Femina in association with Go Cheese at blueFROG, Mumbai with Chef Ranveer Brar.
Here are 5 things that happened at the event:
– The afternoon started on a funny note with standup comedian Angad Singh Ranyal’s hilarious act. The Pirated Sardar surely left the audience in splits with his wise cracks and one liners. All the Punjabi’s in the house were seen laughing out loud to his famous line – Punjabi’s either create history or catastrophe!
– Next, Mr. Mahesh Israni, CMO of Parag Milk Foods took to stage to brief us about Go Cheese. ‘There are over 2200 varieties of cheese available all over but still India consumes only 9% of cheese. Our aim is to change that,’ he said. The company is divided into three categories – Gowardhan (focuses on kitchen consumption like ghee, paneer, etc), Go (targets the youth with its quirky brand image), Pride of Cows (premium farm milk in Mumbai & Pune).
– Soon after, celebrity chef Ranveer Brar took centre stage and was warmly welcomed with a thundering round of applause. He introduced us to the different varieties of Go Cheese and also to his specially curated cheese themed menu. Out of all the varieties available, he recommends trying Go Cheese’s Almette that will soon be available in the market.
– After an interactive session with Chef Ranveer, the audience sipped on wine while relishing their scrumptious cheese platter. A variety of mains and desserts made with cheese were also served.
– According to Ranveer Brar:
1) Wine and cheese go well together because of their acidity
2) The combination of Earl Grey and Cheddar are a match made in heaven
3) Mild Cheddar and Indian Spices will leave you craving for more
4) When you have garma-garam samosas with Gouda, you wont be able to stop yourself at just one
5) While baking, try to blend two or more cheeses. Parmesan is perfect, if you’re looking for a crumbly texture while Mozzarella gives you a creamier texture
6) Try mixing Parmesan and White Chocolate for dessert and you’ll be licking your fingers and maybe even the bowl after you’re done
7) During winter, enjoy mature cheeses and even Blue cheese along with some crackers
How to make Cheese Pakoras with Go Cheese:
– 1 cup Go Cheese Angles
– 1 onion thinly chopped
– 4 green chillies thinly chopped
– 1 cup Bengal gram flour (besan)
– 2 tbsp corn flour
– 1/2 tsp cumin powder
– A pinch of black pepper powder
– A pinch of baking soda
– 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
– Fresh cilantro chopped
– Salt to taste
– Oil to deep fry
– Take a big bowl and mix the flours, onion, green chillies, baking soda, salt, cilantro and spices
– Add little water for making the average consistency pakora batter. Make sure there are no lumps
– Heat oil in a pan. Dip each Go Cheese Angle one by one into the batter, coat from all the sides and drop into hot oil
– Deep fry few at a time until pakora turns crispy and little brown
– Remove on oil absorbent paper and serve hot with coriander chutney and tomato sauce.