I am not a whisky connaisseur. Nevertheless, I was more than happy to join The Glenlivet for a culinary cooperation. You know, cooking is great in general, but cooking with booze is even better. Not only because you can freely consume the part of the bottle you don't use for cooking and not feel guilty about it. The right amount of alcohol enhances flavours and adds a warming quality, which shouldn't be overlooked when winter is coming. I always make French onion soup with a generous portion of wine, I love Crêpes Suzette with orange liquer and I think that a dash of vodka in marinara sauce brings out an amazing tomato aroma. The idea of using a 15 year old single malt for cooking was pretty exciting.
The Glenlivet provided fresh ingredients (including the most important one - a bottle of The Glenlivet 15YO) and a recipe for Rogan Josh curry with short ribs and (of course) whisky. The recipe was created by Witold Iwański, a very talented Polish chef, who works at Aruana restaurant.
The dish was rather quick and uncomplicated to make and, unsurprisingly, delicious . The smoky aroma of whisky nicely complimented ribs and pumpkin. The addition of sesame oil, roasted almonds and fresh cilantro created an interesting combination of textures and flavours. I probably don't need to convince you that it's a perfect treat for a cold evening (especially when accompanied by a glass of whisky)?
Recipe: Rogan Josh curry with short ribs and whiskyServes: 4
- 1 kg of short ribs, cooked in broth, meat separated form the bones and cut into smaller chunks
- 80 ml of olive oil
- 2 onions, diced
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. of Rogan Josh or curry paste
- 1/3 of medium pumpkin, peeled and diced
- one can of chickpeas
- 1/2 cup of The Glenlivet 15YO
- 25 ml of sesame oil
- a bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 150 ml of thick yoghurt
- 80 g of almond flakes, roasted
- Heat olive oil in a large pot, add garlic, onion and pumpkin, cook for a few minutes.
- Add meat, chickpeas and Rogan or curry paste.
- Add whisky and some water, cook for about 20 minutes for the ingredients and flavours to combine.
- By the end of cooking time, add chopped cilantro and drizzle your curry with sesame oil.
- Before serving, top each portion with yoghurt and almond flakes. Serve with bread, eg. pita.
The post was created in cooperation with The Glenlivet.