At a time when health has been flung under the spotlight again, a visit to our trusted kitchens can help keep diseases and ailments at bay. Facilitating this trip are the recipe books of famed chefs from across the country, each of whom have torn a page from their handy guides to provide immunity-boosting recipes for us to try at home. Recipe by Chef Abhishek Gupta
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Executive Sous Chef at Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences Abhishek Gupta comes backed with years of experience in his kitty. With culinary expertise spanning international and Indian flavours, both, Chef Gupta’s skills are second to none. A graduate from Kolkata’s International Hospitality Management, this chef packs flavour and aesthetic in equal amounts with every dish. One such example is his immunity-boosting beetroot and turmeric spaghetti.
Beetroot and turmeric spaghetti
- 100 grams spaghetti
- 100 grams beetroot
- 3 grams turmeric
- 10 grams gooseberry (amla)
- 50 grams pineapple
- 2 pieces of star anise
- 2 cinnamon stick
- 20 grams sugar
- 30 grams bell pepper
- 2 cherry tomatoes
- 10-15 millilitre basil oil/olive oil
- Edible flowers for garnish (optional)
- Olive dust for garnish (optional)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Boil spaghetti in water with drizzles of oil. Keep aside.
- Roast the beetroot at 160-degree Celsius for an hour. Once cool, puree it using a blender; add water for consistency.
- Transfer the beetroot puree to a pan and cook on a slow flame. Add diced gooseberries, grated turmeric, salt, sugar, star anise, and cinnamon.
- Cook for 10 minutes and strain the sauce. Set aside.
- Grill pineapples using olive oil and keep aside.
- Roast bell peppers on direct flame. Once cool, peel the outer black skin and cut the bell peppers into fine strips.
- Slice cherry tomatoes in halves.
- Toss the cooked spaghetti in beetroot and turmeric sauce.
- Mix in the vegetables and transfer to the plate.
- Garnish with ingredients of choice.
Beetroot contains folate (also known as Vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C—each of which is associated with numerous health benefits. Turmeric, on the other hand, has bio-active compounds with powerful medicinal properties. It is known to increase the antioxidant capacity of the body. The disease-fighting antioxidants in pineapples boost immunity, and their enzymes ease digestion.
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