Video: Chef Biju Thomas Builds The Perfect Plate of Food
Posted Feb 21 2014 1:05pm
While I was in Colorado , I mentioned our dinner with Biju was a big priority. While we were there, I captured him in his element demonstrating how to build a killer plate of food, the Biju way. The food you see was fresh, prepared by him, and...you guessed it...made from scratch! (On another note, I just gotta say that I can never spell scratch the right way anymore, my brain and fingers always wants to spell it skratch... thanks a lot guys, lol).
If you were to ask for the recipes and specific dishes, I sadly cannot tell you all the details at this point. I was there to eat, socialize and have a good time that night; not document it all, sorry :/
But, that said, in a nutshell here's a list of what the dinner was Main Dishes:
-Salad of red and green cabbage with cilantro and a simple lemon/salt dressing -Basmati rice -Sauteed green beans with coconut -Egg omlette/frittata, Indian style with the garlic/ginger "chutney" mentioned below -Beef in a thick "gravy curry" (?) with coconut, onions, thyme, ginger, and a spicy kick -Vegan curry yellow/orange in color with carrots, lentils, potatoes
Baked coconut shreds. Quite possibly the perfect snack.
-Freshly made wheat tortillas - for soaking up the curry juice and rich sauces so nothing goes un-eaten (and, yes, folks, I had one; and, no, they were not gluten free. It's in these situations where I will eat nearly anything being served for the authentic experience) -Baked coconut shreds - nothing added, and even better than my beloved dehydrated shreds! I think he said he just baked it for ~3hr at 350. Easy. -Chutney dip/spread of ginger, garlic, onion, herbs, spices (I could eat this all day on everything!) -Greek yogurt -Wine... duh! I went to a wine shop prior and made sure to ask for a wine that pairs well with curry; the dude recommended this wine made by trappist nuns . It was an excellent pairing! -Prior to dinner, he also mixed together some of the chutney and greek yogurt for a dipping sauce, and had potato chips out for dipping mmmm.
...I can only dream of preparing all that and still being such a laid-back cool host like Biju.