Tasting the buttery fruit in many forms at the Delhi residence of Richard White, Trade Commissioner, Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand
words: Ambica Gulati
A nice winter evening and trees lit with small lights and diyas at the entrance. A small group hosted by Richard White, dinner made at home by his expert kitchen staff, and Chef Kunal Kapur’s live class on how the famous avocado can be eaten. He made two dips and two dishes. And everyone loved the dips, the dishes suited different palates. The dips were a healthy mix of avocado, curd, cheese, parsley, dil, coriander, salt, garlic, onion and lemon. In the process, we learned that buttery soft avocado is one of the healthiest fruits in the world. It grows in abundance in New Zealand. And Avanza is probably bringing one of the finest varieties to India. But a good avocado costs Rs 350 per piece!
Chef Kunal made an avocado stew in coconut curry, chicken kebabs with avocado, traditional namak paras went with the dips and then there was litti chokha. This was proof enough that the fruit, or superfood as the natives call it, can mix well with any kind of dish from any region in India. The dishes were paired with some really good wines. It made for an excellent dinner, not much ado, but lots of quality and healthy nutrients.
All that’s good about the Avocado:
- The vitamins and antioxidants can improve the skin.
- The iron, niacin and vitamin B6 support energy levels.
- The good fats and omega acids help to maintain a healthy heart.
- Helps the body absorb more nutrients from other foods.
- Vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells from free radicals.
- The healthy fibre keeps the digestive system in shape.
You could also try making the Chokha at home:
Litti with Avocado Chokha
Ingredients for chokha
Round eggplant – 3 nos
Tomato – 6 nos
Boiled potato – 2 no
Avocado – 3 nos
Garlic chopped – 2 tsp
Onion chopped – ¼ cup
Green chilly chopped 2 tsp
Coriander chopped – 2 tbsp
Mustard oil – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice – 1 no
- Roast the aubergine, tomato, potato and avocado.
2. Peel and mash them all.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mash them.
4. Season and serve.