French chef to re-invent Indian sweets 'Mishti Doi', 'Kulfi'

Last Updated 25 September 2014, 07:04 IST

French chief Olivier Mahut of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, discovered a taste for Mishti Doi and Kulfi during his visit here and plans to re-invent it soon in French style.

"I have tried many Indian dishes I loved Mishti Doi which in a clay pot. So I transformed the recipe in one of my demonstration to make it a little bit more Frechie," Chef Mahut told PTI.

Holding various classes for young and interested pastry chefs across the country from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi, the chef plans to further experiment with Indian desserts giving it a French twist and serve it up to his audience the next time he comes visiting to India.

"I have loved Indian cuisine so much that I have developed a pot belly. I have a 10 kg belly now," Mahut quips.

"I have started working on re-inventing some of the desserts like I said with Mishti Doi. I have served it up with mangoes or fresh fruit, decorated it a little. You can also add coconut to it," he says.

"It is very important to be creative so that you can build up the appetite of the customer as well as fulfilling for the chef," says Mahut.

An ardent photographer, who has already taken around 1500 photographs on his India trip, the chef says a little more refinement is required terms of presentation and the texture of the desserts that he has tried on the current trip.

"I have also tried the Kulfi Faldu which is a very interesting type of dessert. A little bit of improvement is needed I believe on the type of texture. It can be made into a sorbe type texture like ice-cream because Kulfi is a little grainy so here we need a little improvement," Mahut told PTI.

The chef says he was encouraged by the number of people who attended his demonstrations in the cities which he visited. He was especially enthused by responses from students from the GD Goenka and the Sofia College in Mumbai, the IHM in Ahmadabad

Hi motto, says Mahut is to "develop the French taste with the local ingredients available".

"I always tell them whatever is available locally use that as an ingredient which will alter the flavour a little but will give you the same texture you need. These alterations will not only solve your problem but also will cater to the local taste of your customers," says Mahut.

Talking about the school of culinary arts- Le Cordon Bleu Paris which offers courses on various fields of culinary cuisine, Chef Mahut also feels that expertise is needed to fine tune Indian desserts to suit the global palate.

"There are various courses which we offer from decorating desserts and cake to the authentic French cuisines in 57 of our campuses world wide the most famous being Paris, London, Australia among Indian students," says Mahut.

Established in Paris in 1859 and boosting alumni of celebrity culinary experts all across the world from Gordan Ramsay to Julia Child and Vikas Khanna, Le Cordon Bleu has also been organizing visits from their chefs to India to spread awareness among enthusiasts of gastronomical delights to fulfill their dreams to become a chef.

"This year around 160 or more Indian students have applied for our programs at various centers which does not include the weekend or a seven day program which is quite popular among visiting Indian tourists," said Snigdha Moitra, marketing and sales manager, Le Cordon Bleu India Pvt. Ltd.

(Published 25 September 2014, 07:04 IST)

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