Wondering how to make this New Year's eve more special? Here are some easy exotic recipes that come with the delightful, crunchy twist of walnuts. Bon Appetit!
By Sabyasachi Gorai
Who doesn’t love the crunchy texture of walnuts in their salads and desserts…
Well! For all those nutty lovers out there, we have gone a little extra to welcome the New Year. Here are some mouthwatering main course dishes that will taste delightfully different.
Walnuts have a satisfying crunch, a smooth creamy taste and loads of nutrition, making it the perfect ingredient to your make holiday celebrations special. A powerhouse of nutrients, walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid (2.5 grams of ALA/28 gm), antioxidants and fibre. Known for its deep nutty flavour, unsurprisingly, children love walnuts!
So to ring in this New Year, here are a few classic recipes with the added crunch of walnuts. Relish these with your family and friends!
1. Boil the red rice in salted water for 40 minutes. Then, remove and drain.
2. Wash the bimi and cut each piece into two. Boil in salted water for 2 minutes, remove and drain.
3. Season the chicken pieces and brown in a pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Take out and set aside.
4. Peel and chop the garlic and onion. Cut the chilli into thin slices.
5. Crush the walnuts into fine powder.
6. In the same casserole, saute the onion and chopped garlic over medium heat for 5 minutes, add the saffron, stir.
7. Add the golden chicken pieces. Add the wine, chicken broth and bay leaves, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the slices of chilli and powdered walnuts. Mix well and cook for 45 more minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
8. Sauté the red rice with the bimi in a very hot pan with olive oil, season and serve with the hot chicken stew.
For the soup
For the smoky walnuts
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the parsnips onto a baking tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle over the thyme, season and toss everything together. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
2. Meanwhile, make the smoky walnuts. Whisk together the maple syrup, paprika and soy sauce and drizzle over the 50g of walnuts, tossing to coat. Place onto a small baking tray and roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Leave to cool before chopping roughly.
3. Next, place the onion and butter into a large saucepan over medium heat and sauté until soft and translucent. Add the pear and continue cooking for a further 8-10 minutes.
4. Add the parsnip and vegetable stock to the saucepan and continue cooking for a further 15 minutes with the lid on. Add the milk and blitz until smooth and silky. Stir in the ground walnuts and adjust the seasoning to taste.
5. Ladle the soup into bowls, then sprinkle with the smoky walnuts and chopped chives, adding a final drizzle of walnut oil to serve.
1. Cook the spaghetti as per the packet instructions.
2. Using a medium-sized non-stick frying pan, sauté the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 mins until fragrant and soft.
3. Drain the pasta and add to the pan, then stir in the walnuts, parsley, zest and lemon juice.
4. Season to taste with salt and black pepper to serve.
What are you waiting for? Try out these simple yet scrumptious delicacies to make your New Year's eve an amazing one.
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