It was a wet evening and we left early to avoid the infamous traffic jam in the city centre to head to The Intermark along Jalan Tun Razak. Was surprised there were just only 3 of us for the cooking demo cum Deepavali Delights review for some food bloggers held at Makan Kitchen at Double Tree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Apparently the rest can't make it for the preview. Kinda shy to have so many people fussing over us.
Deepavali Delights started on 1 Nov and will be on till 30 Nov in conjunction of Deepavali which falls on 13 Nov. For these 30 days, you'll get to savour more than 30 delicious Indian dishes prepared whole heartedly by Chef Prem Kumar, Indian Sous Chef and his team of chefs of Makan Kitchen.
So for this special occassion, stick to the live interactive Indian kitchen to a sumptuous spread ranging from Chicken Varuval, Butter Chicken, Mutton Saag, Tandoori Chicken, various naans and for the vegetarians just don't fret as there will be something suitable for you like Aloo Gobhi, Okra Masala, Spinach Kuttu and so forth. For those with sweet tooth, it will be a galore to sample on the elaborate Indian sweets and I was told there will be a live demonstration on how to make muruku!
We were delighted to have Chef Prem to hold a rather personal cooking lesson for us. He showed us how to make a Mutton Saag which is a North Indian style mutton with spinach. Gosh so easy actually when all these while I thought making Indian dishes would be rather elaborate. It was just to fry up the dry spices followed up by aromatics like onions, ginger, garlic before adding chopped spinach and pre-boiled mutton pieces to cook for another 10 minutes and tadaaaa can dish up already!
Chef Azri dropped by and he told us that we MUST try Chef Prem's Butter Chicken - the best he ever eaten, he claimed! So we can't wait.
Chef Prem proceded to showed us how to make the muruku dough and impart some secrets hehe on how to get crispy muruku. All of us get to try out on how to press the dough out. It's not easy as shown by the pro. The dough is not totally soft, hence it does need some strength to press the dough into spiraling circles.
BoiBoi had a go
Capt'n Hook's turn
After the demo, we were lead to a huge dining table and in no time the entire table is filled with mouth watering dishes. Started off with Tomato Rasam. My fave soup as it's spicy and tangy which according to my Indian ex-colleagues that it aids digestion.
We have Cheese Naan which is a flat bread stuffed with Cheddar cheese before baking in the tandoor oven. The naan went well with the tender and flavourful Tandoori Chicken.
The naan was great to mop up the rich spinach laden Mutton Saag too! Only mildly hot to my palate.
Chicken Varuval is basically a spicy chicken cooked with dry chilli. I have a totally different version of this and was given rave reviews. Check out the recipe if you wish to attempt the modern version of it.
Goshhhh Chef Azri was so right... the Butter Chicken is simply out of this world! The tender pieces of chicken melts in the mouth along with the creamy yoghurt tomato gravy. For buffet, I usually will sample a piece of everything but this was so good that I had 3 pieces :p
Fish Jalfrezi is a change for those who can't tolerate hot stuff, this is pretty mild slightly on the sweet and sour side.
Next up we tried the South Indian Prawn Curry which is quite hearty as it uses tamarind juice to give the curry a little lift.
No Indian meal is complete without a briyani. So we have a Murgh Briyani. Loved how the aromatic Basmathi rice are cooked with each grain separated nicely. I did a count... at least 10 types of dry spices in this dish! Dig deeper into the rice for the chicken pieces.
Lastly, our must haves - the vegetable dishes, a lovely Okra Masala which is cooked with an onion masala followed by ever popular Aloo Gobhi of potato and cauliflower.
We were so stuffed but yet looked forward to the Indian sweets after hearing how Chef Prem made the kulfi. We tried both Mango and Vanilla Kulfi. These are not the smooth kinda as crushed nuts like almonds are added for the flavour and texture. When Chef Prem asked which one did we preferred and seems like everyone at the table voted for the mango version.
We also have Laddoo, Jelebee and Palgova which are not the sickly sweet version. Great that the sweetness level had toned down but not sure if the traditionalist would like it :p
Samantha who represented Sharifah Anisa to host us requested for Rasamalai which was served to the press the night before. It's my first time hearing and seeing this dessert. Chef Prem explained that malai means milk and the white ball in the bowl is made by simmering milk with lemon juice like making paneer. After straining, the solids are then freeze, grated and then make into balls before soaking in warm water. The white liquid in there is just milk cooked with blended sugar and cardamom. The balls are then soaked in this perfumed milk over night in the chiller before serving the next day. Sounded so laborious huh? After a bite, I totally understand why Samantha asked for it again. The texture of the ball is spongy, so unexpected and sooo nice. Went extremely well with the lightly cardamom scented milk.
Makan Kitchen is a halal certified 350-seat restaurant which offers 3 live interactive kitchen dishing out Indian, Iban, Malay, Kristang, Chinese and Nyonya favourites.
The buffet is priced at:
Lunch: RM62++ per adult / Dinner RM85++ per adult
Weekend High tea RM55+ per adult
On Deepavali day itself, the first 500 guests at the retaurant will receive the 10 Best Malaysian-Indian recipe book produced by Makan Kitchen! I'm so lucky to have one copy, will definitely share the recipes once I get started cooking them especially the muruku :p
Oh ya there will be a Deepavali Cooking Class on 3 November headed by Chef Prem.
Date: 3 Nov
Price: RM65++ inclusive of high tea and a recipe book
The class is limited to minimum 5 persons and up to a maximum of 15 persons. Prior registration is required. So hurry and book a place if you wish to learn all these mouth watering dishes.
To reserve, call 03 2172 7272 or click here to book online.
We would like to thank Sharifah Anisa, Samantha, Amirool, Chef Prem and his kitchen team, Chef Azri, Nazly and staff at Makan Kitchen for hosting us to such a gastronomy fare.
DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur
182 Jalan Tun Razak,
Tel: +603 2172 7272
Note: Visit my Flickr album to view more photos from this experience