Among few prestigious projects i am working for, SPRIG gourmet happens to be one. SPRIG is one of the very popular suppliers who present you and array of gourmet ingredients that will be a pride of your kitchen. As they say the love for food is the combination of good looks, great taste and unbeatable flavor ; but a meal prepared with the right ingredients, with love, is a celebration. SPRIG is a brand that scours the world to get the finest gourmet ingredients into kitchens of people who pride themselves in preparing good food. SPRIGmakes its debut just when a shrinking world expands people’s appetite for global cuisine. It’s not just chefs but even homemakers are serving up Chinese, Thai, Malay, Mexican, British, Italian and a host of other cuisine. But specialty food also needs special ingredients, that are not readily available. SPRIG sits proudly on gourmet shelves in premium packaging from all over the world. Elegant handmade Italian glass bottles, tiny little Spriggle jars, premium aluminium tubes with a silky smooth finish, give you a hint of the exquisite products inside. So, the next time you’re looking for the finest vanilla beans from Madagascar or the world’s finest black pepper grown closer home in Tellicherry, just look up SPRIG and amaze yourself with our beautiful collection from across the world.
SPRIG has introduced All Natural Extracts (Food and Beverage Colours)
Marigold Yellow , Spinach Green , Paprika Orange – All Natural Color Extracts : These extracts are entirely from edible pigments, naturally occurring in fruits, flowers, leaves and roots and are hence rich in active super-nutrients like bioflavonoids, polyphenols and other antioxidants, making them not only a visual treat but also a wholesome addition to every family’s diet. You can get creative with these fresh colors to liven up your marinades, salad dressings, sauces, icing, desserts, milkshakes and ice-creams. In fact, our food colors can even make you those picture postcard cocktails that you only see in fancy recipe books. In sum, good food never looked better.
Usage: Unscrew cap and squeeze bottle adding color drop by drop to obtain desired shade. Stir well. You may blend colors to obtain additional colors. As a thumb rule, one drop will be good to color about one cup of milk. (1-2% in a solution). It’s best to add colors just before use. Natural colors are sensitive to heat, light and food with high levels of acidity.
Storage: To help maintain color intensity, refrigerate after opening. Store away from direct heat and direct sunlight.
Ask any chef, and he’d say – we first eat with our eyes. And colors play a very significant role in this visual feasting. Bright yellow hues, fresh greens and passionate reds, all conspire to get our taste buds rolling into action! But, one apprehension we all have with food colors are their synthetic contents. That’s precisely why we at SPRIG have discovered All Natural Extracts – Food and Beverage Colors. Add SPRIG Spinach Green to your homemade creations to bring out a beautiful fresh green hue in your food, this vividly stunning color is all natural and is extracted from spinach leaves. Paprika Orange bring out a beautiful red-orange hue in your food and this vividly stunning color is all natural and is extracted from sweet paprika and Marigold Yellow bring out a beautiful bright yellow hue in your food which is all natural and is extracted from marigold petals.
Today i made Tri Color Zarda Pulav using SPRIG All Natural Food Colors, as i was asked to prepare a dessert that signifies Muslim culture, food and festivities. Zarda Pulao is Basmati rice cooked in sugar syrup with mild spices and dry fruits or nuts as a topping. Zarda Pulao is most commonly made during Eid or Ramadan celebrations and it goes along best with Dum Biryani. Using this all natural food color extracted from natural ingredients, make your food look more appealing visually and surprise your guests, friends and family with your culinary skills. You can serve this tri color zarda pulao in a bowl or even layer it as a parfait.
Sharing the recipe below, try making at home and do share your feedback with me.
Zarda is a typical sweet rice dessert from Mughal cuisine, that is often made in Muslim homes specially when there is Biryani in the menu. Tri colored sweet rice loaded with lots of fried nuts and dry fruits is a delightful dessert.
500 gms Basmati Rice Long Grain or any ordinary rice
SPRIG All Natural Color Extract : Spinach Green, Paprika Orange, Marigold Yellow
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 inch Cinnamon
1 Bay leaf
2 – 3 tbsp Ghee
2 tbsp Raisins
1 tbsp Chironji
1 tbsp Pistachios
2 tbsp Coconut Grated Dry
1 pinch Saffron
Wash rise in running water till water appears clear. Soak the rice for 40-45 mins before cooking. Heat water in a large vessel, the water measurement should be double the rice. Once the water starts heating , add soaked rice along with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. When the rice starts cooking add 1 tsp of ghee and saffron and cook the rice till 90% done. Turn off the gas and pass the rice through a colander to drain water. Collect the rice and spread on a wide tray so that they don’t stick to each other. Meanwhile fry the dry fruits in ghee, keep aside. Heat 1 cup water in a wok and once it starts boiling add sugar and boil til sugar melts and starts to thicken slightly. Simmer the gas and add the cooked rice in the syrup and mix gently. Let the rice cook in medium to high flame till everything starts drying up. Add ghee and mix well, this will avoid the stickiness. Once the rice is done turn off the gas and divide it into three equal parts and in each part add 2-3 drops of SPRIG All Natural Color Extract, Spinach green, Marigold Yellow and Paprika Red. Mix the colored rice individually in separate bowls till the color spreads evenly. Add the fried nuts and raisins in the rice and give a quick toss. Garnish with some grated coconut and slivered Almonds. Serve warm!