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Fusion food at its best

Fusion food is all about bringing together the best of two cuisines to create a dish that is in the true sense – A new world cuisine! It not caters to a brand new generation of food choices, but also gives you a chance to push the envelope on creativity a bit further with each recipe you try. The best part though is that when it comes to fusion cooking there are no rules to be followed!

Here are a few of our picks for must try fusion recipes.

Special Chicken Sausage SamoseWho doesn’t love the crispy outer covering of the samosa. These spring rolls made with sausages as the stuffing does perfect justice to the crunchy goodness of the outer cover of a samosa. Chicken tikka spring rolls are another great example of the fabulousness of fusion cuisine.

Sago Potato Rolls These are nothing but a glammed up version of a simple sabudana wada. Serve these with a chilled sweet yogurt dip and some dried red garlic chutney in attractive shot glasses and no one is going to even guess the humble inspiration for this recipe.

Masala Mashed Potatoes - A very English mashed potato given a ‘desi’ twist with flavorful Indian masalas. Asofetida, mustard seeds and a bunch of fresh curry leaves - a recipe that tastes just as good with a piece of fried chicken as it does with a simple roti – true fusion.

Prawn Tempura in Pita Pockets – Light batter fried prawn, Japanese style tempura, filled in Mediterranean pita pockets. East meets Middle East in this surprisingly good recipe – Crunchy prawns enclosed in soft pita pockets is not something many would say no to.

Crostini of sautéed mushrooms with kimchi mayonnaiseThe delicious base of Italian appetizer bread, topped with a Chinese pickled salad dressing and all-time favourite sautéed mushrooms. Crunchy crostini tastes great with the earthy mushroom topping and a sweet spicy creamy kimchi mayo. Another great and quicker variation is to make a mango chundda crostini.

Chicken Red Curry Pasta with Lemon Chilli BreadOn days when you have to choose between a spicy Thai curry and creamy pasta – go in for this recipe which gives you the best of both worlds.  Served with a crispy side fresh of lemon chilli bread to soak up the Thai curry sauce.

Masala Chai Kulfi – Fusion doesn’t necessarily mean the mix of two intercultural recipes. You can very well take two of your favourite recipe from the same cuisine to create a brand new one – just like we did in this masala chai kulfi. Perfect for hot summer months, when a cup of hot tea out of question. Alternatively try making a cardamom spiced coffee frappe to stay cool even as the temperatures outside soar.

Green Tea Golgappe – What happens when you take the ultimate street favourite of paanipuri or golgappe and mix it with a super healthy ingredient like green tea – Why dint anyone think of this before. Try making these chatpata green tea panipuri at your next get together - be sure of winning some brownie points for this one! A blackgrape panipuri is also worth a try.

Custard with Gulab Jamun – Creamy vanilla custard and dense, melt in the mouth gulab jamun topped with a light lavender coloured jamun cream. A perfect blend of a classic Indian mithai with an international dessert.

Poha Prawn Biryani If you are a seafood lover then this prawn poha biryani is a must try. Using flat rice instead of rice makes it healthier and lighter and also lets you get a good bite and flavour of the chunky prawns in it. Make a brown rice and chutney chicken biryani, instead, if you shy away from seafood.

Chinese Bhel “Chinese Street food” that we eat these days are the best example of fusion food – A bunch of Chinese recipes given a brand new avatar with a mix of chatpata Indian flavours. Chinese bhel is crispy fried noodles tossed in a plethora of khatta meetha sauces finished with a sprinkling of fresh spring onion greens.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.