A recipe that uses a variety of melons to heighten the taste of cottage cheese

Summer is here and so is the variety of melons in Delhi. Time to bring them to your table then, freshly cut, juiced and also as part of cooked dishes and desserts. This recipe is a simple to make and high on taste, sent to us by Chef Elam Singh Rana of Lodi — The Garden Restaurant. The recipe is a part of Melon Magic, a food fest designed by Chef Elam to celebrate the season of melons. The fest at the restaurant on Lodi Road is on till May 31.

Cottage cheese steak with watermelon basil and pine nuts (Serves 1)


Cottage cheese 180 gm

Watermelon 100 gm

Rock melon 30 gm

Honey dew melon 30 gm

Musk melon 30 gm

Onion 20 gm

Green chilly 5gm

Coriander 5 gm

Lemon 1 no

Basil 8-10 leaves

Pine nuts 5 gm

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Olive oil 5 ml


Marinate the roundels of cottage cheese with salt, pepper, basil and olive oil. Cut all the melons in small dices. Chop the onion, green chilly and coriander. Mix them together and season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Grill the cottage cheese steak on both the sides.

Slice the watermelon mix with basil and arrange on the plate topped with pine nuts.

Put cottage cheese steak in the middle of the plate and pour the salsa over the cottage cheese dropping to the plate.

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