Food station: A dessert with a medley of flavours
Many chefs would agree that star anise is a largely underrated kitchen ingredient. The spice that closely resembles the flavours of anise can do wonders to a dish. Following is a dessert sent to us by Chef Nakul Puranik of The Park, New Delhi where he has made good use of star anise.
Star anise spiced rhubarb and strawberry marquise
100 gm water
100 gm liquid glucose
100 gm white chocolate
4 gelatine leaves
250 gm semi-whipped cream
4 star anise
50 gm strawberry filling/crush/puree
80 gm sugar
Make a sugar syrup with 250 ml water and sugar, add star anise.
Add rhubarb to the sugar syrup and make a puree, let it cool.
Boil drinking water and glucose together, remove from heat and fold it with melted chocolate.
Soak gelatine in cold water and add it to water and glucose mixture.
Add semi-whipped cream and then add to it the cooked rhubarb puree along with strawberry filling.
Pour the mixture into cookie crumbed base into desired moulds and allow it to set overnight.
It can be garnished with some chocolate or some baked rhubarb.
Chef Nakul Puranik is with The Park, New Delhi. He started his career in 2008 as a management trainee with The Park Hotels. Having trained in bakery and confectionary, Chef Nakul has trained at Flury’s, participated in sugar craft workshops at various cities in India and has worked under acclaimed chefs like Chef Antonio Carluccio. He feels, “An ingredient is the key to guest satisfaction.”