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Saturday , March 24 , 2012
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Cadbury Mishti

After the top nine sweet chains of Calcutta have sweated it out for Cadbury Mishti Shera Shrishti contest held in association with ABP and The Telegraph through almost a month-long voting campaign, the tables have turned. Now, it’s for the people to come up with their innovations for the Make Your Own Cadbury Mishti contest. The Cadbury Mishti Camp was held at Princeton Club on Monday and Tuesday, with more than 120 people dropping in for mishti-making tips from chefs and experts.

The team of tutors: Sumanta Chakrabarti (corporate chef, Ambuja Realty), Snehasis Sinha (executive chef, The Ffort Raichak), Pritam Sarkar (executive chef, Hotel Casa Fortuna) and Sudip Mullick (proprietor of Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick).

What’s cooking: Sumanta and Snehasis together whipped up two innovative desserts millefeuille of Chocolate Rabri and Mishti Doi, and a chocolatey version of Chhena Pora, an Odisha dessert. “Such interactive workshops should keep happening. You never know what innovative recipes people can come up with, things that we as chefs can’t come up with at times,” smiled Sumanta.

Pritam showed how to make Cadbury Pudding and Cadbury Mousse, while Sudip dished out Bengali Chhenar Payesh and Butter Fried Malpoa with Chocolate Ganache, home-style. “This was a very interesting platform and the eagerness people showed in the workshop proves that the demand for mishti is increasing,” said Sudip.

On the sidelines: With women making up most of the crowd, even a chef could do with a cooking tip or two! “If the milk doesn’t become thick, you can add a bit of ghee to it. My mother taught me this,” advised a participant. Many posers came the expert team’s way too. “Buffalo milk is expensive, what else can we use?” or “How brown should the mixture become before we add the sugar....” But if there was one common question, it was if they could dig into the yummies on the table!

Fun games were conducted and several participants returned home with goodie bags in hand, apart from notebooks filled with recipes.

The last day for sending in the Make Your Own Cadbury Mishti recipes is March 25. The final judging will be held on March 30.