What dish brings you home? What smell invokes childhood memories? Eating is a multi-sensory experience. Sight, smells, tastes. To celebrate the theme of The Hundred-Foot Journey (opening in theaters on 8/8), I was able to attend a cooking class at the Le Cordon Bleu School in LA to learn to make a Parisian Mumbai Salad inspired by the film. here's the recipe for you to make at home.
Parisian Mumbai Salad
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tsp. ginger, freshly grated
- 1 tsp. garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 tbsp. curry powder
- 2-6oz. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. pepper
- 4 oz. mixed greens
- 1 mango, julienned
- 1 apple, with skin, julienned
- 2 tbsp. salad oil
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 piece Naan bread , torn into 1-inch squares
- 1/2 oz. salad oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 oz. grape seed oil
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1/ tsp. curry powder
- 2 oz. walnuts
1. In a plastic bag, combine the yogurt, ginger, garlic, cardamom, curry powder, salt, and pepper.
2. Add the chicken pieces and marinate for 45 minutes; set aside.
3. Julienne 2″ x 1/4″ x 1/4″ mango and apple; set aside.
4. Proceed making the vinaigrette; in a bowl mix Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar together. Add salt and pepper.
5. Slowly incorporate the salad oil whole continuously whisking. Set aside.
6. Take the Naan bread, then tear it into 1″ cubes (or bite sized pieced( then drizzle with salad oil; season with salt and pepper.
7. Bake Naan in the oven at 375 degrees F for 8–10 minutes. Halfway through cooking check the bread and toss it around to give it an even coating then place it back in the oven until golden brown.
8. While waiting for the bread, toss the walnuts into the grape seed oil with sugar and curry powder; set aside.
9. Get the chicken, then grill it until the meat is white and not translucent. To create crisscross grill marks, grill the chicken following a 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock pattern.
10. Cut the chicken into thin strips.
11. Assemble the salad. Plate with chicken, mangoes, and apple.
What wine do I pair with the Parisian Mumbai Salad?
I would choose an off-dry Riesling such as one from Germany or New Zealand.
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About THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant—the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments—until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.
Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey will be released in theaters on August 8, 2014.