GEET INDIAN RESTAURANT

What an authentic Indian experience!!!   Being of Indian decent we were always lead to believe that mum’s food is always the best.  This is a traditionally mind set of every child growing up in an indian home.   Going out for dinner, one would never give a second glimpse to any indian restaurant as this was the staple food cooked every day in a typical indian home.

Geet Indian Restaurant gives you this perfect indian homely experience.  The attention to detail and the homely hospitality is unlike any other that I’ve ever experienced.  I was privileged to grow up in front of master chef Gita Jivan, and through the years I’ve experienced her passion for food.

Geet Indian restaurant a hidden treasure in the middle of Brooklyn, Pretoria. This is where you can experience true passion from the master chef herself, who truly enjoys what she loves.  This restaurant showcases the latest culinary style in indian cuisine.

Chef and owner Gita Jivan has gathered her culinary intelligence from various cities in India.  Geet restaurant takes you on a culinary journey into the grandeur of undivided India. Explore the rich streams of indian cuisine. The richness and tradition of indian cuisine is yours to relish and Geet lovingly will cherish this opportunity to serve you with heartfelt joy.

We were fortunate to be invited for a Rajasthani culinary evening at the end of January 2017.  Rajasthan is known for its royalty and vibrant culture, the glimpses of which are portrayed in the Rajasthani Food as well.  Geet’s food, ambience and serving style has all been based on Rajasthani theme so that we could experience the true feeling of Rajasthani food.

To end off our evening we had a decadent desert which consisted of blue berry ice cream; pomegranates; halva from India; flowers; goolab jambo and sprinkled with her magical marshmallow dust.

It was definitely and evening to remember.

Geet indian restaurant will be partaking in #ThePinkTableProject on the 4th February 2017.  Be sure to be book your table for your authentic indian experience.

Contact Details:

  • Address:  541 Fehrsen Street, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Website: www.geetindianrestaurant.com/
  • Tel: 012 460 3199

Qunioa and Sweet Potato Twist

Finding the perfect vegetarian burger can be a never ending search.  Restaurants, Take-Out places just never seem to get the vegetarian pattie right. It either lacks flavour or just cooked to such a crisp, that you might as well eat cardboard.

I found a recipe that is simple and easy, that you can get started on in your own kitchen!!!

Well!  you don’t really need to try every place to find the best vegetarian burger. Simply just make it yourself!

At first the recipe looks complicated, but once you get started it’s actually very simple. It’s healthy, nutritious, flavorful, it’s jam packed with nutrient-rich food like quinoa and avocado and looks like a mouthgasm on a plate.

Visualise the aromatic smell, visualise yourself taking a huge bite out of this scrumptious burger.  You have now become the KING!!! ….of the homemade vegetarian burger.

Without delay here is the recipe:
Serves 4

Patties:

  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cubed;
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped;
  • Zest of 1 lemon;
  • 1 clove garlic;
  • About 3 cm knob ginger, finely chopped;
  • 1 egg yolk;
  • 2 green chillies (optional);
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa;
  • Salt and Pepper for seasoning;
  • 1 Tbsp oilve oil;
  • 4 wholewheat or brown bread rolls; and
  • Low-fat yoghurt, for serving.

Salad:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil;
  • 1 Tbsp water;
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated;
  • 2 cm knob of ginger, finely grated;
  • Salt and pepper to season;
  • Handful of baby spinach;
  • 1 Avocado diced; and
  • 1/2 red onion sliced.

Method:

Patties:

  • Steam sweet potato cubes until soft and allow to cool;
  • Place sweet potato, spring onion, lemon zest, garlic, ginger, egg yolk, chillies, and salt and pepper, in a food processor and blend until smooth;
  • Stir cooked qunioa in;
  • Shape into patties and refrigerate until firm (45 min);
  • Heat oilve oil and fry patties until golden brown.

Salad:

  • Make a salad dressing by whisking together the oil, water, garlic, ginger,and seasoning and the toss with the rest of the salad ingredients.

Serve patties on a rolls topped with salad and a drizzle of yoghurt…..

Enjoy!!!

Date Night Pasta

So I simply love pasta and if I could eat it everyday I would… but in this day and age where people are worried about carbs overload its definitely not possible.

Pasta is usually saved for once in a while…. or date night where the husbands, boyfriend are willing to impress their significant other with a delicious wholesome home cooked meal..😆. And guys this is the perfect meal to gain those brownie points.

I have this really amazing vegetarian pasta receipe that was shared by one of my dearest family members.  This receipe is quick and really easy and not rocket science for those who wants to attempt it for the first time.  Its got vegetables in it, so its totally healthy, right?

Receipe: Serves 4-6

  • 500g of fusilli pasta;  
  • 1 small to medium red pepper;
  • 1 small to medium yellow; pepper;
  • 1 small to medium green pepper;
  • 1 packet of mushrooms;
  • Other vegetables of choice;
  • 1 small onion;
  • 4-5 Chillies (optional);
  • Small tub of cream;
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic finely chopped;
  • 3-4 cups of cheese;
  • Corriander for garnish;
  • 1 bottle of Ina Paarmans tomato and basil pasta sauce; and
  • Hand full of basil.

Method:
 Vegetables-

  • Slice peppers into small cubes;
  • Thinly slice onions and mushroom and chillies;
  • Heat a medium pan with a little oil. Add your cut onions, chilli and 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic;
  • Sauteè until they soften slightly;
  • Add the rest of the vegetables to the pan and mix.  Season with salt and pepper;  
  • Cook veggies unti they all soften; and
  • Finally add your chopped basil and corriander to add flavour and colour to the vegetables.

Pasta sauce-

  • Place a bottle of pasta sauce in a saucepan;
  • Add remainding two cloves of finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper to season;
  • Add mixed herbs to sauce if you desire; and
  • Bring to a boil.

Pasta-

  • Boil fusilli until Al Dentè according to the package. 

Toss cooked veggies with pasta.  Placed mixed pasta with vegetables in an oven proof dish; Pour over cream; and add cheese and bake for 5-10min until cheese is completely melted. 

Enjoy it piping hot….

About FoodiewhippedSA

How my food journey began:

It all started by chance when I was just 10 years old and playing around in the kitchen pretending to be a master chef.  

One of the memories that stand out, is when I was asked to make a cake for guests. Me being me decided to make things fun and very interesting. I coloured the cake mixture bright blue without anyone noticing, and placed it in the oven.  This looked like the normal cake that was baked in our household…..until cut everyone was shocked at this bright blue colour. I believe it’s called “blue velvet” today.

From here there was no stopping me. I started experimenting with noodles veggies and indian spices, and everything else I could find in the kitchen. To my surprise people enjoyed the flavours and aromatic meals that were prepared by me. My passion for food has just grown through the years.

I wanted to try something new every time I cooked and also wanted to learn and perfect the art of cooking.

I am now a foodie on a quest to learn new things. I enjoy trying out different types cuisines, and then replicating them in my own kitchen with a FoodiewhippedSA twist😆.  My favorite  meals should always have a bit of kick to it and loads of flavour and aroma.

This blog was created so that I can share what I have learned and the delicious recipes, that I have created with others that have a passion for food.

Join me on my foodie journey.  Watch the space for exciting food trends, food reviews and delicious recipes’ for people on move…