Its DIY time with Chokola-A divine ‘Chocolate Pairing & Making Session’ with Acclaimed Parisian Chocolatier Christian Vautier

What– DIY chocolate pairing session

Where– Palate Festival, Nehru Park, Delhi

You have bought Choko la, you have been gifted Choko la, now how about creating your own Choko la. Guess what was melting at the New Delhi Palate Festival- #chokoladiy.

Fisher & Paykel Demo area

Fisher & Paykel Demo area

Choko la pleasantly surprised the chocolate lovers and food enthusiasts with yummy “Chocolate Pairing & Making Sessions” in Fisher & Paykel kitchen at the New Delhi Palate Festival.

Parisian Chocolatier Christian Vautier

Parisian Chocolatier Christian Vautier

The session started with ‘Wine and Chocolate Pairing Session’ to demonstrate how to indulge in the best wine and chocolate combinations followed by ‘Chocolate Making Session’.Chokola’s acclaimed Parisian Chocolatier Chef Christian demonstrated unique and scrumptious chocolate making by highlighting Chokola’s pure couverture chocolates. The highlight of the class was to create mouth-watering chocolate recipes including heavenly Hot Chocolate using 70 % Choko la bar, sinfully Moulded Milk Mendiants and indulgent Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart.              .

Christian Vautier preparing hot chocolate

Christian Vautier preparing hot chocolate

Choko la is all about Pure chocolate with its universal appeal as an ageless and alluring comfort food showcasing an array of lip smacking, mouth-watering cakes, cupcakes, brownies, chocolates. The brand strives to create a chocolate culture for chocolate lovers and displayed some of the signature products including Chokola’s Hot Chocolate.


Salted Caramel Tarts

Salted Caramel Tarts

The demo session was a full house, from housewives to chocolatiers to kids everyone present there enjoyed the demonstration by Christian Vautier. He not only displayed the 3 selected treats but also taught how temper chocolate and answered a few questions by the curious crowd. Chocolate has been known to mankind since ages but what is the basic difference between a compound chocolate and a bar is still a query for some. Such queries and difficulties were sorted by the chef. Chokola uses a blend of chocolates, and when we say chocolates then it means PURE chocolates. From plantation to the final result everything is kept in mind, also different brands, consistency and origin of the chocolate is considered while choosing a certain kind of chocolate at Chokola.

So next time you buy your cookies, chocolates or cakes from Chokola be assured that you’re buying the best!

Out Of three recipes I have chosen 1 which is my personal favorite and Chatpati would like to share the recipe with all my readers.



1. Milk Chocolate- 500 Gms

2. Cashew- 1 per piece

3. Almond- 1 per piece

4. Prunes- 1 small diced segment per piece

5. Apricot- 1 small diced segment per piece

6. Raisin- 1 per piece


1. Melt the milk chocolate in a microwave oven or a double boiler.

2. Cool it down to 26 degrees and warm upto 28 degrees to temper the chocolate and ensure a good crystallization

3. Put the chocolate into moulds and scrape off excess chocolate.

4. Tap the mould onto a surface to avoid air bubbles

5. Set Cashew, almonds, prunes, apricots and sultanas while the chocolate is still in semi liquid state.

6. Demould and serve.



Happy Eating & Happy Reading!!!


Fisher & Paykel Audio voice store launch with Chef Ritu Dalmia

New Delhi, November 14, 2014: The New Zealand based innovators, Fisher & Paykel launched an exclusive showroom at the Audio Voice store, J-40, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar. At the launch, the brand ambassador & celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia showcased her culinary skills on Fisher & Paykel’s latest appliances and engaged the select gathering of guests in an interactive session.

The brand’s philosophy is that the kitchen has evolved – it is no longer a place at the back of the house, it has gradually moved forward to occupy the center of the home. The kitchen has evolved further and has now become an area for creating bonds with the family, and a place to engage with the children, to entertain and showcase culinary skills utilizing the latest in kitchen appliances.

Commenting on the launch, Sanjeev Wadhwa, Managing Director – Fisher & Paykel Appliances ( India ) Pvt. Ltd. said, “As another significant step towards increasing our footprint in the country & city, it gives us great pleasure to extend our retail segment to all parts of the city. Lajpat Nagar market has been one of the most popular shopping districts in Delhi for a very long time, catering to those who are aware of the best in global trends. With our 80 years of rich legacy, we are happy to bring the latest in global appliance technology through our ergonomically designed range to yet another destination in South Delhi. Combining intelligence with effortless convenience, our products are designed to provide a luxury experience to the homeowner who is looking for something beyond the ordinary.”

Fisher & Paykel is a New Zealand based premium household appliances brand with 80 years of heritage and founded on a pioneering spirit and culture of curiosity. An internationally recognised brand, with presence in over 50 countries, around the world, it is the Number One recognised brand in Australia and New Zealand, earning the title ‘most trusted brand’ in both these countries. Since its inception in 1934, Fisher & Paykel has been improving lives of its customers with exceptional products and today is a global design led company.

The brand is renowned for its award winning technology, and offers a complete range of built-in kitchen appliances including Ovens, Rangehoods, Hobs, Dishwashers, CoffeeMaker, Refrigerators, Washers and Dryers. It has also introduced its world-leading DishDrawer™ Dishwashers & CoolDrawer™ refrigerators to the Indian market, which can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, home or entertainment area.

After strengthening its presence across 15 cities in India, the world-renowned appliance brand is now focusing on increasing their footprints in the country.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances

Fisher & Paykel Appliances

Chef Ritu Dalmia graced the evening with her charm and culinary expertise. Spinach tarts, Pumpkin Soup shot and other savory dishes were prepared by the chef and i swear by my taste buds what a gastronomically amazing treat it was, such beautiful looking healthy dishes are a specialty of this celebrity chef.

Premium range of Cooking ware

Premium range of Cooking ware

About Fisher & Paykel

Known for its human-centred design and innovation, Fisher & Paykel creates premium kitchen and laundry appliances. The New Zealand based household appliances company was founded by Maurice Paykel and Sir Woolf Fisher in 1934. With 80 years of heritage founded on a pioneering spirit and culture of curiosity, Fisher & Paykel has challenged conventional appliance design to consistently deliver world first technologies, including the world’s only DishDrawerTM, the CoolDrawer, Active Smart Refrigerator and Smart Drive washing machine.

In recent years, Fisher & Paykel has redefined luxury by focusing on a design philosophy based on customer insights and innovation that deliver an intelligent kitchen experience for premium residences.

The brand, spearheaded by Country Manager Sanjeev Wadhwa, entered the market in March 2012. Since its foray into the Indian market, Fisher and Paykel has now expanded to 15 cities, including Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Pune, Cochin, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Surat and Baroda.

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel History

Fisher & Paykel History

Its heritage dates to the 1930’s with the manufacture of designs made under licence. The pioneering spirit established by the founders encouraged a culture that challenged conventional appliance design and production systems.

Fisher & Paykel started in New Zealand when Olive Paykel asked her husband to import a new appliance – a refrigerator -that she had seen in the American Ladies’ Home Journal. With the success of the Crosley refrigerators, washing machines made by Kelvinator quickly followed. Based on importing appliances from the United States, the company – now run by Olive’s son Maurice Paykel and their son-in-law Woolf Fisher – grew quickly until the New Zealand government banned imports of manufactured products due to the currency being in such short supply in 1938.

Fisher & Paykel responded by deciding to change their entire approach. The government would still allow parts to be imported, so Woolf and Maurice decided to set up a factory and start assembling appliances under licence to companies such as Kelvinator.

While this was successful, by making appliances under licence, the economies of scale Fisher & Paykel could generate were limited, so finding a way to create a point of difference became essential.

The answer lay in technology. By developing plastic liners and insulation using polyurethane foam refrigerators we were the first in the world to commercialise this technology.

Around the same time, in 1955, Fisher and Paykel acquired Dunedin cooking range manufacturer H. E. Shacklock Ltd, which dominated the New Zealand domestic appliance market through this era of Government protectionism. With a history in manufacturing cooking ranges since 1873, this heritage is still shaping Fisher & Paykel’s contemporary approach to cooking.

Another major breakthrough in technology came in the late 1960’s when the Company saw the need to find a way of producing short runs of various models through common manufacturing machinery. Learning to control flexible machinery lines during this phase had started to create another major advantage that was to come in the future. Flexible machinery brought with it the notion of manufacturing cabinets using prepainted steel. In tandem with the Japanese steel mills appliance grade pre-painted steel was developed that enabled coiled steel to be processed through lines of machinery that could notch and pierce various sizes and shapes. The first product to incorporate this technology was the compact dryer – a ground-up design conceived by our own engineers.

Having learned about electronic drive systems through our flexible manufacturing equipment, we applied the knowledge to driving appliances. The world’s first appliance using Brushless Direct Current Motors was introduced in the 1980s. This design later gave way to the development of the Smart Drive™ clothes washer.

Other significant innovations like the DishDrawer™ dishwasher and world-first ActiveSmart™ refrigeration technology further set Fisher & Paykel apart as a design-led appliance manufacturer.

More recently, this culture of curiosity and creativity has seen the development of CoolDrawer™, a multi-temperature drawer-based fridge and CookSurface™ where retractable trivets allow a flat ceramic glass surface ensuring easy cleaning. Both of these products have won multiple design and innovation awards, alongside many other products like our Kitchen Companion Range and DishDrawers™.

In 2010, Fisher & Paykel underwent a major brand refresh, rethinking the focus, look and culture of the company. The commitment to research into how people cook, how they use their kitchens, and how the role and look of the kitchen is changing, led the company to creating a philosophy around The Social Kitchen.

‘The Social Kitchen’ sums up Fisher & Paykel’s design philosophy. The kitchen is about people. And when you think about people – their habits, the ways they live and interact – you get a richness of experience that traditional kitchen planning and appliances often ignore. The Social Kitchen is where food meets design to create food experiences that flip assumptions and start new conversations. In 2011, Fisher & Paykel launched the first of a series of events that embraced the concept of the Social Kitchen

Charmoula Paneer steak with mashed potatoes and veggies- recipe

Preparation time: 10-15min
Cooking time: 10-15min
Serving: 4-5


• Paneer (cottage cheese) 800 grams
• Fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup
• Fresh coriander leaves 1/2 cup
• Parsley 1/2 cup
• Garlic 4 cloves
• Lemon juice 3 tablespoons
• Salt to taste
• Roasted cumin powder 1 tablespoon
• White pepper powder to taste
• Olive oil 1/4 cup
• Onion cut into 1 inch pieces and  layers separated 1 medium
• Refined flour (maida) 1 tablespoon
• Green capsicums cut into 1/2 inch pieces 2 teaspoons
• Red capsicum cut into 1/2 inch pieces • 1 teaspoonYellow capsicum cut into  1/2 inch pieces
• 1 mediumGarlic chopped 8-10 cloves
• Black pepper powder 1/4 teaspoon
• Red chilli powder or paprika powder 1/3 teaspoon


Step 1
Grind together mint leaves, coriander leaves, parsley, garlic, one and half tablespoons lemon juice, salt, roasted cumin powder, white pepper powder and two tablespoons olive oil to a coarse paste. This is charmoula paste.

Step 2
Cut the paneer into three fourth inch thick slabs and further cut into round slices with a cutter. Place them on a plate and sprinkle salt and red chilli powder on both the sides. Spread the charmoula paste on both sides.

Step 3
Dab a little refined flour over them so that the charmoula paste adheres to the paneer steaks. Heat the grill, drizzle a teaspoon oil on it and place the paneer steaks. Close the grill and let it cook.

Step 4
Heat a non stick grill pan with one tablespoon oil. Add onion, green, red and yellow capsicums, garlic, salt, black pepper powder, paprika or red chilli powder and toss. Cook for a couple of minutes taking care that the vegetables do not become soft.

Step 5
To serve put a portion of the grilled vegetables on each serving plate and place a paneer steak over and serve immediately.


Mashed potatoes
Preparation time: 20-25min
Cooking time: 30-40min
Serving: 4-5


• Garlic  10 cloves
• Corn kernels  1 tin
• Potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 4-5 large
• Salt to taste
• Oil  1 tablespoon
• Butter  4 tablespoons
• Fresh cream  1/4 cup


Step 1
Heat water in a deep non stick pan, add potatoes and salt and cook till the potatoes are completely done. Drain ½ the corn kernels.

Step 2
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non stick grill pan, add garlic cloves and grill for a few minutes.Add the drained corn kernels to the same pan and spread. Sprinkle salt over them and grill till lightly burnt. Strain the potatoes in a colander.

Step 3
Put garlic cloves in a blender jar. Drain the remaining corn kernels and put into the blender jar and crush. Heat 2 tbsps butter in a non stick pan, add the potatoes and mash with a masher. Add the crushed garlic and corn and mix well.

Step 4

Add fresh cream and mix well. Adjust salt. Add the remaining butter and mix. Transfer the potatoes into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the grilled corn over them and serve immediately.


Final Result


Tip: serve with garlic bread

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

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