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Dec/02/2023 / by team-seema

Food Network star Maneet Chauhan’s new restaurant is opening in Disney Springs this month

James Beard award-winning chef, restauranteur, author, and consummate Food Network star Maneet Chauhan is on the cusp of opening a new fast-casual restaurant located in the Marketplace section at Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The 47-year-old executive chef has notable restaurants in Chicago, Nashville, and New York. Chauhan was born in Punjab, India and working in some of India’s finest hotels before moving to the United States to attend the Culinary Institute of America.

The new restaurant—EET—will feature authentic Indian favorites like Tandoori Chicken Poutine and creative twists like Strawberry Naan and Gulab Jamun Cheesecake. For this endeavor, Chauhan is working with Vivek Deora, an international hospitality entrepreneur (and her husband), to bring their famed Indian cuisine to Walt Disney World. For more information, visit disneysprings.com/dining/eet-by-maneet-chauhan.

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DIY Pani Puri

Crispy semolina puffs, black garbanzo beans, potatoes, tamarind, date chutney, mint cilantro water

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Air Fry Your Holidays

Who doesn’t want the crispiness of fried food without all the oily fat that often comes with it? Air fryers are a handy tool to help you accomplish that. These kitchen appliances work by circulating hot air around a food item to create the same texture as in traditional fried foods. By using that technique, air fryers can remove high-fat and high-calorie oils from the cooking process. Food blogger, author, and self-proclaimed foodie from birth, Aneesha Gupta, shared one of her favorite air fryer recipes to share with your guests this holiday season.

Samosa Chaat Phyllo Cups

This bite-size version of the popular Indian street food, includes potatoes, onions, chili, peas, and spices are filled into delicate Phyllo cups and baked until golden brown and crisp in the air fryer

These vibrant little bites are packed with tons of flavor, and the best part is that they are finger food—no extra plates or flatware required!

Ingredients

Frozen Phyllo shells: You can find pre-made frozen phyllo shells in the freezer section of most grocery stores today. Each box comes with 15 shells, the amount required for this recipe.

Potatoes: I specify two gold potatoes for their creamy, buttery texture, but feel free to use one large russet potato if that is all you have on hand.

Avocado oil: Either avocado or olive oil will do. You want a mild-flavored vegetable oil.

Cumin seeds: Whole cumin seeds impart a natural, smokey flavor that makes a classic samosa filling. When you begin to hear the cumin seeds sizzle in the oil, you know they’re ready.

Onion: Either a white or yellow onion will do. You will only need about ⅓ of the onion for this recipe.

Jalapeño: Make sure to deseed the jalapeno prior to chopping. However, if you would like the potato filling a bit spicy, leave the seeds and ribs intact.

Ginger: Fresh ginger works best for this recipe. Peel the ginger root with the edge of a spoon and grate the 2 teaspoons needed. If you can’t find fresh ginger, you can also use thawed frozen ginger cubes from the frozen food section.

Frozen peas: Remove ⅓ cup frozen peas from the freezer while you are prepping the remaining ingredients. This gives the peas enough time to thaw to room temperature.

Cilantro: Fresh cilantro is needed in both the filling and the garnish. Chop extra and reserve it for sprinkling at the end.

Spices for the samosa filling:

Salt
Ground coriander
Garam Masala
Red chili powder (or cayenne)
Amchur (dried mango powder)
Chaat Masala

Garnish: This includes both Cilantro and Tamarind chutneys, thin sev (bhujiva), fresh cilantro and pomegranate seeds. 

Step 1: Boil or microwave potatoes until soft.

Step 2: Heat a non-stick pan on medium-high heat for 30-45 seconds. Add oil and cumin seeds. When you hear the cumin seeds begin to sizzle, add chopped onion and jalapeno. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Stir in finely chopped ginger, salt, coriander, garam masala, red chili powder and Amchur Turn off the heat. Add mashed potatoes and mix everything to combine. Then, add thawed peas and chopped cilantro. Add Chaat Masala. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3: Remove the phyllo cups from the freezer, fill each one with 1.5-2 teaspoons of filling and bake them in one of three ways until golden brown. Spread them in the fryer basket in a single layer and air fry at 350°F for 5-6 mins.

Meet Aneesha Gupta

 Aneesha is the author of the Electric Pressure Cooker Curry Cookbook and the creator of Spice Cravings (spicecravings.com) where she shares easy and healthy weeknight recipes. These recipes are inspired by her North-Indian roots, world travels, and life as a working mom.

Follow her on Instagram: @spicecravings

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Bust Out the Bubbly

4 champagne flutes we love for this festive holiday season

Whatever you’re pouring to ring in the New Year, you want to celebrate in style. Whether you prefer coupe, trumpet, flute, or tulip, you want to choose vessels that enhance the aroma of your bubbly. Here are some of our favorite glasses to ring in 2024 with plenty of flavor and flair.

LSA Gems

Champagne/Cocktail glass 8 oz

$75, Set of 4

Add a splash of color and sheer elegance to your celebrations with this textured, hand-painted glasses.

lsa-international.com

Fferrone

Revolution Champagne Flute

$220, Set of 2

Handcrafted in the Czech Republic by master glassblowers, this artful set is simple yet sophisticated.

2modern.com/collections/fferrone

Crate & Barrel Lunette Iridescent Champagne Glasses

$35, Set of 4

Add some shimmer and whimsy to your tabletop and your beverage with fire-polished, iridescent champagne flutes.

crateandbarrel.com