From poached hake to a beetroot cocktail: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for egg whites

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Our cognition of ovum whites has changed. They utilized to beryllium chiefly associated with meringues oregon different light, airy desserts, aft making mayonnaise, say, that had near them redundant. These days, however, they’re regarded arsenic truthful utile that they are adjacent sold successful cartons. Either we’re each making a batch of whiskey sours, oregon we are astatine past realising however utile the whites are successful each sorts of ways. Here are 2 of my latest discoveries: velvety food and pillowy pancakes – positive thing to salute them with.

Masala hake with coconut beverage and crisp onions

The Chinese method of marinating food oregon nutrient successful ovum achromatic and poaching it is known arsenic velveting. It creates a protective obstruction that seals successful moisture and keeps the soma tender, which makes the macromolecule smoother and silkier. You could swap the hake present for immoderate meaty food oregon chicken.

Prep 40 min
Marinate 30 min
Cook 55 min
Serves 4

1 tbsp ovum achromatic
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp atom wine
(or involvement oregon achromatic wine)
500g skinless hake fillets, chopped into 3cm-thick chunks
90ml olive oil
2 onions, peeled and finely chopped (330g)

For the masala
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp carom seeds
(AKA ajwain, oregon fennel oregon anise seeds)
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp kashmiri chilli pulverization
20g ginger, peeled and astir chopped
4 ail cloves, peeled and astir chopped
2 tsp herb paste
1 tsp brushed brownish sweetener
50g Thai basil
, picked
500ml chickenhearted banal
200ml coconut milk


To service
70g shop-bought crispy onions
1 lime
, chopped into quarters

In a mean bowl, whisk the ovum white, cornflour and atom vino until good combined. Add the fish, flip mildly to overgarment and permission to marinate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, marque the masala paste. Put the archetypal 9 ingredients successful the tiny vessel of a nutrient processor, adhd 30g of the Thai basil and 50ml water, past blitz to an almost-smooth paste.

Fill a tiny saucepan with 1½ litres of h2o and bring to a boil. Add a 3rd of the marinated food to the cookware – usage a slotted spoon – and permission for 20 seconds: the food should crook opaque but not beryllium cooked each the mode through. Using the slotted spoon, assistance the food retired of the h2o and spot successful a colander acceptable implicit a bowl. Repeat with the remaining food successful 2 batches.

Put a ample saute cookware for which you person a lid connected a medium-high vigor and determination successful the oil. Once it’s hot, adhd the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until profoundly caramelised. Add the masala paste and fry, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, until fragrant. Pour successful the chickenhearted stock, fractional the coconut beverage and a spoon and a 4th of salt, and navigator connected medium-high vigor for 20 minutes, until thickened. Gently disturbance successful the food and remaining 20g Thai basil leaves, past instrumentality disconnected the heat, screen and permission to beryllium for 5 minutes.

Transfer the food to a ample bowl, apical with the fried onions and service with a vessel of the remaining coconut beverage and the lime wedges connected the side.

Pillowy pakora pancakes with avocado salsa

Yotam Ottolenghi’s pakora pancakes with avocado salsa.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s pakora pancakes with avocado salsa. Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian. Food styling: Emily Kydd. Prop styling: Jennifer Kay. Food assistant: Valeria Russo.

These lightly spiced pancakes person each the joyousness of a pakora without the deep-frying. If you prefer, service them with an Indian-style greenish chutney alternatively of the salsa. To get ahead, hole the vegetables the time earlier and refrigerate.

Prep 30 min
Cook 1 hr
Makes 8

100g gram flour
100g self-raising flour
¾ tsp crushed turmeric
200ml acold h2o
10g ginger
, peeled and grated
3 ail cloves, peeled and crushed
Salt and achromatic pepper
1 tiny hispi cabbage (or fractional a ample one), cored and thinly sliced (200g)
1 carrot, peeled and astir grated (120g)
10 outpouring onions, thinly sliced (175g)
5 ovum whites (150g)
40ml olive oil
150g Greek-style yoghurt, to serve

For the salsa
3 ample avocados, stoned, peeled and chopped into 1½cm chunks (530g)
2 limes, 1 juiced, to get 1 tbsp, the different chopped into wedges
1 tsp aleppo chilli (or ½ tsp regular chilli flakes), positive a pinch other to finish

In a ample bowl, premix the 2 flours with the turmeric. Add the water, ginger, garlic, a spoon and a 4th of brackish and a bully grind of pepper, and premix to marque a batter. Stir successful the cabbage, carrot and outpouring onions, past acceptable aside.

Whisk the ovum whites successful a basal mixer connected mean velocity for astir 4 minutes, until they signifier stiff peaks. Using a spatula, premix a 3rd of the whipped ovum whites into the pancake batter until good incorporated and loose, past mildly fold successful the remaining ovum whites successful 2 batches, until the batter is fluffy.

Put a small, 15cm oregon truthful frying cookware connected a mean heat. Once hot, spoon successful a spoon of olive oil, swirl it around, past ladle successful 120g batter. Using a spoon, mildly dispersed the batter truthful it covers the basal of the pan, past permission to navigator for 4 minutes, until it’s aureate underneath and tiny holes commencement appearing connected the top. Gently flip implicit the pancake and navigator for different 3 minutes, until cooked done and aureate connected the different side. Transfer to a rack, screen with a beverage towel to support lukewarm and repetition with the remaining batter.

Meanwhile, marque the salsa. In a tiny bowl, harvester the avocado, lime juice, chilli and a half-teaspoon of salt, and acceptable aside.

Put the pancakes connected a ample platter, sprinkle with other chilli and service with the salsa and yoghurt successful 2 bowls connected the side.

Beetroot sour

Yotam Ottolenghi’s beetroot sour.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s beetroot sour.

Cocktails are a large excuse to usage up ovum whites. This 1 is the brainchild of Léo Coquand, the precise talented bartender astatine our Spitalfields restaurant. The leftover beetroot crisps volition support for a agelong clip successful an airtight jar and marque for a tasty saccharine snack.

Prep 5 min
Cook 15 min
Dehydrate 1 hr

For the beetroot syrup
250g caster sugar
250ml h2o
160g beetroot
, topped and tailed, past sliced thinly into circles

For the beetroot sour
100ml pisco, metallic tequila oregon achromatic rum
50ml beetroot syrup
(see supra and method)
50ml citrus juice
¾ tbsp pome vinegar
2 ovum whites
60g crystal cubes

Heat the oven to its lowest setting, astir 50C.

Put each the syrup ingredients successful a mean saucepan, bring up to a simmer connected a mean heat, past simmer, mildly swirling the cookware occasionally, for 15 minutes. Strain into a vessel and permission the beetroot and juices to cool. Place a rack implicit an oven tray lined with baking paper, laic the beetroot slices level connected apical and adust successful the debased oven for astir an hr (or permission overnight astatine country temperature).

Put the pisco, syrup, citrus juice, vinegar and ovum whites successful a cocktail shaker (or successful a solid jar with a lid), and shingle until foamy. Add the ice, shingle vigorously until cold, past strain into 2 glasses and service topped with a beetroot crisp.

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