Elite Havens’ villa chefs share their special recipes
Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs – many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But of course every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you.
Villa Ramadewa’s Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemongrass Marinade
4 double loin lamb chops
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 pods fresh green soybean boiled until tender (discard shells)
For the marinade:
2 tsp cumin seeds, lightly toasted
3 inches fresh ginger, chopped
1 ½ inches fresh turmeric, chopped
4 shallots, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 stems of lemongrass, finely sliced
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
- To prepare the marinade, first grind the cumin seeds to a fine powder in a spice grinder. Add all the other ingredients except the oil. Process to a smooth paste adding a little oil if needed to keep the mixture turning.
- Heat the oil in a small pan and stir-fry the paste over heat until fragrant and cooked (8 – 10 mins). Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.
- Sprinkle both sides of the lamb chops with a little freshly ground pepper, than rub generously with the marinade. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Grill the chops to taste and serve garnished with the cooked soybeans.
- In the unlikely event that there is any leftover meat, slice and wrap in pita bread for a delicious lunch snack.
Villa Ramadewa’s Peanut-crusted Prawn on Green Mango Salad
For the prawns:
3 medium-size fresh prawns per person