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Chef’s Recipe: Soy Keema, Quail Egg, Lime Leaf Butter Pao from Indian Accent

22nd Aug 2018

Manish Mehrotra, Corporate chef for Indian Accent Restaurants, is widely regarded as the most exciting modern Indian chef in the world today. His brainchild, Indian Accent, of which there are now three: New York; New Delhi and London, has been recognized globally by diners and critics alike. His first in New Delhi is the only restaurant from India on the prestigious S. Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants List. It also has the privilege of being the only restaurant in India to feature in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017. National acclaim was marked by Indian Accent being Awarded Restaurant Of The Year (Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2017) and ranked as the No.1 Restaurant in India by TripAdvisor for four consecutive years. London opened in 2017. Try this great vegetarian recipe, or even better, book the restaurant to try his inventive Indian cuisine. with special welcome gift from the Luxury Restaurant Guide, see below.


For Soya Keema

  • 40gms dried Soya granules
  • 5gms Garam Masala
  • 5gms Cumin powder
  • 10gms Coriander powder
  • 5gms red chili powder
  • 3gms Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 10gms root ginger, chopped
  • 10gms garlic, chopped
  • 3gms green chili, chopped
  • 5gms fresh Coriander, chopped
  • 60ml Desi ghee
  • 30gms red onion, chopped
  • 120gms fresh tomato, chopped
  • 2 x Quail eggs
  • Parmesan shaving for gratination

For Lime Leaf Pao

  • 250gms Flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 30gms Sugar
  • 10gms Yeast
  • 90gms Milk
  • 1 x egg
  • 50gms salted butter
  • 1tsp Kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
  • 60gms yellow butter (for brushing)


For Soya Keema

Add the soya granules to boiling water and simmer until it becomes soft. Strain and keep for further use.

In a heavy bottom pan, pour ghee and saute chopped onion until golden in colour. Add Turmeric and Chili followed by chopped tomatoes. Then add cumin and coriander. Cook until the onion and tomato mix leaves the side of the pan and add the boiled soya granules and saute for 2-3 minutes. Simmer until a grainy consistency is achieved. Adjust the seasoning to taste and finish with chopped coriander and garam masala.

Pour the keema into a serving dish and break the quail egg on top. Then add parmesan shavings. Bake the keema in a pre-heated oven until the yolk is slightly soft. Serve with lime leaf pao.

  • Bake the keema in preheated oven til the yolk is slightly soft
  • Serve with Lime Leaf Pao


Prepare Pavdough:

  • Sift flour and salt together
  • Dissolve yeast and sugar in milk in a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend in the milk at a low speed for about 1 minute
  • Add the sifted flour, mix well on same speed for 2 minutes
  • Add eggs and knead for 2 minutes til the dough has absorbed all the moisture. Add softened butter and chopped lime leaves
  • Mix for 2 minutes to form a rich, intense dough. Rest the dough for 30 minutes

Bake Pavs:

  • Divide the dough in portions, each of around 5gms. Shape them into rolls
  • Place the rolls on a lined baking tray, with a little space between each roll to give them room to rise
  • Keep the rolls aside in a warm place for 30 minutes
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220 degrees C for 7-8 minutes
  • Using a soft brush, polish the hot pavs with salted butter

Alternatively, dine at Indian Accent instead?

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Indian Accent, London, Facade (1)
Indian Accent, 16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4HW

Recipe by:
Chef Manish Mehrotra
Corporate Chef, Indian Accent Restaurants

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