Mote Besan ke Sev ki Sabzi (Rajasthani Food isspecial)

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One more Rajasthani curry / sabzi made in ganwaar style 😬 and kadak jeera parantha.

Perils of an active brain which needs to be sedated with the process of cooking food 🙄

If you also suffer from the combination of two of the worst characteristics possible – brain which can’t stop working and a stomach which can’t stop growling, get into that kitchen RIGHT NOW! *with one bottle wine is highly recommended, all senses shall be happy* #SabMohMayaHai

Seeing that crushed garlic though  the next best set of senses satiated too #DayummGirl

So here it goes, the recipe / process / directions to cook mote besan ke sev ki sabzi (curry) , the easy lazy simple but awesome way B-)

Ingredients:

  • Thickest, strongest, hardest (tch tch tch… you dirty you) besan ke sev – I guess 1.5 cups should be enough for 2 people. But why would you listen to me? I am already 1 glass of wine down 🙄
  • Onion paste – made of 4 medium ones, for my size reference of things refer to the previous recipe here – Laal Maas P.S. you won’t get all size references there *smirk smirk wink wink* …. aur haan pushton se pyaaz aur namak pe hi toh jeete aa rahe hain na hum rajasthani *Cliché slay #LikeABoss*
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 2 tablespoons , ohh every time I say this word ‘tablespoon’ 😎 get that chef hat on yo!
  • Garlic buds – MINIMUM 7 to 8 , don’t show me your face if you use any lesser. Feel important hai boss!
  • Salt – Swadanusar😀 Shall say this Evaahrytime! 😀 Means as per your own taste, like go figure -> Go now -> Be a man! Do the right thing! Ok staaahp
  • Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon , your tongue should go hmmmmm hmmmm hmmmm  *Click for background music yo while you fill in the next glass of wine 😀*
  • Coriander powder aka dhaniya powder – 3 teaspoons. Still bores me to add this ingredient but karna padta hai, duniya hai, sabko sab kuch nahi milta. Pliss to transfer life consultation fee to my online bank account.
  • Hing / asafoetida – 2 pinches ummm of the powder I mean 🙄 come back mind! come back
  • Amchoor / Dry Mango powder – 1 pinch is enough *khi khi khi* zindagi ko thoda chatapata banaane ke liye #Deep
  • Mustard Oil – 2 tablespoon , coz Ganwaar and proudly so 😎

 

Recipe, When rubber hits the road! When you set your priorities right! When you pour the third glass of wine! *Don’t play with fire and keep the extinguisher handy*

By the way, the recipe is so simple & short that I will try to use the fastest finger first mode #ThatsWhatSheSaid 🙄 Now I know why people don’t talk to me 😛 Kidding! I am looouved

  • Pour mustard oil in a non-stick pan, add onion paste and let it go brown. Because once you go black you never come back 😬 See see what I did there, it’s incurable I think
  • Crush those lovely garlic buds a little *show some love* and add in. Let them get that slightly brunette kind of a color to get the sexy mode on
  • Add in ginger-garlic paste, rest of the spices and let it cook for a couple of minutes. With a heavy heart I will have to say, sorry but this one is just a quicky, don’t appreciate it much but that’s how it has to be done sometimes.
  • Add in 3.5 cups of water and let it simmer for some time, add in those besan ke sev, heat for 3-4minutes. Shut the fire, cover the pan and do bottom’s up of that last glass of wine coz you are ready to rock and roll! *drum roll*

And that’s how we roll! Remember, sometimes it’s the step of taking a decision that seems to be the toughest, going through the decision is not usually. 🙂

 

Now go and share this with other #Awesomesauce people because recipes keval like ya comment karne se nahi failti hain 🙈

Over and Out!

The Giggler

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Laal Maas aka Hot Meat Recipe

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Lala Maas (Rajasthani spicy mutton curry)

On one of those bouts of excess energy, I tried my hand at cooking mutton on a weekend and that too Laal Maas – a Rajasthani specialty. o_O Pride was at stake since I belong to Rajasthan *gulp* Bhagwan! Ye sochne se pehle mujhe sula kyo nahi diya!

But turns out that dayummm I can cook and how!

So here it goes, the recipe / process / directions to cooking Laal Maas , the easy lazy simple but awesome way B-)

Ingredients:

  • Mutton medium size chunks – Quantity, I had imagined 750gms will be enough for 4 people but forgot that I have monsters for friends. So just 3 finished it whole
  • Onion paste – made of 4 big ones. My hands are not that big so you pliss to decide the bigness of these onions
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 3 tablespoons  *oooh I said tablespoon I am a chef and all* . I am lazy so bought (read ordered online from big basket ) the packeted one
  • Fresh Garlic buds – 8 to 10 – this stinky piece of ingredient makes any dish #AwesomeSauce
  • Teekha Laal Mirch – 2 tablespoons , laziness strikes again. You can soak 5-6 dry red chillies for some time and then grind it to get the same stuff too or chuck it man, they have ’em coming in packets
  • Cloves , Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Black Cardamom, Star Anise, Mace blades (took me 5 whole minutes to search this name online! you will know when you see the image) – 3 to 4 pieces of each . Love these spices to the core!
  • Ghee – 3 teaspoons , this would be more or less equal to 1 tablespoon but teaspoon sounds tinier than tablespoon and hence thinking about heart-attacks or diet control becomes easier
  • Turmeric powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder – 3 teaspoons. These are the boring ingredients but like the boring things in life you must do to live a normal life, bear with them.
  • Salt – Swadanusar 😀 Have been waiting to say this for so long 😀 Means as per your own taste, like go figure -> Go now -> Be a man! Do the right thing! Ok staaahp
  • Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon, Kyunki hum ganwaar hain! And proudly so , ye Virgin shirgin Olive oil humein samajh ni aata.
  • Hing / asafoetida (got an asthma attack pronouncing it) – 2 pinches (remember small hands)

 

Recipe, Time to hit the road, take the plunge, make a commitment 😐 Allah khair kare, Yalla Yalla Yalla Kooch!

  • Clean the mutton chunks with slightly warm water, helps get rid of the blood *Psycho music playing in the background* Or you going psycho for Adam Levine in Animals
  • C’mmon baby light that fire and place that base on it , I meant put the pressure cooker on flames. You derrrty derrrty being .. but all this has to happen with loads and loads of patience & passion on low flame… It’s a slow yet highly satisfactory process.
  • Add in the mustard oil and then maa ka pyaar yaad karke ghee after 10-15 seconds, hing and then put all the raw spices – Cloves , Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Black Cardamom, Star Anise, Mace blades. Let it heat for 2 minutes
  • Add in the onion paste and cook it till it turns transparent, add in those kinky garlic buds (it is one of the best food to boost your sex life , aphrodisiac 😉 Don’t go overboard with it now!)then cook some more till it becomes slightly blonde, then cook some more till it shows you its golden glory
  • Mix the ginger-garlic paste (Garlic again *wink* *wink*) with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt separately with just a little amount of water to keep the mix in a paste form
  • Add this paste to the golden onion paste in the pressure cooker and cook! Cook like your life depends on it! Add in 1 tablespoon of water when you feel that it is about to get cooked. Cooked here means that it doesn’t stick to the pan and the oil gets separated from the cooked paste. But torture it atleast 3-4 times, every time it tells you that I am done, splash 1 tablespoon of water in its face and cook again! *Think psycho*
  • Ok now take a deep breath, calm the hell down and add in the mutton pieces to this beautiful smelling mix (it can get orgasmic at times so make sure there are no people around you while you sniff the aroma). Mix it well so that the mutton pieces get covered with the masala mix. Yup time to take a deep breath again because it looks mmmmmmmmmmmm… Dammit! Stahpp you mind!
  • Place the lid just on top of the pressure cooker and don’t lock it or cover it completely. Give it some space *That’s what she said*
  • Mutton will start releasing some water of its own 😛 khi khi khi
  •  Mix it after every 8 or so minutes so that it doesn’t stick to the base. Ok now I don’t even need to say it, your mind is already there. Can we cook now pliss?
  • After 15mins of this process add in water according to the amount of curry you would want and lock the pressure cooker lid on medium flame. Continue sipping on that wine… Ohh did I forget about that part? Best cooking happens while drinking a bit … on the side.. can add 1 dhakkan of old monk in it too, gets the mutton to soften a bit… just like any other girl
  • Wait for around 4-5 whistles (First few whistles don’t matter much, I know you are trying be the bond but 4-5, seriously ?! you are going to get it buddy! I will turn around beat the shit out of you! ) phew.. coming back to it, let it rest in the steam for around 20mins or so.
  • Open the lid after 20 mins and take a big sniff of the fooking awesome aroma. Try to break/ eat and see if the mutton is cooked or not. If not then you can make do with one more whistle.
  • Voila! You are set to be satisfied!

Enjoy! Share yours, mine, our happiness with everyone and have some wine on the side 🙂

While posting the pic on my instagram account or even on my FB account , I had said – “This is the best meal I could’ve cooked ever! Quitting now *drops the mike*”

But every one takes back their words every now and then, breaks promises with others. I am just doing it with myself! Will be cooking Kolhapuri chicken/ mutton this weekend, may be…

Signing out with my glass of rosé wine

The Giggler

Comfort Food : 5 Kick-Ass Pan-Asian Restaurants in Bangalore

Imagine those days when you just don’t want to put your mind to work. No way do you wish to think about what to eat. You need, want, deserve food but of course without taking too much of stress. This state is called – seeking comfort through food. It’s a topic for another day that this state comes wayyyy too often in my life. Anyhow! There are just 2 comfort food options for me on any given day – 1. Biryani 2. Pan-Asian cuisine

Oooh I am @the__giggler ! I am so hoity toity! Calling it pan-asian cuisine and all ‘eh. There was a time when I used to call it plain simple Chinese food. Anything remotely pan-asian was Chinese for me. Yup! Me. Here. I. yes yes, Faaine! judge the stereotypical me. o_O But now I know and I want you to know too.

Here are my top 5 PAN-ASIAN restaurant picks in Bangalore, trusted blindly. There is a surprise hidden gem at the end. My +1  for you B-)

1. The Fatty Bao, Indiranagar

Since the time this place came to Indiranagar, I have taken almost everyone along with me here and shamelessly ordered the same food over and over again! And whatte ambience this place has, so Bangalore ❤

Open terrace with subtle light, low music, enough space, #AwesomeSauce food and friendly bartenders. You might not even want to move away from the bar stools.

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Our food order at The Fatty Bao needs no menu! Mutton Bao, pork belly, fried calamari and pork ramen soup makes us go bum-chica-bao-wow!

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Little piglets on my plate! Baozi – pork filled bao , part of the special menu at Fatty Bao for Chinese New Year must be the cutest looking thing I have ever eaten.

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Guess my girls night-outs always turn out to be classier  at Fatty Bao 😜

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You shiny crispy soft fatty yummy slightly sweet meaty glazing tempting piece of Pork Belly! You make my head spin right round o_O

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These garlic and prawns momos with just so thin outer layer are so good with the 3 sauces at Fatty Bao! 😳 one more place for THE momos added to THE list 👍🏻

 

 

2. Singkong, UB City

Friday lunches made better. One of those rare places where Veg dishes and desserts compete with pork for my appetite…

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Need to stop eating out with these vegetarian friends of mine… They are polluting my palette with good veg food that too paneer based o_O yes I liked this Pandan leaf wrapped spiced cottage cheese starter @singkong_restaurant so much that we ordered for one more (don’t disown me pliss)

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Ohh you dear round dumplings… If only I could taste you in every form and stuffing… One day! 😎

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Non veg dumplings basket 😁 a little bit of this and a little bit of that made me a bit more fat 🤘🏼 Fish, chicken and shrimp dumplings basket

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Apni oriental chuski! Crispy layer covering shrimps on a sugarcane stick dipped in yummy sweet and sour sauce- Oriental shrimp nest at @singkong_blr , UB City 🤓

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Curry laksa with chicken and prawns … this creamy coconut milk based soup with boiled eggs, prawns, noodles and shredded chicken is so good that you would want to start and end your meal with it…

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You there! Yes you tiny piece of lemon cream! Come back and don’t ruin my look! Look at me when I am talking to you! Damn now everyone will want to taste you first 😦 😛 said no cake ever… Tres leches , home made style soaked cake is so light and creamy yummy with that perfectly sweet liquid to soak it in that I lost my mind for a while there 😀

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First time I tried Banoffee Pie =D I like it… Bananaaa!

 

3. Nasi And Mee Asian Canteen, Koramangala (Malaysian)

This place got launched in Bangalore and suddenly everyone around me was talking about it left- right and centre! Like why?! Why haven’t I eaten at that place? Why didn’t you guys call me?! You don’t like me! Faaine! Go!

After all this and much more cribbing to my friends, they took me there 😀 and we gave out our appreciation to this place in resounding burps 😛

Did you know Nasi means Rice and Mee stands for noodles in Malay?

 

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Dumpling! Momo! You sound as cute and soft as you taste 😁 especially when you have that light thin covering… Even veg dumplings seem to be good. One more favourite Pan Asian restaurant is here 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 @nasiandmee 

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Ordering this stir fried fish in honey chilli mustard sauce turned out to be the best decision by us hungry bunch! Ohh the mustard 😍 along with the staple pad Thai noodles @nasiandmee Nasi And Mee, Koramangala, Bangalore 

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This place is talk of the pan Asian cuisine town right now and sure as hell it deserves the word! Massaman curry (Thai Muslim style curry with potato and chicken in a mildly spicy coconut sauce) , Thai red curry (veg) and sambal fried rice (Southeast Asian )…

 

4. Hae Kum Gang, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar (Korean)

Hungry and craving for some warm Asian food after watching a spine chilling movie like Everest we struck gold at this awesome sauce Korean place – Hae Kum Gang. Just above Plan B, this quaint little place is tucked away from the crowds.

The owners are such heart melting humble fellows who opened their kitchen seeing our hungry puppy faces. I can so get used to this!

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Just the 5 side dishes are so cool along with the slightly spicy veg and non veg Chulpan and sticky rice. And of course the largest pan on the table of Mushroom Jeongoi ( glass noodles, amazing mushrooms and other veggies in a non spicy broth). Kid you not, they didn’t stop there. Watermelon pieces dipped in just about right sweet and tangy syrup to make us feel fresh after this royal feast.

 

5. Taste of Tibet, Dubai Plaza, Brigade Road (Tibetan)

They remind me of the North campus area in Delhi 🙂 Simple, yummy tibetan pork, chicken, lamb dishes with red chilli chutney always accompanied by coke *bliss*

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Chicken momos, chicken Shaptra and tingmo (steamed bun) with that red hot chilli sauce at this small joint on #BrigadeRoad reminded me of the good old DU days and that short sweet trip to Ladakh where my dear friend’s late father had cooked the same tingmo for us on a cold winter night 🙂

 

Now comes the special +1 for y’all B-) Wait for it….

 

+1 . LanThai Restaurant , 5th avenue mall, Brigade Road 

You might need some serious google maps help to spot this place and then believe your eyes that this is the exact location.

But go ahead and just order the full fish with eyes intact 😛 or the sea food soup with quite literally the sea-food in a soup bowl :O

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One of the worst pics of mine but those tentacles deserved to be shown! P.S. This is quite an old pic 😐 @the__giggler

Tell me more about such Pan-Asian cuisine places for the next comfort seeking day around the corner … Ciao!

 

Always Hungry….

The Giggler

Mumbai – The only thing I am sure of …

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I am unsure about a lot of things or atleast I don’t want to say a lot of things out loud to my own self. Sometimes it comes across as a commitment phobia too, no no I am not talking about the classic definition of relationships. I am talking about things like being scared of planning a holiday 1 month in advance or committing to meeting someone in a week’s time or even buying stuff for my house so that it starts feeling like my house. But one thing which I have been quite sure of for the longest time I can remember is that – I Love Bombay!

I keep on traveling to Bombay around once or twice in a month and it has started to appear like a clandestine affair with my beloved. The separation was getting unbearable and of course I needed a break to do things on my own or not do anything but still on my own. So this year when the time came to plan my 10 days holiday, one thing which I was quite sure of…

Ofcourse I walked and watched this city breathe for 10 days 🙂

Chor Bazaar, Off Mohammed Ali Road – The Island of Misfit Toys

This crowded little place made of 4-5 lanes of jam-paacked curio stores had me gaping for 3 hours and I couldn’t get enough of it!

You get everything here. Read EVERYTHING! From somebody’s 32 teeth neatly lined up in a showcase to a pendant made out of a baby deer’s foot, a family portrait dated back to 1960s to a classic piano stacked up in a dusty corner. That’s the beauty of this island of misfit toys.

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Fork You! Chor Bazaar became my disneyland and with this I began my exploration of Mumbai 😀

 

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Silence. Lights. Camera. Action. Found all this and more at Chor Bazaar.

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In a shop filled with a trillion random things, found a plane touching a miniature of the Twin Towers and an astronaut clicking its picture :O talk about creepy coincidences! P.S. The owner had no idea about it either

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Island of misfits – When random imperfections come together to create a world of wonder and enchantment

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Har cheez bikti hai yahan, bas koi khareedne wala hona chahiye…

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Yeah yeah… how could I be hungry all this while? This matar kind of thing gave me salty company 🙂 Still don’t know what is it called but guess I prefer this over peanuts anytime.

 

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All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…Play my music, let’s rock the boat. Main shayar toh nahi but Chor Bazaar did this to me!!!

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This marked as the end of our walk and gladly so! Afghan Naan – That whiff of freshly baked bread in the old crowded lanes of chop bazaar mesmerised me over and I dream-walked to this shop to find a piece of gold. Afghan Naan baked to perfection.. And bang opposite this shop we found spicy mutton nihari curry to have our first meal of the day. Love is unpredictable! ❤

 

 

Afghan Church, Sassoon Dock

At the edge of the city is Sassoon Dock. Just after the hustle bustle of South Bombay you witness peace.

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This is not your usual sun-kissed misty winter morning at a hill station. This my friend, is Mumbai at 4pm 🙂 Afghan Church backyard, Navy Nagar at the far end tip of Mumbai was a hauntingly serene spectacle.

Church of the Holy Name/ Holy Name Cathedral, South Bombay

I was lucky to be visiting during christmas time…

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Holy story depicted on the colourful glass ceiling of the Holy Name Cathedral, South Bombay. There is much more to Bombay than just late nights on the glittering buzzy roads.

 

Prince of Wales Museum – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda

How I wished to be awed by this place. How I wished to learn more from this place. But all I saw was beauty with no explanation just sign boards telling me that these are properties of so and so and kept here just for display 😦

How will people know about the importance of the immaculate Indian architecture or its history when there is no effort to pass on the baton through simple tales?

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Pains me to see such a beautiful thing at the Prince of Wales museum kept in a corner without an explanation or a story or audio guide reference. Divine light of Buddha at the centre of a mandap and its flower ceiling half seen in the mirror.

 

None of my trips are complete without eating at places which I have never tried before and here is an ode to the amazing variety of food in Mumbai *drrroool*

 

 

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Japanese or Korean food hasn’t disappointed me till now and so it continues… Kofuku, Bandra, Mumbai had a menu that got us shamelessly greedy! Would need to go there once more to try out rest of the goodies. Japanese sautéed ginger pork, sticky rice, kofuku prawns curry, Korean style kimchi pork fried rice, shrimps dumplings and burrrpppp on the table 😀

 

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Mumbai weather had become purrfect for an outside brunch and dayum was I lucky to be there at the right time B-) Pan seared basa with garlic risotto at Cafe Infinito, BKC. You can never go wrong with grilled or pan seared fish. 

 

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Khwabon mein dekha tha tumhein, socha na tha miloge kabhiii… Surmai Fish and chicken curry thaliii! #AwesomeSauce lunch at Goa Bhavan Canteen, Andheri. Unlimited thali and that extra bit of happiness all for Rs. 100-120 per plate 😀 😀 😀

 

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Pour as much as you want and dip in as much as you want – Cheese! 145 Lounge, Kala Ghoda on New Year’s eve 🙂

 

 

Ohh now that I am talking about New Year’s eve, that marks the end of my trip too…

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Lights in a lane at Eddie’s Bistro, Bandra… This was one of the best new year night out to places with least amount of crowd, no loud music, no fighting our way to the bar for that one last drink, getting places to sit in comfort, chat and laugh and such beautiful ambience…

 

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Dear Mumbai

I am in Love…

Yours Truly

P.S. I am not done with Bombay yet so if you know about other such hidden gems of the city, please do let me know. Gracias!

Book of Best 10 Bombay Brunches

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I am going to enjoy each and every dish/ restaurant/ cafe that I mention in this particular blog post for the simplest of reasons that I love Bombay and I love Brunches! Dil ki awaaz (ankh mein aansun, khushi ke…)

Even though I am not from Bombay but have been travelling to this vivacious city so often that I treat it like my own now. Gives me an added advantage of going to only the awesomest food places B-)

Of course I’ve been quite shamelessly vocal about my undying love for brunches. If you like to walk in to a restaurant still slightly sleepy with your shades on, sit in open air with just the right amount of sunlight and pastel shades all around you, sipping a fizzy drink or sangria and have a peaceful chat with your friends then you will understand.

I am lazy, like to sleep till late, love Sundays and I LOVE FOOD, hence proved, brunches are my favourite meal of the day!

L.H.S. = R.H.S. (Ghissu I tell you!)

Let’s start it off then, so that by the end of this you have enough and more choices to select from. No need to waste your precious Sunday energy in searching for good places, go invest that time in sleeping some more :

  1. SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Taking it easy the right way 😉 I like the happy sunshine vibe of this place. Eggs florentine with hash browns and baked tomato and finishing it off with the ohh so light, ohh so fluffy – Lemon flavoured Panna Cotta.

Eggs florentine with hash browns and baked tomato at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Eggs florentine with hash browns and baked tomato at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Lemon flavoured Panna Cotta at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

Lemon flavoured Panna Cotta at SmokeHouse Deli, Bandra

2. Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Simple joys of life. Sitting at the corner table on the first floor where you can see everyone but not everyone can see you 🙂 with sunny side up and a cup of coffee while it rains outside. I love this place not the energetic kind of love but the calming and comfortable one.

Sunny Side up with spinach and roasted potatoes at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Sunny Side up with spinach and roasted potatoes at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Solo Coffee at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

Solo Coffee at Pali Village Cafe, Bandra

3. Sassy Spoon, Bandra

Think Sassy Spoon, think brunch date! And at the end of the day walk out with a pack of fresh poye – Goan Paav.

Goan Chorizo Paav at Sassy Spoon, Bandra

Goan Chorizo Paav at Sassy Spoon, Bandra

4. The Pantry, Colaba

If it’s not runny then it’s not good eggs florentine. That golden yolk, that garlic bread with Pondicherry cheese and that mushroom bechamel sauce. Brunch ne macha di!

Ohh bwoy this mango cheesecake!

One more new place for Cheesecake and the obsession continues… And that too with mango on the top! *joy just came* no no not you Joy… Tch tch tch .

Eggs Florentine with Pondicherry cheese and mushroom bechamel sauce at The Pantry, Colaba

Eggs Florentine with Pondicherry cheese and mushroom bechamel sauce at The Pantry, Colaba

Mango Cheesecake at The Pantry, Colaba

Mango Cheesecake at The Pantry, Colaba

5. SaltWater Cafe, Reclamation, Bandra West

Fried Eggs with cured chorizo, potatoes, garlic and rosemary with Melon Sangria.

Fried eggs with cured chorizo, garlic and rosemary at Salt Water Cafe, Reclamation, Bandra West

Fried eggs with cured chorizo, garlic and rosemary at Salt Water Cafe, Reclamation, Bandra West

6. Kala Ghoda Cafe, Kala Ghoda Fort, SoBo

When I go veg, I go ‘hell yeah’ veg! And this was yummy ki mummy :O
Marinated zucchini, brinjal, peppers; stacked up, topped with cheddar and roasted. Served with fresh green salad. Gobbled with ABC (Apple, beetroot, carrot)

The place like many other in the bylaws of Bombay, is just about small and cozy with people enjoying their carrot cakes with coffee.

Marinated zucchini, brinjal, peppers; stacked up, topped with cheddar and roasted. Served with fresh green salad and ABC (Apple, beetroot, carrot) juice at Kala Ghoda Cafe, South Bombay

Marinated zucchini, brinjal, peppers; stacked up, topped with cheddar and roasted. Served with fresh green salad and ABC (Apple, beetroot, carrot) juice at Kala Ghoda Cafe, South Bombay

7. Cafe Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel

Pulled pork in brioche, mini lamb burger, Belgian pork cordon bleu, bouef bourguignon, seared rawas and Melon Sangria to keep us from losing our senses just on food 😀

Pulled pork in brioche, mini lamb burger, Belgian pork cordon bleu, bouef bourguignon, seared rawas and melon sangria at Cafe Zoe, Lower Parel

Pulled pork in brioche, mini lamb burger, Belgian pork cordon bleu, bouef bourguignon, seared rawas and melon sangria at Cafe Zoe, Lower Parel

8. Tertulia, Shivaji Park

Brilliantly apparent in-your-mouth taste of meat in this thick sauce Lamb ragout was glorious! Red wine sangria to seal the deal 😉 Also known as the best restaurant in Pune.

Lamb Ragout at Tertulia, Shivaji Park

Lamb Ragout at Tertulia, Shivaji Park

9. The BirdSong Cafe, Hill Road, Bandra

Who said organic food is tasteless?! Spicy Chicken Curry with brown rice, Mutton Stew and the must try Khichda i.e. broken wheat with mutton. Have some green tea after all that 😛

Spicy chicken curry with brown rice, mutton stew and the must try Khichda at The BirdSong Cafe, Hill Road, Bandra

Spicy chicken curry with brown rice, mutton stew and the must try Khichda at The BirdSong Cafe, Hill Road, Bandra

10. The Social, Colaba, SoBo

Last but nowhere close to the least… Social Brunch!

Be it the Nina aunty’s mutton dhansak with brown rice or the rapchanduss Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast – steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle g 😀 , brunch at Social is bawa bumbaboom! Mutton ki kasam… Dil khush!

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast - steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle at Social, Colaba

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast – steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle at Social, Colaba

Nina aunty's mutton dhansak with brown rice at Social, Colaba

Nina aunty’s mutton dhansak with brown rice at Social, Colaba

P.S. I don’t want to stop finding more brunch places. So help me! Help You! 
P.P.S. Hangover of Jerry Maguire continues.
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Mumbai Guide to a day of Parsi Food

What comes to your mind when I say red and white checkered table cloth, smell of freshly baked paav, a cat and a sweet old man sitting at the cash counter? A Parsi food joint 😀

Parsis are a blessing to the Mumbai food community and if you ever want to put this statement to test then try this one day tour of Parsi food. Anytime of the day. Take it and go!

I will tell you about a few things to avoid at these places as well because, let’s just say that nobody is perfect 🙂 But yes, it is always the whole experience that counts.

  1. Breakfast at Kayani Bakery, Fort
Irani Chai at Kayani Bakery

Irani Chai at Kayani Bakery

Breakfast at Kayani Bakery has been long on the list but like the other much talked about heritage places, this too has just a couple of Must Try items. Start the day with the unadventurous yet awesome Bun Maska and Irani chai. Suggest pick up a few freshly made paav to save the next day as well.

Bun Maska and Chai at Kayani Bakery

Bun Maska and Chai at Kayani Bakery

Word of Advice – Don’t try the keema paav if you are used to certain level of good masala. Akhuri was average too.

2. Lunch at Britannia & Company Restaurant, Fort
Everything about the Britannia & Company Restaurant :)

Everything about the Britannia & Company Restaurant 🙂

There is no love greater than the love of eating.True That. My first time at Britannia restaurant, I was impressed by Parsi uncles telling their stories and the humble set up of the place. Try their Sali Boti, Chicken Berry Rice and Caramel custard. My vote goes to the custard!

Mutton Sali Boti, Chicken Berry Pulav and Caramel Custard at Britannia & Company Restaurant

Mutton Sali Boti, Chicken Berry Pulav and Caramel Custard at Britannia & Company Restaurant

3. Early dinner/ Heavy evening snack at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Mutton Dhansak in daal base is really good at this small stall just outside the RWITC office at Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Even though mutton keema or shaami kebab or bheja fry is not Parsi but while you are there, try it!

Sorry, no pics L but will update soon 😀 (slurp, one more reason to eat there again)

4. Dinner at Jimmy Boy, Fort

A small joint (again at Fort), I tried my first Ginger Palonjee drink here. Mind blowing stuff! Of course along with Patra ni Macchhi (love saying this out loud everytime) – Green chutney layered Pomfret steamed in banana leaf, Mutton Dhansak and Sali Boti.

Patra ni Macchhi, Mutton Dhansak, Mutton Sali Boti and Ginger Palonjee at Jimmy Boy

Mutton Dhansak, Mutton Sali Boti and Ginger Palonjee at Jimmy Boy

Patra ni Macchhi at Jimmy Boy

Patra ni Macchhi at Jimmy Boy

5. Dessert at Rustomjee’s Ice Cream, Churchgate, Nariman Point

Hail Rustomjee! This my friend is not an ice cream slab between thin wafers. NO! This is a bloody good experience! And the list of available flavors just goes on and on and on and on…

Rustomjee's Ice Cream

Rustomjee’s Ice Cream

P.S. Would love to try out more such places, suggestions are always welcome 🙂
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Ramzan Food Walk Mubarak Ho!

Last time we took a food walk in Koramangala (Bangalore) and this time Mosque Road (Frazer Town) baby! I am becoming a fan of these food trails with each passing day. Thank goodness for those greedy, always hungry, cannibal friends that I have 😀

So let’s roll with this one because you guys still have sometime to catch up on us and not miss out on all the meat you could ever imagine on just 1km stretch of a road (Must. Stop. Salivating. Again!)

Charminar Kabab Paradise

Man Vs Food! First stop of the Ramzan Feast at mosque road was at Charminar for some good old deep fried, minced meat stuffed, egg coated Mughlai Parantha. But looking at the well laid table, we couldn’t stop ourselves from hogging on to some Pepper Chicken, Kalmi Kabab and the unexpectedly good Kadi Gosh (the big piece in the pic on top right).

Charminar restaurant for Pepper chicken, Mughlai parantha, chicken kadi gosh and kalmi kebab

Charminar restaurant for Pepper chicken, Mughlai parantha, chicken kadi gosh and kalmi kebab

Richhies Rahamm’s International

Here comes my highlight of the day, Lamb Chops at Richhies.

I don’t give a damn about the picture angle or quality on this one! Watering mouth had to be satiated then and there. High point of the walk was this plate of juicy lamb chops with slightly crispy skin.

Lamb Chops at Rahamm's

Lamb Chops at Rahamm’s

Didn’t expect this one but it happened

So we tried some Camel meat kababs as well. Not too proud of it now that I have read a few things but yeah it happened.

Ramzan Food Walk

Chichaba’s Taj Restaurant

Could have not finished it without some Mutton Biryani and what better way to have it than with Nalli Nihari. Sit back, relax and have it at peace 🙂 or in pieces..

Mutton Biryani & Nalli Nihari at Chichaba's Taj

Mutton Biryani & Nalli Nihari at Chichaba’s Taj

Our trip was cut short because of rains but you better not end it without kulfi and then suleimani chai at Taj Tea house. Our sweet paan was good too.

Take a note of these lucky 7 pointers before you start your batmobile engines and tune in the GPS to Mosque Road
1. Reach the place before 7pm to avoid the mad rush.
2. There is some neat lane space for comfortable parking just before Rahamm’s (on your left)
3. Patthar gosh can be made best out of beef only as mutton & chicken have much smaller bones for good stone cooking and cutting. So if anyone is offering you chicken or mutton pathhar gosh, think twice, you might just be getting Chicken 65 heated up on a big stone slab
4. Have a look at the counter behind the cooking slab/ table to judge the hygiene of the place
5. Rahamm’s a bit away from the main food stalls so do not miss out on the lamb chops by avoiding it
6. Check the weather for the day. We had to cut it slightly short for the rain.
7. Lastly but most importantly, take a group of foodie friends with you because you wouldn’t want to finish off the whole plate and feel full on the first stall itself! It will make me really sad 😥
Thank you once again Auni, KungFu, Tom & Compliance. Wouldn’t have been possible for me to try out each and everything without your insatiable greed and gluttony. B-)

North or South, Can’t live without – STREET FOOD (Bangalore isspecial)

The not so commonly found in Bangalore, common man’s food has been found on a common street of a common neighborhood of Koramangala! Woot Woot street food ahoy!

Right under my nose it existed and thrived and reached the level of more than 25 stalls on a stretch of lesser than 1km with some beautiful Bombay street food items too *bedazzled* o_O

Excited main edda excited main edda 😛

Here is a sneak peek at what debauchery happened on the day we explored this small footpath line of stalls next to 5th Block Koramangala ground…

The freshly made peanut chilly chutney and tomato salsa sauce was worth every bite. A plate of 6 momos and unlimited sauces all for Rs.50/-
Chicken Momos with a unique peanut chilli chutney and tomato salsa sauce @ Aap Ki Pasand Momos stall , Koramangala Bangalore

Chicken Momos with a unique peanut chilli chutney and tomato salsa sauce @ Aap Ki Pasand Momos stall , Koramangala Bangalore

Masaaledaar lazzatdaar tawa pulao / tadka pulao Bombay style made me realize that there is so much more to explore in Indian cuisine – At Rs. 50/- only
Tawa pulao or tadka pulao with an awesome dose of Amul butter and paav bhaaji masala @ Koramangala Bangalore

Tawa pulao or tadka pulao with an awesome dose of Amul butter and paav bhaaji masala @ Koramangala Bangalore

The famous mirchi bhajji of Bangalore with coriander chutney so fresh that you can’t help yourself but ask for atleast 3 servings of just that chutney – At Rs.10/- wonly :O
Mirchi Bhajji with coriander chutney @ Koramangala Bangalore

Mirchi Bhajji with coriander chutney @ Koramangala Bangalore

By this time my hands were full of food and mind had gone numb with so much of happiness that I couldn’t focus on taking pictures. So go ahead, start off with 2 plates of paani puri and don’t miss out on the Bombay sandwich stall with options ranging from toasted and non-toasted versions of chocolate sandwich, pure old bombay sandwich, chinese sandwich and many more.

Polishing off everything with one of my favorite ice-cream flavours, the duet orange and cream stick.

Street Food - Bangalore

Here’s an open challenge to you all… Eat food worth Rs.1000/- on your own from these stalls and I will take you out the next time B-)

P.S. Terms are conditions applied.
First one being that you shouldn’t be a psychopath. You see, I don’t like to compete on that front.
Thank you Vijay & Bhandari 🙂

Pub Food – Don’t you dare ignore it!

If you share the same Jazbaa as me for both drinking and eating and are on a persistent hunt to find these bars/pubs to pitch your tent, then you are well acquainted with the plight of getting good recommendations.

Fret no more human! The world is not flat. Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun o_O Feeling dizzy? Wait for the big one… There are places in your city to gorge and gulp at the same time!

Others might not believe you right now but change my name to ‘Munna Jajbaati’ if you don’t start believing in the existence of good pubfood post this!

Spread the word because…
You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders. 
1. Toto’s Garage – Pali Hill, Mumbai

I am just too partial to this cozy little place 🙂 but do try out their veg footlong with that awesome chilli sauce or meatballs in mushroom sauce or even the chicken in wire-mesh. And yes as usual, say hi to Pandey ji the man behind the bar 😀

Veg Footlong @ Toto's Garage, Mumbai

Veg Footlong @ Toto’s Garage, Mumbai

2. Social Offline – Church Street, Bangalore / Colaba, Mumbai & others

I can hog like hell at this place! You will have to gag me to stop ordering food here…

The warm tempting shine of bacon fat and melted cheese of OTT (Over The Top) hot dog does things to you! Ohh it’s so sinfully indecent that I can’t stop looking at it…

Over The Top (OTT) - Fried bacon wrapped sausage topped with melted cheese and minced meat @ Social Offline

Over The Top (OTT) – Fried bacon wrapped sausage topped with melted cheese and minced meat @ Social Offline

Fully loaded chicken nachos with a thick blanket of cheese @ Social Ofline

Fully loaded chicken nachos with a thick blanket of cheese @ Social Offline

Andhra mutton biryani made a bit parsi style @ Social Offline

Andhra mutton biryani made a bit parsi style @ Social Offline

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast - Steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle G @socialoffline

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast – Steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle G @ Social offline

Nina aunty's mutton dhansak with brown rice @ Social offline

Nina aunty’s mutton dhansak with brown rice @ Social offline

3. Fatty Bao – Indiranagar, Bangalore

Love the ambiance, cocktails and that succulent voluptuous pork belly. Hubba Hubba Hubba!

Pork/ Lamb Patty Bao with khimchi salad., Pork Belly  and Chao -  soupy noodles with semi boiled egg, bacon, pork belly, garlic, corn and scallops @ Fatty Bao, Bangalore

Pork/ Lamb Patty Bao with khimchi salad., Pork Belly and Chao – soupy noodles with semi boiled egg, bacon, pork belly, garlic, corn and scallops @ Fatty Bao, Bangalore

4. Doff Pub – Indiranagar, Bangalore

A typical sports bar with a small cozy semi open section for the rainy Bangalore days.

Warning: Don’t look at it directly.
Cheese stuffed bacon in barbecue sauce @ Doff Pub, Bangalore

Cheese stuffed bacon in barbecue sauce @ Doff Pub, Bangalore

5. Irish House – Colaba, Mumbai

Oddly big place from Mumbai standards with nice tap draft beer and popular rock music playing in the background. I liked my beer keg on the table (keep it where I can see it!)

Grande fries - whole full plate of crispy french fries topped with baked pinto beans, Mexican cheese, jalapeño, peppers, guacamole , sour cream and chicken/ beef @ The Irish House , Mumbai

Grande fries – whole full plate of crispy french fries topped with baked pinto beans, Mexican cheese, jalapeño, peppers, guacamole , sour cream and chicken/ beef @ The Irish House , Mumbai

6. Hard Rock Cafe – Bangalore/ Mumbai and many more places

We were the first customers for the first day of breakfast menu option at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore.

A hearty spread of fresh fruits, all American breakfast platter and pancakes/waffles, still needs a bit of improvement.

But what to do darling? I shall stick to my view of the world

Early mornings are pretty damn beautiful but I am in love with late nights. It’s my choice to be loyal to them.

All american breakfast - Choice of 2 eggs, chicken/ pork sausages, hash browns, baked beans, toast, fruit platter and pancakes/ waffles with choice of beverage @ Hard Rock Cafe

All American Breakfast – Choice of 2 eggs, chicken/ pork sausages, hash browns, baked beans, toast, fruit platter and pancakes/ waffles with choice of beverage @ Hard Rock Cafe

7. Biere Street – Whitefield, Bangalore

You must have heard or read about this place if you were looking for a nice romantic Microbrewery in Bangalore. (Aww that combination of romance and freshly brewed beer ♥)

This non-veg platter just makes things better 😀

Non-Veg Platter - Crispy chicken wings in barbecue sauce, batter fried jumbo prawns, prawn popcorns and bacon wrapped sausages with 3 types of sauce @ Biere Street, Bangalore

Non-Veg Platter – Crispy chicken wings in barbecue sauce, batter fried jumbo prawns, prawn popcorns and bacon wrapped sausages with 3 types of sauce @ Biere Street, Bangalore

8. Britto’s – Goa

I know I know. You are jumping on this one but for a change, concentrate on food as well the next time you go there…

Goan Brown bread (poye) and goan pork sausages @ Britto's , Goa

Goan Brown bread (poye) and goan pork sausages @ Britto’s , Goa

9. Mother Clucker’s – Indiranagar, Bangalore

I might not have a picture but it is so deeply engraved in my mind, Beef chilli cheese fries at this place hit the right spot baby!

10. Pecos – Bangalore

Old school to the core in the true sense. Try out the pork chilly here, they have it in two different sauces – super hot with green chillies or the subtle one in white sauce.

Now, you dare not ignore Pubfood anymore because it is not the food you deserve, it is the food you need.

Food – Creating a home away from home

If you are staying away from your family and suffer from those homesickness pangs that most of us are familiar with, then a good self cooked meal with standing instructions from mother-on-call can be the perfect remedy for mind, body, heart and soul.

Letting go of the laziness of ordering the so called comfort food from a fast food joint is the first step to happiness. And let me tell you, those useless yet loving bunch of friends can be quite a surprise in the kitchen!

Yes I stay in Bangalore, the city where Cinderella would have not faced any problem whatsoever because everything bloody shuts down at 11:30pm!  Hence, the best option to meet friends is a house party. Woila!

Let’s get started with a cook-off party! *Evil Genius*

If me and my lazy friends can do so much and mor e, just paint a picture yourself…

Pulao, Tadka Daal & Baingan Bhaaja

Pulao, Tadka Daal & Baingan Bhaaja

Tomato tok - Sweet & sour bengali chutney with loads of garlic

Tomato tok – Sweet & sour bengali chutney with loads of garlic

Aloo ki sabzi with Poori and Vegetable Raita

Aloo ki sabzi with Poori and Vegetable Raita

Paav Bhaaji loaded with butter, Vada Paav, Pudhina chutney, Garlic and red chillies chutney & fried green chillies

Paav Bhaaji loaded with butter, Vada Paav, Pudhina chutney, Garlic and red chillies chutney & fried green chillies

Paneer bhurji, Egg & Chicken Biryani, Rajma, Vegetable raita & Parantha

Paneer bhurji, Egg & Chicken Biryani, Rajma, Vegetable raita & Parantha

And for the morning after the gluttony and badassery 😉
Breakfast - Cereal with fresh fruits and milk

Breakfast – Cereal with fresh fruits and milk

Breakfast - Fried Eggs with pork sausages, fried potatoes & garlic bread

Breakfast – Fried Eggs with pork sausages, fried potatoes & garlic bread

Partners in crime – Team Assemble!
Richa Singh, Hanumant Paliwal, Vijay Rajan, Nirmal Kaur, Vishal Jain and many more 🙂