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Spicy Mango Pickle, anyone?

So what’s my obsession with mangoes?

I have previously done an Aam Panna recipe, Mango cheese cake recipe and this year round I tried a Spicy mango pickle for the first time.

If you are a lover of pickles just like me then you are going to enjoy this recipe. Till date I have tasted umpteen number of pickles. From spicy to sweet, instant to elaborate recipes, I studied and worked on an easy mango pickle recipe to be created at home. Really, very excited because the mangoes used were from my school trees.

The recipe I followed makes 2 kg raw mango pickles which I wished to share with my family and friends. 

Ingredients

  • 2 kg Mangoes (Raw) 
  • 2 tablespoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 2 packets of ready made pickle masala. ( one packet for one Kg)
  • one litre oil

     


    Method 

    1) To begin making the Aam Ka Achaar Recipe (Spicy Raw Mango Pickle), wash the mangoes and dry them completely making sure there is no moisture. 

    2) Cut the mangoes in half, deseed and further cut them into one inch cubes.

    3) In a large bowl, mix 2 tablespoons salt, turmeric powder and cut mangoes. Allow it to marinate overnight or 8 hours until the mangoes release a large quantity of water.

    4) Drain the water from the mangoes and keep the water aside. Dry the mangoes on paper towels for about 8 hours or overnight, so they lose the excess moisture.

    5) Heat the oil in a saucepan and bring it to boiling point. Once it comes to a boiling point, allow it to cool completely while covered. Add the masala mix to the Mangoes.  Once cooled add the cooled oil to the bottled mango pickle mixture.

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    6) It takes approximately two to three weeks for the aam ka achaar to marinate itself and get the flavours from the masala. Best flavour and tenderness in the pickle comes after couple of months of marination. Having said that the pickle can be eaten almost immediately as well, if you like the taste of fresh mangoes.

    Enjoy the spicy and sour home  made Aam ka acchar.Yippee to make some Dal – chawal and relish it with finger licking mango pickle 🙂 

Delicious Danone Yogurt Nutri Pots

Who says healthy food cannot be tasty food? Lets give yogurt a chance this time. Yoghurt is full for calcium and loaded with protein. It is also beneficial for Gut health and is good for lactose intolerant people. This new Greek Yogurt launched by DanoneIndia has 87% more protein than regular yogurts, introduced in mango and blueberry variants. At the  product launch Chef Varun Imandar churned up three healthy recipes that were delicious, the instant Parfait left me aghast and motivated to try something  of my own.   

It was now time to churn up a new recipe that fills you with great taste while being high in nutrient value.
Danone Nutri Pots ( A yogurt based sprouts and strawberry filled puri)


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The basic Ingredients

This recipe will serve up two plates of Yogurt Nutri pots of 6 puris each


Ingredients

1 cup of sprouts (boiled with salt, add pinch of pepper)
1 cup chopped strawberry
1 tub Blueberry Greek Yogurt (80 grams)
20  Puffed puris (Pani puri available in market)
1 tsp Honey
A dash or lime.

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Method 

1. Mix the sprouts, chopped strawberries, honey and lime in a bowl.
2. Add the yogurt and give it a good mix.
3. Crack the top of the puri and full in the yogurt mixture.
4. Garnish with cut strawberries.

Tip- Serve it chilled and immediately. Soggy puris wont be all that enjoyable. With the mango season round the corner, I am going to try the Mango Greek Yogurt with mango pieces. I think this is gonna be a runaway hit for sure.

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Its a pretty dish to serve up hungry kids who love snacking in between meals. If you liked this recipe you will definitely like my  Eggless Tiramisu

Five New restaurants in Bandra you must try.

Before I start this post a small warning that some food pictures may make you drool profusely. Being a passionate foodie I  love discovering new food places in Bandra. In the past I stumbled upon some cool , swanky and interesting places. And that’s not all, they offer you a food experience more than just food on a platter….
Will take you through a food tour of each place, an  easier ways to get acquainted with these Bandra eateries . 


1.The English Department 

Have you ever dined in a place that made you feel like you have traveled out of the country? I felt like I had traveled to good old England to see the Queen when I visited The English department.

Location:
The place is located just off linking Road, Level 2, Kenilworth Shopping Arcade. Perfect for a meal break after some heavy duty shopping.

Ambience:
The interiors are done up in the same colour; hues of red and brown  and dim lighting. Comfortable cushioned circular sofas to dine over conversations. A model replica of the London bridge could be easily spotted over the bar counter that stands tall at the end of the restaurant. You will hear a mix of Hindi/English music that can be  enjoyed while digging into some delectable bar food.

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Off the England to see the Queen

Menu:
A blend of different cuisines on the food menu, some of dishes are typical English.

Recommendation:
Veg/Non veg Pizzas, Thai curry rice,  Shepherd’s pie, Jacket baked potatoes, Welsh rarebit, fish n chips.

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Loaded with capsicum, chicken and cheese, the pizza is delicious here

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Crispy and cheesy Bruschetta

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Loved the taste of these Jacket Baked potatoes

2.Bombay Biryani

I’ve eaten a lot of Biryani. And I can safely say that no two Biryanis that you’ll eat from different homes or different restaurants will be the same. Each Biryani comes with its own set of ingredients and spices, that have been mastered over a course of time, after careful trial and error in the kitchen.
Bandra  just got blessed with Bombay  Biryani paradise in simple word.

Location:
Being a bandraite and a regular shopper at Bazaar road, I was thrilled to see the new signage of BOMBAY BIRYANI , situated in the Balaji lane that leads to bazaar road. 12-A, Bazaar Road, Hill Road, Bandra West

Ambience:
Looks small from the outside but it has comfortable seating, good vibe, music and lighting for food photography. No fancy dining here but value for money.

Menu:
The menu is a treat for non vegetarians however it is  loaded with  options for vegetarians.

Recomendation:
Everything on the menu can be enjoyed with a Pallonji Rasberry Soda. 🙂

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Juicy and succulent butter chicken kababs

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Amazingly cheesy Shezwan Cheese Burst Naan

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Finger licking Hyderabadi biryani

 

3.Taj Mahal Tea House

A colonial bungalow that is now converted into a tea house. I guarantee you’ll feel like you have been transported into another era.

Ambience:
The interiors are homely and comforting yet vintage and artistically done. The twinkling lights and Zakir Hussains Tabla display cannot be missed.  I couldn’t get enough of this place, I have to visit again real soon.

Location:
Located near the Mount Mary Steps bang opposite Good old Bungalow 9.
36-A, Ground Floor, Sanatan Pereira Bungalow, St. John Baptist Road, Reclamation.

Menu:
From Chocolatey teas to Lemon grass teas each and every kind is a superhit.

Recomendation:
I strongly recommend the Matcha Rose tea and Kulfi dessert Chai.

 

 

 

 

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4. Craftbar

The total package for a office lunch, cozy date or fun Friday night. Craftbar caters to all. Check out some more details below.

Location:
Just a hop, skip and jump from the main Bandra scene, prominent location in BKC .  Hallmark Business Plaza, Sant Dyaneshwar Marg, Near Chetna College, Kalanagar, Bandra East.

Ambience:
The ambience is cheerful, cool and fresh.  It has very simple and elegant decor with very good seating space available both outside and inside.

Menu:
The highlight of this place is the bar and food menu, its so interesting  and well presented. With some innovative dishes and quirky drinks to choose from.

Recommendation: 
Food: Glassy Classy Salad, tandoori Momos, Lord of the wings, The English Vinglish dessert.
Drinks: Clean Bold, Dum Maro Dum and a whole lot of interesting names on the menu.

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Yummy Lord of the wings

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A fusion dessert – Gajjar ka Halwa in brownie

 

5. Kettle and Keg

  This new place Kettle and Keg is owned by Mr. Dev Gill and his wife. It  is a great place to hangout with  family and friends. I was so happy to have stumbled on a gem like Kettle and Keg in my vicinity.

Location:
Kettle and keg is a minute walk from Dominoes, Khar at Shop 1, Celeste Building, Plot 470, Kinchin CHS, 14th Road, a minute walk from Dominoes, Khar.

Ambience:
A dainty looking café, loved the yellow lighting. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. The bar is very well decorated,  warm, vibrant, and inviting with colourful bottles, pop art, and quirky light fixtures.

Menu:
The fusion food and some of their signature dishes have to be tried at any cost.  A great variety of teas for the tea lovers( straight from the kettle)

Recommendation:
Food: The Misal Pau with a twist, cheese Lamb Burger, Chapli kababs and Peanut butter pie.

Drinks: Dont miss their Cinnamon Chai Latte, Green apple float and the whopping Freaky Ferraro Shake


 

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Let the picture do the talking

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I freaked out on this Sundae

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Eggless & Gluten free Peanut Butter pie

 

So add this to your restaurants to visit bucket list for 2017. Feast with all your senses and don’t count calories. 

Bon Appitite everyone!!

 

Fun Barbecue nights at Hyatt Regency

Everyone works hard on weekdays while looking forward to spend an enjoyable Friday night with friends and family. An outdoor set up by the pool with pretty lights and chilled out music. The Cool October breeze that ruffles your hair and the whiff off fresh barbecued meats on the grill. Welcome to   at Hyatt Regency Mumbai to enjoy unlimited grills and alcohol by their poolside. This can be enjoyed every Friday till March.

For the Meat lover

When you come for a BBQ Night, there has to be some grilled, barbequed meats along with some kebabs, and more.

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Marinated meats & sausages before they hit the grill
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Now on the grill to sizzle
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That’s my hot plate

A special mention to the delicious pork sausage and the fabulous Cajun spiced charred chicken. 

Vegetarian need not fear

There are plenty of vegetarian options too. And special care is taken to prepare the vegetarian grills separately. The paneer however was a tad bit sweet for some reason.

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Yummy skewers, brinjal, cottage cheese & potatoes.
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Grilling away with a smile
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Delicious Veg platter
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Greens, spreads, dips and breads.

Say Cheers!!

Barbecue nights would be incomplete without a bar. Its bar time, bar bar lagataar.
Check out the well stocked up outdoor poolside bar. Options of beer, cocktails, mocktails, wines can be availed of along with the food.

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What shall I have tonight? Whisky Sour!!
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The happy Bartender
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Stax Sling it is
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Delicious and potent
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Spin the roulette and get free shots and drinks

End it on a sweet note

My meal is incomplete without a taste of something sweet. Hyatt Regency Barbecue nights dessert table to my rescue.

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Fresh fruit or gooey brownie?
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Apple Crumble pudding
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Indulge happily

Summary from Sweetannu

Overall, out of all the grills we tried, we enjoyed most of the marinated meats. A decent spread of dishes and worth a visit if you enjoy celebrating Fridays. Aur phir mad walli selfie toh banti hai boss!!
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Kya kool hai hum
  A special thanks to JW Sahar & FBAI for extending their kind invitation.
Make your Friday nights fun nights too at  HyattRegencyMumbai
For reservations call 66961624

 

Kangan presents flavours of North India

Food is a journey where every bite takes you closer to the final destination which is heavenly bliss. Recently I was at the Kangan,  a Indian fine dining restaurant at Westin- Goregaon – http://www.westinmumbaigardencity.com/
I experienced  a soul satisfying gourmet feast curated  by their chief Chef Angad Rai. Read on for more………

Kangan, The jewel at Westin

 

The Ambience
A chilled out place for fine dining, there was an instant feeling of comfort on entering the restaurant. Though it was dimly lit, I was relaxed knowing the dining experience will be an unforgettable one. And yes, Kangan lived upto my expectations. Though the music playing was indian the interior didn’t overdo the Indian look. Situated  on the 18th floor, just overlooking the western express highway Kangan offers probably one of the best views of the Mumbai, a city  that never sleeps and is always on the go.

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Meeting Chef Angad Rai
A  pleasant warm personality, Chef Angad Rai has taken over to revamp the menu at  Kangan restaurant. He greeted us with a warm Namaste, asking us our preference in food ensuring us to serve the most delectable indian dishes in which he specializes in.
All evening we noticed him personally cooking up in the open kitchen with his team and visiting tables to get feedback on dishes served. Chef Angad, Take a bow as you made Kangan the talk of the town, giving diners a fabulous Indian fine dinning experience.

The Food we savoured that day
The new menu looked interesting enough to taste all the dishes.

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Starters:
Serving us a delectable platter of assorted tikkas and kababs. Each one was unique in taste and had a flavourful story to tell. Listing them in Sweetannu’s order of preference.

  1. Khatti Jheenga- Kaffir lime leaves marinated tiger prawns cooked in tandoor
  2. Chaas Murgh tikka- Spiced Buttermilk infused chicken morsels cooked in tandoo
  3. Kakori Kabab- Melt in mouth seekh kebab mixed with Awadhi spices cooked in tandoor
  4. Habibiya tawa Ghosth- Melt in mouth seekh kebab mixed with Awadhi spices cooked in tandoor
  5. Nadru Shikampuri- Braised lotus stem patties, stuffed with spiced raw mango and pan seared

    Main Course:
    My experience says I should go easy on the main course as North Indian dishes are full of cream and are comparatively heavy. However wrong again, as I didn’t find much in gravies served. I was enveloped by the aroma and enjoyed each colourful dish on the table. Listing them again in my personal preference as per my taste and liking.

    1. Kukkad Tariwala- Home style chicken curry.
    2.Sasranga korma- hand pullled kasmiri lamb preparation.
    3. Murg Awadh Korma-  Chicken cooked with awadh spices.
    4. Purvanchal saag- Fresh leafy greens tempered with cumin and garlic chives.
    5. Khatti  Machhli- Pompret  cooked in red onions and tangy tomatoes.

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    And a special mention to the Daal Kangaan that is a must have for everyone. The magic is in the slow cooked lentils and tomatoes finished with white butter

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    The breads served up that night were very special too.
    1. Warqi Paratha- This flakey paratha complimented all the gravy main course dishes making then finger licking worthy.
    2. Zaffrani Taftan- This slightly sweetened flatbread being enriched with saffron and milk was something I have never savoured before, so soft it just melted away in the mouth.

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Ending off the main course with Murg Dumm Biryaani. The aromas engulfed my senses as the pot opened. Soft pieces of chicken served up with perfectly cooked and tempered rice. Kudos Chef Angad!! 🙂

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Dessert:
Who can end a meal without savouring some indian sweets? And when asked I couldn’t refuse the Ras malai. It was sweet yet light with that refreshing saffron taste, loaded with dry fruits.

In a nutshell:

Enjoy Kangan with all its deliciousness Chef Angad has to offer with a fabulous  view of Amchi Mumbai
Call 9004496577 for Reservations

( Sweetannu was invited to dine at Kangan. The views are unbiased and entirely her own.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presenting Presto Lunches

Oh Yes, I love to fine dine at five star restaurants. Who doesn’t ?  Last Saturday I went to The Trident- BKC for Lunch. I was there to try out #prestolunches, a three course Italian meal at Botticino, their Sleek contemporary dining room serving  traditional Italian cuisine .

 

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The Beautiful reception

A warm and inviting reception,  a huge spacious interior, elegant and clean ambience, neat and tidy tables,  charming and courteous staff made the Botticino the perfect place to fine dine for me that afternoon.

Presto Lunches


The Presto Lunches menu at Botticino  is a three course elaborate spread with a number of options to pick from for Rs. 990/- plus tax. You can call and book a table from Monday-Saturday for lunch.

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Freshly baked breads

Items on the Menu.

Coming to the food we started with the appetizers. I tried the highly recommended Beetroot Tartare with orange spheres and beetroot macaroons. A visual treat served up with sweet flavours, refreshing and enjoyable to my palate.

 

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Fresh and sweet appetizer.

My companion for the afternoon Shimareet Bhasin, Communications Manager at the Trident seemed to be enjoying her Black pepper chicken served up with mash and grape reduction.

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For Mains I wanted to try the Red Snapper. This Poached Red Snapper was such a healthy option for main course. It was cooked in a glass jar with exotic vegetables, orange juice, and prawn stock. Served on a bed of potato mash mixed with olives and basil. This simple dish had no spices yet full of flavours.

 

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Shimareet had the Angel Hair shrimp pasta with olive oil, garlic and parsley. I enjoyed seeing her slurping it up with delight.

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The meal ended on a sweet note with us both indulging in chocolate.

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The Chocolate Feuillant- Spectacular to look, smooth and rich to taste

 

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I had the Costa hazelnut- Dark Chocolate mousse & hazelnut cremeaux

However right from the time we entered to the end I would only say one thing that Presto Lunches  over exceeded my expectation.

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Food – 4.5/5

Menu – 4/5

Service – 4.5/5

Ambiance – 4.5/5

VFM – 4/5

Will SweetAnnu visit again? …YES!! For sure. Its Total paisa vasool. Come on!! Gang of Girls lets fine dine and enjoy Presto Lunches at The Trident 🙂

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The ‘A to Z’ of Bandra Eateries.

The ‘Queen of the Suburbs’, that’s how Bandra is described, and rightly so! Bandra is thriving with life, cheer and the happy vibe! Everyone around loves this suburb just like me. It is the symbol of Mumbai’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Home to amazing shopping, fabulous ancestral bungalows and good food- Bandra is beautiful. From the energetic pubs, the street food and gourmet fine dining restaurants, Bandra has lots to offer to food lovers.
So sit back as I Take  you through an ‘A to Z’ of Bandra’s best eateries in SweetAnnu ‘Istyle’.  🙂

 

 

Amrut Sagar  Situated on the busy shoppers paradise Hill Road, Amrut Sagar cannot be missed. Tired after shopping? Get inside and savour some delicious juices and Pav bhaji.  Yummy vegetarian Chinese and South Indian dishes are top on the list for me. This crispy delicious Paper Dosa covers the whole table, a must every time we visit.

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Bhaijaanz  Located diagonally opposite the Rizvi College,  Bhaijaanz is a Salman Khan themed restaurant. Pleasing, interesting interiors and a creatively crafted ambience around the theme. The menu has dishes named after Salman khan’s movies. Try chicken Barra roast for starters and soft rotis along with masaladar gravies. Drooling already?

 

Candies  I associate Candies with my school days, the mince roll was just for Rs 12/- back then. With three branches in Bandra, you must visit for the delicious chicken sandwiches that melt in your mouth. The fun young vibe and 20% discount after 8PM is the USP of this place. They celebrate their anniversary day by offering a 50% discount on that day. GOOD OLD CANDIES!!

 

Dunkin Donuts This is a good place to go chill over a coffee or a donut! Located on Linking Road at Khar, it’s a nice welcoming cafe for your sweet tooth indulgence. Visit for the Naughty Lucy and Original Tough Guy Chicken burgers. I go for the donuts coz Donut + Stirr’accino = Happy Me!

 

Elco Pani Puri  One of the best places to eat Chaat in Mumbai, without any fear. Generally very hygienic and can be enjoyed guilt free. It is a tad bit expensive but the crunchy puris and delicious chilled pani is totally worth it.

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Fat Man’s Cafe  A small cafe situated at Reclamation. The ambiance is clean and comfortable yet small. The cafe cooks up some delicious home style dishes. I recommend going for a breakfast. Choose a  fluffy  masala omelette, crispy hash browns, toast with butter with a cuppa tea. … Followed by sugar dusted waffles with maple syrup and Nutella if you still have stomach space and the urge to indulge.
Gondola Want to relish the scrumptious variety of steaks and sizzlers, then Gondola is the destination to head towards. Chicken Pepper Steak, Shashlik Sizzler along with Chinese cuisine can be tasted at the family styled restaurant. I am all set to dig in!

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Hearsch Bakery  A Bandraite needs no introduction to Hearsch Bakery, situated near Holy Family hospital on Hill road. Burgers, wraps, rolls, rum balls, chicken lollipops are the top selling items. It is a place that is crowded with youngsters at any given time. It is sure to give you your money’s worth during each visit. Total taste aur paisa vasool.

 

Irish House The Irish House for drinks, cocktails, and appetizers. I love The Irish House for opening its new branch in Bandra. Yaaay! Now weekend Party scenes just got more happening. It’s such a fun place to chill with friends. Just chill chill, just chill!

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Janata Lunch home  A small yet interesting place to visit is Janata lunch home. Drinks are cheap, and the aroma of fish will engulf you from other tables. However, you have to accommodate with people – sharing you table with others. Fabulous tava prawns, fish curry. I slurp it all up with hot steamed rice. Slurp Slurp!!

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Khar Social  The most happening place in Khar. Swings at tables, funky interiors, quirky cutlery and lots more here. A sprawling place with natural sunlight filtering in during the day. The drinks and food both are excellent and innovative. Abhi tog party shuru hui hai.

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Lucky Restaurant  People come to Lucky Restaurant only for the greasy masala-filled biryani. Though the décor is old fashioned, the dining experience will be a memorable one. Caramel Custard after food is a strong recommendation. Don’t miss this one even if you are bursting at your seams.

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Mamagoto  Quirky pop art and Oriental anime adorns the restaurant, and adds such colour and life to the industrial, bare walls. The best part of Mamagoto is the pan Asian cuisine and drinks. Delicious dimsums with thin outer coating served up with dips are a must while ordering here.

 

Noodle Play  A home delivery service, Noodle play serves some spicy and delicious chinese cuisine suited for the Indian palate. Chili Basil Stir Fry, Punjabi Tadka Noodles,Hunan Gravy are some of my all time fav.Food is packed in red cardboard box accompanied with chopsticks and plastic cutleries. 29 minutes to deliver or its free.

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Out of the blue  A rustic pleasurable wine & dine experience you can get. Most popular is the Wednesday Ladies Brunch. The menu consists of salads, soups, starters, main course, pastas, pizzas and desserts. But that’s not all women get surprise prizes and lovely pampering. Hmmm. I love it.

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Papa Pancho A small place but serves up some Dhabha style punjabi cuisine. Go all out and use your fingers to eat and don’t forget to drink up that tall glass of lassi. Balls balle!!

 

Quench  Another watering hole at Reclamation. Beer, wine and great sizzlers. The place plays some fabulous music and  overall is chirpy and full of happy people. The quirky innovative interior is what caught my eye. Don’t you love it too?

Photo Credits- Owner, Manav Chadha.

 

Rude Lounge A cozy outlet to be served in, this Rude Lounge in Bandra is built with FUN  in mind!  With the loudest, brattiest atmosphere, its gonna have you freaking out in no time! I had visited once with my friends and had the most crazy time of my life.

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Soul Fry  This restaurant is near Pali Market,also has good sea food and live band on Monday nights. You get that feeling of being in Goa. Fantastic fried pomfrets, prawns, bombils. And service with a smile.

 

Theobroma  Although this place is known for its delectable dessert and lip smacking  brownies, they serve some amazing breakfast, healthy sandwiches and juices. Proud it has a Parsi owner.

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Photo Credit- Zenia Irani

 

Udipi Bhuvan  One of the very old restaurants in the Bandra east vicinity, Udipi Bhuvan is a  simple south Indian restaurant. The flavourful sambhar will have you finsih it in one go. Try the Thali here too.

Vila Vandre Villa Vandre is the quintessential home-style restaurant in Kantwadi. A small and cosy place, it fits in barely 6 tables, they serve up fresh food with a personal touch. Some great Parsi dishes can be savoured here too. They open for breakfast too.

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Wok Express The new Bandra branch is worth a visit. Apart from their famous wok’s they also have accompaniments such as Dim Sum’s, Sushi, Bao’s and Bubble Tea’s. Food enthusiasts can watch their woks be stir-fried in front of their eyes with animation and flair, or opt for a speedy home delivery with the help of their  trained ninja.

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Yoga House  Situated in the by lane of Sherly Rajan Road, Yoga House is very close to my place. Go there not only for the Yoga classes that they organize, but for the pure, organic, vegan food they serve. And the crowd that comes there, mainly expats. It a wonderful relaxed, chilled vibe you get there. Om Shanti!!

 

Zaffran  Dont let the dim ambience put you off. Check out the succelent kababs and finger licking North Indian dishes on the menu. Cocktails and Hukka can be enjoyed here. So let down your hair and go ‘ Dum Maro Dum’ and forget your sorrows because Bandra eating joints all rock.

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Photo Credits- Buzzintown.com

 

I believe that Bandra is the cultural hub of the city offering you the best of eating and drinking  choices from the cuisines world over. I hope this post encourages you to create your own A-Z list.

Till then, its Au Revoir, from SweetAnnu.

Zomato zomato

 

Parsi Style ‘Akuri’

The Bawa- Eedu Love Affair.

When in doubt, break an eedu (egg) on it, is the Parsi motto of cooking. Anything and everything can be made with an egg. Popular among Parsis is the Parsi Pora (omlette) Salli per Eedu (potato crisps topped with egg & spices) and of course  Akuri (the masala scrambled egg dish).  Lets try the Akuri today which is my favourite dish to cook up for a Sunday breakfast at home.

ingredients

I always make  a large portion, hence sharing a recipe with six eggs. However you can alter the ingredients accordingly.

Ingredients

  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Milk/ Malai (optional)
  • 2 chillies
  • 2 meduim size onions
  • 2  tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil, ghee or butter
  • 2 cubes of cheese
  • Coriander leaves
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Method of making Egg Akuri

  1. Finely chop the onions, chillies, tomatoes and coriander leaves.
  2. Break the Eggs in a bowl  and beat well with a fork.
  3. In a shallow frying pan, heat oil, butter or ghee. Add the onions. Cook till translucent, add the green chilly and tomatoes.
  4. Add the spice powders now.Stir fry till the tomatoes get soft and mushy. Add the ketchup in.
  5. Now add the beaten eggs, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture on slow fire. The eggs will start to cook. Keep on stirring. Otherwise the eggs will start sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  6. If the egg is sticking to the pan then add 1-2 tsp of oil or butter.
  7. Cook the eggs till almost firm, remove from the pan. Garnish with coriander leaves and grated cheese.
  8. Akuri is best enjoyed with buttered toast, bun maska, ketchup and Masala chai.
  9.  You can try a variation of Akuri with fresh green garlic for added flavour.

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I personally enjoy creating this dish and see my dear ones relish it. Do try making Akuri and leave your comments and feedback in the section below.
Happy cooking 🙂
Happy eating 🙂

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Punjabi Rivaayat@Maya, The Trident-BKC

 

I’ve always had a memorable experience during each Food Festival at The Trident, BKC. This time around it was at Maya, the Indian Restaurant. There is an on going Punjabi Food Festival from 12th to the 21st of January under the banner ‘Punjabi Rivaayat’. The mood was set at the Maya with the entrance adorned with flowers and dhols; a warm hostess dressed in traditional Punjabi attire greeted and took us to our table.

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Chef Sweety Singh seemed to be in good spirits chatting with diners on every table, we had a chance to talk to him. He claims to have no professional degree in culinary skills yet takes pride in his Punjabi food preparations he learned from his father. He says his food is cooked with love and basic spices which he got with him for the festival. His preparations have the  home cooked meal feel. “Jaise Maa ke pyaar se bana ghar ka khaana” says Chef Sweety Singh is his inspiration of .

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Check out the awesome Punjabi rustic menu

 

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Kharode ka Shorba, I loved it. A lamb trotter soup was not just peppery but well flavoured too. A runaway hit  with the trotters.

 

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For appetisers we had the Ajwaini Jheenga. It was such a pleasure to dig into those juicy succulent well cooked masaledaar prawns.

 

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Tandoori Kukkad-Yet another genius dish by Chef Sweety Singh. I had to use my fingers to dig into the inner hidden masala enveloping the chicken leg. Wow, what a mouthful!

 

PhotoGrid_1452860062902The main course was an equally exciting affair. We had Keema Meat (Minced lamb cooked with aromatic spices), Dahi wala kukkad, Sarson Ka Saag, Machi tari wali, Dahi bhalla and Maa ki daal along with Makki di roti & Missi roti. Each dish had a unique flavour with natural colours. What a tempting spread which gets an outright 10/10.

 

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Piping hot Khajoor Halwa
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Mouth watering Gulab kheer

Meetha Sheetha, Hayo Rabba!
We were bursting at the seams now, yet the craving for desserts was high. No Punjabi meal is  complete without halwa or kheer or lassi. And yes, we had a delectable hot Khajoor halwa,  a cool soft textured Gulab Kheer and a rich yet smooth Kesari lassi. The trio being contrasting  desserts but are masterpieces in the #Rivaayat Menu. 

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Punjabi Rivaayat @Maya is on till the 21st of January. Don’t  miss this opportunity  to revive  the tradional Punjabi cuisine experience.

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Winter Goodness – Recipe for Bajra ka Laddoo

Ring!! Ring!!
Thats the school bell.
Its 10.30 Am, time for a mid-morning snack for everyone. I am quite hungry by now and quickly take out my tiffin box just like the kids of my class.  I had carried a brown bread chutney sandwich that day as I try to eat healthy. My co teacher Ms Shabana showed me something very interesting she had brought in her box that day. Her aunty had prepared this special winter dish that  looked like a laddu but not a sweet one. It was a lasan and bajra atta laddoo. I had a small bite to taste and I must say that my tastebuds popped with pleasure. Hence SweetAnnu decided to research this recipe and do a blogpost after making it the very next day. 🙂

Lasan(Garlic) & Bajra( Millet)  Laddoo

This is a very old recipe from Gujarat. It is a very rustic and simple dish that is generally made during winter – when it is cold, because all ingredients are ‘hot’ for the body. The main two ingredients are green garlic which is fresh tasting, much milder than mature garlic.  Bajra is also had in winters. This combination was simply superb. These laddoos are generally eaten with curd and baingan bharta (eggplant)

 

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Ingredients
1. 3-4 chappatis  – made from 3 cups of millet flour and water.
2.1 cup finely chopped green garlic.
3. 2- 3 tablespoons ghee. I used GITS Pure Ghee.
( the diet conscious can use olive oil)
4. Salt to taste.

bajra roti

Method
1. Break the chappatis  and grind into fine crumbs in a mixer.
2. Heat the ghee in a large pan, fry the garlic for a few seconds only,
do not overcook it.
3. Add the ground mixture and mix with the ghee and lasan.
4. Add half cup water and cook till its looks like dough.
5. Remove from heat, let it cool , and shape into meduim size balls.
6. Serve hot with curd, raita or aubergine bhurta.

I think this can be easily stored in an airtight container for few days. Need to heat on eating. An easy recipe for winters, 100% you will love making and relishing this dish.  Thank you Shabana for sharing the recipe with me. 🙂 🙂