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Kebab and Roti Festival at Golden Rice

Golden Rice is a North Indian Restaurant serving some of the most authentic dishes from North India at Marathahalli. We often visit Golden Rice whenever we are nearby to the restaurant! We were here the last weekend to try the most talked Kebab & Roti Festival and here’s our experience:

The menu is curated by one of the skilled Chef, Khayum Khan – a person who worked with many notable chefs across the country, and he’s quite experimental with his creations. The Kebab & Roti Festival has quite a few new dishes on both veg & non-veg side.

We started off with something familiar, yet different – Mediterranean Paneer. A colorful bell pepper swag, a new take on the classic paneer tikka!
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Chandni Chowk Tangdi, was straight out of Chandni Chowk as the name suggests. A street styled tangdi kebab preparation which left us wanting more!
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Mutton Galouti Kebab, a familiar Nawabi kebab has got a notch higher with the ulta tawe ke paratha—reciprocates the Awadhi cuisine from Lucknow.
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For the main course, we opted for Baked Lamb Ouzy Rice. A popular dish from Syria region- which is basically rice, meat & spices wrapped in a pastry sheet and baked.
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The service is good, and the staffs are quick on their feet. A perfect place to grab some delicious kebabs this rainy season! The festival is on until 15th July, 2018.

Cost: ₹1000 for two (without alcohol). ~ ₹1600 for two (with alcohol).

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

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Say yes to local food!

We live in a time where the international foods are more easily available compared to local food! It’s so easy to order food these days, but none of them deliver the local street food. Local food/street food needs a lot of exploration, nothing comes easy especially when there’s no online presence of them! It is purely based on the word-of-mouth and personal experience.

I happen to live in one of the oldest neighborhood of Bengaluru, and this basically means there are food establishments from even before my parents moved in. While they tend to serve the larger crowd, there are quite a few underrated places which serve tasty dishes! So here’s a small write-up dedicated to people who are responsible for getting me out of the home because food-delivery apps don’t have them.

First up is a bajji cart at Malleshwaram. A tiny cart, serving varieties of bajji with spicy mint chutney which doesn’t cost you more than ₹2 for a piece. It tastes so good that even the politicians can’t stop themselves from grabbing a bite! The cart has been around almost 10years (or maybe even old) and I’ve been a regular for almost 3years now.
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Next is a chat shop at Malleshwaram, again. I was introduced to this place by a friend. A small place on a corner of the street which serves Masala Puri, Bhel Puri, Dhai Puri and a lot more. While the taste is nothing extraordinary, the staff are the reason why I keep going back. Super friendly and they ensure the customers have a good experience all the time!
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Last one on the list a biryani place we landed at while we were exploring the streets of Shivajinagar. The place had a rustic vibe, filled with people and aroma of sheek kababs! While some came in, finished their meals and left, others surrounded the biryani-guy outside waiting for their take away. They serve Ambur biryani, but what caught our taste buds was the juicy kababs.
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We live in a time where international foods are more easily available compared to local food! It’s so easy to order food these days, but none of them delivers local street food. This is where Nouns come in. It’s a new app which basically operates around the idea of bringing the local street food to the internet! I’ve been using the app for quite some time and I must say it’s pretty amazing. Being able to find local food on the internet is something I was waiting for a very long time! Download the android app @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nouns&rdid=com.nouns

Featured Image and Third Image Credits: Abhilash Pavuluri

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Walk on the Streets of India under THE LEELA’s umbrella!

Street food is the most liked and outgrown one. There’s no end to the varieties of food available on streets. And Indian streets are known for it.  The Leela Palace has come up with interesting “Street Food Festival” which is on from September 1st on the lobby level at Citrus- The Leela Palace.

I was on cloud nine to attend the exclusive preview held on last Saturday for food lovers. After  everything was set, Chef Zafar Ali gave us a brief introduction about the food festival. We had a list of selected items on the menu from all over the country. I was just excited to experience the street food in The Leela way.

What was on the Chef’s tasting menu?

> A sweet appetizer ‘Punjabi Rose Lassi’ made up of consistent Curd, rose flavored and topped with fresh cream served in a clay pot, a cool way to start the sunny noon.

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Tender Coconut water was another appetizer served for the noon.

ON THE TABLE –

> Indian Savory Snacks – Time for some nibbles 🙂 Achappam, Muruku, Nipattu and Banana chips were served in colored bowls. I can just live munching on them all day long!

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> Dhokla – Its roots are from Gujarat. Soft, fluffy and perfectly textured dish topped with fresh coriander and served with chutney.

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> Palak Pan ki Chaat  – Crunchy and crispy Palak leaves combined with pan, topped with sweet Curd, sweet & Mint chutneys, Pomegranate, Sev and fresh coriander. Light yet tasty Chaat.

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> Raj Kachori – Try Kachori in a royal way!
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SOUTH INDIAN STREET FOOD –

> Vegetable Kothu Paratha –  Famous south Indian dish which contains slices of paratha well blend with vegetables and tossed in the pan with spices adding flavors to it.

> Chicken Kothu Paratha and Bheja with Egg Dosa are other items on the menu.

FROM THE FRYER –

> Goli Bajji – Perfectly fried Mangalore Bajjis served with Kayi (coconut) chutney was mouth watering.

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> Nethili Fry and Jheenga Koliwada were other dishes made out of fish & prawns respectively.

> Paneer Shashlik – Well marinated cottage cheese cubes along with bell peppers and onions were put together which made it a great dish. The spices were just right!

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> Beef Phal

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> Quail Roast

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MAIN COURSE –

> Idiyappam with Paya Kurma – A south Indian dish made of rice flour, baked and made into strings. It was a little different from the usual ones I have tried.

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>Soft and perfectly baked Thatte Idly with Coconut Chutney and Sambar was another dish on the main course menu.

DESSERTS STATION –

> Jalebi with hot Badam milk and Rajasthani Malai Kulfi – Wrapped up the meal on a high sweet note. Crunchy sweet Jalebis with badam milk was a treat to my taste buds. While Malai kulfi was just scrumptious!

> Kumbakonam Degree Coffee –  Piping hot strong flavored coffee was served in the end. A must beverage every person needs.

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Three cheers to The Leela group for putting up a great show. Kudos to the happy helpers who served us 🙂 Enjoy the most comfortable food in the royal way amidst the falling water, lush greenery or in the cool cubicles lit up by fancy droplights.

Note: I have tried and reviewed only vegetarian dishes.

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FLAVORS OF KARNATAKA at Fairfield by Marriott!

In the present day scenario, where many International Food Festivals are happening, we tend to forget about the amazing dishes that are prepared in our very own backyard!

When we think about Namma Karnataka, traditional food is something which strikes our mind! Karnataka’s traditional cuisine is said to be one of the oldest and richest ones. Isn’t it great to try all the flavors under a single roof? Absolutely, it is! Keeping this in mind, Chef Thirumal and his team at Fairfield by Marriott had come up with a unique and interesting ‘Flavours of Karnataka’ – a food festival which took in major influences from all over the Karnataka with respect to both food and the ambiance.

They have tried their best to maintain authenticity in terms of taste and serving it. The menu was daily changing and included food mainly from Udupi, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Malenadu, Kodagu, and Navayath. Each of these cities has a unique touch to the dishes, whether it is the Fish Curry from Mangaluru or the Jolada Roti from North Karnataka. That’s the reason why food here never disappoints you, instead, makes you want more.
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The first thing that catches the attention is the way the place is set up. Starting from the artworks which are simple and beautiful to the flower decoration, they have given attention to the smallest of the detailing. There’s a map of Karnataka that showcases city’s crop production. A cycle with tender coconuts is also found at the entrance, just the way you find on streets.
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After looking around the place, we came to our table where Chef Thirumal gave a small talk on how the festival came about and the importance of having food on a plantain leaf. Then Head Chef Aniket filled in with the flow of dishes and their origin.
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The festivals usually happen over the buffet spread, but this time, it was rather different. The food was served on plantain leaf and hands were the cutlery for the night! This made us feel very much at home 🙂 The food started arriving on the leaf and the wait just got intense. Salt was up first as the tradition, followed by pickle, Kosambari and Aloo Palya. Then came Puri and Saagu followed by Tamarind Rice and White Rice with Dal and Papad.
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After this came Obbattu topped with hot ghee, and not to forget the Neer Dosa with Mangalore Fish Curry combo – just perfect!
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No meal is complete without a savory, in this case, Mysore Pak did the honors. Soft and the aroma of it makes you wanting more!
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Filter Kaapi is a drink you can have at any time, so one last drink to end this great meal. The counter even had a lot of snacks that are usually had along with coffee in the evenings.
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Fairfield has got it right with the Flavors of Karnataka just like the previous festivals. Three Cheers to the entire team for setting up an amazing festival and the happy helpers who served us 🙂

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Bun Maska Chai – Chai and More!

Simplicity at it’s best! Though the recipes sound so simple at Bun Maska Chai, they are too scrumptious.

Reached the cafe after a long ride of 20 km in rain and traffic. I would say the weather was perfect to try the dishes here. We got to meet the person behind the show. Also, we had an informative talk about BMC.

As we were talking we started off with Shikanjee, an appetizer made up with plums and few other ingredients which got our taste buds high. Continued with Bun Maska. Bun Maska is a famous dish and important part of the menu in any coffee shops of Mumbai, Pune and other cities. It’s nothing but hot Buns smeared with fresh cream & butter and cut along the thickness of the bun. Isn’t it so simple? Yet, mouthwatering dish. Two thumbs up for this, because the buns are made in-house and the blend of fresh cream with butter is on point. We were happy to try the authentic Bun Maska.
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Next up was something different, Bun Egg maggie. A dish you must try at BMC. Bun Egg Maggie is our new favorite now – Layers of Maggie and runny egg placed between a bun cut into two along the thickness of the bun with few other spices adding to taste. How much more exciting can it become?
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We also tried something called Cheese Kharee. Puffy layers as a base with cheese on it.  Corn and chilli flakes as toppings which add taste to it. Sipped down their special Masala cola, cola and spices mixed in right amounts. A nice drink after Shikanjee!
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A small coffee shop with White interiors and well-lit lamps, hand written menu and neat maintenance add to the charm of this cafe. Three cheers to the Happy helpers here. Not to forget, prices are easy on pockets 🙂

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New Agarwal Bhavan

Agarwal Bhavan is one of the best restaurants in my locality. It’s been serving here from decades and no doubt it is the same from then in terms of quality, taste, cleanliness and service.

Chaitra is been visiting this place from her childhood, but it was the first try for Navneeth. It’s well known for special dosas, sweets, and condiments. Apart from this, they serve Chats, South, North Indian cuisines, and Cakes/Pastries too.

This time, we ordered her all time favourite Corn Cheese Roll Dosa and Sandwich Dosa.

Corn Cheese Roll Dosa – As the name suggests, it’s a dosa filled with American corn, grated cheese, mixed with selected spices and served as a dosa roll. It’s cut it into pieces of four and served it with chutney and tomato ketchup.

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Sandwich Dosa – In simple words, it’s a set dosa with a twist. Three layers of dosa filled with slices of onion & tomato, cheese shreds and spices make it a great try. Dosa’s are crisp and hold up perfectly.

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From our earlier visits, we found the following to be worth mentioning.
In sweets section – Gajar ka Halwa, Baasundi, Kashmiri Kalakhand are few of my personal favorites.
In chats section – Majority of the items like Masala Puri, Dahi Puri, Pani Puri, Pav bhaji and few other special varieties  are available. Chats are served only in the evenings.

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Ambience could have been maintained better. The price list has been changed and the menu is improvised. Quantity has decreased along with time. Staff and management are humble and friendly in approach. Parking space needs to be extended. We’ll surely be back for more Corn Cheese Roll Dosa!

Address – #333, MSR Road, Gokul Extension, Mathikere, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru.

New Agarwal Bhavan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato