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What if you could really get to eat a wedding feast without having to wait for someone to get married? From golgappas to tangdi kabab, from grills to shadi ka biryani, from rasgulla to kulfis. Too good to be true for anyone, but not anymore.

You heard us right, Barbeque Nation is hosting a wedding themed festival, majorly based on the popular dishes served at a wedding.

The entire ambiance gave the feel of a typical wedding scene and the music can make anyone start dancing! The waiters were dressed up in the traditional wear and this is one of the reasons why we are regulars at Barbeque Nation – they take care of the tiniest detail.
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Barbeque Nation is known for its DIY on the grill, so without much further ado – we started off with some Pardesi piya ke Paneer Wale Tikke and Taka Tak Mushroomi Mausi on the grill. Of the both, mushroom turned out to be my fav because of it’s stuffing. Crispy Corn and Cajun Spiced Potato are the dishes we look forward to each time when we are at Barbeque Nation.
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Non-Veg starters were as good as veg counterparts with Nawabi Jija ke Gosht Seekh and Amritsari Fufa ji ki Machliyan. Not to forget the Tangdi Chicken! Perfectly cooked, tender and customised spice level – nothing can go wrong!
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The main course had a variety of dishes! Started off with some Chilli Chicken and Noodles before moving onto BIRYANI! Delicious chicken biryani after a long day of work is just what I needed.
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Do we like to finish in style? Definitely! I love the kulfi’s at BN and who’s to stop us? Paan’s my all time fav. Apart from this, we also had rasgulla, brownie, and the humble vanilla ice cream :p
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The festival is on from 26th Oct to 12th Nov, so book your tables now and visit the nearest outlet (Indiranagar, JP Nagar, Lido Mall, Koramangala, Kalyan Nagar, Marathahalli, Rajajinagar, Electronic City and Whitefield).

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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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Ubiquitous PALM OIL – Don’t be an oblivion!

Almost all of us are oblivious. We may not be able to see it, but Palm Oil has become a common ingredient in our everyday lives. It is found in roughly half the packaged products sold in all grocery stores, including favorite snack foods like ice cream, cookies, chocolate products, instant noodles, doughnuts and potato chips. In fact, it is likely to be present in some form in nearly every room of your home.
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Recently, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) had organized its 2nd interactive session with around 35-40 food bloggers at Taj Vivanta, MG Road, Bengaluru, where all our questions about palm oil – origin, production, and pros & cons were answered.
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The informative session started off with Bhavana Shah’s talk, who is the country representative for India and Srilanka, MPOC which was followed by Dr. Meena Mehta’s speech, the Vice President of Indian Dietic Association.
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History & Origin:  The Palm oil originated from West Africa, where evidence pf its use as a staple food crop dates as far back as 5,000 years. Also, there’s an evidence in Egyptian tombs of people being buried with casks of Palm oil. Clearly, with its origins from West Africa and evidence of consumption in Egypt, it can be considered as one of the earliest traded commodities. 
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The first commercial scale plantation in Malaysia was founded in 1917 and established in Tennamaran Estate in Selangor. The cultivation of oil palm increased at a fast pace in 1960’s under the government’s agricultural diversification program, which was introduced to reduce the country’s economic dependence on rubber and tin. The oil palm plantations in Malaysia are largely based on the estate management system and smallholder scheme.
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Statistics: Today, 4.49 million hectares of land in Malaysia is under oil palm cultivation; producing 17.73 million tonnes of palm oil and 2.13 tonnes of palm kernel oil. Malaysia is one the largest producers and exporters of palm oil in the world, accounting for 11% of the world’s oils & fats production and 27% of the export trade of oils & fats. The industry provides employment to more than half a million people and livelihood to an estimated one million people.

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Crude palm oil and the crude palm kernel oil are the two main types of oils produced.
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Palm oil, Palm Olein, Palm Stearin, Palm Kernel oil, Palm Kernel olein and Palm Kernel Stearin are the various types produced during the conventional milling process. Each type of oil has its own applications in different fields.

Palm oil itself isn’t the enemy — it’s where and how it’s grown that we need to change. As far as edible oils go, it is actually quite good. The oil palm tree, which is the source of palm oil, is highly productive. It yields 4–10 times more oil per hectare than other oilseed crops.
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How healthy is Palm Oil?

It is rich in natural chemical compounds important for health and nutrition. Among others, it is a natural source of Carotenoids & Vitamin-E as well as supplying fatty acids and other important fat-soluble micronutrients. It also supplies an abundance of calories that gives us much-needed energy for our daily life.

Impacts on the environment: 

1. Deforestation, draining and planting palm on peatlands, land disputes with rural communities — all of these have been major consequences of the global palm oil boom. Many problems stem from the fact that too much oil palm has been planted at the expense of tropical forest.

2. And the loss of forests doesn’t just impact local communities. It is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change.

Solution: Palm oil and deforestation do not have to go hand in hand. There is massive efforts underway to break this cycle and put the palm oil sector on a path to sustainability. Indonesia and other palm oil-producing countries can produce more without cutting down additional forests.
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The event was just not about creating awareness, but also about some fun.

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Post session discussions with Dr. Meena and fellow bloggers.

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Thank you, Bhavana Shah and Dr. Meena Mehta for giving us insights about Palm oil. Three cheers to Priyanka and her team Six Sigma Events for organizing such an interactive session. Looking forward to more such events 🙂

To know more about Palm oil, click on the link:

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Sources: MPOC & Google.

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Suchi Ruchi

Suchi Ruchi has been a regular visit in our neighbourhood. Situated near Malleshwaram 10th cross, more of a foodie cross, this restaurant has a pull even with Food Camp and few others being nearby. We have been here many times before and have tried varieties of food. This time was no different and visited on a weekday with a bunch of school friends in the late noon. We were all hungry and started ordering. They serve a lot of cuisines and we had many options to select from. Sorry if the images are bit bright.

We started off with Panner Tikka, Paneer manchurian, Panner Pepper Fry, Gobi Pepper Fry, Mix Manchurian, Baby Corn Manchurian.

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Later on, we continued with Roti & Paneer Butter Masala and Benne masala dosa.

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Must try – Panner Recipes and Benne Masala Dosa.

Downsides- Finding a Parking place is a huge task as it’s located in a busy junction. Service time is high, one should have patience to try here. All time crowded, so it’s difficult to find a seat for yourself. Maintenance could have been much better.

Pictures from our earlier visits.

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No doubt they serve the best paneer dishes. The Paneer used is really fresh. Benne masala dosa was good, but the chutneys weren’t tasty. Other starters were all tasty but were disappointed with the taste of Gobi Pepper fry.

Pocket-friendly prices and yes, it is one of the good street food store. They’ve expanded and have made the space bigger than it used to be while being under the same management. They need to work on the service time if they plan on keeping foodies happy.

Address – 92, 1st Main, 10th Cross Temple Road, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

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Antarastriya

Antarastriya – The name itself strikes differently, which stands for International. This is one of the few places that serves different cuisines at whopping prices. Placed at same road as the famous CTR Hotel, this pulls a lot of crowd. I’ve been here for a couple of times and each time it left me speechless. The menu card has been changed lately and now they serve new dishes. The few new additions that caught my eyes were the Black Magic Mocktail, new varieties of momos and Baby Corn Manchurian with Honey Chilli dip.

We have tried a lot of dishes and each one them are unique in their own way. The ones that caught our taste buds are

1. Veg Bullet – Few vegetables chopped into fine pieces, boiled and finally fried in oil with a covering. It is served with chilli and sweet tomato sauce.

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2. Chinese Bhel – The chinese version of bhel, served with freshly sliced vegetables and a sauce.

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3. American Chopsuey

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4. Momo Manchurian – Fried momos are then made into manchurian just like the Gobi Manchurian. The momo is stuffed with onions, which is surprising because we can’t make it out.

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5. Babycorn Manchurian with Honey chilli Dip – It’s a Babycorn Manchurian sauced with Honey. The dish tastes spicy and sweet at the same time.

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6. Last but not the least, Alfredo White Pasta. It is one of the best pasta that I’ve come across. The white sauce is perfect in terms of taste and consistency.

And now for some mocktails,

1. Blue Sizzler

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2. Beach Sunset

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3. Blue Island and Red Rush

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Most of the dishes taste amazing while some need a little work. They serve in eco-friendly plates which is a great way to reduce the plastic usage. The place has got an overhaul since my last visit, but they still haven’t managed to fix the rain problem. The walls have got new painting which features “Wonders of the World”. They placement of umbrellas to tackle the rain is great idea, but it’s not sufficient. The staff are friendly and food gets prepared once you order them! The ambience is well maintained. They have broken the max 50 and went forward with many new items. Finding a parking place is a problem as the road gets filled up easily.

Not to forget the paintings and umbrellas.

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And you get a special reservation if you inform that you’re reviewer at Zomato 🙂 I would surely be back to try new mocktails and new additions!

Address – Near CTR, 7th Cross, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru.

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