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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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Malgudi Vattika

On a bright sunny day, we pulled our seatbelts tight and set on a long drive towards Bidadi and little did we knew about Malgudi Vattika. Dropped off the car and looked out to see amazing restaurant amidst nature. Tall coconut trees, tiny shrubs, bright green grass, stone boards, antique furniture, good food, happy helpers made our long drive worthy 🙂

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We were welcomed with cool lime soda and buttermilk which is just needed on a sunny day. A perfect cool welcome we would say 🙂 Lime Soda had right proportions of nimbu, sugar & salt and Buttermilk was perfectly blended with spices and coriander.

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Halli Katte is a hidden treasure, spread behind the parking lot under the shades of lush greens which is used to host private events or group gatherings. A lot of board games like Snake-and-Ladder, Tic-Tac-Toe, Pagade (traditional game) and Alla-Gulli-Mane are available here, that just reminded us about our lively childhood 🙂

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It’s a tradition in South India to start a meal with sweet to ensure a happy meal which is followed at Malgudi Vattika. We started with Kayi Holige and Menasinakai Bajji. Holige is a type of Indian sweet bread stuffed with coconut & jaggery (hoorna) which was fried perfectly and served with ghee. Bajji was served hot which left us for wanting more.

Paneer Tikka was next on the line, a vibrant dish both in terms of flavours and colors. Cottage Cheese marinated in spice mixture and cooked to perfection.

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The most awaited South Indian meal was next on the line. The portions were huge and the copper plates made them heavy. This is a complete meal containing Curries, Salad, Chutney and Jolada Roti/Puri. There’s rice meal available too. There are very few places that prepare amazing Jolada Roti and Malgudi Vattika undoubtedly is one among them. Rice-rasam combo gave the perfect end to the long meal.

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The meals were followed by Veg Handi Biriyani and Veg Pulao. Two rice dishes rich in flavours, looked alike (with one of them having paneer) while tasting unique. We’d say the presence of sweetness reminded us of days at Kerala.

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Makkai ki Roti and Sarson da Saag, a dish as fancy as the name. The roti was loaded with butter & corn flavours. Sarson da Saag was a delight to taste buds. This being our first try with the dish, we weren’t let down.

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After good starters and heavy meal, we ordered a couple of fresh fruit juices. Watermelon, Chikoo Milkshake and Pineapple are few to mention.

The ambience is bright with lush greens, high trees and cool breeze. If you’re one of those who’d travel to have good food, then you’re in for a treat at Malgudi Vattika. The entire setup gives you a nostalgic feel and starts right from the small light posts to the large dining tables. A class apart from the ones found in the city. One of the classiest that we have come across. The lawn has some of the highlights like antique furniture, a cycle, rustic trunk and a life-size bullock cart.

Not to forget, hospitality and the service were really good. Three cheers to the entire team of Malgudi Vattika 🙂

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Address – #64, 1KM from Wonder-La Gate, Mysore Road, Bengaluru
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