Thursday, March 26, 2015

Restaurant Review | Incognito | Baner Balewadi Link Road | Balewadi | Pune

Restaurant Review | Incognito | Balewadi | Pune

Recently I heard from many people, especially foodies that ‘Baner is going to be the next big hub of Pune after Koregaon Park’. As I live nearby I keep searching for new food joints in Baner area and after making few rounds from Baner to Balewadi I realized there are actually plenty of food joints but not many good restaurants. So I used to wonder where these people visit and why I can’t find such places!
Luckily one or two weeks back I came to know from another foodie friend that my beloved Incognito has opened their second branch and that is also in Balewadi. My players are answered, finally!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Enchanting Coffee shops in Mumbai

 Coffee shops in Mumbai

“Good morning Mumbai” in our favorite RJ’s (radio jockey) voice, a steaming cup of coffee in our hands and our day begins. Imagine this same morning but with a different start. Freshly brewed coffee, oven fresh bread, cookies with breakfast in the same early morning hours and of course the very same show in radio station with your favorite songs; which one would you pick? Second one, right? So did many other mumbaikars. Hence the rising star café restaurants in Mumbai are born.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dhone patar Bora | Coriander Fritters | Cilantro Fritters | Hara Dhania Bhajis

Cilantro Fritters | Hara Dhania Bhaji | Appetizer Recipes

“What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”

How beautifully written by the legend William Shakespeare and so practically too. No I’m not stepping into poetry; I’m much more comfortable in my own ‘techie turns food blogger’ zone. This famous quote was wandering in my mind when yesterday I was detangling a bunch of coriander leaves. Naïve! I know! The reason behind this is the different regional names (again, the name). These beautiful tiny leaves are known as coriander or in USA, UK & Europe; as cilantro in North America; as Chinese parsley in south east Asian countries and in India and in other central Asian countries it is known as dhania; and in west Bengal the same leaf is known as Dhonepata. Isn’t it amazing! It becomes more interesting when it turns into Dhone Patar Bora aka Hara Dhania Bhajis which is also known as Coriander leaves fritters or Cilantro Fritters.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thandai | Sardai | Spiced Chilled Almond Milk Drink | Holi Recipes

Spiced Chilled Almond Milk Drink | Holi Recipes

Do you remember I mentioned 'Thandai' yesterday in Oven Baked Mawa Gujiya or Karanji (Dessert Empanadas) recipe? Not to worry if you don’t; this thandai will be all over you today as I’m sharing the recipe now. I know it’s too late to publish the thandai recipe just few hours before Holi. But trust me after yesterday’s brain clogging episode of editing-reediting-touch ups with the video tutorial of Baked Mawa Gujiya or Karanji, my body and mind collaborated on giving me up. I had to have a soothing drink to fix my soul and what could be better than thandai on pre-Holi night? Ofcourse I had to forget the bhang but who cares so much when celebration got started one day ahead!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Oven Baked Mawa Gujiya | Mawa Karanji | Baked Sweet Empanadas | Holi Recipes

Baked Mawa Karanji Recipe | Holi Recipes

Gujiya or Karanji, a sweet dumpling is very popular dessert from North, Middle & West Indian which is prepared in most households of these regions. This half-moon shaped, Empanadas look-a-like dessert is a deep fried pastry, made of flour and ghee; filled with a stuffing of mawa (khoya) and dry fruits. Sometimes it is soaked in sugar syrup too. As the description sounds it is nothing but a celebration of deliciousness in your plate. But what about the extra-large people like me who restrict their food to be fit (lol, read, fit in the dresses) and healthy? Yes, now we can also be a part of this deliciousness. How? Bake the Gujiya instead of frying them in tons of oil. Hence Oven Baked Mawa Gujiya or Karanji was born in my kitchen.