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Tandoori Knockouts- A Mind-Blowing Take Away in Gurgaon!

Tandoori Knockouts, an amazing take away tucked in the Super Mart, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon is bliss for anyone who loves Tandoori Preparations. I recently along with some foodie friends tried a few of their dishes and the experience turned out to be a really good one.


The dishes I tried were:


Chicken Tandoori Momos: These have become a rage now, but very few places are able to deliver the authentic tandoori taste, I am glad TKs did it quite well. The flavours were perfect and I can gorge on them anytime of the day.

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Chicken Afgani Momos: They seem little subtle especially if you try them after the tandoori momos, because of the spice quotient. But those who prefer mild taste and wanna go for a melt in the mouth experience, definitely should try these Afgani momos. img_7631

Veg Tandoori Momos: They were as perfectly done as their non-veg counter part. The spices and the flavours were awesome. Those who are vegetarians can enjoy authentic tandoori taste without any compromises. In spite of being a har core non-vegetarian, I loved them.

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Veg Afgani Momos: Yummy and delectable, a perfect delight for those who love mild tastes and are vegetarian.

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Chicken Tikka: Nicely roasted with tandoori spices, this one was surely a winner. I just loved them. Soft and tender chicken, done to perfection, this is a must try from the menu.

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Soya Malai Chaap: I am very fond of soya chaps, but I have to say that as compared to other dishes, this didn’t sit too well with me. I found it to be a little dry, there could have been a little more masala to it and I am sure Tandoori Knockouts will take my suggestion in a positive manner.

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Paneer Tikka: I very rarely find the paneer tikka made well, because normally the masala is not coated too well, which after a couple of bites, make the paneer tikka taste bland, but at TKs, the masala was very well coated and made the entire paneer tikka carry the taste. Also the veggies along with it were well coated and tasted equally good.

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Paneer Malai Tikka: This one really melted in my mouth, I loved the flavours and texture of this one. It was very soft, mild and yet flavourful. This one was one delectable experience and must be tried.

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Also the other thing that I loved about Tandoori Knockouts was their quantity and sizes of each item. I mean whether the momos or the tikkas, the sizes were huge and quantity enough to fill one person completely. The pricing is also very very reasonable and I am sure this will make Tandoori Knockouts your favourite for those evening snacks, quick dinners and just like that foodie experiences. Do try them out.


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Master Chef India is back with Season 5 – #notjustahobby

Come 1st of October and Master Chef India Season 5 takes off on Star Plus. After a successful run of four seasons this time the show comes to you with a very different perspective.This season promises to be more of a Talent Hunt show for some of the finest cooks the judges could identify . The focus theme is #notjustahobby and the judges want to see people who take cooking not just a hobby but more as a passion and turning it into a profession.

Retaining Chef Vikas Khanna, who has been part of Master Chef since season 2, Master Chef, this year brings back Chef Kunal Kapur who was seen only the first season of the show and also the new addition to the judges profile is
Zoravar Kalra the owner of many popular restaurants like the Farzi Cafe, Masala Library, Masala Bar etc;

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Recently a press conference was organised at Farzi Cafe in CP, where in all the three judges shared their excitement to be a part of the show with the audience. Each one of them has been given specific tasks for their show and I am sure its gonna be really exciting to watch them bring an element of freshness.

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Chef Vikas Khanna has been entrusted with the responsibility to bring in some new elements for the participants to face.
Master Chef Kunal Kapur too is busy giving the show more depth and insight.
As per Zoravar Kalra he mentioned at the press conference that this time the viewers are going to see a lot of new gadgets on the show.

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Chef Vikas Khanna says that India is full of talent and their background and experience bring forth a cutting edge to the show.As Vikas says India is a land of wonders and you will get to see that in some of the amazing participants they have chosen.
Chef Kunal Kapur echoes the sentiment and said that India has treasure full of Talent which they could feel coming through in the auditions.
Master Chef Season 5 will also emphasize the fact that not only cooking is a passion but also requires a great bit of grit and determination to really bring the cooking to a form of Art.
People from all walks of life with diverse backgrounds have participated in the show making it all the more exciting.
So come October 1st switch on to Star Plus on Saturday/Sunday at 8pm and catch all the excitement! Don’t forget to tune in!

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Tasteful Thursdays.. Bagiche Ki Sabziyan recipe by Chef Sartaj from Pride Plaza, Aerocity

Bagiche ki sabziyan (2 portion recipe)

Shared by Chef Sartaj who is an expert in Indian and Mughlai Cuisine, I myself tasted this beautiful recipe by him during my visit to Pride Plaza Hotel, Aerocity. I can vouch for it, its simply yumm. You can read my entire review here and enjoy this wonderful recipe by Chef Sartaj.

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Ingredients


  • Brinjal: 100gm
  • Lady Finger: 100gm
  • Cauliflower: 100gm
  • Red Pepper: 100 gm
  • Green Capsicum: 100 gm
  • Yellow Pepper: 100 gm
  • Chopped Green Chilly: 10 gm
  • Chopped Ginger: 10gm
  • Chopped Garlic: 10gm
  • Chopped Coriander: 10gm
  • Dice tomato: 50gm
  • Brown onion paste: 100gm
  • Lemon Juice :10 ml
  • Boiled Cashew paste: 50 gm
  • Beaten   curd: 60gm
  • Cumin Seeds: 2gm
  • Vegetable Oil: 100ml
  • Turmeric Powder: 5gm
  • Red Chilli Powder: 10gm
  • Cumin Powder: 5gm
  • Coriander Powder: 10gm
  • Raw Mangoo Powder: 5gm
  • Salt: to taste
  • Julienne ginger/Coriander leaves : for the garnish

Method

  • Wash all the vegetables, and cut them in finger shape separately.
  • Fry Brinjal, Lady Finger and Cauliflower separately.
  • Take a pan, pour oil and heat it. Then put brown onion paste into the heated oil.
  • Thereafter put turmeric, coriander and red chilli powder.
  • Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Now add beated curd into the mixture.
  • Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add cashewnut paste.
  • Then cook on low heat until the oil comes on top and is visible.
  • The gravy is ready now.
  • Take a fry pan, pour a tablespoon of oil, and add garlic, ginger and chilly to it.
  • Add capsicum and bell peppers with diced tomato.
  • Toss it and put all the fried vegetables.
  • After that pour the gravy in same mixtures.
  • Then dry all vegetables together.
  • Lastly, put cumin powder, raw mangoo powder and lemon juice for taste.
  • Now the vegetable is ready to serve with hot chapatti.
  • Garnish the dish with ginger julienne and coriander leafs on top.

 

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Nawabi Andaaz at Pride Plaza Hotel, Aerocity

Nawabi Delicacies to relish, with some thumri in the background, comfortable ambience and company of great foodie friends is what comprised my day at Pride Plaza Hotel recently. Hosted by Pride Plaza and my dear friend Vickrham from Foodmaniacs, this was surely a day to remember.
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Amouse Bouche, which had watermelon and some cream on top of a refreshing drink, was not just great to look and good to taste, but also was done in a personalized way making it way too special. My name was written with chocolate and it made one of the warmest welcomes I have received.

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This was followed by yet another welcome drink and also champagne was opened marking the beginning of a great culinary experience.

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For starters we were served a Vegetarian Kebab Platter first. The kebab platter included Rajma Ke Galouti, Kele Ke Gular Kebab, Makai Moti Ki Seekh, Mawa Mawe Ke Kebab and Hara Dalcha Kabab. I Loved the succulent Rajma Ke Galouti, they almost tasted like the non-vegetarian galouti kebabs and very very flavorsome. The second best were the Mawa Kebabs, really soft and mouth melting with mild flavors. The Kele Ke Gular Kebab and Hara Dalcha Kebab were good too, I didn’t like the Makai Moti Ki Seekh as much, but all in all it was a wonderful platter considering the fact I am a hardcore non-vegetarian.

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The next up was Non Veg Kebab Platter, this included Galouti Kebab, Nukhti Kebab, Murg Ke Parchey, Murg Shami Kebab and Mahi Gilafi Seekh. Out of this platter I loved Nukhti Kebab and Murg Ke Parchey the most. The Nukhti Kebabs were pieces of mutton roasted to perfection and spiced with a thick masala. I could really be satisfied with one complete dish of nukhti kebabs with some roomali roti, aah bliss! I am craving for them as I write. The Murg Ke Parchey was also just amazing. Surprisingly the Rajma Ke Galouti tasted better than the original galouti, though I don’t mean that they were bad. They were good, but still the vegetarian version was softer and more tasteful. Murg Shami didn’t go too well with me; they weren’t as soft and tasty as I expected them to be. Mahi Gilafi Seekh was just about OK.

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Coming to main course, it was an elaborate spread and comprised of some beautifully selected and curated dishes by Chef Sartaj Quereshi along with Exceutive Chef Shailendra Singh especially for this Nawabi Andaaz Food Festival. There was Moong Ghosht, Keema Kaleji, Murg Bemisal, Murg Koh-E-Awadh, Paneer Lavanglata, Bagiche Ki Sabziyan, Guncha-E-Keema Mutter, Moong Mughlai, Kofti Dum Biryani and Narangi Pulao. The entire spread was as awesome as their names and once again the surprise part was the vegetarian dishes being so great. Normally in Lucknawi Cuisines or Hyderabadi Cuisines we don’t expect the vegetarian to be so good, but commendable job but Chef Sartaj, that his vegetarian rocked as much as his non veg dishes. I will try and get the Chef to share one of his recipes for all my readers out there, soon.

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The star dish was however the Moong Gosht. The moong dal itself never tasted so rich and creamy to me, we always associate creaminess and richness to Dal Makhani, but what a wonderful way to present this dal in this rich avatar and tender pieces of spiced mutton added another layer to the whole experience. This dish is definitely a must try and one should not miss it at any cost. Keema Kaleji and Murg Bemisal too were outstanding. A special mention for Bagiche Ki Sabziyan and Paneer Lavanglata, these are not to be missed as well, whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, you will simply love them.

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Coming to the dessert, I can really challenge that you would have never eaten such a lethal combination of some many desserts in one go. This mother of a dessert had Kesari Gulab Ki Phirni, topped by Palak Ka Halwa, yet again topped by Gulukand aur Cheney Ki Jugalbandi (a sort of rasmalai), topped by Ilaichi Gulab Jamun and Dhudhi Ka Halwa. Just one word to describe it- Mindblowing! Somehow mine looked also very cute and resembled a small Ganesha.

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I had a tremendous foodie experience and I really urge my readers to give it a shot, this place is definitely worth a visit. We also took a complete round of the property and its amazing, I am so wanting to visit their other restaurants and also may be a comfortable stay in one of their rooms.I thank Foodmaniacs and Pride Plaza Hotel for inviting me for this culinary delight, look forward to visit them again sometime soon. Fond memories with friends and great foodie experience is what I got after visiting this place!

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Jon’s Head Grill- Restaurant Review

I recently visited this vibrant yet quaint place in GK-1 M block market called Jon’s Head Grill. It was a bloggers table organized by my foodie friend Vaishali. Do check out her food journey on Facebook.

It’s a perfect hangout place, if you are looking at spending a chilled out time with your family or friends.

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Now coming to the food, it offers a wide range of multi-cuisine food from Italian, Mexican to American. Here are some of the things that I tried:

Chicken Nachos: Amazing and fully loaded nachos with oodles of cheese, chunks of chicken, beans, queso & jalapeno served with pico, sour cream and guacamole. This one surely makes for a perfect evening snack. It really was very satisfying.

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Triple Way Non-Veg: A combination of chicken rolls, chicken wings and chicken sausages, this platter can be any non-vegetarians delight. I dint like the sausages much, but the rolls and wings were really worth trying.

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Cajun Spiced Fish: Seasoned white fish fillet, grilled to perfection, is served on a bed of rice with some seasonable vegetables. This dish is a complete meal in itself and definitely a must try on the list. The flavours are mild; the dish is simple, yet wonderful.

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Grilled Chicken Platter: This is basically the chicken version of the above-mentioned dish, where marinated grilled chicken breast is served on a bed of rice with seasonal veggies. This was equally good, and those who don’t prefer fish can settle for chicken without compromising on the taste. By the way they also have a cottage cheese version for my vegetarian friends, and trust me as a dish it was heavier than the non-veg one, as two big pieces of cottage cheese on bed of rice, make it too filling. My suggestion, share it with your friends 🙂

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Chicken Supreme Pizza: A thin crust pizza loaded with barbecued chicken, mushrooms, peppers and jalapeños. I really liked this one. It tasted great and all pizza lovers must try.

Chilli Barbecue Chicken Pizza: This pizza was loaded with spicy chili barbecued chicken with some green bell peppers and onions. This one had a slight Chinese taste twist to it, but Chinese being my favorite, I loved this pizza as much.

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Chicken Pasta: They serve pasta as per the choice of sauce, alfredo, pesto or marinara. We opted for the creamy alfredo sauce and it was yumm. Served with two toasted garlic breads, the pasta was creamy, saucy, and cheesy with loads of chicken. Sounds orgasmic isn’t it, tasted good too. Go for it.

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Burgers: They have some amazing variety in burgers and I am sure any kind of burger you are fond of, go to this place. You name it and they have it. We tried the Bacon Burger, a seasoned lamb patty, grilled perfectly with smoked bacon, cheese, mayo, tomato wedges, lettuce and pickle, this burger was heavenly. My mouth waters as I write about it. This is definitely a must try. The next was the Ranch Burger. One can select the option of patty from chicken, lamb and vegetarian. This one comes with barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, mayo, onion rings and shredded lettuce. This was as amazing as the bacon burger. And after tasting these two burgers I can easily say that it makes a good burger joint for sure.

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Chicken Dimsums: Well nothing too great here, this was the only disappointment. The dough of the dimsums was very sticky; in fact it was breaking down and sticking to the bottom of the sheet upon lifting it up. The filling too was just about OK. All in all a very regular sort of a dish, I won’t really recommend it unless you just cant do without dimsums for a day.

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Desserts: Chocolate Pastry and Brownie was served for desserts, the pastry was simply amazing, dense, chocolaty, super moist and delectable. It’s a must have for all chocolate lovers, and those who don’t like chocolate, try this one and you may start liking it for good. The brownie was good too, though could have been a little more fudgy and gooey, but still can give it a try.

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Drinks: I tried the Jon’s Head Raspberry Classic Margarita and it was nice and refreshing.
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Overall I loved my foodie experience at Jon’s Head and I recommend giving it a try for sure. It is definitely a food joint worth visiting, you wont be disappointed.

 

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Experience Food, The Army Way At 38 Barracks

Who could imagine that an accidental meeting with an army man in a train journey could become a turning point in Ankul Agarwal’s life and become an inspiration behind a theme restaurant. This is what exactly happened when owner of the Restaurant 38 Barracks, Ankur met a stranger, in this case an army colonel, on a train journey to Shimla. During the course of the journey, Ankur learnt many facets of an army man’s life and this how the idea of 38 Barracks was germinated. Ankur was so moved by the colonel’s story that he wanted to give a tribute to army men, 38 Barracks, as a restaurant based on the lives of army men is Ankur’s realization of that tribute.


38 Barracks truly reflects the spirit of an Army Man’s life in its every corner, in fact special corners like Locker Room, Drawing Room, Balcony have been marked in the restaurant, nooks and corners, walls and shelves are adorned with mementoes and memorable of army battalions. From medals, to old telephone, monochrome photographs and guns and rifles, every single aspect of the décor speaks loudly about the theme. Unlike other thematic restaurants where a few elements reflect the theme, 38 Barracks have gone all the way in maintaining the essence of the theme. And not just the décor, but also their menu is carefully curated with items that have been popular with major battalions of the world.

I was recently invited by Vickrham from Foodmaniacs..Born to Eat (do check out their blog for all food and lifestyle updates), for an exclusive bloggers table introducing new items in the food menu, which are designed by Michelin Recommended Chef Gautam Chaudhary.

Gautam himself took us through the culinary journey of developing those dishes and the inspiration behind. Now coming to food, it was as awesome as the entire place.


Amuse Bouche: It was a watermelon based pallet cleanser, which was cooled through a bowl filled with liquid nitrogen, one of those things that come under molecular gastronomy. Along with watermelon, there was feta cheese, lettuce leaves and balsamic vinegar balls, which looked like caviar. It was perfect to its name, amusing and tasteful. The cold fumes coming from the bowl of nitrogen was making it look really interesting and worth capturing on the camera. Check out my video on Instagram, and do show some love by following me 🙂

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48th Battalion (Mocktail): It was also a watermelon-based mocktail, with some apple juice; sprite, green chilies and sour mix thrown in. It indeed was a very refreshing drink and I liked it.

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Paneer Tikka Barrels: This was one of the most amazing Paneer Tikka’s that I have eaten in recent times. The shape of the Paneer Tikka was like a barrel and It was stuffed with dry fruits. I loved this part, because normally paneer tikka’s are only coated with the masala on the top but after one bite, they sometimes taste bland, but this barrel with its surprise filling inside is a sure shot winner in this category.

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Gosht Ke Galauti: These were really mouth melting; the meat was so tender and delectable. These kebabs were served with Ulta Tawa Paranthas and Green Mint Chutney.

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Chicken Duet Tikka: Two different versions of chicken tikka, which are glazed in clay oven, are a heavenly delight for tikka lovers. This should be a definite try on your list, highly recommended.

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Malaysian Military Chicken Satay: These are Malaysian marinade chicken satays served with peanut chutney. Mild in taste, these make a perfect choice if you want something super tasty and yet less spicy. Just go for it.

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Soya Rahra: This will be a delight for soya lovers and vegetarians in general. A very well marinated soya chaap with a thick soya keema gravy, awesomely spiced, made this dish a wonderful one indeed. I personally liked it a lot.

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Clash of Clans: A super awesome combo of two entirely different versions of fish. One part has the very English Fish N Chips while the other has Ajwaini Mahi Tikka but both of them equally awesome. Though the Ajwaini Tikka was little spicy, but the solution is to dig one bit of Ajwaini Tikka followed by the very crisp bite of Fish N Chips.. yumm is the word..

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Big Barrack Chicken Burger: This was a father of all burgers, huge in size, delightful to look at and awesome to taste. Loaded with chicken and veggies, with sauces dripping, this messy affair is something you will remember for a long time. Must try.

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Chicken Sweet Corn Soup: A bowl of chicken sweet corn soup= happy me. This soup has been an all time favourite for me, and I wasn’t disappointed having it here at 38 Barracks as well.

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Corn Tarts: A new addition in the menu, they should surely make it to your must try list, as they were really nice. The filling was good; the tarts were baked to perfection as well.

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Chocolate Walnut Brownie: Chocolate is the other name of heaven for me, and by now if you follow my posts you would know that. One I am a big chocolate fan and second I am baker myself and hence very critical about bakery items and desserts. But this brownie was just right, perfectly done, gooey and fudgy, loaded with walnuts and topped with some vanilla ice-cream, and my mouth waters while writing this, so you know what I mean, it was delicious.

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Baked Rasgulla Pie: A very innovative creation by chef Gautam, this was a true fusion dessert and I am sure it will be loved by one and all.. ok ok..exceptions are always there.. but by and large people will love it, at least I did and I recommend too.

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This place also has an amazing range of Hukka flavors and will be a paradise for hukka lovers. They have flavours, which are very unique, and no other place in India has them so far, for example there was a Rice Pudding Flavored Hukka, which was really different and didn’t hurt the throat at all.

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38 Barracks should definitely be your next food over stop and I am sure you will love it.


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Asli Drama Toh Ab Shuru Hoga with DRAMA, the upside down bar and restaurant

Life mein tragedy, comedy, romance aur DRAMA, sab kuch zaruri hai, tabhi toh life mast rehti hai..so bring some more DRAMA to your life with the newbie in town, DRAMA, the upside down bar. This place defines quirkiness like no other. From the ambience to food, everything is dramatic as the name suggests and also upside down décor is the highlight of the place. So don’t rub your eyes or adjust your glasses when you see books kept upside down, or those lamps that hang downside from the ceiling. Once you have entered DRAMA, DRAMA is what you will get in everything. I was recently invited to a private screening organized by Vickrham from FoodManiacs..Born to Eat(if you are a food lover, do join the group on facebook) and its always a pleasant experience meeting like minded foodie friends.

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Spread over 3 floors, Drama is a perfect hangout place with family and friends. It’s vibrant, quirky and full of life.

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For the starters we were served Insalata Crumble, which was chicken mince salad prepared with basil pepper dressing and feta. It was nice, crumbly and a very different kind of salad. I really liked it.

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Next up was the Chin Chin Chicken, Drama’s own version of the very popular chilly chicken, but this one is served on a bed of 1oo chillies, totally mouth drooling.

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Agneepath Murgi, basically chicken satays that come on a coal engine shaped serving platter, is definitely a must try. They taste as good as they look.

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Faadu Fish Fire, a chilly fish with hint of sweetness with sweet chilli soy was the next item served in an upside down umbrella. Masachos were Naachos presented with the signature DRAMA touch, masala kachumbar salsa and rajma, it was also served an upside down umbrella.

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Twitter Tangadi, is something that will catch the attention of your eyes more than the taste. Taste wise it’s a regular chicken leg piece roasted with Indian spices, but what makes it different is its colour of marinade, which is the Twitter Blue colour and you will surely love holding that blue tangadi in your hands. Order for the sake of fun if nothing else.

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Then there was Baba Dhanoush, Lebanese Pita Bread Platter, and Paneer Tikka that came in a cage, both of them tasted well. The presentation of the food is really commendable, the looks of the food items and the way they are presented is so attractive that one can’t resist eating. Followed this was the Bun Faad Paneer, a unique kind of a burger which can be teared open and indulged in with some chilli garlic cottage cheese eggs.

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Drinks too showcased a lot of quirk in their names and presentation, we tried Chatpati Chameli, a vodka based cocktail with tamrind flavours. Then there was Cilantaro and Orange Margarita and Shiela ki Jawani, which was vodka with orange liqueur and cranberry juice. Mocktails had some amazing variety as well, Pan Mojito was one of the highlight drinks, orange passion was comforting and refreshing.

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After so much of dramebaazi in starters and drinks, I had set my expectations really high for the main course, but it turned out to be a little disappointing. We ordered Chowka Paneer Patiala, Nai Dilli Meat Curry and Taehri Chicken Boti. The Paneer Patiala was good, creamy thick gravy that was tasteful. The Chicken Boti and Meat Curry, both lacked taste, they were just about ok, but nothing exceptional. I am sure our feedback will be taken constructively and things will be better the next time around.

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In Desserts, we tried Berry Ananas Roshogulla, I loved the presentation of the dish and it tasted yumm too.

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Nonetheless this place is definitely a must visit and I congratulate Swaraj Singhi and his team for putting in so much creativity in this place, its truly remarkable. I wish them all the luck and urge all my readers to go and visit Drama for sure and you will love it.


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Peshawari Food Festival @ Kama, Radisson Blu, Kaushambi

Crownit, a social app that allows users cash-back on restraunts, spas and other offers, recently hosted a bloggers table at the ongoing Peshawari Food Festival at Kama, Radisson Blu, Kaushambi. For a foodie like me, food festivals are an opportunity to try authentic cuisines within the comfort of my city. This was my first time at Radisson Kaushambi and there I learnt that they keep doing these food festivals quite often and bring the tastes of different regions for their clients. The current food festival focuses on delicacies of Peshawar and continues till the 4th of SeptemberIMG_5924

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Anjeer & Potato Cutlet with Buttermilk

The experience began with a combination of a welcome drink and a snack bite. It was Buttermilk along with Anjeer and Potato Cutlet topped with Prune Sauce. The buttermilk was good and so was the cutlet, but I found the sauce a little too sweet for my liking, I would have preferred mint chutney to it.

For drinks we were served Florina, which was a refreshing mixed fruit mocktail. The presentation of starters was amazing; we were served Suleyamani Murg ke Kebab, Peshawari Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Phool and Peshawari Raan. Out of all the things served I loved the Raan; I haven’t ever eaten meat so tender. In fact mutton is something I usually don’t eat outside, I am basically a chicken person, but oh my ghosh, this mutton was mind blowing. You simply have to try it out to believe. The next best was the Tandoori Phool, which were florets of cauliflower marinated in tandoori masala and roasted to perfection. The Paneer Tikka and Chicken were good too, but the raan and tandoori phool were clear winners.

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Peshawari Raan

 

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Soups were brought in post the starters; there was Paaye Ka Shorba and Chana Pudina Ka Shorba. I opted for Paye Ka Shorba, though I have never really tried it and was a little apprehensive too, but I thought of giving it a shot. Paaye Ka Shorba aur Kharode Ka Shorba as its popularly called is made by boiling animal bones in water with a little bit of vinegar. The valuable nutrients are literally leached out of the bone marrow. After two to 48 hours of simmering, the liquid is retained and the bones discarded.

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Cartilage found in animal joint areas such as chicken feet, beef or lamb knuckles, trachea and ribs, hooves and skin, tend to yield the most nutritious broth. It contains cartilage (gelatine), bone marrow, amino acids and minerals. The end ingredient is a broth that contains all the valuable nutrients that are found in animal bones.

I couldn’t really accustom to the taste, I found it little oily, sticky and salty. It’s a kind of taste that one needs to develop over a period of time and may be cant appreciate in first instance. My mother who happened to accompany me tried the Chana Pudina Ka Shorba and highly recommended it.


The main course comprised of Dumpukht Murgh, Meat Kofta Curry, Paneer Handi Korma, Subz Gulbahar, Peshawari Choley, Yakhani Biryani, Maash Pulao, Qatlama and Khamiri Naan. Except the Peshawari Choley, which I missed by chance I tried everything and also I opted for normal roti in place of Khamiri Naan (never really liked them). The Dumpukht Murgh had a thick gravy and was delectable, but again for a change I loved the Meat Kofta Curry more. Though the koftas were little too big and also a little dry, but the gravy was awesome. Paneer Handi Korma and Subz Gulbahar will surely make a vegetarian very happy, even I liked them being a hardcore non-vegetarian. The Maash Pulao was a type of vegetarian pulao made with lots of green sprouts, a healthy option but surely not for me, especially when the aroma of Yakhni Biryani was pulling me towards it. The Yakhni Biryani served with Raita and Salan was just yumm, this is a must try and I am sure you will love it as much as I did. The most surprising dish was the Qatlama and I am sure no one can wildly guess with the name what it can be. Qatlama was like a desi version of pizza and is very popular in the Peshawar region. It was basically the khamiri naan, topped with vegetables and melted cheese just like a normal pizza and it tasted as awesome.

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Desserts are the last part of any course and sometimes it’s really true that best things are saved for last. Badam Nariyal Ki Kulfi and Sheer Korma were the real delights. The badam kulfi with hint of nariyal in it was really awesome, and I loved the faluda, which was coloured orange with the use of saffron. The combination of white kulfi on the bed of orange faluda was not only tempting to the eyes but a feast to the taste buds as well. Sheer Korma was no less, it was like the traditional meethi sevaiyan loaded with dry fruits and was very very tasty.

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Special mention for Chef Vishal Nigam and Chef Devi Lal who prepared these delicacies not just with expertise but also with lot of affection, passion and love.

Overall my experience at Kama was worth every moment spent there and I am feeling bad that I missed out on visiting the place earlier, but better late than never. I look forward to many more culinary experiences at Kama in time to come.


Do visit the Peshawari Food Festival at Kama, Radisson Blu, Kaushambi


From 18th August to 4th September


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Chaayos Opens Its Doors at GK2 M Block Market..!!

Chaayos recently opened its doors at M-Block GK 2 Market and also launched a 7 star new menu. This menu comprised of special teas, both hot and cold, some mouth melting savories and teacakes. I was invited for a review with my other foodie friends and I am grateful to my friend and a co-blogger Radhika for that, do follow her page on facebook 

We began our tasting session with ‘Desi Sab Kuch Chai’. It was a very typical masala chai infused with spices like Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger, and Basil etc. A perfect companion for those rainy evenings or winter mornings. ‘Assorted Pakoras’ were served along with the chai and it made the perfect combination. The onion pakoras are just worth it, you will want more and more of them, they were so addictive. Its definitely a must try dish on the menu. Along with it we were served ‘Bun Maska’ and ‘Egg Bun’. I tried the Egg Bun and really liked it. It was soft and delectable. The taste was mild, as the egg was not loaded with too many spices; it was just perfect, and as soft and mild as the bun itself.
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Next up was a specialty tea, it was a lot of fun, because we weren’t told about the tea, we had to taste it and identify the ingredients. So after the first sip itself, I could gather that it was a honey lemon tea with a dash of ginger. It was amazing, and it had a very refreshing aroma, perfect for a sore throat or just to soothe it. From all the teas that I tasted, this one was my personal favorite. It came the ‘Loaded Chicken Cheese Max’. This one is a lethal combination, trust me. Don’t think much just go for it and I am sure you will love them both. There was a Paneer version too, but I gave it a skip, who wants to eat paneer when you can have chicken 🙂

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And now it was time for their very famous ‘Kulad Chai’, which was served in actual kulads. I am not very fond of teas otherwise, but the aroma of this tea made me go for it and I am glad I did. Its awesome. Those fond of tea, will love this preparation.

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The next tea that I tried was one of the most unique teas I have ever tried. It was the ‘Aam Papad Tea’. As the name suggests, it felt as if I was drinking a liquid form of Aam Papad. It had exactly the same taste, and aam papad is something I relish occasionally with the fear of having a sore throat. But just the way guys on TV promote Mango Drinks saying that the mango season never really gets over, you can similarly relish the taste of aam papad with this tea without any apprehensions. I loved it. From the savories, next we tried was the ‘Butter Chicken Wrap’ and ‘Kadhai Paneer Wrap’, I must say that the filling in both the wraps was very different, It was really loaded and every bite of it was heavenly. I wont really reveal what all it had; all I can say is that you must try it.

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Last but not the least, was the ‘Thandi Chai’. They have about 3-4 flavors available in the same, what I tried was the Saunf flavor. After trying all the savories and filling myself up, this saunf flavoured thandi chai seemed just perfect. I quite liked it and I am looking forward to try the other flavours on my next visit there.

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For dessert, there was ‘Bananaa Cake’ and ‘Lemon Cake’. The cakes were nice, but a little too dense for my liking. I know I know, I am little nasty when it comes to reviewing desserts, but what to do, I am a baker myself so I end up highlighting the negatives first. But nevertheless, the cakes weren’t bad at all.

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I had a lot of fun with my foodie friends and now its your turn..You must surely plan a visit to your nearest Chaayos and more specially this newly opened one in M Block GK 2 Market and enjoy a tea of your preference with some amazing food. I just love the warmth and vibrancy this place exudes, its so comfortable that you almost feel as if sitting at home with a cup of tea and some pakoras.. bliss!

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