The Essentials of Holi

So, the festival of colours is here. Known to bring joy, prosperity and happiness to all, it is also known for the food. I’m going to write about the few essential food items that are impossible to miss at my home.

Gujia-The sweet delicacy

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Gujia is basically a samosa that is sweet. It is a very famous dish in North India. It is filled with khoya and is made of suji. Although, not having a huge sweet tooth myself, it is part of my roots. The best Gujia, according to me, is not too sweet with a crunchy cover. And, ooh, raisins inside. I love raisins.

 

Dahi Vada-The curd starter

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*sigh* I just love Dahi Vada. It is a dish which is popular all over the country from north to south. It consists of vadas, fried  balls of flour in dahi, yogurt. At my home, they are not exactly ball shaped. They are doughnut-like, topped off with red chilli powder, clack salt and cumin.

 

Mutton Curry with Puri-The lunch of CHAMPIONS

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Now, mutton and puri has been the post holi celebration meal at my home for as long as I can remember. Sitting in the sun, drenched, this meal provided us hungry souls satiety after all the fun. A little spicy, the gravy and the perfect companionship of puri with it, you just can’t go wrong!

Wishing everyone a very safe, happy and prosperous holi! 🙂
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See you again: The Return of Maggi

Maggi noodles.

The oldest thing I still remember from my childhood. Partly because it is still here. Or it was, a few months ago.

In the morning before school. At times, in the lunch box, the dried up version that we had a love-hate relationship with. The first thing we ‘cooked’ in the kitchen when our mothers got ill. The saviour of people who live alone or in a hostel, both because of taste and affordability. The drained version. Or with the broth. Or the complete modification of it in the form of fried Maggi. For my generation, Maggi noodles have been an integral part of our lives. People talk about their fondest memories as a kid. Maggi is one of them for me. The instant noodles that never got made in 2 minutes actually has a special place in all our hearts.

But, few months back, it was found that the noodles were not maintaining their standards. The ingredients were found to be harmful. And in the blink of an eyelash it was gone. BANNED. No one knew for how long. It was missed a lot. Personally, I was really sad. I haven’t eaten any instant noodles since.

But, recently the news came out that our beloved noodles are keeping up with the quality of their ingredients and is all set to make a return this Diwali. All the more reason to celebrate, eh? I’m personally overjoyed. I missed that yellow pack of happiness. And I just can’t wait to lay my hands on it the moment it comes back.

10 minutes breakfast: Walnut Corn flakes Chocó ball

Thank you for this! 😀

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Corn flakes, Chocolate and walnut give you a piece of heaven!

I am a chocoholic and there’s nothing that will make me merrier than to have this delicious meal as my breakfast. Whenever I wake up and have my tea, all I want is to eat something that tastes like heaven but doesn’t take much time to prepare. I like baking and cooking and trying out some new dishes but not in the morning. In the morning, I only want to eat, not cook. I do the “hard-work” in afternoon. And that ‘s the reason why I love this snack. I like corn flakes but the reason I was never into corn flakes was because there was no chocolate. 😛 It might sound silly but yes, that’s the truth. There are two things that I like in a dish is that either it should be spicy or sweet. This recipe…

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It’s hot, isn’t it?

It’s a hot day. A really scorching one. A day on which, if not absolutely necessary, you yourself would stay indoors. But you’re out. Maybe because you are a student, maybe because your job requires you to. You’re out in this godforsaken weather and suddenly, there was light (metaphorically, of course).

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Chuski. The Indian equivalent to the western snow cones. It has been one of the oldest food stalls that any of us have seen on the streets. I mean, sure, you can easily get an ice cream too. But, there definitely something much more relieving than having flavoured shaved ice rather than a frozen milk product. You can get it in so many flavours. There’s the usual mango, strawberry, orange along with the more desi flavours- kaala khatta, roohafza.

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Also, browsing on the internet I found out that There are fine dining, five star restaurants that are taking it to the next level by making stuff like Bloody Mary and Screwdriver chuski. o_O Booze. The answer to innovation in food. 😛

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So, how do you get this icy marvel? A big block of ice is put in a manually handled machine and  ice shavings are formed. You take the shavings in a small glass so that the shavings get accumulated and take the shape of the glass while you put a stick into it. The flavour you and is poured in a separate plastic glass along with some more shaved ice, black salt and a pinch of lemon. And, voila! You dip the forked up ice shavings in the flavoured one in the glass and SLURRRRRRP! 😀

kala-khattaI had my first experience with this cool treat quite a long time back. I don’t even remember. Now, there is not one single place where you can find a good chuski. You can find it on any food street. Or even in a five star restaurant. But seriously, I don’t see the point of that. Honestly, because it’s too simple. You can even do that at home with your mixer.

You can’t really go much wrong with it. So, go on. Try this. If you already have then give yourself another treat of it. Summer’s coming people. Chill with Chuski. 😛 😀

P. S. Personal favourite flavour- Kaala Khatta.

Delhi Diaries #1

Being a Delhi guy I felt that the first post I should do is something from back home. So, here goes:

SHAWARMA

Shawarma is a Lebanese fast food product which is very popular in the Middle Eastern country as part of the contemporary Arab cuisine. How is it prepared? Well, predominantly, it is made as a non-vegetarian treat with the meat being roasted on a vertical spit or a rotisserie. At times, the meat may be allowed to slowly roast for as long as a day. The meat used is generally lamb, chicken, turkey, beef or a mixture of these. In India (being somewhat conservative in the variety of meats), chicken is mostly used. And for the vegetarians, cottage cheese (paneer) is also used in certain places.

Shawarma being prepared

The meat or the paneer is marinated with a special variety of spices and sauces which varies from place to place depending on the wishes of the owner and popularity among the customers. This huge block of meat is placed in a vertical spit for the roasting process. Now, shavings are cut from the large block of meat for serving. The remaining meat continues to get gradually roasted and the process is continued till the entire block disappears. Trust me, that does’t really take that long. 😉

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A Shawarma Salad

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A Shawarma Roll

The shavings are mixed with tomatoes, cucumber and onions and can be served in two ways. In most places, it is served as a wrap cut into half. A Shawarma Roll. The roll is accompanied by a specially prepared mayonnaise. Occasionally, you may come across places where the stuffing is not wrapped but just given in a plate- A Shawarma Salad.

Wrapped or not, this Lebanese fast food is surely getting widespread. The portion of meat is fulfilling enough to make up for your missed lunch or even a late evening snack. The spices are added appropriately to adjust this foreign delicacy to the tongue of an Indian foodie.

I had my first experience with this awesome food when I was pretty small. That is, 8-9 years old. And back then, this place was the only place that made these heaven-in-mouth eatables.al-bake-new-delhi

The place is called Al-Bake. Situated in the posh Community Centre Of New Friends Colony, the place is a one stop place for people who work in the nearby offices and students on working days. It’s impossible to get a seat on weekends and still, large groups of people with families too wait their turns. That’s how good this place is. It is famous in Delhi for it’s Chicken Shawarma Rolls but it also serves other Tandoori items that you find around. You can get more info about this awesome place from the link: https://www.zomato.com/ncr/al-bake-new-friends-colony-new-delhi

I’ve had Shawarma rolls from a lot of other places too. But, call me nostalgic or a true foodie, nothing has beaten this place yet. Currently, I have my share of this dish around my college from a place specialising in wraps called WRAPSTO. I really appreciate the courage of this joint to try and introduce the Shawarma to the people of Bhubaneswar. But, they still have a long way to go to make it right. These people are just serving wraps, Al Bake gave an experience that is unforgettable.