Cool point - Shahi Tukra in Old Delhi

This’s the concept currently on a roll in Jama Masjid. I’d earlier predicted a meteoric rise for the Butter Cream Chicken in this part of Delhi, but the cult of the BCC which I also call the Mughlaification of Butter Chicken hasn’t spread beyond Aslam, Anmol and a couple of more shops. Whereas it’s one of the […]

Meetha Bread

I saw this amazing jugaad by a street vendor in Gautam Nagar in Delhi. I’d gone for lunch to South Cafe, my favourite place for Kerala food in Delhi and noticed this street vendor selling rasgulla and something else. That something else turned out to be a thickish bread slice dipped in sugar syrup and the guy […]

Pune Station Ka Alti Palti - Pune Street Food

Pune Street Food Pune has a vast and varied scene for local food. Pune street food in the traditional Hindu/Brahmin areas of the many ‘peths’ and ‘wadas’ is both a mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian. The non vegetarian is mostly around sheep meat and not goat. Which’s also the case this side of Maharastra, […]

Babban Paya Shop - Tasty Thane Food

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Louiswadi in Thane Babban Paya Shop has been around in Thane for more than 35 years. This’s a small nondescript shop in one of the bylanes of Louiswadi in Thane. Louiswadi’s a very interesting name for a locality. I’m not sure how the place got its name. But I’m sure it’ll be an interesting story […]

Chopper Noodles - Tasty Mumbai Midnight Food

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The Mumbai Midnight Food Scene Unlike some of the other Indian cities, the Mumbai midnight food scene is fairly limited. Many of the options are in South Bombay and some in the burbs. Bademiya, close to Gateway of India is probably one of the biggest midnight attractions. Then there’s Bachelorr’s which does ice cream. Amar […]

Kentacky Chicken Corner - Bangalore Street Food

The Original KFC Kentacky Chicken Corner opened almost at the same time KFC opened their first outlet in India. At Brigade Road in Bangalore. Could be a few months earlier or a few months later. The Indian economy was just about opening up during this time and there was tremendous opposition locally, to all such […]

Amarphal - Persimmon in India and The Story Behind It

Amarphal in Indian Folklore The Amarphal (Immortal Fruit) or Persimmon has a very interesting story behind it. Not sure how true or false is this, but I guess you can never say for sure with something that’s folklore Once upon a time, there was this very rich and worldly-wise king who ruled over a vast […]

Nankhatai - The Dying Indian Biskoot

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Origin of the Nankhatai The soft crumbly nankhatai brings back many a fond memory. The word ‘Nankhatai’ comes from the Persian word ‘Nan’ meaning bread and ‘Khatai’ most probably comes from ‘Catai’ or ‘Cathay’, the older name for China. Thus, loosely translating as ‘Bread of Cathay’. Though it’s hard to confirm this, the Nankhatai was […]

Palika Bazaar Ka Mutton Korma

The Market That Could Have Been Palika Bazaar was completed in the late 70’s and opened to public as an underground airconditioned market, beneath the central garden of Connaught Place, which was at one point considered to be the heart of Delhi and it’s premium Central Business District. The 80’s and 90’s was the time […]

Gajanan Vada Pav

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Thane I’ll be honest. I was dragged to Thane, that too for work. I run restaurants for a living and someone literally dragged me there to show some spaces. I thought Thane would be this backward sleepy-small town in Mumbai’s backyard. Thane surprised me. I did end up opening a restaurant here and in the process […]

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