Tale of the Khiri Kebab - Old Poona Street Food

Though I’ve been in Delhi for many years and I started my blogging innings here in 2011. It was in Pune to where I moved in early 2012, where my blogposts came out in full flow. I’ve  now started blogging afresh after having let go of all my initial blogposts and one-by-one revisiting the old […]

South Cafe - Kerala Food in Delhi

I’ve always been familiar with Delhi as my grandparents used to live here and we used to come here for holidays. But I started my formal innings living here in 1996 with my first job with Hotel Ashok as a Chef Trainee. There were five of us – Kishore Hedaoo, Vijay Nair, Jasbir Singh, Seemant […]

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 […]

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