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 […]

Atho - Burmese Noodles

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Burma Bazaar’s origins The Tamil population in Burma (today’s Myanmar) is hardly anything compared to what it was during the rule of the British in the 19th century. Indians then were the backbone of the civil administration and were influential in Burmese society. The Chettiar community from Tamil Nadu had firmly established themselves as prominent […]

Khidki Vada Pav

Kalyan Kalyan was a bustling port during the Silahara dynasty in the 8th century long before Bombay was discovered by the Portuguese who called it Bom Bahia or good bay and which was later on developed as a proper port and city by the British. It was in the middle of all action for many centuries […]

Kalyani Biryani - The Other Biryani Of Hyderabad

History of the Kalyani Biryani The Kalyani Nawabs of Bidar came to Hyderabad sometime in the 18th century and set up their haveli which is today known at the ‘Kalyani Nawab ki Devdi’. The Kalyani Nawabs were from the present day Basavakalyan which was located on the fringes of the erstwhile Hyderabad State The Nawabs were […]

Bhujing - A Cult Dish From Virar

Trip to Virar Bhujing was created at Agashi Bhujing centre in 1940 in an area called Agashi, next to Virar which is located on the outskirts of Mumbai. Though it’s not well known outside of the Virar-Vasai area, within the area, its popularity is unparalleled Virar is one of the last stops on the Western […]

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