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Phaal – Street Dish Unique To Bangalore

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Phaal or Phal is dish unique to Bangalore. It’s both a reddish-brown curry made from buff in a coriander-pepper-onion-ginger-garlic thickish curry. But on the streets of Bangalore, Phaal is almost always thinly sliced buff pieces, marinated and chargrilled, served on a dried-leaf plate, with some sliced onion. It’s an evening snack and most street vendors start selling post 5-6pm and usually go one till late in the night

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Phaal in the lane next to the Beef Market

This’s a night photo walk I’d done near the Beef Market in Shivajinagar, next to the main Russell Market. I wouldn’t call the food in any of the stalls as exceptional. But this’s a great place to explore some unique Bangalore dishes and night culture. Russell Market is an iconic Bangalore market built in 1933 by WH Murphy, an executive engineer in the British Raj and named after TB Russell, the Municipal Commissioner of that time

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Green coloured veal curry
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Veal kebab

Shivajinagar is a wonderful place to explore the night food and culture of the Muslim side of Bangalore. Unfortunately, it’s not maintained in a proper manner, but serves up some good food.

Here’s a nice recipe of Bangalore style Phal curry http://faizaali.blogspot.com/2009/07/bangalore-phaal.html

Keep hunting and Chowder on!!

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