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Namaskara! Today along with Karishma we explore the local delicacies of Mangalore. The second major city of Karnataka, Mangalore is also known as the gateway of Karnataka. Not only that, it happens to be the largest coastal city in the Malnad regions of Karnataka besides being an educational, commercial and an industrial hub in the west coast of India. Also, an important port city it is one of the most multi-cultural and non-metro cities of our country.

Our journey on exploring the amazing delicacies begins with the famous and one of the oldest restaurants in the city, the New Tajmahal Café. Brought to us, were some classic dishes like Rice Pundi which are soft rice dumplings served with chutney and bele thove (moong dal), Kottige also known as gunda in their local language is idli batter served in steamed jackfruit leaves and biscuit roti. Biscuit roti is a famous Mangalorean snack prepared using all purpose flour, semolina, grated coconut and spices. A pocket friendly café, it is known for its Mangalorean dishes. Not to forget, the well-known sweet dish Sanjeera, looks almost like the Kachori served in North-India except that it’s sweet and stuffed with sugar and coconut. Also, when in Mangalore things always end up with the yummiest filter coffee!

Our second stop is the Ayodhya Hotel which is well known for its seasonal dishes they serve. A true highlight of our food tour, this no-frills restaurant accommodates one of the best local and authentic Mangalorean cuisines. We begin with our authentic Mangalorean breakfast with turmeric leaf gatti. These are steamed rice dumplings stuffed with coconut, jaggery and cardamom mixture.Further followed with is, Patrode, a Mangalore style spicy steamed rolls prepared with colocasia leaves and rice. We also tried the Kadpeere podi, a fried dish made up of seasonal vegetables which tastes and looks similar to bitter gourd. Thus, a bit bitter in taste. Another dish which is available only during the rainy season is the tojank biji (sena tora, thakara leaves). These are made of seasonal leafy vegetables. These are really healthy and rich in fibre! We next move on to another well-known dish which is the Moode, these are particularly cylindrical shaped idlis steamed in screw pine leaves. Not to forget, it should be accompanied by the healthy cucumber idli. Also known as, kadamb or Taushe idli they are made using cucumber. We end our meal here, with Raggi mani which happens to be a traditional dessert using finger millets, jaggery and coconut milk and Nai appa, another sweet dish made up of rice jaggery and coconut. Not to forget, try the famous Kalthappam, a pan cake using rice, jaggery, and coconut and cardamom powder. However, the true Mangalorean breakfast only gets completed when you fill yourself up with Payasam also known as rice pudding.

Well, we aren’t yet done! But, the variety of dishes that the city presents to you is incomparable and amazing. It soothes your food pallet and makes you only want more. No wonder why it’s truly a food-lover’s heaven!

 

Places visited:
 The New Tajmahal Café : Hotel Panchmahal building, KS Rao Road, Kodailbail, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575003

The Ayodhya Hotel: Kodailbail, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575003

 

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Vaishnav Chaat Bhandar : *heart eyes*

While wandering around the streets of Kamal Nagar ask any person to point the direction for the best chaat place around and every one will surely mention one place that is ‘Vaishnav Chaat Bhandar’. This incredibly famous chaat bhandar is the go-to for every person in Kamla Nagar who develop cravings for some sweet and tangy chaat. According to this place’s humble owner this place is around six decades old and has a very constant trend of satisfying their customers throughout.

As soon as you enter the lane which carries this amazing wonder you will see a swarm of people mushrooming around this joint  from quite a distance. Even the name board of this place screams how old this place must be as the alphabets are carved on a sandstone rather than using modern day techniques. As we believe that with every change in region in India , the flavours of the chaat has twists and turns of its own. As you proceed into this place you will see the barbecue  grills with seekhs of very delightful marinated paneer and soya chaap which tells you that this place is much more than just chaats and golgappas .

Their vast menu includes pav bhaji ,paneer tikka and various types of soya chaap. The owner of the shop recommended us to try their famous ‘Bhalla Papdi‘. It was basically a dish in which bhalla and few papdis are soaked in dahi which is then topped with chickpeas and potatoes along with some boondi, to add some more flavour to it , tamarind chutney and more dahi is added, then to give a final touch different combination of spices is sprinkled on to it. One particular thing that can be observed is that the chaats here are prepares in a Old-Delhi-style as it is topped with kachalu which is a trend that Old-Delhi chaat vendors follow a lot. This dish was delicious as it kicked the taste buds at all right places with perfect temperature of dahi. All the combination of the chutneys and spices worked perfectly for us. Next in we dug into to the classic pav bhaji , it was served with loads of butter on the bhaji and as well as on the buns too, it was served along with some onions and lemon slice. The flavour of the pav bhaji was amazing with bhaji being slight different in good way from the usual ones.

Even though there is no such concept as ‘ seating arrangements’ at this place , but the flavours and varieties of the tidbits that this place offers are worth a try.

Name : Vaishnav Chaat Bhandar

Address: 66-67/E, Near Chota Gol Chakkar, Kamla Nagar

Contact info : +91 9810195762

 

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Vinod Kumar Momos: Moh Moh ke flavours.

Momo vendors in Delhi are boundlessly populated at every crooks and nooks of the city. Let it be any type , whether it be steamed , fried , tandoori or gravy the people of this city never leave a chance when their taste buds call for this yummy snack. Moreover we being true foodies can never ever resist such simple yet so flavorful dish. However the traces of momos go back to a long time ago originated in Nepal, it still has a big trace on the hearts of every Delhi people.

So, we can find a small momo vendor called the ‘Vinod Kumar Momos’ near the bada gol chakkar i.e. the Spark mall at our very own Kamla Nagar giving out hot and steamy momos straight out of the steamer which results out in a two minute struggle to initially even hold the plate. After seeing such a sight we can do nothing to hold us back but  order a steaming plate of momos which is served in three different types which varies in nothing but the stuffing of these fluffy balls of flavor, the three different types of variants are veg ( a mixture of cabbage etc. ) , paneer (cottage cheese) and chicken.

All the three variants are served with spicy red chutney on the side and the momos themselves are topped with creamy mayonnaise  and sprinkled with various spices such as oregano and chilli flakes. The side served chutney hads a very fiery flavor which compliments the tangy taste of mayonnaise. As you take your first bite of this delicacy dipped in perfect amount of chutney  your taste buds experience the perfect mix of flavours that is the subtle flavour momo along with a gulp of tanginess of mayonnaise  along with hot flavour of the red chutney .

After hogging all the different momo variants you will definitely drop by this place frequently as it is located in a very convenient location so that you have no excuse to miss this particular food joint out. The prices too were very attractive with a good quantity with lots and lots of flavour which comes out of a very hygenic stall, this stall should be on your must try list for sure.

 

Name : Vinod Kumar Momos

Find it here : Near bada gol chakkar , Kamla Nagar.

Contact it through: 9643371308

 

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YUZU Sake Bar and Retaurant

‘Drink Sake Stay Soba’ says the neon red sign board as we hurriedly enter YUZU restaurant after having spent a significant portion of our evening in Delhi’s infamous traffic. YUZU is a new Japanese and Pan Asian establishment in the thriving Epicuria Mall at Nehru Place. It is a dimly lit joint brightened up by the aforementioned neon signs and pretty faux cherry blossoms which liberally drape the walls and ceiling. We made a beeline for a table next to the window.

Inspired by the words on the wall, we started rifling through the endless range of sake options and found refuge in Sake cocktails alongside a Steamed Spinach Salad and the ‘Stay Soba’ Sizzling Chicken. The #SakeBar would definitely be worth exploring further.

YUZU has introduced a new menu called – ‘Hey Sexy Fish’ complete with its own neon signage on the wall, so we decided to head towards the sexier options. We were introduced to the Pink Lady Sushi. Staying true to its name, it was decidedly pink comprising of shrimp tempura, minced crab meat and avocado. The portion sizes were large and it came with two varieties of wasabi – the normal kind and the extra strong kind. A minuscule speck of the extra strong version can instantly bring you to tears, so consume at your own risk.

We followed up our sushi with Chicken Gyoza and a Quinoa Basil Chicken Bowl. I have never been healthy enough in the past to replace rice with quinoa in a Pan Asian dish (or any dish) and probably won’t in the future as well, but it is worth a try. We were suggested an ice cream for dessert but we were far too full and cold by then to continue. We will be back to discover new favourites and tick off more Sakes’ from the list.

 

Location: Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place

Price for Two: Rs. 1600

Anjora cannot resist a good prawn preparation, finds home in Chinese food anywhere in the world but will eat almost anything if it looks appealing. She is a Potter head and has recently discovered pottery as a hobby (excuse the pun).