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Happyness is Ice Cream. #flavoursoftheseason

I have always been told that you cannot buy happiness and well, being the foodie I am, I always tell them that I can buy Ice Cream and that is pretty much the same thing. There is no other comfort food like ice cream, especially when it comes to Baskin Robbins and their penchant for trying out the wackiest flavours, that somehow always work.

As one of the Happyness Ambassadors this month, Baskin Robbins presented us with their five experiments for the month and asked us to pick a favourite. Now, a foodie is a foodie because of our indecisiveness when it comes to picking a favourite.

But the weather, I believe gave us an inspiration and we decided on the flavour that could complement this “surprise it’s hot, surprise it’s rain” monsoon. I will give you a hint. The flavour evokes the memory of sitting on the “charpai” (a traditional woven bed) and eating freshly plucked fruit with a spicy condiment. Baskin and Robbins has made the traditional after school fruit snack of Guava and Red Chilli Powder into an ice cream !

Surprised? So were we. But after such a long time we found an ice cream that was not just a mix of sugar and fruity elements. This ice cream is perfect for people who believe that ice cream can be more than just a sweet treat. In fact you can actually find hints of the smoky chilli flavour in the aftertaste mixed with the ice creamy consistency of the guava flavour. The reason we love B&K ice creams is because they are unafraid to test the limits of our palate and I do believe that our favourite “Spicy Guava” is the perfect example of how they deliver on the taste  every time even when your head is mumbling something on the lines of ‘ mad geniuses’.

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Cooking with ITC Aashirvaad Multigrain Atta

How many times have you looked at fast moving pizzas and pastas and decided that they are unhealthy Or Let’s count the times when you have looked at the roti and decided it’s boring? We at DFW wondered that with the time we have spent out on the streets exploring food should have given us some skills in the kitchen and maybe a little inspiration too. So, instead of a food joint that we found, we are telling you a recipe!!

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Since we wanted to get all the nutritional benefit we could, we picked out the Aashirvaad Multigrain Atta as our base for the most wholesome goodness in a mouthful that we could gather. Aashirvaad leverages its institutional strength of sourcing wheat from the finest wheat growing regions of India combined with the traditional ‘chakki-grinding’ method to lend the chapatis a softer texture and a superior taste or like in our case to the “ HOMEMADE PASTA”. We chose multigrain because the extra fiber makes the food easier to digest making it heart healthy. The extra protein in the atta helps build strength; vitamins build immunity and the extra fiber aids digestion.

So here is the recipe and no you do not need that Pasta Machine 😉

Ingredients:

a)Pasta

  • 2cup Aashirvaad Multigrain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs  (You can substitute the eggs for half cup semolina flour(sooji) )
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 10-20 ml water
  1. b) Sauce
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 10-20 gm butter
  • Half cup Tomato puree or 4 tomatoes diced finely with seeds
  • 6-7 finely chopped garlic
  • Salt  to taste
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 slice cheese (regular American)IMG_9641 (1)

Process :

  1. Mix all the the ingredients of the pasta. Knead out a dough and let it rest for 1 hour at room temperature.
  2. While the dough rests, On a medium flame add the oil and butter.
  3. As soon as the butter melts, add the garlic to the pan and make sure that butter doesn’t brown. Keep stirring so that the garlic doesn’t burn.IMG-20170616-WA0007
  4. If using chopped tomatoes, after putting them in break them down and add half a cup of water little by little until they reach a sauce like consistency. If using the tomato puree, cook it down till the smell of the tomato leaves the pan (if persistent, try squeezing half a lemon)
  5. Add your condiments once you are happy with the consistency of the sauce and switch off the gas.
  6. Meanwhile boil 8 cups of salted waterIMG-20170616-WA0002
  7. Roll out your pasta dough with a pin into a thin sheet. Use extra flour to dust the area and the dough to make it easier. The dough should be spread out till it is as thin as possible.
  8. Cut the dough in long strands with the help of a knife and dust the strands with flour once more.
  9. Boil the pasta in the salted water for 8-10 minutes till al-dente.IMG-20170616-WA0005 (1)
  10. Use the time to heat your sauce and add mayonnaise.
  11. Add the pasta from the water directly to the saucepan and half a ladle of the salted water along with it.
  12. Mix well till the sauce coats the pasta on low flame. Add the cheese by breaking it down to give a creamier consistency,
  13. Serve hot with extra cheese if you want some.

And that sums up our cooking adventure with ITC Aashirvaad Multigrain Atta. Have you tried any recipes that you would like to share? Tell us in the comments below.IMG-20170616-WA0003

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A Fine Taste

Elma's Cafe - Delhi Food Walks

A Fine Taste

English. Exquisite. Elegant .Exclusive. Expensive.Combining all of that, you get Elma’s cafe, a cosy cafe in the streets of Hauz Khas Village. So here I was with two other friends, out to review the place that is very popular among the food joints in HKV.

Entering the place, you notice the beautiful and delicate ambience, made complete with floral prints on the drapes and curtains, cupboards with old cups and plates, a piano and a quiet view of the deer park. The bakery items on display are so amazing to look at, that customers sometimes sit for long durations of time, just gazing at the display! Cooks working in the open kitchen constitute another view that is enjoyed by visitors. However the seating is very limited , since it’s a small cafe.

Elma's Cafe - Delhi Food WalksTalking to the owner, we got to know that her son started TLR cafe, another food joint in HKV. Since the quality of the outsourced breads was not satisfactory, she decided to open a bakery of her own that would provide good quality bread. This and the fact that coffee could be found everywhere but different types of teas were difficult to find, she being a tea person, established Elma’s.Here’s a fun fact for those of you who didn’t know: Elma is the name of the family dog and Edward is the family cat! Edward’s is on the ground floor and Elma’s is on the 1st. They share the same menu.

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The famous desserts of the place such as the Red Velvet Cake and Moist Chocolate Cake are absolutely fabulous but we wanted to try new items, so here they are. Let’s begin with Nilgiri Frost, a favourite of the owner too. It’s a  lighter colour than Earl’s Grey, the taste is just right, neither too strong nor too mild. The cup is very aromatic and it goes well with heavy   cakes. It tastes best without milk. The next tea we tasted was Earl’s Grey, which was again very aromatic but was a darker colour. It was stronger than Nilgiri Frost. Both of them were very typical teas and must be tried by tea lovers for sure. Apart from this, the Belgian Chocolate shake was amazing too, rich in chocolate and pleasure!

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The freshly-made scones with the great texture, accompanied by pure fruit jam and cream were a delight to our taste buds.The apple pie was perfectly made, with a very crisp outer layer and the handmade pattern on top. The taste of apple was very subtle. Mac and Cheese was beautifully baked. The three neat, distinct layers were as follows: a crisp layer of bread crumbs on top, followed by a delicious cheese layer and then the macaroni. It was quite filling. Lastly, we had the healthy ‘lean and green sandwich’, which had Elma’s slow roasted tomatoes on a bed of lettuce and rocket leaves drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. It is very apt for a light breakfast, the taste is not overpowering.Lean and Green Sandwich - Delhi Food Walks

              Taste            Ambience            Service     Value for Money
               9/10                 8.5/10                8.5/10               8.5/10

Indulging in the quaint atmosphere of the place, one understands how this place attracts people who prefer boutiques over malls, who are not mere customers but are food enthusiasts, who are willing to pay a bit extra for something special. So if you enjoy the finer things in life, try out this place for sure!

Cost for 2 people: Rs 1000 approximately

Name: Elma’s Bakery, Cakes and Tea Room
Location: 24/1, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi-110016

Contact:
Phone: (011)26521020; 9711117516
Email: elmas@tlrcafe.com
Owner and Head Chef: Shelly Sahay, of Le Cordon Bleu

Foodie Correspondent: Gopal Seth
Foodie  Photographers: Saumya Gupta & Shreya Chowdhury

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North Campus Famous Hangouts

You may have had the best cuisines available in Delhi, may have dined in the most posh restaurants but my foodie friend it’s all incomplete till you haven’t tasted Dilli’s food-Dilli’s way- Street way!

Here’s a quick guide for all fucchas of North Campus to the very famous, very affordable TOP 9 places you must visit to satisfy your taste buds because TOP 10 is too mainstream.

 

 

1- Chacha di hatti– Unlike the ordinary chhole bhature, this plate of delight is non-greasy, looks delicious and is served with perfectly fried potatoes, topped with fresh chilies and onions. Kindly carry some patience along because at most times this place is extremely crowded unless and until it’s a holiday or 3 PM, by which it closes.

Personal Recommendation– Chhole Bhature

Price for 2– Rs 50/-

Rated– 4/5

2-Vaishnav Chat Bhandaar– What is more fun than laughing with a mouth full of golgappas! If you are looking for a similar experience, you must try this place that is famous for its flavor-filled chat menu.

(If you crave for chat like I do, you could also try Bitoo Tikki waala in core Kamla Nagar market and this amazing bhelpuri and chat seller who puts his stand right next to Patel Chest Bus Stop.)

Personal Recommendation– Paneer tikka and kulfi faluda

Price for 2– Rs 100/-

Rated– 3.5/5

3-Brijwasi Sweets– Missing home? Missing out on Indian sweets amongst stuffing on junk food? No more to be said. Visit Brijwasi Sweets. Famous for its bottled milk and Indian sweet delights.
Personal Recommendation– Rasgulla and Rasmalai (that they serve in kulhads)

Price for 2– Rs 100

Rated– 3.3/5

4-Bille di hatti– Straight from Lahore, bille di hatti made me taste the most yummy lassi I’ve ever had in my life. If you want to bring out the true Punjabi in you, this huge glass of lassi is all you need. Don’t worry, there is a small steel tumbler available too for the ones with a tiny appetite.

Personal Recommendation– Sweet lassi

Price for 2– Rs 100

Rated– 3.2/5

5-Delhi School of Economics Canteen– Canteen is the best place to find cheap food and happening crowd. A lecture bunked will be worthwhile for mutton cutlets and hot delicious noodles from this canteen. (Other canteens you may try are Rajma Chawal from Ramjas Canteen, Mince cutlets from Stephen’s, IRCTC (Indian railways catering and tourism corporation) food at Arts Faculty college.)

Personal Recommendation– Mutton Dosa and Jelly-cream

Price for 2- Rs 60/-

Rated– 3.5/5

6- For Your Information– For Your Information, For Your Information (FYI) is a Maggie serving point with interesting items on menu that amuse the taste buds and the eyes. Before letting words like TTYL and LOL slip from your tongue, mind it or a waiter might bring forward a bowl of noodles. You guessed it right, these are some entertaining names on the menu.

Personal Recommendation– Anything with Maggie in it

Price for 2– Rs 150

Rated– 3/5

7-Try some Cafes’:

-Chill-m on bungalow road, let’s you chill with board games if your bill crosses Rs 300.

Personal Recommendation– Shooters and mocktails

-Kori’s is a Korean joint on Hudson lake which is famous for its quick grabs, ranging from Rs 50-Rs 200.

Personal Recommendation– Burgers

-Big Yellow Door is yes a big yellow door on your way to Vijay Nagar Market which is famous for its quirky décor and reasonable prices.

Personal Recommendation- Sandwiches and Wraps

8-J.P. Tea Stall and Nandu ki chai– Jai Prakash Tea Stall outside the Delhi School of Economics is the place you’ve been in lookout for if you have uncontrollable urges for Tea and the best part is your non tea drinker friends can also join in for a refreshing Banta. Whearas Nandu is no longer available but as an ode to all the chuski’s of chai sipped there (and ofcourse to mint money), another chai stall famous is outside Law Faculty college, entertaining students and professors alike.

Rated– 3.7/5

9-    Majnu ka teela – Not really sure of why it has been named so but you will surely become a majnu of this Tibetian Market. Spare lots of time and do try Hot Yak Cafe, Tee Dee and Ama Restaurant when you visit there.
Personal Recommendation– Thukpa, Chicken Sausages and fruit beer

Price for 2– Rs 250

Rated– 4/5

– Sanskriti Nagar, NIFT

Foodie Correspondent

 

 

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“Purani Dilli”

Nahari - Delhi Food Walks

For a long time, I have been discussing with my friends about the mouth watering food at Zakhir Nagar. Today, I satisfied my hungry soul after visiting Zakhir Nagar.

I visited “Purani Dilli restaurant” with one of my German friend who is a great foodie. He is studying medicine in Munich but loves oily and spicy food without caring about his arteries. The best way to be at Zakhir Nagar is by rickshaw from Jamia University or Maharani Bagh. The lanes of Zakhir Nagar are engulfed with famous Non- vegetarian eateries.

Nahari - Delhi Food Walks

Purani Dilli has entered into its sixth glorious year in serving mughlai food. The menu starts with “cooking is an art”……and we possess the instinctive art of cooking. Our delicious and mouth watering recipes will bring back the memories of “shahjahanabad”to you. Carefully prepared using original recipes and authentic spices, food at “Purani Dilli” Restaurant is an exquisite treat for a person of refined taste like you.

It indeed was delightful to taste the food of “Purani Dilli”.It was also a pleasant surprise to see the son of the owner of this restaurant , who studies in a school,gracefully eating chicken fry with rumali roti.

Haleem - Delhi Food Walks

We asked for half plates of nahari,haleem and chicken achari. Haleem and Nahari were of Rs 135 each..Haleem was topped with green coriander leaves, crisp onion strips and ginger pieces. They served a plate full of crisp onion strips,gingerpieces,green chillies,lemon and masala, which you can add to Haleem according to your taste. The nahari and Haleem is truly delectable. The spices were up to the mark and one can digest it comfortably without causing harm to the stomach and intestines. Moreover, the meat served over there is soft and it melts inthe mouth like anything.

Kheer - Delhi Food Walks

We rounded up our meal with one of my favourite dessert (Kheer),which was again great in taste.

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Ramzan Food Walk @ Delhi 6

Ramzan Food Walk @ Delhi 6

RAMZAN FOOD WALK

Sudipto Das

The cacophony of sounds and a myriad collection of colours is what surround you when you enter the walled city. Come the holy month of Ramzan and the streets seem drunk with religious fervour.
Pretty eyes looking behind veils, there is a certain mysticism and charm that this place holds on to me. Whether it is the old havelis or the narrow lanes or the enormous number of shops selling food, there is something here for everyone.

Any visit to Ballimaran is incomplete without a visit to the haveli of Urdu poet Mirza ghalib, arguably one of the finest poets to have ever roamed the streets of Delhi. The old haveli has been renovated housing some of the replicas of Ustad’s old belongings as well as a few verses from his shayaris reminding me of a simpler yet bygone era which still feels as if alive in the small rooms.

Stepping out of the haveli and the maddening crowd and the incessant honking of the two wheelers whizzes me back to reality. Walking on in Ballimaran we reach Sapna restaurant, plonking on the seats was a huge relief from the humid weather. We ordered some fried chicken, crispy sesame crusted chicken pieces with green chutney tingled the taste buds. We helped ourselves to some hot taftaan from the shop opposite to Sapna, hot, fluffy, sweet and doused with ghee these were the perfect accompaniment.

On we went to Kabul Zaiqa restaurant, walking down the long narrow passageway, I stop in front of a small room with a wood fired oven and trays of hot bread, upon asking I’m told these are paape, accompaniment to teas. Just out of the oven these are golden brown, fluffy, mildly sweet a perfect teatime essential, which can be the Delhi’s equivalent of Mumbai’s bun. At Kabul Zaiqa there is a sit-down meal in a traditional manner and the menu as to what is prepared for the day. The chicken curry and mutton curry are ordinary at best but what they pride over is the Afghani pulao, flavoursome, not at all spicy and the swollen raisins popping in the mouth with a delicious sweetness. But, the tender meat from the lamb shanks were just melt in the mouth, soft and juicy and truly was a highlight to the meal.

Now was the long walk to Lal kuan for a visit to the famous Ustad moinuddin, famous in the foodie circles and the ustad title given as a mark of reverence to the kebabchi. But en route we stopped to have besan pakode dipped in tamarind chilli chutney titillating the senses. With pakode the older members of the groups longed for their evening cup of chai. And everyone munched on bakery biscuits with their frothy cuppas.

Ustad moinuddin, sells buff kebab opposite to the Hamdard dawakhana. Even after buying a shop he prefers to sit by the sidewalk and sell his kebabs. Succulent, spicy kebabs with the grizzled fat are topped with sliced onions and ginger slivers with a fiery chutney, jumpstarts the palate. Come 7:30 pm, Ustad moinuddin is a must visit for a taste of the old world.

One of the disappointments of the evening was to find Bade miyan kheer shop closed. So twisting and turning our way through the maddening crowd and stopping along to keep count of the people with us and mppve along as a group, we made our way to Aslam’s in matia mahal. With half of the eatery being under renovation, there was a maddening rush at the counter, with orders being shouted by the hungry horde at the top of their voice. We managed to get our order but with lack of seating decided to eat in front of the shop, with grilled chicken in a yoghurt and masala, topped with a generous helping of golden melted butter. The buttery, tangy, spicy goodness just hits the spot. This butter chicken is bound to put a smile across anyone’s face.

Travelling back towards Jama masjid, we stopped for shahi tukda and kheer. The sweet burnt caramel crusty tukda delicious in its entirety, made me go on for more bites giving me asbestos tongue for the remaining evening. The kheer mildly sweet and cold was a saviour for the warrior tongue.

Walking towards chawri bazar crossing and squeezing between cars and trucks. We stopped for kuliya ki chaat, assorted fruits and vegetables hollowed out and filled with spices, boiled chickpea and pomegranate. One bite and what hits you is the sour salty lime and the sweetness coming through later. Having tried earlier the novelty of eating kulle has died down for me and I don’t find them extra ordinary but, for the uninitiated it is a welcome surprise.

On we went to kucha pati ram, and finding the Kuremal shop closed, anubhav called on one of the numbers on the billboard hanging over the shop, and the store owner opened up the shop for us, to smaple all that he had to offer. We tried akmost all they had to offer aam panna, mango, jamun, imli, litchi, chickoo , pachranga. With the kulfis brimming with the freshness of the fruits, Kuremal is an institution when it comes to savour some cold desserts in Delhi, holding on to their own against the onslaught of frozen mass produced ice cream brands. My personal favourite was the Paan with betel leaves and refreshing paan flavour. It was the proverbial end of a meal stretching across the breadth of chandni chowk.

All in all going during ramzan to chandni chowk is an altogether different experience than any other day. Whether it be the call of the muezzin or the Gareeb Niwaz restaurant serving the poor and the needy or a tired lonely figure trying to sort out a bottleneck jam, or the humongous mounds of sevaiya. A walk in the chandni chowk is always a unique experience. So after 6 hours, with a walk started with strangers we part as friends.