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VADODRA FOOD TOUR PART 2:

Another day in Vadodara and today we explore their unique street food. Our food journey begins with a dish from the Kutch region known as Dabeli. We try two kinds of Dabeli, Kutch dabeli which doesn’t consist of any oil and butter while the Ahmedabadi special Dabeli is as we lovingly call maska maar ke!

Dabeli is a bun with lots of khajoor (dates) chutney, coriander chutney, tomato chutney, pomegranates and mashed potatoes with lots of dabeli masala in it which gives it a distinct flavour. Next, we head to the Canara coffee house famous for Poona Missal. Here, missal literally means mixture and Poona missal is a mix of sprouts, chopped onions, tomatoes and sev topped with lots of curd.

Next, we head to a very old shop immensely loved by the people of Gujrat known as the, Manmohan bhajiya samosa stall. Here the samosas were laced with tamarind chutney, finely chopped onions and green chillies giving it an edge from the usual samosas we all eat. Not to forget, they are very filling too!

Next, we go to Sainath wafers and try their fresh crispy potato wafers and their other varieties in it. Later, we head to the iconic sweet shop established by Duliram Ratanlal Sharma in 1885. Here we try the Penda dusted with powdered sugar and surprisingly it’s not overly sweet too! Thus, a must try when in Gujrat.

Walking through the streets of Vadodara we reach the Jaihind restaurant for some authentic Maharashtrian dishes. Here we try the cult Maharashtrian dishes like Sabudana Vada, Farali sabudana khichdi and shing laddoo. The Sabudana Vada was served fresh with the outer portion super crunchy served with peanut chutney and sweet raita with curry leaves and cumin seeds added to it. Sabudana khichdi which was composed with boiled potatoes, cumin, curry leaves and peanuts served with sweet raita. The shing laddoo was made up of peanuts, jiggery and ghee.

Next, we went to a really old shop which was 148 years old known as Tamrul Prakash and serves fresh herbal paan. Here we try the dry paan and the Calcutta paan. Next, we briefly stopped at the Shri Bhagyoday Dughdalay street shop for thick milk cream salad loaded with strawberries and other fruits. Simply amazing and a must try! It is a desert in itself! We then headed to the oldest bakery in vadodora known as the Shree surti bakery where we tried fresh crispy naan khati and coconut cookies. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea, the cookies would just melt in your mouth.

However, one of the major highlight was ShriRam tamtamwala where we tried the mix fruit tamtamwala. The tamtamwala is usually made of chick flour and consists of a variety of 24 mixtures served beautifully with tomatoes, chopped coriander leaves, sprinkled with pomegranates, lemon juice and kaccha aam powder.

We also then go to the new millennium restaurant where we try their chicken biryani served in dum style served with raita and spiced buttermilk.

In the late evening, we visited the night street food market also known as the ratri bazaar open till 4 am in the morning. Ratri bazaar is an amalgamation of cuisines all across India under one roof and thus caters to everyone food’s pallet. Here we try the cheese biryani served with cashews, caramelised onions and served with thick gravy. The biryani is caters to the hyderbadi style.

The street food journey ended on a sweet note as we went to laari lappa lassi and tried their laari lappa special lassi. The lassi is one of its kind, served with cream, cherries, gems, choco-chips, raisins, almonds served with ice-cream.

 

Places Visited:

Canara coffee house

Beside Premanand Hall, Dandia Bazar, Vadodara, 390001

 

Manmohan bhajiya samosa stall

Near, Surya Narayan Bag, Kharivav Rd, Raopura, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

Sainath wafers

Bhanu Sadan, Vinoba Bhave Rd, Kothi Char Rasta, Salatwada, Anandpura, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

Jaihind restaurant

Raopura Rd, Opposite Kumar Shala No:1, Raopura, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

Tamrul Prakash paan shop

SB-37 Windsor Plaza, RC Dutt Rd, Alkapuri, Vadodara, Gujarat 390007

 

The Shri Bhagyoday Dughdalay

Vinoba Bhave Rd,Raopura Main Road, Near Tower, Raopura, Mandvi, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

Shree surti bakery

Mahajan Ln, Raopura, Mandvi, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

ShriRam tamtamwala

Chowkhandi, Main Road, Kansara Pole, Vadodara, Gujarat 390017

 

The new millennium restaurant

33,Sampatrao Colony, Near Hotel GRG, Alkapuri First lane nrJetalpur bridge, Jetalpur Rd, Vadodara, Gujarat 390005

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Vadodara food tour part 1

Today we visit Vadodara, formally known as Baroda as we begin our food tour. Vadodara is a beautiful city filled with culture and is the third largest city in the western part of India and the state Gujrat. It is also the cultural capital of the state, the locals are known as barodians and they immensely love their street food. The street food culture is vibrant with great influence of Maharashtrian cuisine. Both Maharashtrian and Gujrat cuisine coincide and co-exist with eachother. Also, the city happens to be technologically sound and well-maintained.

Along with Tuli Banerjee, a writer and a food blogger we embark on this journey to explore their street food. We started with kathiawadi khadki, a famous restaurant known to serve famous kathiawadi dishes. We were served with a full-fledged thali which consisted of two different kinds of bread, millet bread and corn bread along with sev tamatar, garlic pickle, and potatoes in garlic sauce, ringanu audu. Kathiawadi dishes are lot more spicy as compared to gujrati dishes since they are more on the sweet side. We ended our meal with rajbhog shrikhand filled with dry fruits is mainly made from hung yogurt and gehu ka ladoo topped with poppy seeds and is infused with ghee and jaggery.

We next headed to vishal samosa sandwich where we tried their basic sev sandwich. Our next destination was mahakali sev usal and tried their sev usal, a dish which is a mix of sweet, spicy and tangy flavours which is made from peas, indian spices, and garnished with sev. The dish is accompanied with pav. Right opposite to this shop we went to Rajasthan ice cream parlour which houses a huge variety of ice-creams. Here we tried one scoop of modak flavour, ginger and honey flavour, guava flavour, jamun flavour, jackfruit flavour, pan masala flavour, mawa flavour and kulf flavour. Each and every scoop had its own different taste and stood out. We also tried their rabri faluda ice-cream. Undoubtedly, when it comes to street food Gujrat is a land of innovations!

We also went to raju omelette shop which has its own outlets in USA, Thailand and Dubai and houses 30 different varieties of omelettes. We went on to try the butter crush omelette filled with loads of butter. Next, was Dayal Ragda pattice where we tried the ragda pattice, it is made up of potatoes and bread and is served with spicy chick pea curry topped with coriander chutney and crushed onions.

A very important component of Gujrati cuisine is farsan, salty snacks. In order to try this we head to Jagdish farshan where we try the local delicacies. Really crispy and crunchy, Gujrat is certainly a land of snacks! We next headed to mann shanti handwa and dhokla house. Here we tried the Handwo, a pan cake made up of multi-grain flour tempered with sesame seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Truly delicious and was served with three different varieties of chutneys that simply complimented the dish. We stopped briefly at the delhi chaat corner to try pani puri with ragda. We also tried papdi na lot, a thick paste of rice flour which is steamed and is topped with oil and masala. Lastly, we head to Jay maruti nandan soda shop. A shop that is highly innovative with its soda drinks. We tried vimto soda drink, made with kokam, lemon and masala. We also tried the tulsi soda, extremely healthy and good for digestion after a full day filled with delicacies from around the city!

Places visited:

kathiawadi khadki

Four Ways, Navrang Cinema Rd, Near Tower, Raopura, Mandvi, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

Jay maruti nandan soda shop

2, Shivalay Complex, Lions Hall Rd, Haribhakti Extension, Krishna Society, Paris Nagar, Diwalipura, Vadodara, Gujarat 390015

 

delhi chaat corner

Mahalaxmi Complex, Near Bank of Baroda, Muktanand Road, Karelibaug, Vadodara

 

mann shanti handwa and dhokla house

Mahalaxmi Complex, Near Bank of Baroda, Muktanand Road, Karelibaug, Vadodara

 

raju omelette shop

C196, Thana Rd, Block C 2, Bhajanpura, Tukhmirpur, Delhi, 110053

 

vishal samosa sandwich

101, Alkapuri Rd, Aradhana Society, Vishwas Colony, Alkapuri, Vadodara, Gujarat 390020

 

mahakali sev usal

Nehru Bhawan, GF-14/15 Prathmesh Plaza, Palace Rd, Kirti Stambh, Behind, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

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SURAT FOOD TOUR PART 1:

Today we explore the city of diamonds, Surat in Gujrat, India and explore their street food. Situated on the banks of Tapi river on the gulf of Khambat Surat is also known as the textile hub of the region or textile city of India. The culture of Surat has evolved and emerged into a beautiful amalgamation of other various cultures as people moved from various cities and communities to settle in the city.

Surat has a vibrant street food culture because of the assimilation of people from various diverse backgrounds. Today, with Rohan bhai an entrepreneur we tag along in search of amazing Surat street food.

4 am, early morning we headed out for an early breakfast to Zampa bazaar, old Surat. Even in early morning the bazaar was bustling live with people enjoying the breakfast. We straight head to chanbhai barahandi and try their nalli nahari with paya and fresh tandoori roti. Surprisingly, it is 120 years old! Nothing but, iconic. A very wholesome breakfast to begin the day with. Nalli nahari is tradiotnally non-vegetarian dish which is cooked slowly and found mainly in Old Delhi. Few steps from the shop we reach another shop where we try freshly- cooked malpuas. Here, the batter of malpuas was made using eggs. A perfect desert after a heavy meal! We then also tried the bun maska with fruit jam, a sweet bun lathered with homemade white butter and mixed-fruit jam. Our deal with zampa bazaar ended with a hot cup of tea and it’s a must go-to place when one comes to visit Surat.

Later in the day, Urviben, a food blogger joined us for lunch at G Dada shop. Here we try the Undhiyo, Handwo and vedmi all specialities of Gujrat. Here we tried the authentic Undhiyo which is available mostly and only in winters at this restaurant its present 365 days a year. We also try the kesar jalebis, perfectly cooked with an apt taste of saffron. Moreover, we also tried the other two dished Handwo and vedmi served with yoghurt. Its pretty similar to uttapam. Handwo is crispy and fluffy; all at once. In fact, its protein enriched thus, healthy. While Vedmi, is made of dal and topped with a strong cardamom taste.

We then next go to Hajoori Kulfi and try the khajoor akhrot which is milk-based and healthy! Next we try a unique fusion dish known as the khakhra chaat and kachori chaat at  jalaram dana chana. The khakra chaat is served with ketchup, green chutney, chopped onions, tomatoes and coriander topped with fried masala peanuts and sev. Infact, they are served with cult cheese and mayonnaise! While the kachori chaat is served with chopped tomatoes, onions and coriander leaves, sprinkled with masala and lemon juice. It is a wholesome meal in itself! We also, try the Jeeru, a local carbonated drink with the taste of jeera (cumin). It is a digestive drink, certainly, to be consumed after a good heavy Guajarati meal!

We then went to Khaudra gali, a street food lane in old town of Surat to try various other dishes. We first head towards, Mahesh dosa centre and try their Mysore dosa sprinkled with lots of spring onions and garlic. It is very thin in its consistency. Next, we go to Hanumante ice cream shop and try their badam shake topped with three scoops of ice-cream all of different flavours. Mainly, rose, mawa malai, rajbhog and American nut.

After a quick tour of the gali we briefly stop at the sarasiya khaaja shop to try a monsoon speciality khaaja. They are quite crispy & flaky and is best served with a cup of tea. We then move to shah jamnadas ghariwala an iconic shop established in 1989 where we try the traditional sweet known as ghari. We try the kesar badam Ghari, served with loads of ghee and stuffed with mawa and dry fruits.

Later, along with Basyt Saleh we again head to zampa bazaar and first go to Mohmaddi bakery and try their tunki. A speciality of Surat, it is a short crispy bread sprinkled with sesame seeds and also has pepper. Tunki is made up of white flour and is mainly consumed with mutton tikka. Next, we move to Sagar restaurant and try their chicken macchi masala. The chicken is marinated in fish masala and the gravy is very thick and rich in taste. Another speciality of this place is naan chaap and to try this we head to MG Chaapwala. The naan is stuffed with mint, kokam chutney and keema served with onions. It was a perfect meat sandwich full of bursting flavours! We go to a famous omelette centre known as the bhai bhai omelette shop which have 150 varieties of omelette.

 

Places visited:

Zampa bazaar

Madanzapa Rd, Opposite Azad Maidan, Bakrawadi, Sultanpura, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

G Dada shop

4, Radhenagar Society, Ichhanath Road, Surat – 395007, Opposite Anmol Complex, Near Sargam Shopping Centre

 

Hajoori Kulfi

Shop No 1/3816, Chowk Bazar, Surat – 395003

 

Khaudra gali

opp. Gujarat Housing Board , opp. siddhi vinayak packaging , Tulsidham -, GIDC, Road ., vadodara , Gujarat, Gujarat 390011

 

Mahesh dosa centre

6/141, Khaudhara Gali, Shitalnath Chowk, Haripura Main Road, Haripura, Near Vinod Fashionwear, Surat-395003

 

Hanumante ice cream shop

Shop No 11, Nirmal Nagar, Parab Road, Sarthana, Surat – 395006, Sarthana Jakatnaka

 

sarasiya khaaja shop

3rd Floor, 13- Charotar Society, Manisha Chowkadi, O P Road, Vadodara, Gujarat 390020

 

shah jamnadas ghariwala

Opp. Mahalaxmi Mataji Temple, Shop No 19, Royal Residency, Ground floor Near Anand Mahal Rd, Chhatrapati Shivaji Cir, Adajan Gam, Adajan, Surat, Gujarat 395009

 

Mohmaddi bakery

Shop No 946/3, Zamba Bazar, Zampa Bazar, Surat – 395003, Opp.Monginis Cace Shop

 

Sagar restaurant

Kothi Road, Near Prince Cinema, Jubilee Baug, Sursagar North, Mandvi, Vadodara

 

MG Chaapwala

Near Patthar Gate, Madan Zampa, Chokshi Bazar, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001

 

bhai bhai omelette shop

Triveni Apartments, Shop- No 5, 6, Ground Floor, Nanpura New Rd, Opposite LIC Office, Timaliawad, Nanpura, Surat, Gujarat 395001

 

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Street food tour- VV Puram Bangalore

We explored Bangalore’s famous street food area- VV Puram. The food street specialises in a lot of different cuisines with the street filled to the brim with various stalls.

We begin with Chandra chaat centre and try their special bread cutlet. A dish which has bread infused with loads of Indian spices and butter served along with onions and potatoes. The next on our list was tomato slice. Seems plain right? But, no it is served with chaat sprinkled heavily on the top along with puffed rice. Next, we go to VB Bakery and try their congress bun, a bun infused with butter and peanut masala. The butter enhances the flavour and the peanuts give you a nutty crunchy flavour. Great, isn’t it? We also tried their famous dumroat, this is pumpkin halwa served in old Bangalore style.

From a local stall, we try the Avrekayi vade. Avrekayi or Hyacinth seeds mixed with vadas are served. We then move on to Arya vysa restaurant and try paddu, dosa batter served with onions and chutney. We also tried nitrogen wafers, these are nitrogen infused wafers. So when one eats them smoke comes out of their mouth!

We also had the akki roti and ragi roti. This is rotti made with rice flour, a great Karnataka style old food served with chutney and Sāmbhar. While the ragi roti is made up from ragi or millets and is quite soft but extremely healthy! We also tried the Chitrana, or the classic lemon rice served with coconut chutney. Next, we filled ourselves with banana bhajji, raw bananas fried to bajjis filled with chilli powder, onions and carrots. We also tried, a dish called triveni. A sweet dish served with ice-cream, home-made butter fruits and gulkand. The taste is spot on and bursts with flavours!

It is a must visit if one ever heads to Bangalore. VV Puram has an electric atmosphere! The food and the vibe is bound to mesmerise you and leave you wanting for more.

 

Places visited:

Chandra chaat centre

No.63, Sajjan Rao Circle, V V Puram, Bangalore – 560004, Opposite To Park

 

Arya vysa restaurant

No.12/1, Old Market Road, V V Puram, Bangalore – 560004, Near Sajan Rao Circle & V B Bakery

 

VB Bakery

No.20, Sajjan Rao Circle, V V Puram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

 

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Bangalore Food Tour- Floating PaaniPuri and Thate Idly

VV Puram is one place in Bangalore which is probably everyone’s favourite only because of the variety and choices it provides you when it comes to satiating your tastes. A sheer heaven for foodies we head out to explore the food street today.

Our food tour begins with sri sai chaat and here we try their floating pani puri, a dish overflowing with mild paani which originated in Bangarpet, Karnataka. Next we tried Nippat masala, a south Indian savoury, nipattu is infused with masala puri.

Our next destination was Namma brahmins idli and here we tried benne thate idli, an idli which is the size of a plate and is sprinkled generously with gun powder. These soft, moist idlis are soaked in butter which enhances the flavour and is served with 2 different types of chutney, mint chutney and groundnut with chill chutney. We then moved to Raja gobi, a mobile shop and tried their Gobi Manchurian. A perfect indo-Chinese cuisine. These are fried pieces of cauliflower made into Manchurian.

Head to VV Puram if you want to make bold choices when it comes to food. We are sure you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Places visited:

Sri Sai Chaat

Besides A2B, 5th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore, Karnataka

 

Namma Brahmins Idli

8th B Main Road, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore, Karnataka

 

Raja Gobi

17th C Cross, Jayanagar, Bangalore, Karnataka

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Bangalore Food Tour- The Rice Delicacies

Today, in this vibrant city Bangalore we with Kunal Bysani, a food content writer we explore some of the famous, mouth-watering dishes.

We first headed to Mudanna hotel and tried their famous mudanna pulao served in a cone made out of banana leaves. It is undoubtedly Bangalore’s favourite pulao and they like to call it as palav. It is truly flavourful and mild in its texture and taste. Also, their triangle idli is out of this world. These are special soft idlis in the shape of triangle served with spicy sagu. Our next destination was SGS non veg- gundu palav. We try their chicken palav, a dish which has rice and chicken cooked separately but, best tastes with black pepper and salt.

We then move to KR market also known as Krishna Rajendra market is a retail market. The market was constructed by the king of mysuru himself. It has one of Asia’s larget flower market and also incorporates, the butti market. Butti is basket in kannada and the vegatbles here are sold in an old school style per basket. We head to, Rangana military hotel and begin with kaal soup, a leg soup which is really healthy to drink and then moved on to having dose- keema gojju, a dish which consists of dosa and mutton keema having a slight turmeric flavour to it.

Next, we go to shivaji military hotel. We began with chicken dry, a chicken marinated really nicely with yoghurt and spicy black pepper and then tried their amazing Donne biryani which originated here. Last but not the least, we went to the Shree idly corner and tried their soft idlis with coconut and red chilli chutney served with homemade butter. Not to forget, we tried their savage bhaat too. This is rice made into noodles incorporated with spicy tadka and served in a classic settee style or shavige called shastralu among Bangalore settys.

 

Places visited:

Mudanna hotel

Dharmaraya Swamy Temple Rd, Dodpete, Nagarathpete, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002

 

KR market

Huriopet, Chickpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560053

 

Rangana military hotel

61, 1st floor, opp to Indian oil petroleum, KR Rd, 7th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

 

shiva military hotel

No. 718, 1st C Main, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082

 

Shree idly corner

Veera Pillai St, Bharati Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

 

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Bangalore food tour- best donne biryani, butter idlis and much more…

Bangalore food tour- best donne biryani, butter idlis and much more…

Today, in this vibrant city Bangalore we with Kunal Bysani, a food content writer we explore some of the famous, mouth-watering dishes.

We first headed to Mudanna hotel and tried their famous mudanna pulao served in a cone made out of banana leaves. It is undoubtedly Bangalore’s favorite pulao and they like to call it as palav. It is truly flavourful and mild in its texture and taste. Also, their triangle idli is out of this world. These are special soft idlis in the shape of triangle served with spicy sagu. Our next destination was SGS non veg- gundu palav. We try their chicken palav, a dish which has rice and chicken cooked separately but, best tastes with black pepper and salt.

We then move to KR market also known as Krishna Rajendra market is a retail market. The market was constructed by the king of mysuru himself. It has one of Asia’s largest flower market and also incorporates the butti market. Butti is a basket in Kannada and the vegetables here are sold in an old school style per basket. We head to, Rangana military hotel and begin with kaal soup, a leg soup which is really healthy to drink and then moved on to having dose- keema gojju, a dish which consists of dosa and mutton keema having a slight turmeric flavor to it.

Next, we go to shiva military hotel. We began with chicken dry, a chicken marinated really nicely with yogurt and spicy black pepper and then tried their amazing Donne biryani which originated here. Last but not least, we went to the Shree idly corner and tried their soft idlis with coconut and red chili chutney served with homemade butter. Not to forget, we tried their savage bhaat too. This is rice made into noodles incorporated with spicy tadka and served in a classic settee style or shavige called shastralu among Bangalore settys.

 

Places visited:

Mudanna hotel

Dharmaraya Swamy Temple Rd, Dodpete, Nagarathpete, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002

 

KR market

Huriopet, Chickpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560053

 

Rangana military hotel

61, 1st floor, opp to Indian oil petroleum, KR Rd, 7th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

 

shiva military hotel

No. 718, 1st C Main, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082

 

Shree idly corner

Veera Pillai St, Bharati Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

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Bangalore breakfast tour!

Today, with Anamika, a part-time food blogger we explore breakfast options in one of the urban cities of India, Bangalore or as people like to call it with love, Bengaluru.

We begin with Maleshwaram, apparently claimed to be one of the best places in Bangalore and has quite a few iconic legendary places to have breakfast. We begin with Veena stores which serve mouth melting idlis. The best part of this place is that the food is served in very eco-friendly measures! We tried their idli, vada, and Bisi bele bhaat. The vadas and idlis are served in an ocean of coconut and gram chutney! The bisi bele bhaat is all about chopped vegetables boiled with bele or dal in Kannada. Next on our list was Sri Raghavendra stores. We tried their Shavige bhaat, these are rice noodles in typical old Bangalore style. Also, their Kesari bhaat is a must try. It is made up of semolina or sooji and has a sweet hint of saffron or kesar to it.

Next was New Krishna Bhavan and here we try the unusual but, sure to soothe our food palette! We had their green idlis. These are mini-idlis known as button or bullet idli mixed with tadka, spinach, and Indian spices. Then, we went to Central tiffin room, another legendary place which was established in 1930. Certainly a place you can’t miss when in Bangalore! Here we tried their Benne masala dosa. An amazing thick and crispy dosa which has beaten rice added to it with huge dollops of butter served with groundnut and coconut chutney. We ended our meal with a strong cup of filter coffee. It is a must try when in Karnataka. Our next destination was Janatha hotel. We tried their Uddine vade, also known as medu vada served with their quintessential coconut chutney. It is made up of urad dal and the hotel is especially known for the crispy vadas it serves.

We headed towards Hassan Veg restaurant and tried their benne kali dosa served with loads of butter! Next, we covered the Chikkanna tiffin room. We tried their kali dosa and bhaat masala dosa. Bhaat masala dosa is all about the lethal combination of rice/bhaat topped on dosa with lots of ghee. While Kali dosa was served with sagu and soaked in ghee.

Our breakfast trail ended with Holige mane. We tried their, holige. Dal holige is possibly one of the best desserts in Karnataka and is surely a must try! They served with a wide variety of holiges. One of them was the badam holige consisting of filling of almonds.

 

Places visited:

Sri Raghevendra stores

11th Main Road, next to Malleshwaram Railway station, Malleshwaram, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003

 

New Krishna Bhavan

Opposite Sampige theater, Sampige Road, 33/39, S End Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560020

 

Janatha hotel

27, 8th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore

 

Hassan Veg restaurant

1761, Mahakavi Kuvempu Rd, Mariappanapalya, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010

 

Chikkanna tiffin room

#32, 30th Cross Rd, Kanchan Nagar, Cubbonpete, Nagarathpete, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002

 

Holige mane

No 57, 6th Cross Road, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003

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Bangalore food tour- ghee roast, dosa, dairy milk sandwich and much more!

Along with Dr. Hema, an avid food blogger we go through the beautiful streets of Bangalore as we explore their cuisine and culture.

We first head to Siddappa hotel which is attached to a temple. We try the idli chutney sagu, a dish which consists of soft fluffy idlis served with vegetable sagu, ghee and coconut chutney and Chitrana also known as lemon rice. The hotel is known for the authenticity of the food it serves, especially Chitrana. In times, when there’s a huge influx of crowd in to the place the famous siddappa dosa evolves into a half masala dosa which is equally loved by people across the city.

Next we move on to one of Bangalore’s famous breakfast places, Vidyarthi Bhavan. We begin with chow chow bhaath, a sweet savory consisting of khara bhaath and kesari bhaath. It is served with coconut chutney and vegetable sagu. We also try the crisp masala dosa which has been a part of the legacy for 75 years. The recipe hasn’t hanged till date and is a favourite amongst the localities’.

Our next stop is, Brahmin’s coffee bar where we try the cult favourite idli vada served with crispy vadas and coconut chutney and their strong filter coffee. They serve Bengaluru’s best filter coffee. Thus, it’s a must go!  We then head to Puliyogare point and try their Puliyogare, a dish which consists of rice infused with tamarind chutney or gojju and served with sweet Pongal or as we like to call it, the humble khichdi.

Next we visit Meghna foods where we try the Meghna special 555, a dish which is flavoursome and spicy, filled with cashew taste and prominent pepper flavour. The speciality of this place is the Meghna special chicken biryani. We head towards, MTR (Mavalli tiffin room) where we are served with a main thali which consists of coconut and pudina chutney. This unique chutney has been originated here with the base as coconut and pudina adding the extra flavour to it. The next in the thali was beans palya, these are shallow fried beans with tadka and served with grated coconut and vegetable sagu, the sagu is a dish that has vegetables cut in small pieces and coconut which is served as a curry. The thali also has, kosambari, a dish made up of urad dal with fresh cucumber and green chillis. We also have the masala vada made up of two types of dal, crunchy puri and masala dosa. Last but not the least, the thali ends with a desert called as rava payasam.  We also tried the bisi bele bhaath which consists of chopped vegetables boiled with bele or dal in Kannada. This is served with Mussur bhajji, a south Indian version of the north Indian raita. All of this is topped with fruit salad served with ice cream. Our sweet tooth isn’t put to rest as we also try Chandrahara! A special desert only available in MTR, nowhere else.

We head to Hari super sandwich, one of the most college hubs well known for its sandwiches. We try the chocolate sandwich, a favourite among college students with loads of oozing chocolate from the sandwich! The next is their Hari special sandwich with mushroom, grated cheese and mayonnaise filling inside. The most selling item is the American sweet corn sandwich served with sweet corn cheese and their patent chutney. Lastly, we head to Maiyas for a cup of frothy freshly brewed coffee.

Places visited:

Siddappa hotel

Ashwath Nagar, 7th Block, Sampangi Rama Nagara, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560027

 

Vidyarthi Bhavan

32, Gandhi Bazaar Main Rd, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

 

Brahmin’s coffee bar

Near Shankar Mutt, Ranga Rao Rd, Shankarapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

 

Meghna foods

Above Sony Centre, Opposite Park Plaza, Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli 080-41738999
Bengaluru
8880609609, 08041738999

 

MTR (Mavalli tiffin room)

Samvit, Next to Art of Living Ashram, Kanakapura Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082

 

Hari super sandwich

177/A-44, 22nd Cross, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

 

Maiyas

459, 30, 30th Cross Rd, IV Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

 

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Mysore food tour part 2

As we further explore the culture and the cuisine of the city, Mysore we begin with the local markets. Firstly, we visit the Devraj market. Built by Chamraj Vodeyar, it is apparently believed to be the first planned market of India. A beautiful, vibrant and a colourful market, it happens to be 120 years old. Filled with shopkeepers selling variety of vegetables and fruits, you are bound to explore the intricacies of the Mangalorean culture.

We briefly stopped at the Raja Coffee works to understand the different mix of coffee and then headed towards Gayatri tiffin room to try green dosa and their amazing filter coffee. Green dosa, is certainly one of its kind and healthy too. The green dosa is stuffed with coriander, spinach and fenugreek leaves and it is served with bhonda sambhar and coconut chutney. We then ended our meal with a glass of strong filter coffee.

Keerthana introduced us to a sweet delight known as dil khush for the evening snacks served at VB bakery. A puff pastry stuffed with a lot of sugar and everything sweet! Basically, it’s stuffed with sugar, coconut and cherry. Certainly, quite a catch for kids. We also, tried the badam milk which was being sold right beside the bakery. Mysore is incomplete without its Mysore dosa found at Dosa point. A crispy dosa topped with red chutney and stuffed with delicious aloo masala.

Last stop of the day was the food street at lalit mahal palace road. It is known for its tasty chaat and 99 whooping varieties of dosa! A unique blend of western with the Indian culture, it is a must try!

A great day filled with food exploration and exploring various blends and fusion of food and dishes! Mangalore is a must visit if you’re a foodie!

 

Places visited:

Devraj market

Sayyaji Rao Rd, Devaraja Mohalla, Shivarampet, Mysuru- 570001

Raja Coffee works

Bhavathi, Bunder, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575001

 

Gayatri tiffin room

Chamundipuram Main Road | Narayan Shasthri Road, Mysuru (Mysore) 570004, India (Formerly Gayatri Tiffanis)

 

VB Bakery

No.20, Sajjan Rao Circle, V V Puram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

 

Dosa point

Thokkattu, Thokottu, Karnataka 575020

 

Food Street

Near Mangalore One, Bawtagudda, Light House Hill Rd, Mangaluru, Karn