Posted on

Pizza Express

New Summer Menu at Pizza Express

    –         Ayushi Mathur

Summer in New Delhi is hotter than ever this year. With the scorching heat comes the temptation to indulge in food that reminds us of breezy beach locations, refreshing getaways and fun fruity delights. Pizza Express brings all these together in one special summer menu – ‘The Hawaiian Pizza Express’. What began as a fascination for the Italian cuisine and the desire to bring the delicacies to UK, has now become a global favourite for distinctive Italian recipes. Always experimenting with exciting recipes, Pizza Express has truly won hearts with their recent menu this summer.

From refreshing cocktails to unique meaty delights, the new summer menu covers it all. The first drink I tired from their menu was Molto Berry, which was a perfect concoction of mint and berries modelled into an icy paradise. What followed was even better. The next thing I got my hands on was the Lamb Polpette. Polpette simply means large meatballs and the dish was made with meatballs cooked in tangy pomodoro sauce served with freshly baked dough sticks. The first pizza I tried was Gambero, a crispy romana base topped with passata, yellow bell peppers and prawns marinated with Indian spices. What made this pizza an instant success were the fresh and nicely cooked prawns that topped the pizza.

FullSizeRender-6Pineapple on pizza? Sounds exciting right? The pizza that was the absolute highlight of the party was the Hawaiian ‘Pizza Express’ pizza. Topped with sweet pineapple chutney and béchamel sauce, this ham pizza was definitely one of a kind. Yet another pizza on their new menu is the Pollo Cajun, which is made with Cajun sauce, Cajun chicken and finished with the perfect sun dried tomatoes one can ask for. A unique component in this rectangular pizza is the Emilgrana cheese, a type of hard cheese with a granular texture. The new menu has got something for the pasta lovers out there too. Their Linguine Cajun Gambero is rich and creamy pasta made with prawns in Cajun seasoning and sun dried tomatoes.

FullSizeRender-8The visit ended on a sweet note with fresh banoffee pie and baked cheesecake. The banoffee pie was utterly delicious but for me the cheesecake stole the show. And with that sweet note I was left with a content heart and this summer got much more exciting with this stimulating Hawaiian menu that Pizza Express just introduced.

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
Posted on

The Chhach Man

August 04, 2014

The Chhach Man

By Anubhav Sapra

I stay in North Delhi and travel by metro to my office in Adhchini every day. The nearest metro stations to reach Adhchini are the Green Park and the Hauz Khas stations. I usually get down at Green Park, but today morning, while talking to a friend of mine I missed the Green Park metro station and had to de-board at Hauz Khas.

Although I was getting late for office, the burgeoning crowd outside the Hauz Khas subway caught my attention and I succumbed to the foodie instinct calling out to me. I found a man with huge cans,which are mostly used to sell milk, filling up disposal glasses with chhach (buttermilk).

I asked for a glass of the much-acclaimed refreshing drink. It tasted amazing. In a glass of  chhach, he adds a spoonful of masala- roasted cumin seed powder and black salt. The salt adds flavor and helps replenish salts lost due to sweating in the hot and humid weather.

Buttermilk is traditionally made by removing butter from cream or curd. It is churned using one’s hand or a blender, the butter (white butter) comes to the top and the liquid left at the bottom is buttermilk.

20140802_110610

It was no surprise to know that the Chhach man, Mr. Ram Chander, hails from Haryana, a state rich in dairy products (butter, cheese and paneer). He travels everyday from Rohtak to Delhi to quench the thirst of Delhiites in this humid summer weather. He catches the 5 a.m EMU from Rohtak and reaches Hauz Khas Metro Station on his bicycle at 10. If you are around Hauz Khas metro station between 10 am to 1 pm, do stop at Gate no.2, Laxman Public School, for a glass of Chhach.

It is time to bid adieu to the Green Park station, now that I have got a reason to de-board at Hauz Khas for a glass of thirst-quenching Chhach.

 

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.