4 Restaurants that You Shouldn’t Miss on Your Next Trip to Bali

Bali is an incredible country. One mention of it conjures up a gallery of incredible images – stunning sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, lush tropical jungles and terraced rice fields.

The word itself is the definition of exotic and has long been associated with a place that can re-energize the body and mind, fire up the spirit and feed the soul. And while Bali was once simply about the incredible people, the warm smiles, the beaches, the bars and the historic temples, these days it is so much more.

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Exploring the Food Streets of Fraser Town in Bangalore: Iftar Special

On this day when the entire city is rejoicing Eid-ul-Fitar with friends and family, I am sharing a few photos from my recent food walk on the fuming streets of Fraser Town in the form of a photo blog.

Fraser Town, for those who are not familiar with, is one of the hot spots in Bangalore, famous for its huge spread of Iftari food during the holy month of Ramzan. People from all around the city irrespective of their caste, will come here for some delicious food, great Suleimani chai and some good old adda. (Bengali’s version of a gathering to usually chit chat).

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When Hungry In Kolkata: Ten Tastiest Street Foods

Being a native of Kolkata, how can I not highlight the tasty street sacks that I have grown up with. I remember, I used to purchase begunis and chops to satisfy my evening hunger pangs and used to fight with my little brother on the last piece. I used to argue with my college friends in Bangalore about how Kolkata’s phuchka is the best and other state’s don’t know how to make them. Just writing about them is making my mouth watery and I have gone into my food dream. Coming back to my list, I have compiled here ten tastiest street foods found in Kolkata that will give your taste buds an orgasm.

1. Phuchka

Kolkata's Phuchka

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Phuchka is a mouthwatering street food of Bengal and very dear to a Bengali. Phuchka differs from Panipuri/Golgapa/Gupchup in terms of content and taste. It uses a mixture of boiled gram and mashed potatoes with Indian spices as the filling, and is tangy rather than sweetish while the water is sour and spicy. Only time you are allowed to eat Phuchka multiple times a day and during odd hours is during Durga Puja. Oh, I miss those days.

2. Chicken & Mutton Rolls

Chicken Egg Rolls

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You can find many stalls saying Kolkata’s Kathi Rolls in other cities but the original mouthwatering rolls are found in Bengal only. The juicy morsels of chicken/mutton pieces are wrapped in a paratha that has been coated with egg. For eggitarians, you can opt for an aloo filling but the paratha will still be coated with egg.

3. Ghoogni

Kolkata famous Ghoogni

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Ghoogni is an evening snack in Eastern India, especially in Kolkata. Black gram, dried yellow peas, or dried white peas are cooked with gravy in the traditional eastern Indian style. It is then garnished with freshly chopped onions and cucumbers. This snack will warm you and your heart on cold winter evenings.

4. Beguni

Hot and Crispy Begunis

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Have you ever imaged the thin slices of egg plants can make such a delicious evening snack? Never right. Eggplants are sliced and battered before being either fried or deep fried in oil. Hot begunis on a rainy day are to die for. Crispier the better.

5. Mochar Chop

Mochar Chop

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Chops or Croquettes are a staple food for Bengalis. Ask any Bengali, and you’ll surely find the mention of ‘Chops’ in their list of top ten Bengali snacks! Whether it is Aloo (Potato) chops or Mutton chops, every Bengali’s mouth start watering upon hearing the mere mention of it. One such favorite of mine is Mochar Chop. Mocha means Banana flower, which is a very unique vegetable and can be cooked in many delicious ways, like curries, koftas, cutlets and many more.

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6. Fish Kabiraji

Fish Kabiraji

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Fish Kabiraji is one of the ultimate Bengali street food creations, which deserves every Bengali food connoisseur’s salute. I myself have grown eating amazing Fish Kabiraji’s in the busiest streets in Garia Hat. The marinated fish fillets are dipped in beaten eggs mixture, followed by rolling in bread crumbs to finally fry in hot oil.

I miss it in Bangalore even though many Bengali restaurants have popped up in recent years, they cannot match Kolkata’s taste. So, whenever I come to Kolkata, I make it a point to have Fish Kabiraji at least once.

7. Egg Devil

Kolkata's Egg Devil

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Dim or Egg Devil is a comfort food for us Bengalis. We often nag our moms to make this on rainy days while we put on Rabindra Sangeet in our computers/mobiles. As per the culinary history the word “devil” was coined in the year 1786 to describe a food preparation that were deep-fried and seasoned with hot spices and condiments, extremely pleasing, and certainly not relating to satanic thoughts.

8. Rosogolla

Mouthwatering Rosogolla in different flavours

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No list will be complete without mentioning the National Sweet Dish of Bengal i.e. Rosogolla. I know, there is no such thing as the National Sweet Dish of Bengal but I feel there should be especially after wining the origin content of Rosogolla. Technically, it is made from ball-shaped dumplings of chhena (an Indian cottage cheese) and semolina dough, cooked in light syrup made of sugar. This is done until the syrup permeates the dumplings.

Now for all the Rosogolla lovers, different flavors are available to experiment with. If you don’t believe me check out the picture above.

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9. Mishti Doi

Mishti Doi

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Rosogolla and Mishti Doi (Sweet Curd) have both captured the heart of Bengalis and no meal is complete without them.

Mishti doi is prepared by boiling milk until it is slightly thickened, sweetening it with brown sugar or khejur gura (date molasses), and allowing the milk to ferment overnight.

Earthenware is always used as the container for making mitha dahi because the gradual evaporation of water through its porous walls not only further thickens the yogurt, but also produces the right temperature for the growth of the culture. Very often the yogurt is delicately seasoned with a pinch of cardamom for fragrance.

10. Cadbury Sandesh/Mishti

Cadbury Sandesh/Mishti

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Cadbury Sandesh/Mishti is a recent addition to the glorious culinary history of Bengalis and a dream come true of every sweet lover. You get the goodness of chenna and naughtiness of Cadbury chocolates, a great initiative by Cadbury’s to prove their versatility.

There are many more street foods which I didn’t mention here like Kachori, Piyaji (Onion fritters), Jhal Muri, Chowmein, Luchi Aloo Dam, Boondi, Jaynagar er Moa (Laddu) and to taste them all, you have to come to Kolkata. Hope this list intrigues your taste buds enough to make you fly soon to Kolkata.

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When Hungry in Pune: Ten Tastiest Treats

Travel and food go hand in hand. Often we encounter mouthwatering food items in our journey to new places. We all enjoy exploring a beautiful city while munching on some delicious food too.

Even though you will get everything to eat in Pune, these are some of the delicious food items to keep an eye for:

1. Kande Pohe: Kanda Poha makes an easy and super quick breakfast dish. Consisting of onions, poha, lemon, coconut, green chilies, cilantro, Kande Pohe is delicious, high fiber and energizing snack. We tried this a couple of times during our stay in Pune.

2. Misal Pav: Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra, India. It consists of misal and pav.

Misal Pav

The final dish is topped with potato-chiwda mix, “farsan” or “sev”, onions, lemon and coriander. Personally, I didn’t like this dish. The one we had was swimming in lot of oil.

3. Chikki: Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet (brittle) generally made from peanuts and jaggery. There are several different varieties of chikki in addition to the most common groundnut (peanut) chikki.

Chikkis

Lonavala chikkis are most popular ones. I purchased few from Manganlal for my family and friends back in Bangalore.

4. Modak: For sweetlovers, this is a must try. The sweet filling on the inside of a Modak consists of freshly grated coconut and jaggery while the outer soft shell is made from rice flour or wheat flour mixed with khoya or maida flour.

Modaks in various flavours

The Modak can be fried or steamed. We chose to have mewa Modaks in the flavours of Mango, Chocolate, Kesar and Coconut.

5. Mastani: There are now more than 20 flavours of Mastani available, but if you are a sucker for tradition and originality, try the mango. Mastani is available in every corner of every market in Pune.

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6. Vada Pav: I think I saw more roadside stalls of Vada Pav then Panipuri in Pune. I think it is the staple food of people in Maharastra.

Vada Pav

Vada comes from the Marathi compound word batata vada, which means “potato fritter”. Pav is a derivative of the Portuguese word “pão”, which means sweetened bread.

7. Keema Pav: You won’t know what a real Keema Pav tastes like unless you have had it in Pune. It is a slight variation of Vada Pav. Instead of a Vada, they put cooked Keema[minced mutton] in between the Pavs.

8. Pav Bhaji: Everybody once in their lifetime have tried Pav Bhaji. It consist of a thick vegetable curry, fried and served with Pavs touched with butter.

Pav Bhaji

The only thing enhances the flavor is a dash of lime on top of the vegetable curry.

9. Kanda Bhajji: At every corner in Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar, you will find road side stalls selling Kanda Bhajji [Onion Fritter].

They are the ideal snacks after a refreshing bath in waterfalls or stopping in between long drives. They best go with hot cup of tea.

10. Masala Corns: Masala Corns are taking over everywhere. From American sweet corns to roasted corns, you will find them in most of the tourist spots.

Masala Corns

We happen to have these at a couple of occasions. during our monsoon visit to Pune. They not only taste yummy but keeps you warm apparently.

So, what are your best picks? Whenever you get a chance, don’t hesitate to try these delicious food items.

Hope you have a wonderful gastronomic time in Pune.

Bon Appetit!

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