Gastronomics…1/2

Someone rightly said, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. India offers vast variety of cuisines to satisfy the taste buds of everyone. Costliest is not necessarily the Best and Best may not be the Costliest one…

Presenting herewith some of my own eating experiences in different parts of India.

Sukhdev Da Dhaba (Delhi-Amritsar Highway)

Beginning with one of my most pleasant experience on the Grand Trunk Road (Connecting Delhi with Amritsar and 50 KM from Delhi) at the Sukhdev da Dhaba… Pure Vegetarian, Multi Cuisine (with Indian particularly Punjabi cuisine being the best), Affordable (Rs 500 good two), Hygienic and Excellent Service are some of the mentions.

Sukhdev Da Dhaba

Sukhdev Da Dhaba on NH1 (near Sonepath)

Aloo Da Paratha @ Sukhdev Da Dhaba

Aloo Da Paratha @ Sukhdev Da Dhaba

Rajwada @ Indore

The other wise Jewelry market (Sarafa bazaar) of Indore during day time, converts into a heaven for street food lovers after 7 pm with hundreds of stalls popping up from no where. With more than 200 eateries, the place offers some of the best tongue teasing delicacies. Whether you have a sweet tooth or fond of hot and spicy snacks, this is the place for you.

A Sweet Shop @ Rajwada, Indore

Agrawal Sweets @ Rajwada, Indore offers savory deserts

Gulab Jamuns at a Sweet Shop @ Rajwada, Indore

Hot and Juicy Gulabjamuns @ Agrawal Sweets, Rajwada, Indore

Bhutte Ka Kis @ Rajwada, Indore

Bhutte Ka Kis (Sweet corn crush) @ Rajwada, Indore

Sabudana Khichadi @ Sanwaria @ Rajwada, Indore

Sabudana Khichri @ Sanwaria @ Rajwada, Indore. ‘Sabudana’ a Hindi name for the small granules made from the ‘Sagu’ powdery starch extracted from a kind of tree. Dishes made out of ‘Sagu’ granules are exempt from the banned food list during indian fasting… The Indori Sabudana Khichri is fore sure one of reasons you will fall love in with this city.

The Best from Rajwada Indore…. Joshiji Badewale

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Strictly a not to be missed experience in case you are visiting Indore and a die hard Dahi bada foodie…

Pakodewala @ Sitabuldi, Nagpur

Nagpur is popular for its oranges. However the Orange city also offers some great hot spots or hide outs for the die hard food lovers. A very unique for Nagpur, there is a spicy cuisine named ‘Saoji’ is served in some of the restaurants mainly popular among students and non veggies. During my last visit to the city, I revisited one of my favorite snack stall ‘Pakodewala’ on the Sitabuldi main road. From a roadside vendor to now a renowned snack bar in the city, the owner Guptas have come a long way. Savory ‘Imartis’ were being rolled in the hot ghee and soaked in the sugar syrup. Have a look….

Thats how they are swirled and juiced in the sugary syrup

That’s how they are swirled and juiced in the sugary syrup

Imartis@Pakodewala@Nagpur

Imartis@Pakodewala@Nagpur

Imartis@Pakodewala@Nagpur

Imartis@Pakodewala@Nagpur

Some very typical of Konkan and Mumbai cuisine…

When we think of Maharastrian cuisine, the obvious names comes to our mind are Puran Poli, Thalipeeth etc… However, being a spicy food lover, my votes goes to the very humble but satisfying Maharastrian dish (particularly in Mumbai region) is Misal Pav.

Misal Pav in a Pen resturant

Dahi Misal Pav in a Pen resturant

Misal @ Union Special in Old Panvel, Navi Mumbai

Misal @ Union Special in Old Panvel, Navi Mumbai. Typically a Misal is a spicy curry made from sprouted bean (Moong, Matki, Peas etc)

A complete meal to begin your day

My favorite Misal Pav @ Union Special in Panvel is served with hot ‘Pooris’ or ‘Pav’ in early hours of the day…

Hotel ‘Union special’ in old Panvel is serving this very typical Misal Pav since last 60 years. The hotel opens at 6am is closes for the day by 11am after satisfying taste buds of limited loyal customers. The masala used in the dish is a secret recipe being passed on to generations. Try once ! You wont be disappointed !!

Haji Lassi Centre, Itwara, Bhopal

I found this location by chance. While I was in Bhopal last summer, I inquired the locals about the best ‘Lassi’ being offered in the city of lakes. The obvious answer was ‘Haji Lassi Center’ in Itwara area. Although located almost 15 km from the hotel I have put up, me and my colleague decided to give it a try. The place was unique as I have been told that there are no servants in the shop. The entire family takes care of the customers and the service is awesome looking at the crowd.

Haji Lassi Centre @ Bhopal

Haji Lassi Centre @ Bhopal

Lassi @ Haji Lassi Centre Bhopal

Lassi @ Haji Lassi Centre Bhopal

Lassi @ Haji Lassi Centre Bhopal

Lassi @ Haji Lassi Centre Bhopal

Much more to share in the next post… Bon Appetite !

Story of a dying lotus lake

Located to the western side of the Mumbai Pune Old Highway in Panvel town, lies an ancient lake called ‘Wadale or Ballaleshwar lake’. Originally spread over several hectares, this lake is now reduced to just few acres, thanks to rampant construction and land grabbing. The pond is renowned for the bloom of lotus flowers.

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A solitary Lotus

Panvel although blessed with such natural lakes which could otherwise be a major recreational spots for relaxation and enjoying natures beauty, most of these lakes are now surrounded by housing societies and commercial activities.

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The Bloom

The lotus in the lake blooms twice in a year around Diwali and June month which is onset of the monsoon. Although being neglected by civic authorities and local residents, the lake is being maintained by a private owner who is struggling hard to save it from ruined. The owner is often seen riding his small boat in the lake to clean the filth and collect some flowers which he sells in the local market.

1DSC_0714 This lake could have been a beautiful recreational spot to the residents however garbage dumping by the citizens and apathy of the civic authorities making it filthier and the birds are also vanishing. I have been there on a summer morning some years back to witness and capture this lake through my lens.

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