Saturday, September 13, 2014

Restaurant Style- Channa Bhatura (Chole Bhature)

Once you start eating Indian street food it just grows on you yup its so addictive not so healthy yet comforting and filling. There is this place in Bangalore one of the busiest lanes in majestic area where a jain style food joint which sells absolutely best channa and bhatura when ever I'm in the area always make a point to eat there some day will be posting about this shop and dishes they serves...

Watch my video for channa masala recipe...


Restaurant style Channa Bhatura??? To see a secret ingredient in this gravy recipe watch my video...

Ingredients:
1 Cup Chickpeas
3 Onions 
2 Tomatoes 
1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Coriander powder
1/2 +1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
2 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1/2 Tsp Kasoori Methi
2 Tbsp Ghee
1/2 Tsp Hing(Asafoetida)
2 Tbsp Oil
Salt as per tasted

Prep Up:
  1. Wash the chickpeas thoroughly fill a bowl with water add the chickpeas cover and allow to soak over night. this step speeds up the cooking process
  2. Once the chicken peas are done soaking it should have doubled in size drain excess water add the peas to a pressure cooker add 2 cups water and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and asafoetida place the lid and whistle and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles or until the peas a tender and cooked.
  3. In a pressure cooker add tomatoes and onion with 1 cup water and pressure cook for 3 whistles once the onion and tomato is cooked thoroughly add to a mixer jar and blend to a smooth puree reserve.
Method:
  • Heat a handi or wok on medium flame add ghee and oil once the oil is hot add cumin allow to splutter a bit add ginger and garlic paste and fry.
  • Add the dry ingredients chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala and turmeric powder fry a bit once the spices foam up add the prepared tomato puree and fry cover and allow the oil to surface.
  • Add the cooked chickpeas to the masala add water if needed and add salt stir cover.
  • Once the oil surfaces and the masala is cooked add 1/2 tsp of sweet condensed milk stir and cover for a minute.
  • Add freshly chopped mint and coriander  and serve with lime wedges.



All the prep work can be done one day a head of time as this recipe is time consuming if your done with prep work you can finish the bhatura in no time and serve for birthday or anniversary parties its such an affordable and easy meal every body will appreciate your efforts...

Watch my video for bhatura recipe...

Prepare the bhatura dough one day a head of time and store in fridge this way the dough gets enough time to rest and your work is cut short follow the steps as given. this is not your regular poori recipe the ingredients given here is only for bhatura and can serve upto 5 people.

Ingredients:
4 Cups Maida/all purpose flour
4 Tbsp Yogurt
1 Tbsp Fine Semolina
1 Tbsp Salt
4 Tbsp Oil + Oil for Frying


Method:

  • Sift the maida atleast 4 to 5 times this way the flour is nice and lite. Add the flour to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the semolina and salt to the flour and mix well.
  • Add the yogurt and 2 tbsp oil mix well now use your hand and sprinkle little water at a time and start kneading the dough to a semi tight consistency add 2 tbsp of oil and start to knead the dough for atleast 10 to 15 minutes this way the dough will form gluten and will puff up while frying.
  • Cover the dough and allow to rest on counter top for an hour if your preparing this next day store it in a airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Take fairly large size dough balls dust in flour and roll into large roti using any lid or cutter cut into equal size poori.
  • Heat oil in a wok on medium flame once the oil smokes a bit gently slide the prepared poori in the oil and start frying it should puff up and wont soak much oil once its fried for a minute on one side flip and fry on the other side for a minute drain the excess oil and serve hot...enjoy..:)


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review- TTK Healthcare's Good Home Vegetable and Fruit Wash


TTK has always been a part of every house hold across India. From the time I took my baby steps on this earth ttk has been my good friend. TTK as a brand has been serving us for decades with best of products from pressure cookers to personal care products. ttk's groups good home is a seven year old brand their products includes from scrubbers to air fresheners, room fresheners, odour removers and drain cleaners. Recently Good Home launched the veggie wash which is most needed in today's living standards.


India is world's second largest populated country as per the stats 1,236,344,631 living in this country. Just imagine the amount of cultivation our farmers have to plan for our daily meals. the demand for fresh  fruits and veggies are making our farmers grow the needed produce in a rapid way cut short methods and over spraying of fertilizers and chemicals on veggies are common practice to achive required targets. my question is How safe is our health eating Healthy veggies??? Are they really healthy veggies.  I am also caught up with organic way of eating which is know for cultivating veggies and fruits without pesticides but then even the organic veggies have some sort of herbal spray to keep the pests away..is this safe..



Once there is human contact with the veggies while picking the contamination starts after the produce is picked its sprayed again with chemicals before packaging and sent to the distributor and from the distribution center the produce reaches at the grocery store/ super market imagine the amount of contamination during the travel once at the super market they spray the veggies again and also coat the fruits with wax this is how 90% of the veggies and fruits at super market look fresh and plumpy this in a way attracts many consumers. Vegetables and fruits undergo a lot of contamination during this period by the end of the day we as the consumer have to suffer from adverse health issues. sadly only 60% of people who are aware of  the system take good care to clean the veggies and fruits.

In my family we follow simple steps to wash the veggies either using salt water or vinegar at times mom would also use turmeric to wash veggies as turmeric is a natural disinfectant. In countries like USA ect they use veggie wash on a regular basis they prefer to deep clean the veggies before use  this trend is slowly but surely picking up in India.


What does the Good Home Vegetable and Fruit wash Contain?
Good Home Vegetable and Fruit Wash, which contains natural tulsi extracts and chlorohexidine gluconate is 95% more effective than washing vegetables and fruits with normal water.

How to use?
Just by adding 10 ml of the Vegetable and Fruit Wash solution to 1 liter of water, soak for three minutes and rinse with fresh potable water. The vegetables and fruits are clean and safe to cook and consume.

What is the cost?
Priced at Rs 100 for a 500ml pack, the product is available in all leading super markets, grocers, general merchants and specialty vegetable and fruit outlets and  is also available in Amazon.

This is how I started using the veggie wash solution and followed the simple and easy directions 
took enough water in a large bowl added 10ml of the solution and added my veggies and fruits to the solution. allowed my veggies to rest in the solution for 3 minutes
After 3 minutes i took the vegetables out from the water there was obsessively a lot of dirt at the bottom and had to rinse them again in running water seriously I have not seen carrots tomato and capsicum look so clean it was squeaky clean.

Then my attempt was to wash the apples and chalky looking grapes so I followed the same process was not sure if the wax on the apples melted the grapes looked bit okay to me was not overly satisfied with the wash on fruits.

What do I feel about the product?
I would have preferred the packaging to be in a transparent spray bottle it would have been easy to spray the veggies with the wash and then rinse thoroughly I would also like the wax coated on some fruits and veggies to melt they should look into this aspect. if it was priced at 80 rupees per bottle it would have been super.

However one must note there is no harmful chemicals in the product it has done its best to wash the veggies and fruits over all I am satisfied with the results at least there is one company which is initiating and trying to bring forward a best product for its consumers. we all have to start some where.

Thanks to PR company for introducing to me to a wonderful and most useful product.

Read more about ttk: http://www.ttkhealthcare.com/
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rythms of Goa- Margarita Lounge Bar @Lavelle Road Bengaluru



Margarita Lounge Bar is a venture of  The Fisherman's Wharf  is located at Lavelle road Bengaluru. Open Daily from 11.30 am until late. When at Margarita lounge bar they offer many varieties of cocktails and mocktails at an affordable price the food served here is goan and Mexican

The ambience is so relaxing and is decorated with vibrant mexican poncho and floppy sombrero hats the deep cushioned chairs are so comfortable I can totally see myself lounge in them all day..


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Its a nice space to organize parties, group booking or chill out on weekends. the cocktails and mocktails are well presented its a space fit for foodies.

The service is awesome I totally enjoyed the mocktails black current and star anise mocktail was so refreshing and totally enjoyed the watermelon martini with beacon wrapped prawns.  



Watermelon Martini

Orange Mojito

Black Current and Star anise Mocktail 
Watermelon Mojito
I totally recommend this place do visit..

Margarita Lounge Bar 
#25/4, Lavelle RD, Opposite Harley Davidson Showroom, Bangalore 560001
Bangalore, India 560001
Phone 073 53 800001
Website http://thefishermanswharf.in/

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Crispy Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks


I cant even tell how good these crispy cheese sticks were it was ooey gooey and prefect for this monsoon weather. Recipe is simple if the steps and timing are followed. 

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Ingredients:
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Mozzarella 
1 Cup Maida(All purpose flour)
5 Tbsp Corn Starch
2 Cups Breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp Pepper
1/2 Tsp Basil
1/2 Tsp Pizza Seasoning
Salt as required
Oil for frying


Prep Up:
  1. Using a fine grater grate the cheese and bring it to room temperature.
  2. Spread the bread crumbs on a plate.
  3. Combine maida and corn flour with a tsp of salt add water and mix till thin batter .


Method:
  • In a mixing bowl add the shredded cheese along with 1/2 tsp pepper powder a pinch of salt and pizza seasoning mix well.
  • If the cheese is in room temperature it will be easy to handle knead to a dough format.
  • There are 2 ways in preparing these cheese sticks either you take a small portions of cheese and roll it out into uniform sticks or roll the dough as roti and cut into uniform sticks.
  • I chose to roll it like roti and then cut it into sticks.

  • Dust the work surface with maida and roll out the cheese dough into 1 inch thickness.
  • Trim the edges and cut into equal sticks follow the step till you finish using up all the dough.
  • Place the sticks on a plate and cover with cling film place it in the freezer.
  • Freeze the cheese stick for 2 hours.
By Freezing these cheese sticks its easy to handle and wont get soggy while breading.

After 2 hours:
  • Get prepared to bread the sticks make sure the batter and bread crumbs are ready.
  • Remove the cheese from freezer try to gently separate the sticks.
  • Be really fast while breading the stick dip each stick into the batter shake of excess batter and roll it into the bread crumbs place it back on the same place cover and place in the freezer for 2 hours.
After 2 Hours:
  • Start seasoning the bread crumbs with basil, a pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp of  pepper powder mix till well combined and spread on a plate.
  • Remove the cheese stick from freezer and dip into batter roll it in to the bread crumbs and place it back on the plate.
  • Freeze the sticks again for an hour.
After 1 Hour:
  • Heat oil on medium  flame the oil should be almost to a smoky point.
  • Remove 10 sticks at a time from the freezer and start frying till golden brown serve hot with ketchup and enjoy...:)
I will recommend to store the cheese sticks in a Tupperware freezer box and fry when required only take as many sticks your going to serve if you remove the entire batch of sticks for frying each time it can tend to get soggy and will get messy. these sticks store upto 2 weeks in the freezer it best when served as a cocktail snack or for a birthday party.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kothu Parotta

Kothu means mince in tamil its minced parotta with left over chicken/mutton or veg curry tossed with spices and served hot with tea this is a filling snack during tea time specially served in South India. I call this a healthy and good chance to clear out all the leftovers from fridge use up all those leftovers tortillas, pasta sauce, meat balls and so on sprinkle on some cheese and your good to go...

Video Recipe link....

4 Nos: Left Overs Chapathi/Parotta, 3 Eggs, 2 Cups Chicken, Mutton or Veg Curry, 2 Onion Roughly Chopped, 1 Cup Finely Chopped Bell Peppers, 1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste, 5 Green Chillies Finely Chopped, Fist Full Mint and Coriander Finely Chopped, Oil as required, Salt as per taste, 1 Tbsp Lime juice


Prep up: stack the parottas or chappati and chop into tiny pieces. remove the bones from the meat and shred the meat remove all those whole spice in the curry reserve.
Heat a skillet on medium flame add 2 tbsp oil and add the egg prepare a scramble add salt and pepper as per taste reserve it. Heat a wok on medium flame add 2 tbsp oil add onion, ginger and garlic paste chopped chillies and fry till onions turn transparent add the bell peppers and fry a bit add salt and stir once the bell pepper are done add the gravy stir well and fry till oil separates add the chopped parotta and toss fry well add salt if needed and garnish with mint and coriander add lime juice and serve hot with raita enjoy this snack with coffee or tea...happy cooking...:)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Fisherman's Wharf a Fusion Seafood Bistro @Lavelle Road Bengaluru

The Fisherman's Wharf is a Multi Cuisine Bistro. They specialize in Goan cuisine , all dishes are cooked to perfection and tastes authentic out of a goan kitchen, and yes of course when the chefs and staff are from Goa recipes can never go wrong. The Fisherman's Wharf, Located at Lavelle Road opposite to Harley Davidson Showroom Bengaluru.

The Ambience

The nautical themed d├ęcor is not over done, which I personally liked a lot, neutral colour tone comprises every fixtures pops of blue, wall murals,  large conch sea shells, tiny sea horses and star fishes on mural walls were perfectly placed and was appealing to eyes. Every wall or corner was perfectly decorated with  indoor water fountain, burlap cushioned compy chairs, soft shade lights gives beach kinda feel. The Space is well maintained and centrally air conditioned.


Video Review of Fisherman's Wharf...


Meet Head Chef Pradeep

Chef Pradeep was a bit intrigued, when lot of cameras were flashing on him all bloggers wanted to know where is he from? does he like bangalore and so on. quite shy and patient he answered all of our questions one at a time. we loved his goan fish curry with rice and dry fish kismur. I interviewed him bit about Fisherman's Wharf and his experience.  

The Fisherman’s Wharf was established in 2005. The brainchild was Mr. Xavier Furtado, a business professional from Goa. His ideology was to capture the tastes of the community, with the best authentic local cuisine in Goa, and is proud to serve people from all walks of life at Fisherman’s Wharf .

The original seafood multi-cuisine restaurant located on the bank of River Sal in the South of Goa, is the ultimate dining place. The restaurant has captured the tastes of the community, with the best authentic local cuisine in South Goa.

Chef Pradeep Loves every-bit of Bengaluru and wishes to serve his fusion and authentic recipes from Goa.

The Fisherman's Wharf is also located at Goa, Sarjapura Bengaluru and Dubai

The Fisherman's Wharf @Sarjapur Bengaluru.

The Fisherman’s Wharf with a touch of Goa in Bangalore, which brings the simple pleasures of fresh seafood and more to landlocked Bangaloreans. The restaurant is nestled among swaying palms, bamboo and hibiscus flowers for a feel of Sussegado Goa. This restaurant strives to recreate the laid-back atmosphere of the original, with live music, and lots of airy space ideal for open air dining. There is also a kiddies zone and sand pit for the kids to get a touch of the beach.

The Fisherman's Wharf @South Goa

The restaurant feature both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as live musical entertainment every evening. Guests can enjoy a comfortable open deck seating next to River Sal. We combine a great atmosphere and delicious food with wonderful Goan hospitality and customer service to offer one of the best dining experiences around.

The Fisherman's Wharf @Dubai Marina

Situated right on the Dubai Marina, is the Fisherman’s Wharf serving a fusion sea food cuisine. Pick from the fresh catch of the day and watch our Chefs create a mouth watering dish just for you. Air-conditioned comfort and open deck seating gives one an amazing sight of the Marina. To complete the Dubai experience, shisha or hubble-bubble is also available on the open deck.


Margarita Lounge Bar on the second level is sister concern of The Fisherman's Wharf, which truly whips up awesome cocktails and mocktails. natural sky light and vibrant pops of colours are tied in with Mexican sombrero, this space is truly bright and refreshing, I will write more all about Margarita lounge bar on my next blog review.

All the drinks i.e Cocktails and Mocktails served to us in Fisherman's Wharf were from Margarita Lounge Bar.

The Fisherman's Wharf serves Buffet and a-la-carte. Once the staff allocates a table for you/family they make sure to ask if anybody is allergic to any sea food or product this is a good practice every restaurant should follow this rule of thumb it makes a dinning experience safer. The Buffet is amazing compared to other hotels they serve a mix of salads, sushi, north Indian veg/curries and paneer tikkas, sea food, and nonveg curries for steam cooked rice, hot soups which is wonderful. The desserts are top class from jamuns to tiramisu all freshly made. The lunch Buffet is from Monday to Saturday and Costs 350+ Taxes.

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Here are my clicks and what chef pradeep had in-store for us...
Black Current, Star anise and orange fizz was one awesome refreshing drink to start with...

For starter we had the sea food platter ( Batter Fried Squids , Rawa fried Prawns , Stuffed Crabs ).

Rawa coated prawns was perfectly spiced and had a good crunch, it was not rubbery or dry, it was cooked to perfection. 

Stuffed Crabs was so filling. crab meat was shredded and spiced to perfection, filled back in crab shell topped with cheese and baked. It was truly tasty and melting cheese was yum.

Batter fried squid tasted absolutely yum with wasabi mayo. squid rings were dipped in tempura batter and fried to perfection. Awesome starter which was also available on buffet. we totally enjoyed it.

Sea Devil (Bacon Wrapped Prawns) with sprouted salad served with thousand island sauce and Balsamic vinaigrette.

The prawns were marinated in hot chilly and BBQ sauce wrapped with bacon strips and grilled the smoky flavours from the bacon was awesome crispy bacon spicy and juicy prawns had the perfect crunch tasted absolutely wonderful.

Maki Sushi..

Veggie Sushi..

We ordered for the sushi from the buffet. The sushi were freshly made and tasted absolutely yum with wasabi and pickled ginger...

Some Orange mojito to cleanse the palate...

Chorizo Pao with Goan Salad..

Spicy pork sausage and breads which is prepared in goa and shipped to Bangalore is something really awesome, no one can beat the authenticity and flavours. The spicy sausage is slow cooked with some pork fat and spicy red goan paste. served with soft buttered pao buns...excellent combo...

Seafood Platter ( Pomfret Rechado , Snapper Fillet Cafreal , Butter Garlic Tiger Prawns )

We shared this platter I liked the spicy pomfret some how I was not a huge fan of snapper, totally loved the butter garlic prawns with steam cooked rice.

Prawn Balchao was perfect with pao buns and steam cooked rice...

to wash down all the spicy food I ordered some watermelon martini...

Mushroom Tonak  sadly i did not touch this dish as I was already stuffed with nonveg options...

Chicken Cafreal

Butter grilled chicken was coated with a coriander spiced masala, the chicken was juicy not dry and the masala gave it a extra punch. tasted yum with rice and goan baked buttered bread..
I topped my chicken cafreal with some of these caramel coated pungent garlic the crunch bits ummm tasted heavenly...

Goan Prawn Curry with Goan Rice

This prawn curry was authentic no comments this is exactly how a goan prawn curry should taste like dried prawn kismur with rice, is authentic goan delicacy. we enjoyed every bit. 

All the food tasting i was doing my taste buds were up for a toss so i ordered for some Watermelon Mojito it was quite refreshing and cleansed my palate...

Pork Assad

Spicy braised pork belly served with pumpkin had typical south indian flavour, was tender tasted yum with pao buns and steam cooked rice..

Beans Foogath

This is authentic south indian side dish, which my grandma used to make for roti the taste and flavours were perfect this is exactly how a bean foogath should taste like...

Bebinca with Ice Cream and Chocolate Cigar

Bebinca is a goan cake which is made out of  eggs, vanilla, maida, coconut milk, sugar and ghee. Its time consuming and lot of patience is required to prepare this cake. Every layer is dum cooked in coconut husk. its very well prepared and is shipped from Goa. we truly enjoyed every bit. Thanks to The fisherman's Wharf team for the Invite.

My Score Card:
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Value for money: Yes

Meal for 2 would cost 1500 INR

All cards accepted, Ample Parking Available. 

Do visit: The Fisherman's Wharf LAVELLE ROAD
PHONE:+91 7353800001, +91 7353301603
ADDRESS: Opposite Harley Davidson Showroom, Lavelle Road, Bangalore

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