Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Punjabi Food Festival @Nook Aloft Bengaluru

Punjab has always been identified as a land of gastronomical expedition. I first tasted some of the best kulchas, curries and lassi the authentic punjabi cuisine during my visit to Delhi. I've personally never been to Punjab, someday I would love to explore more. When Aloft wanted to host us for the punjabi food festival, I was so thrilled to savor authentic punjabi food at Bengaluru.

The entire experience was authentic and truly thought over. Mr.Sodhi the man behind "Sodhi da dhaba" Punjab had created a scrumptious menu, which included specially-crafted delicious non-vegetarian dishes like  Bhatti Da Kukkad, Saag Meat and Machli Amritsari

Vegetarians can relish upon Sarson Ka Saag, Channa cholle, Aloo kulchas and much more to give the foodies an ultimate gastronomic pleasure, each and every Ingredient was carefully chosen and shipped from Punjab, specially for this food festival.

The carefully crafted menu comprised traditional spice laced food, succulently created from fresh ingredients, keeping in mind a healthy nutritional balance, and preserving the wholesome goodness from punjab to our plate.
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Mr.Sodhi the man behind "Sodhi da dhaba" Punjab.

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We started our meal with kesar lassi (thick sweetened buttermilk with nuts and saffron) was quite refreshing and tasty ultimately I ended up drinking 4 glasses of lassi...I guess I was lot thirsty that day...:P

Bhatti Da Kukkad  chunks of chicken marinated, with secret spices and hung curd, then grilled in a traditional coal oven(tandoor) was succulent, and very juicy. The blend of spices were perfect not over powering.

Machli Amritsari a batter fried fish...this fried fish was prepared with basa, was buttery and crispy, tasted real good with a traditional raw onion tomato..tangy chutney.

Gobi Kurkure batter fried cauliflower florets, served with mint chutney...I created a crunchy roll with naan crispy veggie and chutney taste was good. I would've liked it bit more spicy...

Dhal ki Papad 

Butter Naan
Keema Kulcha spicy minced meat stuffed in to a whole wheat bread, baked on coals, was crispy and soft, any thing served with a dollop of butter is always yummy...

Aloo Kulcha, Bhakri Roti and Keema Kulcha...

Sarson Ka Saag, Channa Cholle, Punjabi kadhi... I truly enjoyed sarson ka saag which is prepared with mustard leaves, and palak(spinach), the gravy is then spiced and tempered with pungent mustard oil, this gravy compliments many breads, specially served with corn bread. These were good selection of gravies for vegetarians.

Tariwala Murgh 

Mutton Saag

We ended our main course with butter naan mutton saag and murgh tariwala...

For Desserts we had Gulab jamun, Moong Dhal Ki Halwa, and RasMalai... 

We were so engrossed in conversations with our lovely host Prapti. I finally completed my meal with Cappuccino...

Aloft truly captured and treated us with the traditional flavors and taste of punjab...

Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park
Cessna Business Park, Sarjapur - Marathahalli Outer Ring Road,
Kadubeesanahalli, Bellandur Post, Bengaluru (Bangalore) 560103, India.
080 4510 1010

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Keema Do Pyaza Recipe

Keema Do Pyaaza is an excellent side dish to be served with pulkhas or bhakri roti. I personally love it with jeera rice yummy dish to prepare when shallots (sambar onion or baby onions) are in season. We can also use any seasonal veggies and greens in this recipe like cauliflower, peas, double beans and palak.

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500 Kilo Keema (Chicken or Mutton)
1/4 Cup Peas
1 Onion Chopped
1 Tomato Chopped
3 Green Chilies Chopped
1 Onion Cubed or 1 Cup Baby Onion (shallots)
1 + 1/2 Tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste

1 Tsp Chilly powder
1/4 Tsp Pepper powder
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
2 Dried Red Chilies

1 Tsp Garam Masala(if we are using chicken tandoori or kitchen king masala can also be used)
1 Tbsp Ghee
2 Tbsp Oil 
Salt as per taste
Finely Chopped Mint +Coriander +1/2 lime juice for garnish..

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  1. In a pressure pan add the washed minced meat with 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp pepper powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala add water a pinch of salt and cook the meat till well done or cover the cooker and allow to cook for 2 whistles
  2. Heat a pan or wok on medium flame with ghee add the cubed onion and fry until light pink in color reserve in a bowl.
  3. In the same pan add oil once the oil is hot add broken chilies, 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste fry until raw flavor has gone.
  4. Add the dry masalas chilly powder, pepper powder, turmeric and garam masala to the ginger and garlic paste and fry a bit.
  5. Add the finely chopped onion, tomato and chilies fry a bit add a pinch of salt and fry till the onion turn transparent.
  6. Once the masala has fried add the cooked meat fry untill thoroughly mixed in the masala. Add peas and 1/4 cup water adjust salt as per taste stir and cover for 5 to 10 minutes until the meat has combined in the masala.
  7. After 10 minutes give the meat a good stir garnish with chopped mint coriander and lime juice...serve hot with roti...Enjoy...:)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mushroom Jalfrezi Recipe

Somebody asked me are you celebrating world vegetarian day...I said What? Now do we have a day to celebrate vegan day??  I was totally unaware of this celebration/day...What is World Vegetarian Day? Where did it all Start?

 North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, "To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

I'm so Happy I'm an Indian we need not celebrate vegan day 90% of our home cooked daily meal is vegan and we thoroughly enjoy simple living..World Vegetarian Day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, which ends with November 1, World Vegan Day, as the end of that month of celebration. Vegetarian Awareness Month has been known variously as Reverence for Life month, Month of Vegetarian Food, and more.

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200 Grams Mushrooms Sliced
1 Bellpepper (Capsicum deseeded and cubed)
1 Onion Cubed + 1 Onion Finely Chopped
3 Green Chillies Slit
2 Dry Red Chillies 
1 Large Tomato Finely Chopped
1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander
1 Tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste
1 Tbsp Vinegar
2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1/4 Tsp Pepper Powder
1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
1/2 Tsp Chilly Powder
Salt as per taste
1 Tbsp Ghee + 1 Tbsp Oil...

  • In a wok add oil and ghee place the wok on medium flame.
  • Once the oil is hot add ginger and garlic paste to the oil fry till raw flavor has gone. 
  • Add finely chopped onion, tomato, slit chillies and dry chilly fry all the ingredients the onion and tomato should soften a bit place it on low flame for 5 minutes.
  • Once the onion and tomato softens a bit add chilly powder, pepper powder, garam masala and tomato ketchup fry all the ingredients till oil separates a bit.
  • Add the bell peppers and mushroom to the masala toss to coat add 2 tbsp water and salt as per taste stir and cover until the mushroom and bell peppers soften.
  • In 5 minutes the vegetable will soften and would've cooked thoroughly add the cubed onion toss and fry for a minute.
  • Finish the masala with vinegar and chopped coriander toss and fry for a minute serve hot as side dish for roti or fried rice...Enjoy...:)  

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review iD Junior Parota and Whole Wheat Cheesy Quesadillas Recipe

iD Whole Wheat 100% Natural Junior Parota is a newly Launched Product. I was contacted by the company to review their newly launched junior parota. I felt very Happy to be associate with their brand and share my views on this product.

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At home we love all products from iD... dosa batter to chutneys, kerela parotas to rose cookies the line of home cooked goodies at an convenient and affordable price point is amazing. The company has been serving our community with good quality line of products..

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What I like about iD Junior Parota?
The parota is 100% natural no preservatives added.
Parota is prepared with whole wheat and RO Pure water is used.
Low Sodium Salt used.
In case of any complaints or query they have clearly given their Email address, social media links and contact number behind the packet.
Clear instructions how to cook the semi cooked parotas.

I was totally convinced with this all natural product. Net weight per packet is 150grams which contains 4 semi cooked tiffin box size parotas per packet. These parotas are a boon for parents who want their kids to eat healthy. Instead of preparing pizzas and wraps using white bread the whole wheat parota base is a good option not only to pack for lunch but a good portion size snacking option.

Diet watchers and diabetic people can also create portion size snack or pack these parotas for lunch. These parotas are excellent to carry during long trips, use at BBQ parties or for picnics..

These parotas are freshly prepared and sold at all supermarkets. The shelf life for this product is just 1 week from the date of packaging the expiration date is clearly mentioned behind the packet. They also warn their consumer not to purchase damaged or puffy packet from the market which is a good practice.

Whole Wheat Cheesy Quesadillas Recipe
2 Packets iD Whole Wheat Junior Parotas
1/2 Cup Grated Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese
2 Mushrooms Sliced
1 or 2 Pieces Chicken Sauages sliced or grilled shredded Chicken can be used in this recipe..
1/2 Bell Pepper Chopped into tiny pieces
1/2 Onion Finley Chopped
1 Garlic Clove Chopped
3 Sprigs Coriander Finely Chopped
1/4 Tsp Chilly powder
1/4 Tsp Pepper powder
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala
1 Tsp Butter
Salt as per taste
Oil as required..

  • Heat a wok on medium flame add 1 Tsp butter and 1 Tsp Oil.
  • Add all the veggies and meat saute a bit.
  • Add the masalas and salt fry for a minute. Since all the veggies and meat are thinly sliced and chopped the filling will cook with in 2 minutes.
  • Once the filling has cooked Remove from flame and allow to cool.

  • Heat a tawa/skillet of medium flame.
  • Once the skillet is hot transfer the parota and cook on both side for a minute do not add oil
  • Follow the same step and cook the second parota once the second parota has cooked to one side top the prepared filling and cheese.
  • Place the second parota on top press with a spatula and sandwich both the parotas.

  • Gently flip and fry on both sides add little oil or butter as per your preference once the parota have cooked cut and pack for lunch or serve hot as snack with ketchup on side..Enjoy...:) 

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sweet and Spicy Tawa Paneer

 This recipe will be an amazing starter to prepare during weekends or home parties very easy and simple list of ingredients required. These paneer skewers are soft, spicy, sweet and tangy.

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2 Capsicums (Washed, Seeds removed and chopped into large cubes)
2 Onions(Peeled Washed and cut into large cubes)
200 Grams Paneer (Cubed)
200 Grams Tinned Pineapple(Drained and Cut into Quarters)
12 Skewers (Washed and soaked in water for 5 minutes)
1 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1 Tbsp Garam Masala or Tandoori Masala
1/2 Tsp Chat Masala
1/2 Tsp Pepper powder
1 Tbsp Pizza Seasoning or Kasoori methi
Salt as per taste 
Oil as required...

  • In a bowl combine chilly powder, garam masala, pizza seasoning, pepper powder and chat masala along with salt as per taste reserve..
  • Start to skewer the veggies and paneer prepare a bunch of skewers.
  • Heat a pan with 2 tbsp oil. Start placing the skewers one by one place the flame on low.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over the paneer and cover every minute keep turning the paneer and sprinkle the seasoning and fry.
  • Once the paneer is coated with the masala fry until the capsicum softens a bit..Remove and serve hot...Enjoy...:)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ALOFT STAR amplified by MTV #Aloftstarmtv

Project #Aloftstarmtv is to support young and upcoming artist across the globe. We thoroughly enjoyed and were entertained by the Indian region finalists.  

Shrikanth nair, Krishnaprasad Iyer, unnikrishnan Vamadevan, Devadutta baji...
These Young Professionals call their group as Veda, the music played on stage was Aman. The unique combination of  fusion rock was amazing.

Divya Venugopal a physiologist from Mumbai preformed Tujhko Dekhe Toh. She is already featured in an album 'Guru Saath Ho' for the Art of Living Foundation.

 Sylvio Olvin and John Rozario The Duo are self taught musicians and love world music. They sung Bachpan..

Rohan Negi and team is from Dehradoon, Uttrakhand. Main Hoon Tera Radio is a song developed after research with amazing blend of European and Indian Lyrics.

Gowri jayakumar, Abhiskek Debsikdar, Anjo john and Behrooz Mihankhan...Singer and song witter gowri composed the entire song Run Pussy Run the song won everyone's heart and were announced the winners of #Aloftstarmtv 2015

After an amazing performance the elaborate buffet and cocktails +Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park was amazing...

Buttery Pav with Taka tak...

Lamb Biryani, Goan Prawns and Chicken Vindaloo...

Green Tea Chocolate Mousse, Omali, Orange Pastry, Jelabi and rabdi were yummm...