Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Express Food on Fast Lane - Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru

My Food/Travel Saga started on the express highway from Hebbal to International airport Kempegowda International Airport, Bengeluru I reached the airport in 20 minutes. The express high way has truly changed the travel experience, for many people who are in a rush. 

If I/we travel, we normally tend to plan ahead of time to reach the airport in time many parts of Bengaluru has Chock a Block traffic, burdened with packing and then scheduling a route, to reach in time leads many of us tend to skip a meal, its always the hunger pangs during travel. The Kerbside food chains at the Kempegowda International Airport,Bengaluru is a boon to many of us, they surely serve up some fresh and yummy delights on a budget.

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru  is considered the 4th busiest airport in India, in terms of the high volume of travellers and air traffic. The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is a destination to visit even if you don't have a flight to board, just take those long yet relaxing drive and visit the modern and impressive most appreciated architecture in Bengaluru.

Its been a while, since I last travelled to any place. I along with few bloggers, was invited to the bloggers table, and was totally excited with the invite. I jumped on board to see the transformation on the kerb. Years back Cafe Coffee Day was the only joint serving up some sandwiches, milkshakes and coffee, satisfied with what ever available, I used to board my flight.  

Its a change for good I was happy and most certainly looking forward to dine at all these well know food chains, from Cafe Noir to Chaipoint, Maiyas to Subway, Haati Kaapi to Kaatizone all these multi cuisine takeaways, are open round the clock. The 24hrs tight security makes the experience, not only secure, but also comfortable. the ample seating arrangements, at every food chain is one of a kind experience apart from savouring the best treats. Its fun to sit and watch people rush to board their flights, when you dont have one to board the vibe is great! 

We totally enjoyed the company of NEWS 9  the Crew followed us and interviewed every blogger watch the video...

My first stop was at Maiyas. they are know for their wonderful fluffy rava idlly. Once we settled Lo and Behold they served us some yummy Chow Chow Baath.

Chow Chow Baath is  nothing but a spicy upma served along with sweet kesari. both the dishes are prepared with semolina the spicy version is tempered with mustard chilles and asafoetida then cooked veggies are added followed by semolina all of this is cooked with only ghee and the sweet version contains pineapple, sugar and ghee. Every bite of this yummy combo was a melt in the mouth moment.

After Finishing our chow chow bath we were served bisibelebaath every Kannadigas favourite dish. Rice and dhal cooked to mushy consistency, along with spices and veggies, the onion tempering at the end gives a finishing touch to this dish, its always served with kara boondi. The veggies were perfectly cooked and the spices were were well blended, I totally enjoyed this meal. Just a portion of bisibelebaath will surely fill you up and prepare you, for the longest travel.

After a wonderful breakfast we headed towards Hatti kaapi.  At Haati Kaapi they serve wonderful chikmagaluru Kaapi, the blend is perfect and has the traditional topped with froth.  They also serve iyengar biscuits. coffee is only 15/- per serving.

After all the chats and laughs at haati Kaapi, we stepped at KaatiZone if  I travel I personally feel comfortable to eat a roti in a roll for lunch and dinner, its healthy meal on a budget. I was told that Kaatizone takes pre orders just call 080-65697771/2 for your favourite kaati roll they will have it ready for you the moment your step out of your flight this way you dont have to wait in the Queue. It was also a big surprise to see many foodchains have a separate section for jain food.

Next stop was at Chai Point I always love this lemon chai, while travelling it not only helps in digestion, but also stops the nausea feeling while travelling . At chai point they serve awesome masala chai to cranberry chai on a budget.  They've also launched the chai flask where in you can carry some chai on your travel can also pick some of your favourite chai to carry home the flask is insulated well, and can hold upto 5 servings.

Do watch my video review on Cafe Noir...

Finally after all this activity, we stepped into Cafe Noir for lunch they served us wonderful Italian and French dishes. I'd ordered for Carbonara and Chicken Lasagna, along with virgin mojito, the lunch was quite delightful. I truly enjoyed my carbonara and felt the chicken in lasagna was a tad bit dry, other wise the food was awesome and enjoyed every bit.

Cafe Noir also served us their specials like Strawberry Pastry, Rice pudding, Caramel Tart and Chocolate Mousse...

I will not be rating the food on this review because the food was just spectacular for an airport, just think out of the box,  pick Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru as your next destination with family and friends, and take a long drive and relax, enjoy the food and vibe its worth every penny.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mylapore Chicken Thokku

This recipe was passed down to me by my aunt and its been in her family for ages there are few tweaks that I've done as per my taste. however the original recipe does not contain allspice(kabab cheni) and kasoori methi just by adding these 2 ingredients tasted like a dish served at a famous restaurant...this semi gravy tastes yum when served with parrota, ghee rice, pav buns or just with hot rasam rice.

Video Recipe...

1 Kilo Chicken
3 Onions (finely chopped)
2 Large Tomatoes (crushed in a blender or finely chopped)
1 Cup Yoghurt
1 Tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste

4 Tbsp Chilly Powder (adjust as per your taste)
2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1/4 + 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder

1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 Tsp Fennel Seeds
4 Pods Cardamom
1 Inch Stick Cinnamon
1 Pinch Marati moggu
3 Cloves
Few Strands Mace
1 Tbsp Black Pepper Corns or Powder
1 Pinch All Spice Powder

2 Tbsp Ghee
2 Tbsp Oil
Salt as per taste

Finely Chopped Mint Coriander and Lime juice for garnish...

Prep Up:
  • Wash and pat the chicken dry gash the chicken add yoghurt and turmeric powder mix well...cover and allow to marinate over night in the fridge.
  • Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a wok on a medium flame.
  • Add the whole spices and 2 tbsp of onion and fry till light golden brown in colour remove from flame allow to cool...
  • Add the fried onion mixture to a mixerjar and grind into a smooth paste add water if needed.
  • Before preparing this recipe get the chicken to room temperature and proceed.
  • Heat a wok on medium flame with oil and ghee add chopped onion, ginger garlic paste and fry till onions turn transparent add a splash of water and fry the onion on slow flame till oil separates.
  • Now add the tomato and fry on low flame till oil seprates.
  • Add chilly powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder keep stirring and frying till raw flavour has gone.
  • Add the prepared masala paste to the onion tomato mixture and fry now add the chicken fry a bit.
  • Add salt as per taste enough water to cook the chicken place the flame on medium heat cover and cook the chicken till well done. uncover and place the flame on high for 10 minutes and allow the moisture to reduce to desired gravy consistency garnish with chopped mint and coriander add lime juice and serve hot as a side dish along with your main course...Enjoy...:)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IFTAR @MM Road Bengaluru

Gone are those days when IFTAR  treats were freshly made by women at home and shared among neighbours..I was born and bought up in Frazer town which is upper-middle-class residential locality, I stayed in a bungalow right opposite to the mosque and still remember those days just before sunset the holy prayers were offered and the fast was broken it used to be so sacred to watch all this activity...to tell you the truth MM road did not have a single food stall when I was a kid we hardly used to see any crowd and the tight nit Muslim community we were in always used to send us some delicious home made treats like paya and idiyappam, samosas and jamuns these were the treats we used to enjoy from our neighbours and never to forget the biryani during EID...

In my teens  there was this guy from mumbai who used to place his samosa stall near the mosque only during IFTAR and we used to rush to him for some hot samosas during tea time...and due to property disputes we sold our family property and moved away from city...its after 20years I returned to my home town to see the change I'm happy and sad at the same time to see all this activity...sad because our locality used to be so clam absolutely no activity...I'm happy to see and feel the vibe both young and old flocking to savour best treats in town, its a true feast for eyes and tummy.... nevertheless to say I'm a true believer of home cooked goodies...due to time constrain we are forced to shell out few bucks and also enjoy the vibe around... 
My Video...
I only went there seeing a huge social media presence once I reached my destination I saw huge amounts of Samosas, Haleem, Kababs, Biryani and Roti rolls prepared fresh and all of these are sold at a competitive price. dishes sold here starts from 50 Rs to 700 Rs for a complete meal. I ended up spending 1000rs for 2 people..

Its a spread fit only for nonveg lovers this spread offers beef, camel, quail, fish, chicken and mutton sold either grilled in a stick or rolled in a roti...what amazed me the most was cooking on a stone this is a traditional way of grilling meats the nomadic way or also know as the Bhatkally cuisine...

There were some details bothering me...huge amounts of food colouring, oil and butter were used in some recipes which is okay to savour once in a while but not everyday...but then there is always grilled stuff to keep you fit a lot of meats are barbecued on coals and wood some are marinated in tandoori masala while some are marinated in freshly made chutney either ways meats are cooked to perfection to suit the taste pallet of customers...

My picks from this massive food party are samosa @12rs per piece, chicken shawarma @60rs per piece, kheema pav @105rs per plate, Chicken Biryani @160rs per plate, Sheek Kababs @200rs per plate, chicken kabab @220rs full plate Fruit salad @20rs per serving, and Falooda @80rs per serving.

Chicken Rolls...

Mutton Samosa...

Mutton, Chicken and Beef roti...

Camel Sheeks...

Butter Chicken Grilled, Tabak Maaz, Quail and Tandoori Maachi...

Chicken Biryani...

Chicken Haleem...

Chicken Lollipops...

Bhuna Gosht(Beef stir fry)

Stone Grilled Camel....

Idiappam and salana... rice kheer...

Kheema Pav....

RasMalai...Gulab Jamun...


Fruit Juices...Falooda

Double Ka Meetha...

Refreshing Fruit Salad...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Five Star Cafe @ Indiranagar

Happy Things Happen in Happy Places....CPF Foods India, Finally launched their Five Star Cafe outlet at Indiranagar its much needed cafe since many of us are always in search of good cafes to relax and spend quality time with friends. Indiranagar has become more of a food spotting destination over the years Five Star Cafe Offers non veg and vegetarian options from chicken nuggets to rolls and biryani all under one roof CPF thailand based company focuses to serve wonderful treats on a budget.

Food Hopping in Summers is my new activity or rather calling it a passion these days at times i just need that break from extremely annoying loud screaming kids from my neighborhood it totally gives me the chills and headaches...I got a call from Kiran who is the manager of Five Star Chicken inviting me to their newly opened outlet thrilled with the invite i headed out with jeet and raksha my blog world friends.
Video Review...

Chicken Nuggets and Spicy Chicken Fingers

We Started our food tasting with hot Cappuccino, Chicken nuggets and chicken fingers it was crispy and juicy. these starters are best for parties its so economical veg or nonveg starters starts from 30 Rs best place to treat friends or family on a budget...


Crunchy Chicken Burger 

Crunchy Chicken Burger, Veg and Chicken Briyani along with hot chocolate was next...Five Star Chicken is know for their chicken briyani when ever at five star chicken i always order for briyani spices are well balanced long grain basmati rice cooked to perfection served along with raita and mirchi ka saalan was truly a treat...people who love burger will most definitely  like crunchy chicken burger...

Hot Chocolate

Veggie Wraps

Since raksha is a vegetarian she got to taste the wrap she told me it had cheese potato patties mushroom and lot more the roti was whole wheat for 45 Rs you cannot beat the price. we also ordered blue temptation, mango delight and some pepsi.  

Blue Temptation

Blue temptation is prepared from blueberries vanilla ice cream and milk it was truly refreshing...mango delight was also prepared in the same manner both milkshakes were tasty and filling kids will surly enjoy...

Chicken Biryani

Mango Delight

Veg Biryani

Veg biryani was perfectly spiced and not to greasy rice and veggies were cooked to perfection...

Molten Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream...

Finally we ended our meal with absolutely yummy lava cake and icecream five star chicken has never let me down so far all the products used and served are fresh..they serve free range chicken which is awesome birthday parties, graduation or anniversary can be celebrated here this budget friendly cafe is a true winner for everyone.
Kya Murgi Hai!!!!

Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5

Parking available 

We were 4 member team and for all the food we ate the bill amount was just 700 awesome deals combo offers and more visit Five Star Cafe soon...

Five Star Cafe..No 841/1, binamangala 1st stage, 100ft road, indiranagar Bangalore land mark TOIT PUB