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Try These 7 Bengali Restaurants In Kolkata For Authentic Bengali Cuisine

There’s a saying that speaks that you can’t take away Kolkata out of a Bengali. But in today’s globalized world, Bengal cuisine has undergone a total transformation by supporting amalgamation of fish, meat and even vegetarian foods. Some of the Bengali restaurants in Kolkata serve unforgettable Bengali cuisines. You can find great meat dishes along with the must-to-try seafood or fish items. These famous eateries now have opened branches even outside Kolkata for all Bengalis throughout the country and of course for the food lovers. Here’s a list of restaurants to taste authentic Bengali cuisines. Just in case you aren’t aware of the food styles of Bengal, it’s necessary to eat food to preserve the subtle flavors – such as at first the vegetarian dishes then comes the fishes and meats.

6 Ballygunge Place

If you’re a foodie who can eat the buffet or the ‘thali’, this Bengali food joint is a heaven for you. It was established in 2003 when there were no such big Bengali cuisine specific eateries. Though it has some outlets all over the city, the original one is situated in a vintage old and characterized converted bungalow in Ballygunge. The ambiance is certainly a major thumbs up with the white building and some delicious foods. The dishes were nurtured and created from scouring some famous cookbooks. This is one of the most noteworthy Bengali restaurants in Kolkata if you want to taste some of the traditional ‘Thakur barir ranna’ or Rabindranath Tagore’s family recipes.

How to go:  6 Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata(with an outlet in Salt lake too)
Must try: Pabda Macher Jhal (spicy fish curry, prepared with mustard paste and poppy seeds.)
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,000-1,200 for two. Go for the thali or sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet for some great feast.

Oh! Calcutta

If you ain’t that much worried about your pocket pinch and just enjoy the delicacies, this place is a must hopping one.  While this award winning eatery has now opened several branches all over the country, people,especially the Bongs out of Kolkata are in love with this. Mainly recreating old Bengali traditional dishes with some new ideas and flavors is the prime motto. Which is not a very easy task! It has. Private dining space also there apart from its elegant ambiance.

How to go: Forum Mall, 10/3 Elgin Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Kolkata.( Branch at Silver arcade, 5 JBS
Must try: The Bhapa Hilsa (steamed Hilsa fish) and Smoked Bhetki (smoked Bhetki fish) are mind-blowing.
Pocket pinch: About Rs. 2,000 for two.

Saptapadi

If you’re a Bengali, you must are acquainted with this name. Being named after a great novel and a popular cult movie of Bangla(1961), this is a truly delightful affair to eat here. The interior is well matched accordingly with some old portraits of star cast of the movie and some stills. You can hear some soft tunes of Bengali movie in the background, accompanying you in your feast. Two chefs Mr. Ranjan Biswas and Mr. Swarup Mondal set up this eatery who have more than 10 years experience in 5 Star hotels. You can get authentic Bengali dishes along with some fusion items to have a blast.

How to go:  49B Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, near Gariahat, Kolkata.(outlets at 40A Bagha Jatin)
Must try: Signature items which are favorites of Uttam Kumar, including Kacha Lanka Mangsho (mutton in coriander gravy).
Pocket pinch: Rs. 1,000 for two.

Kasturi Fish curry

Kasturi

This is among the newly opened Bengali restaurants in Kolkata to serve some lip smacking Dhakai Bangladeshi cuisine. This award winning food joint is an inexpensive yet delicious choice. Since 1994, the restaurant pioneered this sort of cuisine in the city. You might not find an interesting decor there but the food speaks of its popularity. The crowded dining space is the most noteworthy testament to this.

How to Go: 7A Mustaque Ahmed Street, New Market Area, Kolkata. There are outlets in Ballygunge and in Jadavpur as well.
Must try: The signature dish, Kochu Bhapa Chingri (steamed prawns with taro root).
Pocket pinch: Rs. 600-700 for two

Fish-Fish

In Bengali, ‘fish-fish’ means whispering. As the name suggests, this place is a great addition for the seafood lovers of the city. Located in Ballygunge, at the lane of IRI college, this food joint is well known for its lovely environment as well as the food. Beside the delicacies like Amritsari fish, the fish curry is spectacular.

How to go: 13/5 Swinhoe street, Ballygunge.

Must try: jumbo prawns, Thai salad, Fish chili, prawn malai curry, prawn Stroganoff, roasted Ilish (Hilsa)

Pocket pinch: this one is a bit higher than the other Bengali restaurants in Kolkata described earlier. Rs. 1200 for two.

Koshe Kosha Thali and the interior

Koshe Kosha

Situated near Golpark post office, this eatery is good for a sumptuous meal with a pure rural Bengal decor. The Paintings of Jamini Roy along with wooden cots and stairs make it surely a member of themed Bengali restaurants in Kolkata. A true Bengali food serving place since 2007. The servers are soft spoken yet professional carrying their reputation for quick service. The fish delicacies are awesome and in addition the Lal Keema and Kosha Mangsho (Mutton gravy).

How to go: 62, Ballygunge gardens, Golpark (near Golpark post office, opposite Rally’s)

Must try: Aam Ada chop( cutlet with mango ginger), bhetki and prawn filled cutlet, Ilish Paturi( Hilsa marinated in mustard paste in banana leaf), chingri malaikari( Bengali style prawn gravy), Dhakai chicken ( chicken cooked in Dhaka style with exotic species), Kosha Mangsho ( tenderised to mutton in Bengali style gravy, Gondhoraj ghol( lime flavoured sweet lassi).

Pocket pinch: Rs. 700-800 for two

 

bhojohori manna

Bhojohori Manna

This eatery is named after a famous Bengali song by Late Manna Dey in the 70s. So it tells about a chef named Bhojohori Manna who had unique cooking talent. This is among those Bengali restaurants in Kolkata that has many branches all over the city. And you can find one nearby when you’re in rush.

How to go: The most recommended outlet is m at 18/1A, Hindustan Road, Gariahat. Several others are located near Ekdalia Road, Hazra, Salt Lake Sectors I & V, Star Theatre (Hatibagan), Ruby (Kasba Industrial Estate), and Esplanade.
Must try:  Kosha Mangsho (spicy mutton curry) and Daab Chingri (coconut and mustard prawn curry).
Pocket pinch: Rs. 600 for two.
 

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5 Cult And Historic Food Joints In India

History has all stories and tales of arts and cultures, numerous people, and their traditions. Food has been an integral part of this history of every place. Till date, there are quite a few historic food joints in India to carry forward their legacy with pride. Some of them are of even before independence. If you’re interested in smelling old school cafes or eateries of India to get a glimpse of that heritage, note down these restaurants for a nostalgic feel.



Britannia & Co, Mumbai

Being one of the eldest and historic food joints of Mumbai and India, Britannia & Co has been into the game since 1923. This iconic restaurant was established by immigrant Parsi Zoroastrian peoples who entered India through Gujarat in the 10th century to get away from Arab persecution of Persia. They have found many more food joints in India but this one is one of those monumental ones where Parsi delicacies are blended amazingly with some Persian and Gujarati tastes. The magnificent Renaissance style gothic building was built by Scott designed  George Wittet, who was the master designer of the Gateway of India. Along with its vintage ambiance, look and fitting charm, the owner himself is a gem of a person. Absolutely eccentric with his 90 plus age, he loves to rejoice tales of foreign guests, especially anyone who’s British.

The Berry Pulao of Britannia

Address: Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road, 16 Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai.
Timing: 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
Pocket pinch: Rs.1,200 rupees for two.
Must try: The famous berry pulao, full with meat, paneer or vegetables of your liking. The base of this recipe is owned by the owner’s late wife.

Karim’s, Delhi

 

Delhi has been the birthplace of Mughlai cuisines in India. The Karim restaurant, situated at the south of Jama Masjid in Purana Dilli is another gem of the list of historic food joints in the country.
This legendary eatery has been “serving royal food to the common man” since 1913. While its origin dates back at the time of the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, this is an eyewitness of ups and downs. The forefathers worked in the royal kitchen in the Red Fort but had to flee when the Mughal dynasty was dethroned by the British. Haji Karimuddin came back to Delhi to sell food to those going to the 1911 Delhi Durbar, of King George V. After 2 years, he established his own food joint. It’s run by the fourth-generation of management as of now with ultimate north Indian cuisine in Delhi. There is no fancy décor except the great food and the Old ‘Dilli’ charm of its position.

Address: 16 Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi.
Timing: 9 a.m. to midnight.
Pocket pinch: Rs. 800 for two people.
Must Try: Mutton korma, mutton stew, chicken Mughlai, and chicken jahangiri.

Indian Coffee House, Kolkata

Indian Coffee House, Kolkata

The Indian Coffee Board established the first of its chains in Mumbai in 1936. There are several branches all over the country as a cradle of intellectuals, freedom fighters, social activists, revolutionaries, and bohemians. Although after 1950, business decreased and the board got dissolved. Employees formed a chain of co-operative societies and run the coffee houses themselves. Presently there are 13 societies manage 400 such outlets and the most famous one is in Kolkata. It was opened in 1942, just opposite of Presidency College on College Street. Not only Students of various colleges, people who are fond of culture and ideas, the coffee house is a temple. The famous song by Late Manna Dey echoes the reminiscent of this place “ coffee house er sei adda ta aj ar nei’’! It’s a vintage place hence, the service is also provided matching the relaxing mood!

Address: 15 Bankim Chatterjee Street (College Street), Kolkata.
Timing: 9 a.m- 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday. During Sundays, it’s 9 am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm
Pocket pinch: Rs. 300 for two people.
Must try: Mutton kaviraji, chicken Afghani, mutton cutlet, veg cutlet, chicken sandwich.

 


Leopold Cafe, Mumbai

In the list of historic food joints of the country, Leopold cafe of Mumbai is another jewel. It’s been a popular tourist destination and serving the city since 1871. It’s founded by Iranis, different from Persis who came to India during the 19th century. Like every other city, it’s a landmark than just a restaurant, which gets better with age. While being described in Gregory David Robert’s ‘Shantaram’ as his days in Mumbai (previously Bombay), this cafe is a torch bearer of the pre-independent times. Apart from the old-world charm, it’s one of those few structures to survive the 2008 terrorist attack. The bullet holes are still there on the walls, as a reminder and tribute to the victims. This cult restaurant always remains packed with people, relishing different cuisines of Indian, Chinese, as well as Continental. The servings are huge and both veg and nonveg foods are tasty. This place is a mixture of culture with a cozy upstairs area and DJ at night.
Address: Colaba Causeway, Colaba.
Timing: 7.30 a.m. to midnight.
Pocket pinch: Rs. 1,600 for two people.
Must Try: Leopold special chicken pasta, special veg pasta, chicken stroganoff, prawn chilies.

Mavalli Tiffin Room, Bangalore

MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Room of Bangalore is one of the best south Indian vegetarian restaurants. This legendary shop has been serving since 1924 and certainly the next addition to the list of historic food joints in the country! Being the oldest idli dosa joint in Bangalore, it has a name for its cleanliness apart from foods. The Rava idli is unique of this palace which was invented during Second World War when rich was scarcely available. Till date huge queues are found, lining up on the pavement outside. However, the restaurant was closed down in the 1970s, during emergency period and was compelled to lower down the price absurdly. At this moment the innovative owner prepared the ready-to-make packaged mixes for idlis and dosas. Now MTR Foods is one of India’s leading and most noteworthy packaged food franchises.

MTR,Bangalore

Address: 14 Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Bangalore.
Timing: 6.30 am- 11a.m. for breakfast. 12.30 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. for lunch. 3.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. for snacks and dinner. Closed Mondays.
Pocket pinch: Rs. 300 for two people.
Must Try: Rava idli, masala dosa, and pure filter coffee. It has a unique dessert, Chandrahara, which is available only on Sundays.

 

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How To Cook Methi Papad, An Unusual Yet Healthy Veg Dish

Usually, by vegetarian dishes, potatoes, paneer or some common vegetables come into our mind. But our country has unique diversity not only in its culture but also for its cuisines. Different parts and states have their own delicacies. Gujarat is famous for its cultural traditions which reflect in its cuisines, most noteworthy of which is its veg recipes. Today I’m going to write about an unusual dish of Gujarat, the ‘Methi Papad recipe’ which is easy to make and full of nutritional value. To cook Methi Papad, fenugreek seeds are required which are cooked with Papad, mingled in a spicy curry.



Methi or fenugreek seeds have medicinal properties, an especially relevant thing is their iron values. It’s also a natural coolant for a human body. Generally, only a handful (few spoons) seeds are enough for making this dish. Though bitter, we all know bitter is healthy for the body. That’s why bitter gourd curry is something we relish. So let’s take a quick look at the ingredients and the method to cook Methi Papad.

How to cook Methi Papad

 

The total time to cook Methi Papad can take maximum 1 hour 10 mins. It includes the Soaking time: 30 mins and the cooking time another 30 mins.

Ingredients

1 cup Soaked fenugreek seeds

1.5 tsp Red chili powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
3 tsp Sugar
½ tsp Asafoetida
As per taste Salt
4-5 Coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp. Mustard oil
3-4 Papad
2 tbsp. Lime juice

For Garnish:
Roasted papad
Mint leaves
Coriander leaves.

Method

Heat the water In a pan and boil fenugreek seeds. You can soak the seeds for 30 mins and then drain it well.
Take another bowl, add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, sugar, and water. Now prepare a paste.
Now add salt and finely minced coriander leaves in the boiling fenugreek which has fresh water(1.5 cup).
In another pan, heat mustard oil.Add the masala paste, boiled fenugreek water, and cook.
Next, add lime juice and roasted papad.
Garnish the curry with papad, mint leaves, and coriander leaves.
Methi papad is ready to serve.

Enjoy with rice and pickles.

 

Tips:

To eliminate bitterness, you can replace fenugreek seeds with half cup fenugreek leaves. Add them when you’re gonna place the paste with boiling water. Sauté for 2 or 3 mins and follow the same method as discussed.

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Treat Yourself With These Cheesy Desserts In Mumbai

If you are a foodie, then you must be a fan of cheese and the desserts or starters made by cheese. For a person like me, who’s less conscious about calories and more concerned about tempting desserts, cheese is the master blaster any day. Cheesy desserts in Mumbai is something which many people would love to take a try.



Restaurants and food joints must have cheese in their menu card to allure kids and yes, grown-ups like me! Different textures with flavors of various desserts have cheese in their ingredient parts. Be it tart, pastries, tangy cheesecake or gelato, cheese is everywhere. Desserts such as poached pears use mascarpone cheese, hazelnut and goat cheese tart and cheesecakes. Mumbai doesn’t disappoint sweet tooth lovers due to its heavenly collection of fusion as well as authentic global desserts around the city. Here’s a list of cheesy desserts in Mumbai for those Mumbaikars who don’t mind destroying their waistlines.

 

8 Places To Try Cheesy Desserts In Mumbai

 

1. ‘Carrot Patch’ at La Folie Lab, Lower Parel
Carrot cakes are made by most of the pastry shops but this place is a master in this. The apricot compote and carrot cream cheese mousse along with tangy lemon cream and meringue are a tasty tangy affair. This superb combination provides a result which is one of the most delicious desserts one can ever have. The cream cheese has been used to make a melt-in-the-mouth carrot cream mousse in an adequate manner.

 

2. Millionaire brownie and Oreo crunch brownie at Theobroma

An Authentic brownie point for dessert lovers of the city, made by Kainaz Messman. There are more than 10 outlets throughout the Mumbai, with some best sweet treats. The millionaire brownie along with the red velvet brownie band Oreo brownies are an absolute pleasure for taste buds as well as for your soul!

3. Salted Caramel Cheesecake at Grandmama’s Café, Dadar East

Not a hotshot junky like other points for cheesy desserts in Mumbai a must try one for this particular dessert. The buttery biscuit base with a creamy cheese topping, has made this simple cheesecake with ricotta cheese is a pure delight. The tinge of salted caramel in addition to this is an awesome combination.

4. Tiramisu at Stax, Hyatt Regency, Andheri East
Three words can actually describe this one. Pure Light, fluffy and delicious. The exotic looking Tiramisu, especially relevant one at Stax, is surely the piece for peace. The layers, made with mascarpone cheese, (that has a distant origin in Tuscany in Italy) is one of the most popular Italian desserts in India.

5. Gooseberry Baked Cheesecake at The Pantry, Fort

This is surely one of the unusual cheesecakes in Mumbai. The strikingly powerful fruity flavor of the gooseberry is absolutely complementary to the soft but tart cream cheese.

6. Preserved Fruits With Spice, Mascarpone and Lemon Ginger Crisp at Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu
This dessert uses mascarpone cheese efficiently for counterbalancing other flavors. A light fruity tale with well-spiced fruits and zesty lemon ginger with a zingy flavor.

Cheesecakes

7. Nutella cold cheesecake and red velvet cake of Love and Cheesecake

This is one of the best cheesecake specialists and deserves to be included for having cheesy desserts in Mumbai. Their perfectly moist and creamy red velvet cheesecakes are truly a blissful affair. The Nutella cold cheesecake is also very much yummy with cheese filled cold layers and Nutella lavas inside.

8. Primo Gelato at Pizza Express, BKC
Gelato’s creamy Raspberry cheesecake with a chocolate straw and mint is another addition to the list of places for cheesy desserts in Mumbai. While subtle cheesy flavor complements well with the fruity raspberry, the whole combination is worth trying out.

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7 Food Trucks In Kolkata For Your Quick And Short Cravings

Food trucks are a craze nowadays. If you have watched Eat street, you must be aware of food trucks that serve lip smacking juicy salads, burgers, and pancakes. Now the city of joy has its own series of food trucks around the whole city. The smart and young entrepreneurs are making those dreams of food trucks in Kolkata a reality. No harsh feel on pockets, easy to find and fresh and yummy foods. That’s all we all want, isn’t it?



Agdum Bagdum

The pioneer of the lot. Most noteworthy dishes are some American and Mexican foods. Probably the most satisfying ones are burritos, wraps and fries. The chicken and mutton kabiraji burgers have city’s own trademark. If your hunger is bigger than just a bite, go for the chicken biriyani too. The burgers cost around Rs. 90 while the Chinese dishes charge you just Rs. 120. Even their unusual take on spaghetti is especially relevant due to its combination of Chinese and Italian flavors. The Cool yellow-blue truck is easily recognizable.

Venue: Ekdalia Park

Timing: 1.30-9 PM

TGIF (Thank God It’s Fresh)

Started by an US return Kolkata resident who was exasperated by the normal MNC working life. Keeping the pace with other food trucks in Kolkata, this one is actually an American dream turning true. Name and green look of the truck is complementary to each other. Nutritious and fresh foods are served here from 5:30 am. Go for a sandwich or pancakes for breakfast while finishing it with a glass of watermelon juice.

Venue: Just in front of Calcutta Rowing Club’s Main Gate

Timing: 5 AM-8PM

 

Cook On Wheels

Featuring one of the oldest food trucks in Kolkata which has been serving since a really long time. At that time, probably none of us actually had any idea of such things in our minds. Rolls and battered fish fries are yummy!

Venue: Esplanade

Timing: 3.30-10.30 pm.

 


Hungry Hands

A bright colored truck just beside the Lake Mall with a smiley owner around the corner. He’s the sole manager and driver while putting all his efforts to serve food at affordable prices. This one is serving typical street foods, from fried rice to hakka noodles, from prawn chips to manchurian, everything we all love.  Most noteworthy things are you can get half-plates of any dish. Hence it allows trying more varieties.
Venue: beside Lake Mall, Lake Market, Rash Behari Avenue

Timing: 2-10PM

TFT – That Food Truck

Hola! This truck remains open from noon to 2 am. Colorful with minimal art and serves fries, grills, wraps and dessert. The fusion dishes are especially relevant. Some of them are the Dilli Style Butter Chicken Wrap, Mutton Galouti Burgers and so on.

Venue: Sector 5, Salt Lake

Timing: 12pm-2am


Bad Boyz Burgers

Love burgers? Then thank us later because we are providing the address of big juicy burgers at only Rs. 120. While some must try dishes are Grilled chicken mozzarella burger, satay chicken burger, and cheddar cheese chicken burger. You can also try milk shakes. All these within your wallet range.
Venue: Rajarhat, New Town

Timing: 12-10 pm

On The Wheel

Students of schools, colleges and universities are stuck due to their fixed pocket money. But don’t worry. This truck is the latest addition to the list of food trucks in Kolkata where you can get mac n cheese, Nutella banana sandwich easily. Just Rs. 70 for their beginning range of Wai Wai or noodles. Finish it with a sip from a cup of chai.
Venue: Elgin, near Sony center

Timing: 10 am – 9 pm

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How To Cook Chicken Chaap In Kolkata Style

Chicken chaap is an Awadhi dish and it was first introduced to Bengal by the Nawabs during the eighteenth century. Due to its powerful flavors, it didn’t take long to get the respectable position among the food lovers of Bengal. Almost all of the Mughlai food joints in Kolkata such as Arsalan, Aminia, Shiraz etc. are quite popular for their Chicken Chaap dishes. In case you are a Mughlai cuisine lover, this is an absolutely must-try recipe. To cook chicken chaap, you need to just follow some steps properly with some essential ingredients.



But before jumping into the recipe, I should tell you some important points regarding it. Here the leg pieces and giant chunks of the chicken are firstly marinated with yogurt or sour curd(Tok Doi) and some spices. After that, the frying and the cooking are done. Spices are most noteworthy parts to cook chicken chaap due to the fact that it’s a rich aromatic cuisine with thick gravy. Hence spices are very much important both in quantity and the method of preparation. The original recipe incorporates ghee as the medium of cooking. Though only oil is okay, just add a little ghee to it for flavor. If you are okay with probably more richer version, you can add more ghee.

Ingredients such as poppy seeds, cashew paste, ‘kewra water’ or essence (an extract that’s distilled from pandanus flowers, is used to flavor meats) and garam masala are especially relevant for this dish. Only small quantity of kewra essence is okay due to its strong aroma.

Ingredients :

 

To cook chicken chaap, go through all the ingredients and collect everything from stores. The absence of any one can tamper the taste.

1.Chicken – Around 1 kg cut into big chunks, probably in 4 leg quarters (serves 4)

2.Greek Yogurt( or Sour curd) – 1 cup
3. Onion – 1 big chopped
4. Garlic paste – 1 or 1/2 tbsp

5.Ginger paste – 1 tsp
6. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder – 2 tbsp
7. Red Chili powder – 1/2 Tsp or as per your taste
8. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
9. Poppy seeds – 2 tbsp
10. Whole Cashew – 15 pieces

11. Cardamom – 4
12. Cinnamon – 1 inch
13. Clove – 4
14. Javitri (Mace ) – 3-4 blades
15. Star anise – 1
16. A pinch of Sugar
17. Oil(4 tbsp) + Ghee( 2 tbsp)
18. Kewra water – few drops
19. Salt as per taste.

Method :

 

To cook chicken chap, preparation time takes longer. You must keep the marinated chicken for at least four hours. Hence, you can start preparing at the earliest.

1.At first, take all the dry spices like cardamom, cinnamon, clove, mace and star anise and dry roast them. Cool them down and grind it. It must be converted into powders. Keep it aside.

2. Now take a big pan, add oil and wait until it gets hot. Once the oil is ready, add the chopped onion and saute it lightly until it gets light golden brown. Turn off the gas/induction. After it gets cool, place all the onions in a blender so that you can make a paste.Soak the poppy seeds and cashew in half cup of water for 15 mins.

3.Soak the poppy seeds and cashew in half cup of water for 15 mins. Now make a paste in the same manner.


4. Finally, it’s the time for the chicken. Rinse properly with clear water and place all the chicken pieces in a large bowl/vessel. It’s time to pour the yogurt, the onion paste, garlic paste, ginger paste, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt, sugar, the poppy seeds and cashew paste. Now mix all these properly. At this time, you can add a pinch of corn flour or plain flour for avoiding the curdling from yogurt. Keep it like this for 4-6 hours.

5. Add oil and ghee to the pan and wait until it gets hot. Now add the chicken pieces from the marinade to the hot oil. Saute the chicken pieces with light hands for few minutes. Next pour the rest of the marinade too. Stir it periodically and cook chicken chaap over medium to high flame. Don’t forget to cover it with a lid. After few minutes, remove the lid and stir until the oil comes up from the sides of the pan. Let the chicken pieces soak all the flavors and be tender.


6. Taste the mixture, add half to one tsp of the garam masala. Finally, add few drops of kewra water. Stir again and mix it properly. Chicken Chaap is ready to be served hot with Biryani, Naans or tandoori rotis.

 

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How To Cook Bhapa Ilish Or Steamed Hilsa

For Bengali community, the catfight between Hilsa(Ilish) and Prawn (Chingri) is a well-known thing. Hilsa is considered as the signature dish of Bengalis who came from East Bengal or Bangladesh. So in the opposite, Prawns are representative of ‘Ghoti’ or Bengalis with an inheritance of West Bengal. Hilsa is rich in fatty omega-3. Hence quite good for health. It can be prepared in several ways, fried, steamed, curry and so on. But the steamed Hilsa is the most noteworthy and popular dish which is cooked with mustard paste and mustard oil. While traditional ladies cook Bhapa Ilish in a stainless tiffin box, modern kitchens have oven and pressure cooker for their convenience. And it seems both are equally great.

 
Ingredients

To cook Bhapa Ilish or steamed Hilsa, here are the necessary ingredients.

Hilsa fish: 5 or 7 pieces

Black Mustard seed for paste: 4Tsp.(soaked in lukewarm water)

Poppy seed/posto: 1.5 or 2 Tbsp.

Salt to taste

Green chili:5or 7

Turmeric powder: 1Tsp

Red chili powder: half (½ Tsp optional)

Sour curd or Tok Doing: 4Tbsp

Coconut: 2 to 3 Tbsp (Either grated or powder)

Mustard oil: 4-5 Tbsp

 

Method

 

  • For Marination

1 Firstly, a thick paste has to be made of Black mustard seeds (Shorshe Bata). You can prepare it either with traditional ‘Silnora’ or with a grinder. Seeds are soaked and now put the 2 tablespoons of mustard seeds (shorshe), with a pinch of salt in addition to 1 green chili for paste. Keep it aside.

mustard seed

2. Take poppy seeds (posto) and make a separate paste.

mustard paste

3. Finally, take the clear fish pieces, rub them with half teaspoon salt and turmeric powder. Leave for 10 mins.

 

  • Prepare Marinated Fish For Steaming

 

1.At this point, take a bowl. Put the Mustard paste, poppy seed paste, some grated coconut (or coconut powder), Sour curd or yogurt, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and red chili powder (optional) and a pinch of salt. Finally, add 3 Tbsp of mustard oil to it. Mix these ingredients properly. This is the mustard sauce which is essentially important for this preparation.

2.Check the salt as we have used salt previously while rubbing the fish with mustard paste. Now add a cup of water to the mixture.

To cook Bhapa Ilish, you can use either pressure cooker, oven or double boiler.

 

  • Cooking

1.Take a stainless steel tiffin box or a microwave oven competent bowl. The box has to possess tight lid. Rub or brush some mustard oil in the box.
2. Add some mustard paste which is already prepared.

3. Place steaks of cut fish pieces in a single layer.

4.Spread the prepared mustard sauce over it so that it covers all the fish pieces adequately.

5. Put 3-4 slit green chili on the top of fish pieces. Finally, drizzle 1 teaspoon of mustard oil on them. Cover the lid.

 

  • For Oven

You can prepare this much of the dish according to the above-mentioned process. Now for microwave, add aluminum foil and place the bowl/container into a deep vessel. Add 5 cups of water and cook in high temperature for 5 mins and then at 40% temperature for next 25 mins.

Or you can simply bake at 375 F for 25-30 mins.

While baking, you can remove the cover after 10-15 minutes. For the next 15 mins, let it bake open.

  • For Pressure Cooker

1.Spread a pressure cooker safe box with little mustard oil.


2.Put the fish pieces in the bowl in one single layer. At the same time, apply the prepared mustard sauce over fishes nicely. Follow the same process of adding 3-4 slit green chili on the top. Finally, pour 1 teaspoon mustard oil on them.

3. Add 5 cups of water in the cooker and place the steel box safely on medium flame.
Cook in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles.

You can cook Bhapa Ilish, following the same way while in Handi or vessel for 20-25 mins. At first with a high flame and then at low flame.

Your steamed Hilsa or Bhapa Ilish is ready to serve with steamed rice!

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Healthy Restaurants in Pune To Keep You And Your Wallet Fit

Are you a foodie living in Pune? But rather concerned about the waistline and most of all, your wallet? Then you can find your true ‘space’ in these pocket-friendly yet healthy restaurants in Pune. You can shed your extra kilos while maintaining a good food hopping on these eateries. Or say, your budget is fixed. But the case is entirely opposite. Which means there are your demanding taste-buds who need something delicious. At that time, these food joints are your saviors. The best thing is that they aren’t harsh on the wallet yet tasty. Order online or rush to the joint for a meal. Let’s start the check out the places!



A List Of Healthy Restaurants In Pune

 

It’s Yummyy
Place: Katraj
Time: 11 AM to 11 PM
Approx. pocket pinch for two: Rs. 350
Must Try: BBQ chicken, tandoori chicken
Reason to Visit: Move your focus from the list of the shakes and burgers. You’ll get some reasonably healthy food in this place. Hence, the BBQ chicken and the tandoori chicken are worth trying. Maybe you can order some pita bread also to make it a filling meal.

Salad Grills

Place: Kalyani Nagar
Time: 11 AM to 10:30 PM (Closed on Sundays)
Approx pocket pinch for two: Rs. 800
Must Try: Juicy Grilled chicken wrap, panini
Reason to Visit: Being one of the best healthy restaurants in Pune, this place has quite a good range of foods. It’s a delivery-only eatery. Therefore, you can’t order online. Give a try onto the delicious paninis, fresh and juicy salads and a bowl of soups. This will be a satisfying lunch at work.

 

Bistro Nutrifood

Place: Model Colony
Time: 10 AM to 10 PM
Approx. cost for two: Rs. 550
Must Try: Healthy Whole-wheat pasta, grilled chicken with brown rice
Reason to Visit: Finally breaking the notion that says a healthy yet affordable food is unreal. Here, at Bistro Nutrifood, you can easily have some delicious yet nutritious food. This will shape your waistline much as your pocket.

ProCaF Fitness Meals
Place: Viman Nagar
Time: 10 AM to 5 PM ( Sunday’s closed)
Approx pocket pinch for two: Rs. 400
Must Try: Grilled tofu kebab, garlic herb rice, delicious fish with lemon turmeric rice
Reason to Visit: For a fitness freak and have some targets, ProCaF is a blessing. In addition, their target-specific meal plannings are almost like a boon. There’s even a choice to customize platters.

Gourmade With Love

Place: Camp Area
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM ( Sundays closed)
Approx pocket pinch for two: Rs. 700
Must Try: Wednesday meal, Friday meal
Reason to Visit: Scheduled meal plan for each day of a week. Therefore,  making the choices simpler. For instance, for Monday, it’s Cobb salad, some tomato eggplant or feta bake. A set menu keeps the health freaks enjoying a nutritious wholesome food. Pre-ordering is needed.

The Breakfast Box

Place: Saudagar
Time: 7 AM to 3 PM (Closed on Sundays)
Approx pocket pinch for two: Rs. 500
Must try: Masala dosa breakfast buffet, English breakfast box
Reason to Visit: Breakfast is a very important meal. Hence, don’t skip it or mess it up. Their Breakfast box is good enough to keep a hearty, healthy food meal. Pre-ordering is necessary.

The Eggs Factor

Place: Viman Nagar
Time: 11 AM to 11 PM
Approx pocket pinch for two: Rs. 350
Must try: Anda pav bhaji, noodle red salad
Reason to Visit: Food trucks are trending nowadays. Rather they are cool for serving pocket-friendly yet relatively healthy dishes. Most of all healthy lifestyle leaders love eggs. Especially relevant when prepared in so many ways.

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Best Quirky Eateries In Kolkata For An Offbeat Experience

In addition to the menu, delicacies, and a happy tummy, there are some points which are important for a food joint. This is especially relevant due to globalization. Consequently, a food joint has to fulfill some other requirements. Among all other things, good ambiance, artsy decor, and out-of-the-box design or theme are most noteworthy aspects. For a youngster, theme based or quirky restaurant ought to be in the dining bucket list. For an off beat mood, something outlandish is necessary. Hence for that purpose,  there are some quirky eateries in Kolkata with a touch of warmth.




Quirky Eateries in Kolkata to Perk Up The Cool Quotient

1.Tolly Tales Restaurant

The newest quirky kid on the list. Situated on Sarat Banerjee Road, this food joint captures the evergreen Bengali Movie Industry through its amazing interior. Because of its movie theme,  a wall is dedicated to the maestro, Charlie Chaplin and Bengal’s own ‘Manik’, Satyajit Ray. Tolly tales has a  70-seater complex with Arriflex Camera, large murals of Bengali Movie Icons like Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, film poster mats, and bright spotlights. Try safe and classic cuisine like Batter Fried Fish or Continentals like Bacon Wrapped Prawns. Finally, don’t forget the Fried Ice-cream served in Coconut Casing with Green Mango and Strawberry Syrup.  Pocket pinch for Two INR 900 approx.
Address: 34 Sarat Banerjee Road, Kolkata

2. Tram Depot Restaurant

For a Bengali nostalgia, Tram is quintessential and synonymous with the city of Joy. While being the oldest city in Asia with Tram history, this is an ideal place to have an eco-friendly Tram-Themed food joint. It’s located near the Quest mall Park Circus with lines of wooden coach for seating arrangements. Most of all, illustrations of iconic monuments of Kolkata like Metro cinema, mighty Howrah Bridge, and tram lines, drawn on the floor are reminiscent of Kolkata’s past glory. Finally, dig into Pesto Chicken Tikka, along with Garlic Cream Pasta or the very Desi, Kaali Daal.

Pocket pinch for Two INR 1200 approx
Address: 145 Jhowtala Road Kolkata


3.Chapter 2 Restaurant

The retro remembrance for Kolkata is this new restaurant. The past glory of the 60s and 70s are magnificently recreated with minute details. Located in the Mani Square Mall, this cool restaurant is the Selfie-zones with murals of Elvis, Monroe and other celebs. The menu card has a mixed bag rocking 60s and rolling 70s. Try out the cheesy Deviled Crab tender meat Chops. It surely adds cool quotient to the list of quirky eateries in Kolkata. Pocket pinch for Two INR 1500 approx
Address: Mani Squal Mall,164/1 EM Bypass, Kankurgachi, Kolkata


4. Mrs.Magpie Restaurant

In every friend’s group, there must be one girl with fancy little choices. Mrs.Magpie, in Lake Terrace Road, is that same sweet girl of the city’s block. A semi-vintage interior with an unusual charm keeps the marks high for this Cake-Café. It’s a 21-seater café cum restaurant, decorated with fairytale, dollhouse and birdhouse themes and stained glass windows. In addition, the old school dokra door chimes add an awesome look to the interiors. Cupcakes are really yummy, especially the mini ones in Double Strawberry and Salty Chocolate.
Pocket pinch for Two INR 600 approx.
Address: 570,Lake Terrace Road, Gariahat, Kolkata

5. Royal Bengal Tiger’s Cafe

Being the national animal of the country, the Royal Bengal Tiger of Sunderban is Bengal’s pride. Quite naturally the city has its own cafe to boost a novel idea of tiger conservation and increase general awareness. This themed cafe cum restaurant is a noteworthy addition to the list of quirky eateries in Kolkata. The whole area has paintings and photos of tigers which make it a unique experience. Faster service, reasonable cost, and good foods make this place a hot favorite among youngsters. What are you waiting for? Visit the den and have a good time. Pocket pinch for two is INR 600 approx.

Address : 91, Golf club Road, Rajendra prasad colony, Tollygunge, Kolkata

6.Mirch Masala Restaurant

We all have a fantasy of having food at road side dhabas due to Bollywood film scenes and fascinations. They are cool, with amazing and cheap foods. Finally, the city has its own dhaba themed restaurant near the busy area of Gariahat.This eatery showcases Desi rural Punjabi Dhaba with some exquisite North Indian tadka. The decor is well matched according to the theme. Old Truck tyres, recycled lamp,  few wall paintings of Prehistoric Hindi cinemas take the visitors to Pre-Independence times in Mirch Masala. Here the half-taxi, bucolic appliances, and furniture radiate the rustic essence of roadside Dhaba which almost all of us like. The taste of some cuisines like Murgh Makhani, Reshmi Kebab, Paneer Tawa proves that the Chefs are well-trained in this forte.
Pocket pinch for Two INR 900 appx
Address: 49/2, Gariahat, Kolkata

7. XII Zodiac Restaurants

Do you believe in sunsigns? Then probably this zodiac themed food joint is apt for you. The first one-of-a-kind restaurant of the city, featuring sunsigns as decor. It’s a 72 seater complex with charming blue carry snippets of all 12 sunsigns. The place is experimental in its ambiance while maintaining the charm of its cuisines. In addition to Indian, Continental or Asian, Oriental cuisines are also available. Complimentary snacks are also served as per their stars while according to the experimental dinner orders. The Grilled Chicken with Risotto and Green Thai Curry are an absolute pleasure for your tummy!!!
Pocket pinch for Two INR 1200 approx

Address: The Fern Residency Kolkata, 204, Main Arterial Road, Opposite city center 2

8. Baati Chokha Restaurant

The city has Desi Dhaba style food along with traditional Rajasthani cuisines. The Baati Chokha restaurant is, therefore, another addition to the list of quirky eateries in Kolkata. It seems like being inspired from the Dhani Chowki in Jaipur. Amid the tech-city of Salt Lake, a piece of rural Rajasthan is placed pretty well. Taking into consideration the village-smell of the Western state of our country, this eatery has arranged low sitting complex, thatched roofs as well as mud walls. Hence, sitting here you can get the feeling of authentic streets of Rajputana State. In addition, wooden puppets, lanterns, and interior are charming and appropriate accordingly. Here you have to taste the traditional vegetarian dish of Bati Chokha, Sattu Ke Parathe, and Dahi Bhindi. Full Desi and yummy!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Hop into these best offbeat and quirky eateries in Kolkata to experience something different!

Pocket pinch for Two INR 700 approx
Address: FD 14, Sector III, Saltlake, Kolkata

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Top 10 Picturesque Restaurants in Chennai For Instagrammers

Do you love clicking pictures? Are you into food-Instagram blogging or working on a café- feed? Then you might catch some awesome picturesque restaurants in Chennai for your next photo series. Like almost every other city and metropolitan areas of India, Chennai too is a home of drool worthy cafes and food joints.



Let’s have a look.

Top 12 Picturesque Restaurants in Chennai

 

1.Café Central

If you’re at Pondy Bazaar and tired after having a roller coaster shopping experience, chill at Café Central. A peaceful place with good food and quirky decors is worth taking time. Smells of hot coffees and delicious snacks will not leave you without tasting something. Try Mac N Cheese and Soul Meal for filling your tummy.

Address: 15 & 16, Dr. Nair Road, Thyagaraya Nagar

2. Gusto Café

In Chennai, if you’re looking for theme based cafes, here you go. Gusto has 7 different themes in its single place to sooth your eyes, tummy, and your camera. Youngsters flock together for selfies, photo shoots, and never get tired. Every single corner has its own charisma and attraction. Undoubtedly one of the top 3 cafés of the city for the best interior design.
You can have Cowboy Hot Pot for your caffeine craving and Sheeshas also. They’re just yum!

Address: 13/6, Jagannathan Road, Nungambakkam

3.Chamiers Café

This cafe has its own bunch of regular customers as well as newbies. Frequent visitors love to sit in the sofas or single spots for discussion. It has a good menu for your taste buds. If you have dessert craving, this is the right place to have it. Delicious desserts, yummy Cheese Melt Chicken and Risotto are must-have.

Address: 106, Chamiers Road R.A. Puram
4.The Brew Room

Great environment and delicious food, that too in a cool restaurant. With all these, The Brew Room comes to your page. Every nook and corner of this cafe cum restaurant are worth taking snaps. When you need not just food for satisfying your tummy but also a relaxing serene place, here you go. Don’t forget to have their Thai Cold Coffee. It’s Perfect. They have several branches all over the city. Get into Google and select as per your convenience.

5.Urban Desi House

If you’re a lover of Desi styles and swags this is best one for you. A Desi food joint with fusion touch of urban culture. It’s located in a street just behind the building which has Pind & Bhatinda Express. The restaurant has a good list of foods and the best thing is all these come at affordable prices. In accordance with their name, their environment is suitable and lives up to the expectation. The Old Skool Chai is absolutely must-try.

Address: 1/343, 1st Main Road, Sri Sai Nagar, 200 Feet Road, Thuraipakkam

Urban Desi House

6.Kipling Café
Located in a narrow street in the locality of ECR, this café is best known for its awesome ambiance. Cottage like huts are awesome for not just friends gathering but a small yet sweet date with your loved one. And you can capture some cool pictures in such a photogenic place. Try the Roasted Stuffed Chicken, Sauteed Ginger

Chicken along with a MudPie at the last.

Address: 16, L Jey Avenue, Akkarai, East Coast Road, Chennai

 

7.Writer’s Cafe

Bibliophiles are the most appropriate visitors of this cafe. This is associated with Higginbothams, one of the oldest bookstores of India. A décor with bookshelves, books and a cuppa coffee is the best thing to be offered from here. A children’s section is also present in this cafe. Among the delicacies, thin crust pizzas or Flammakuchen, fruit tarts, choco pies are the best to taste.

Address: 127, Peters Rd, Peters colony, Royapettah, Chennai

 

8.Amethyst Cafe

A cafe/restaurant with good looks and good food is every foodie’s favorite. Being another addition to the list of picturesque restaurants in Chennai, Amethyst is a hot favorite among youth as well as everyone with good taste. The place has amazing outdoors for seating and appropriate for your buddies and your near ones. Even people who love to be alone, curl up in a corner, have a sip of coffee and read books.

Address: Entrance, Whites Road, Royapettah

 

9.Ciclo café

Are you having a passion of a bicycle or bicyclist tours? Then here it comes on your list the next must-try picturesque restaurants in Chennai to sooth your insta-feed. It’s a bicycle themed food joint with lip-smacking food too. It has individual cycle gallery to feast your eyes as well as your interests. Don’t miss their delicious soft pizzas. Desserts are also worth mentioning.

Address: 33/47, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Chitra Nagar, Kotturpura

 

10. That Madras Place

An old school charm with the name of ‘Madras’ is still in the roots and lanes of Chennai. This café of Kasturi Bai Nagar of Adyar is quintessentially Madrasi. Quirky doodles all over the walls, colorful furniture will surely cheer you up. Their Theobroma, and some delicious pastas are must-try ones.

Address: 34/29, 2nd Main road, Kasthuri Bai nagar, Adyar, Chennai

That Madras Place

 

11.Shiraz Art Cafe

Somewhat different with its open air Iranian cafeteria, this place has a long brange of Arabian and Persian cuisines. Pippy hot Mediterranean, Iranian and Persian delicacies along with Lebanese foods are extremely popular. For Sunday afternoon, it’s cozy and lovable with breezy terraces. Pets are also allowed here.

Address: Near Vassan eye care ECR,27, Beach Rd, Neelankarai

 

12. Ashvita Bistro

Another cool open air cafe to join the list of picturesque restaurants in Chennai. Extremely popular among youth for Asian as well as European fusion goods and artsy interiors. It hosts open mic sessions, workshops, and other cultural activities too. Don’t let your taste buds miss the monster jars!!

Address: 11, Bawa Rd, Sriram colony, Alwarpet

13. L’amandier

Are you tired of reading and enlisting the cool cafes? Wait a minute, there’s another addition to the list. With bright lights and interiors with cool chairs, this cafe has its French charm.

The breakfast buffet platters are an absolutely hot favorite along with some fresh salads.

Address: 57, Chamiers Road, R.A. Puram
So a long list to bookmark and finish up with friends, buddies, partners or alone. Get a round and tell us whether you like them or not.