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Drumstick Brinjal: Recipe

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Drumstick Brinjal

Ingredients:

1 medium sized brinjal

1 drumstick

4 tomatoes finely chopped

1 inch fresh ginger piece chopped finely

Fresh coriander leaves chopped

2 tbsp oil

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

¼ tsp cumin powder

¼ tsp chilli powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

Salt to taste

Method:

  • Cut the drumstick into 4 pieces and cook in water with salt and turmeric powder.
  • Cut brinjal into small pieces and also cook in water with salt and turmeric powder
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin sees till they pop.

  • Keep on low heat, add cumin, coriander, chilli powders and immediately add the ginger and tomatoes. Add salt.
  • After 2-3 minutes, add the cooked vegetables and stir well.
  • Cover and let the vegetables cook over a low flame, for 5 mins in the gravy.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis
  • Cut brinjal into small pieces and also cook in water with salt and turmeric

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin sees till they pop up. On low heat, add cumin, coriander, chilli powders and immediately add the ginger and tomatoes.  After 2-3 minutes, add the cooked vegetables and stir well. Let the vegetables cook over a low flame, for 5 mins in the gravy. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis

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Burghul or cracked wheat Salad: Recipe

Another quick and healthy recipe. My favourite!

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Ingredients:

250 gms cracked wheat

2tbsp olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

15 gms dried apricots

15 gms raisins

2 spring onions finely chopped

500 ml vegetable stock

a bunch of fresh chopped parsley

Salt to taste

Method:

Put cracked wheat in a large bowl. Add veg stock and soak for 20 minutes

Meanwhile, whisk together Olive oil and lemon juice in another small bowl.

Add dried fruits and spring onions. Stir well and coat with dressing.

Drain cracked wheat and add to the dressing. Season with salt. Sprinkle chopped parsley and serve.

Delicious and healthy.

Easy on the Pocket & High on Taste Quotient: Gaylord’s Steal-a-Meal

It was a walk down memory lane. I actually stepped into Gaylord at Churchgate Mumbai after several years. Really don’t don’t why. Nothing had changed. The staff was still as warm and courteous and yes, my old favourite dishes were still a part of the menu.  Thank God. Of course several new additions were there too. Justifiably so.

For a change I was here to sample the new Steal-a-Meal. A set Indian menu for lunch which changes daily and offers a variety of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. The Monday menu can be enjoyed again on a Thursday, Tuesdays and Fridays have the same offerings and what you eat on a Wednesday is there again only on a Saturday. So there’s a chance you will be trying new dishes each time you go there.

Our Non-veg platter arrived. The spread looked appetizing and was aesthetically presented. Goan prawns curry, Pindi chole, waldorf salad, pineapple raita, murg seekh kebab, jeera rice n rotis were part of the meal. Whew! That was a lot of food. Given the taste and quality of the food, that meal sure is a steal!

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A visit to Gaylord is incomplete without its Continental food, so I could not resist ordering their Chicken A la Kiev. Truly delectable. Made me so nostalgic. The creamy, butter mushroom filling simply melt in our mouths and the crusty covering over the chicken breast was done to perfection. Absolutely divine. The steamed rice and boiled veggies along side are the perfect accompaniment. We savoured each morsel, slowly and leisurely.

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The food there is value-for-money and the portions large. The attentive staff is there for the guests always, should you need anything. And it is service with a smile, that enhances the dining experience.

We rounded off our lip-smacking meal with a caramel custard, again, an old favourite. the caramel was made exceedingly well, with the right amount of sweetness and the custard, creamy, just the way I like it. I was satiated. But have to go back for Peach Melba and Baked Alaska. These are desserts very few restaurants today offer.

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So, if you’re around Churchgate for lunch, don’t miss this affordably priced meal.

Rating: 3.5/5

DIY Fun Pan Asian Meal : Mamagoto Andheri West

Buffets are always exciting because of the spread and variety but yes, sometimes, the food quality can be a bit of a concern. Was thus delighted to learn about the Anti Buffet luncheon at Mamagoto’s outlet in Andheri West, Mumbai.

This much loved Pan Asian restaurant chain known for its fun, quirky Asian cuisine has done it once again. Mamagoto indulges you by enabling you to select what you want  to eat and how you want it.

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The Live wok station looked very inviting. I was ready to experiment. With an array of sauces and meat such as lamb, fish, shrimp, chicken to choose from, the chef in me was surfacing. I selected my combinations of veggies and meat in a black pepper sauce. Voila! my dish was ready. Crunchy, crispy and fresh veggies and meats enveloped my mouth. The burst of flavours left me speechless.

The welcome drink with water melon juice as the base was refreshing and apt for a hot afternoon.

Of course the other starters were equally delectable. The South East Asian grilled fish swept me off my feet. The flavours were so delicate, yet, pronounced. The momos were ordinary as were the spring rolls. Although I liked the fact that the spring rolls were not oily.The Hungry Soul broth with a generous dose of veggies and chicken was genuinely comforting and satiated us completely.

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The Asian salad station offered Som Tam, Glass Noodles, Asian summer Salad, Mix veg salad with peanut dressing (baby corn, chinese cabbage , pokchoi, green beans, long cut , cucumber cubes) and  one could tweak it as per one’s own preference.

In the mains, the stir fried pak choy with water chestnut, bowled us over. The crunchy water chestnut paired exceedingly well with the subtle pak choy. A real palate pleaser, this one!

By the time we reached the dessert part of our meal, we were actually quite full.  Caramel sponge cake, Chocolate mud cake, Banoffee pie and Coconut ice cream were on offer. A scoop of ice cream was all that we could manage.

“We believe in empowering our clients, giving them the luxury of choice and asking them to dictate what they want, when they want. The idea is to create a paradigm shift and give people an alternative to the mundane, old fashioned spreads.” I liked what Rahul Khanna & Kabir Suri, Directors, Azure Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, the promoters of Mamagoto told me. What a perfect approach.

Priced at an attractive rate of Rs 599 the ” Anti Buffet ” lunch is a steal and a great way of enjoying a delicious Pan Asian meal. Available from 12-3 pm from Wednesday to Sunday, make sure you don’t miss this one!

Rating: 3.5/5

Lunch Time ‘Ka Boom’ at Ballard Estate

If you are looking for a quick wholesome lunch with quality ingredients and affordable pricing, then Kaboom at Ballard Estate, the newest QSR, is the place to stop by. Recently started by Yohaan Dattoobhai, the place is a stationary food truck of sorts, offering you a new cuisine daily from Monday through Friday.

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We ventured there on a Friday, expecting to savour American food, but were in for a surprise as the hospitable Yohaan, had very kindly put together a special menu for us to taste a dish each from all the five days. Our Pakchoy & Ramen salad arrived first. The fresh and green pakchoy was as crunchy as it could get. The ramen added to the texture. It was with a light salad dressing and helped us whip up an appetite for the rest of our meal.

The falafel sandwich took me by surprise, I expected a deep fried, tasteless falafel with a runny, spicy sauce and some veggies, but I was pleasantly surprised. The falafel was well spiced, fried to perfection and the accompaniments in the freshly prepared pita bread, made for a filling and delicious sandwich which made us feel healthy. The chef had obviously got it right from word go.

We could not help notice the packaging. All the food was served in containers, but these were not made of the usual thermocol. Instead, a lot of thought had gone into these. They were made of a superior biodegradable, material. What’s more, the name Kaboom was subtly embossed in a classy manner unlike the usual loud branding one is used to and thus ink free too. Impressive.

Yohaan is certainly doing his bit for the environment. The produce is sourced locally from those who believe in sustainable farming practices.

Pasta Pomodero Basilico with chicken meatballs from the Italian menu, was a meal by itself. The sauce was tangy and freshly made from tomatoes. The hint of basil and garlic was subtle yet, evident in the robust flavours. The chicken meatballs were well- made too, from in-house high quality mince. Absolutely delectable. Full marks here.

The chicken satay was a wee bit disappointing, as was the peanut sauce which was too pasty and almost resembled and tasted like peanut butter. The Veg Kaboom classic sandwich more than made up for this. It was healthiness personified with the ragi bread, almost negligible cheese and crunchy veggies. Loved it, but would have personally preferred a bit more cheese.

The chicken wings were a bit too vinegary for my palate. I preferred the veggie version any day.

What appealed to me the most is the fact that Kaboom offers a daily rotating menu with ‘Soi Tuk Tuk,’ South East Asian food served on Monday; ‘Easy Cheesy,’ European style cheese toasts on Tuesday; ‘Pazzo Pomodoro,’ Italian on Wednesday; ‘Haba Habibi,’ Middle Eastern on Thursday; and finally, ‘Fly High Ms. American Pie,’ American on Friday.  This variety allows the same consumer to return to the same place every day, but for a completely different culinary experience. No question of boredom setting in as each week too the menu differs, even if the cuisine is the same.

Corn soup with basil drizzle, goat cheese and smoked chicken sandwich, raw papaya salad, chicken penang curry, gnocchi with mushroom sauce are some of the highlights. What came across was that although your meal arrives quickly, each item on the menu is prepared with great care. The food is wholesome; with authentic flavours and fresh ingredients and lots for the vegetarians too. Not only can you savour authentic dishes that they offer but you can ask for the “apna style” option and have the chef tweak it to your taste and preference. Very flexible approach, I thought.

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Furthermore, one has an option to eat at the outlet or grab and go. It is also affordably priced, with dishes costing Rs. 200 and a full meal combo available at Rs. 350 (inclusive of taxes).

We enjoyed our meal thoroughly and cannot wait for more Kabooms to happen all over Mumbai. But some element of desserts and beverages would be really welcome on the menu.

Fish & Olive Casserole: Recipe

 

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Ingredients:

500 gms fillet of any fish

3 cloves garlic

7 black olives

fish stock

chopped parsley

olive oil

salt to taste

Method:

Cut the fish into large pieces. Peel and chop garlic. Saute fish and garlic in olive oil. Pour fish stock. Boil fish for a few minutes, Chop olives and parsley.

Sprinkle over the fish. Serve hot. A perfect dish for a quick lunch.