Cherish Authentic Italian Food in Mumbai Restaurants

Italian Cuisine defined by its culture and traditions, presents world with a gastronomic bonanza.  Italian food is combination of vibrant colors on the plate with balanced acidity.  Spaghetti, Bruschetta, Risotto or tortellini are some of the best known authentic dishes of Italy. With rising Indian demand for Italian Cuisine, one should know authentic restaurants to enjoy them.  Mumbai is diverse in its culture and therefore finding an authentic restaurant to enjoy such delicious cuisine is not a difficult task. Five star restaurants like Grand Hyatt, Celini, Little Italy etc are the best restaurants to enjoy Italian Cuisine.

Let us first discuss the elegant delicacies of Italy :

  • Bruschetta: – Best Snack or appetizer, it is made up of garlic bread rubbed with olive oil topped with fresh tomatoes, vegetables, beans, cured meat or cheese. Enjoy this at Little Italy.

  • Neapolitan pizza (Margherita): – A common fast food choice of people all over the world when it comes to Italian Cuisine. It includes: a Wheat dough, tomatoes, and Mozzarella Cheese, basil leaves. Enjoy this at Romano’s – JW Marriott.

  • Ravioli: – A fast food wherein a dumpling is sealed with filling between two sheets of pasta. The filling includes ricotta cheese, spinach, nutmeg and black pepper. Enjoy this at Cafe Zoe.

  • Fettuccine Alfredo: – Being considered as a primo, first meal after antipasto, Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta made up of parmesan cheese and butter. Enjoy this at Indigo.

  • Risotto: – Categorized in primo section, Risotto is neither light nor heavy. Risotto defines the traditional cuisine of Italy. A rice dish which is cooked in broth till you get the creamy layer of rice. Broth can consist meat, fish, or vegetables. Enjoy this at Celini – Grand Hyatt.

Top 10 street Food to enjoy in Mumbai

Top 10 street Food to enjoy in Mumbai

Top 10 street Food to enjoy in Mumbai

Mumbai, is always characterized by its lively nature. A city that never sleeps, it always gives you an adrenaline rush, you just can’t stop. Be it travel, business or food, Mumbai ranks and caters the best. Today we will be highlighting street foods which are popular in Mumbai and everyone should definitely try it once.

Mumbai Meri Jaan:

Splendid and lively, Mumbai a commercial hub of India delivers you wonders on earth. Capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai is a major metropolitan city with unique characteristic of blend of various religions and therefore experience mix-culture.

WHY MUMBAI?

Mumbai an enigma attracts lakhs of tourists all over globe. Experience the blessed fusion of man made wonders and nature in Mumbai.

STREET FOODS IN MUMBAI

  • ANAND’S VADA PAV VILLE PARLE  This Vada Pav is the most delicious & mouth watering. The chatni and the spice blend perfectly.
  • SARDAR’S PAV BHAJI VT STATION  They serve delicious taste with cheese and butter. You should definitely try this once in your lifetime
  • BADEMIYA CHICKEN TIKKA COLABA  Famous for Chicken Tikka, the place is ultimate destination for food lovers. Mouth watering spicy chicken tikka will just make your day.
  • ELCO PANI PURI BANDRA  Known for hygiene and flavors, delicious pani puri should surely be on your bucket list. You can also try other mouth watering chats.
  • MAMLEDAR MISAL THANE  Yummm…spicy filled with flavors is must try street food in Mumbai. Savour the taste of ultimate food of spicy misal pav
  • GURU KRIPA’S SAMOSA SION  Serves the best Samosa in Mumbai. Crowd from all over Mumbai come here to relish the potato stuffed spicy Samosa.
  • CHURCHGATE BUN MASKA CHURCHGATE  If you are hungry, you can try the simplest and tastiest snack available in Mumbai. You should surely try it at least once.
  • KHEEMA PAV O COLABA  If you are a lover of Kheema Pav, then you should try it at Olympia Coffee House. Deliciously wrapped, Kheema pav here is worth a try.
  • BOMBAY SANDWICH VT STATION  You will get variety of blends in this sandwich, just order your favorite one and relish it. It is opposite to Xavier’s College
  • MYSORE MASALA DOSA CHOWPATTY  Get south Indian thrill of Dosa at Bhulabhai Desai Road Chowpatty Mumbai. The crunch and lightness of dosa and the acidity of chutney blends a nice flavors.

A great food comes with great taste and mumbai street food surely caters your taste buds. You can savour these street food at any point of time. Mouth watering food is waiting for you, when are you leaving??

Best ever Mobile app for Surprise Foodfix

During College years Birthday is one of the most important day in a student’s life. It comes with full of surprises from friends, family, teachers and well wishers. We all love and appreciate special attention and care that we get from our loved ones on our special days. I remember one such incident vividly that makes me nostalgic. We threw a surprise visit and a treat for one of our friends that made him speechless and emotional. Myself, Saurabh Khillare, along with few of my friends decided to surprise our classmate Vihaan Patel on his birthday.

Vihan Patel used to stay as a PG in CST area of Mumbai. On his birthday, it was not possible for him to meet us personally due to some personal reason. So we decided that we will visit him uninformed and make his day special. Once we reached his place, he was astonished looking at me and others together at his place. Now the dilemma for me was where to order food from since the location was totally new!

After giving much thought, suddenly I happen to remember about one App known as “TinyOwl app” that would help me in the best way. I immediately downloaded the app and started searching for different nearby food locations and eateries.

TinyOwl App

TinyOwl App

It firstly asked me to feed my current location using GPS. I went ahead as per the instructions, but due to bad weather and congested location, the GPS was unable to track my location exactly. Now this wonderful app had an extraordinary feature or functionality of feeding the location manually.

Once I entered my location in the field provided, TinyOwl app highlighted options on the screen showing various restaurants and food joints. Along with the eateries and food joint names, the app also showed up all the different dishes or cuisines available.

After glancing through the entire option, I thought what a great app it was that will help its users on any new location. I believe, with this app handy, one doesn’t have to worry and waste time looking for a good restaurant or eatery on any new location he or she visits.

One of the best feature of this TinyOwl app was that along with various dishes, it also displayed the number of servings and its cost.

Since I was a college student with limited cash in my pocket, this feature really meant a lot to me. We were in a good number gathered for the surprise party so using this functionality I could easily decide on the menu.

TinyOwl app provides advance filtration features that along with food joints and various cuisines and its rates.

TinyOwl app filtration

TinyOwl app advance filtration helps to choose best food deal

it also provides us with a feature where we can customize our order based on different parameters. When choosing for an option, we can place our total number of orders, its rate, delivery time and its popularity via star rating.

Now, as per the party plan, we wanted to throw a lunch but it was still too early for it. In the meanwhile, we thought of ordering some refreshment. Again the app-TinyOwl made my day easy since it gives access to the complete menu card which helps in deciding the available food according to the budget. Since it was early morning, we ordered different flavoured juices and milkshakes from the nearby Patil Juice Centre.

TinyOwl app gives full access to Patil juice center menu

TinyOwl app gives full access to Patil juice center menu

For the cake cutting occasion, we ordered Ferraro Roacher large cake from Cafe Markiv using this app. There was a song and dance round post cake cutting as a part of the celebration. We all enjoyed a lot and made every single second special.

Cafe Markiv

TinyOwl app helped us to order a cake from Cafe Markiv

After rocking the floor, we all were hungry and thought of ordering Vihaan’s favourite North Indian food from Balgi Hotel that will make his day more special. Again TinyOwl app came to our rescue and we had our food soon at our doorstep.

Balgi Hotel

TinyOwl app serves our north Indian food quench & helped to search Balgi Hotel through its advance filters

Another feature or functionality of TinyOwl app bowled was its e-wallet feature that makes easy payment. This app helps in saving and managing all your order history for future reference. The main menu of this TinyOwl app features different fields like Home, My orders, Notifications, TinyOwl Money, Free Meals and Contact Us along with its icons.

TinyOwl app Menu

TinyOwl app Menu

I can say that I have great experience using this fabulous TinyOwl app. This app made my day easy thus giving me relaxed party planning opportunity giving more time to enjoy with Vihaan and others. So if you wish to use this app and see for yourself its awesomeness, download it soon on your smart phones. This wonderful TinyOwl app is available for both Android & iOS smart phones.

Relish The Delicious Taste Of Narali Rice

Festival time is the most enjoyable time for every Indian family. Every occasion is celebrated joyously together with the entire family. The festive time is the time when the entire place is lit up, and everyone enjoys the occasion. But no festival is complete without delicious items cooked by the ladies of the house. It is during these days that we share our meals with family and friends and have fun. And now it’s the season, for the most celebrated and cherished festivals of India and especially Maharashtra that are Raksha Bandhan and Narali Purnima.

Narali Bhat

Narali Bhat | Image Resource : erecipeguide.com

These festivals are celebrated with great pomp in Maharashtra, and various traditional dishes are cooked during this celebration period. One of the most delicious dishes that are cooked during these festivals is the ‘Narali Bhat’. This is a Maharashtrian recipe and is also known as Coconut rice. This dish is very simple to cook. All you need are the following ingredients.

  • A cup of Basmati Rice
  • Some shredded or grated coconut, should be fresh
  • A cup of sugar
  • Coconut milk and some unsalted butter
  • A few tablespoons of Pure Ghee
  • Salt, Cinnamon, Cloves, green Cardamom, all according to the quantity and spice you require.
  • Some dry fruits like Almond, raisins, etc.

After you have all these ingredients ready, it is very easy to cook the dish. The first step is to wash the basmati rice. Then heat the ghee, add cardamom, a stick of cinnamon and 3 to 4 cloves. Add this to the rice and sauté. Then boil the coconut milk, add a pinch of salt and add some water. When it is boiled, add this mixture to the rice.

Mix well and let the rice heat on medium and let it get cooked for 10 minutes. Now take another pan and create a mixture of grated coconut, sugar and dry fruits. When this mixture starts to cook add some rice, some saffron for colour, and one or two tablespoons of ghee. Mix this mixture with the cooked rice lightly and put it to heat for some more 5 minutes. Let it cool and enjoy your yummy ‘Narali Rice’.

Ready Narali Rice

Ready Narali Rice | Image Resource : manjulaskitchen.com

Happy Raksha Bandhan and Narali Purnima

Happy Raksha Bandhan and Narali Purnima | Image Resource : mykundali.com, kemmannu.com

3 Easy To Cook Snack Recipes for Shravan

Shravan is regarded as the holy month of the Hindus in India. This is because of the countless festivals celebrated in the Shravan month. The month is the fifth month in the solar calendar starting somewhere in late July and ending somewhere in the third week of August. The common festivals that come in this month are Nag Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, Narali Purnima, Gokulashtami and Avani Avittam. In this month, the Maharashtrians go vegan so here are some quick snack recipes for the fasting month of Shravan.

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In the modern day busy lifestyle, these quick recipes help you adhere to your age old traditions while living up to the expectations of the modern world.

1. Farali Kebab

Farali Kebab

Farali Kebab | Image Resource : vegindianrecipe.com

This is a simple and yummy Farali Kebab, a modification of the famous Punjabi snack for the month of Shravan. Working mothers can now prepare fun snacks even in Shravan all in a jiffy!

Key Ingredients:

  • 4 Raw bananas (boiled and grated)
  • 4 tbsp Roasted peanuts (coarse ground)
  • 3 Green chillies (chopped finely)
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro (chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • ¼ cup Rajgira Flour
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

Mix together raw bananas, crushed peanuts, green chillies, salt and Cilantro and shape them like Kebabs (cylindrical). Dip them in the Rajgira flour and deep fry in a wok.

Time Taken: 25 minutes

2. Farali Bhajiya

Farali Bhajiya

Farali Bhajiya | Image Resource : vegindianrecipe.com

Farali Bhajiya is yet another tempting recipe for the fasting people, a quick vegetarian snack.

Key Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Rajgira Flour
  • ½ Cup Singhara Flour
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilli
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro (chopped finely)
  • 3 tbsp sabudana (soaked)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients (except oil) in a bowl until a proper consistency of the batter is achieved. Heat oil in a wok. Drop spoonfuls of batter to check the oil heat. Once the oil is heated, deep fry the yummy Bhajiyas.

Time Taken: 10 minutes

3. Coconut Balls

Coconut balls is a sweet snack that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. So here is the recipe for this unique delight.

Coconut Balls

Coconut Balls | Image Resource : plantbasedmunchies.wordpress.com

Key Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup desiccated coconut or coconut powder
  • ¼ Cup coconut powder for coating
  • ½ Cup condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder

Method of Preparation: 

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients listed about. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions shaped like balls. Dip it in coconut powder. Place the balls in a refrigerator to harden. Enjoy!

Time Taken: 5 minutes

Sweet Dish Cuisine From Maharashtra : Unique And Flavorful!

Maharashtra is much more than Shivaji, Ganesha Festival and Vada Pav. The Maharastrian cuisine is elaborate and diverse just the like the people who live there. The cuisine ranges from sweet to sour to spicy preparations which are all deliciously prepared.

There are a number of lip smacking desserts and savory dishes from Maharashtra. One stands out and has the tagline of being the most famous dish from Maharashtra. It is known to the world as Puran Poli. It can be described as chapattis which are stuffed with lentils cooked in jaggery that is generally flavored with cardamom and cinnamon. The stuffed chapattis are roasted on both the sides and served hot with clarified butter.

Puran Poli (पुरण पोळी)

Puran Poli (पुरण पोळी) | Image Resource : pinterest.com

Another delicious sweet dish is the Shrikhand. It is a dessert made of yoghurt flavored with dry fruits. The yoghurt is first thickened and sugar is added to it and whipped. It is decorated with rose syrup and chopped dry fruits for added richness.

Shrikhand (श्रीखंड )

Shrikhand (श्रीखंड ) | Image Resource : sakasmilk.com

Another version of the shrikhand is the Amrakhand. Amrakhand is the same as shrikhand but pureed mango is added to it. Depending on the species of mango added, the flavor profile changes and garnishing is done with chopped almonds.

Amrakhand (आम्रखंड )

Amrakhand (आम्रखंड ) | Image Resource : youtube.com

Sheera is another favorite of the locals. It is a simple dish made with few ingredients and is a staple of most meals. It is a Halwa made from the beaten wheat grains, jaggery and ghee. More ingredients like ripe bananas or dry fruits are added in certain parts of Maharashtra.

Sheera (शिरा)

Sheera (शिरा) | Image Resource : paakashala.com

Til Gul is a dessert revolving around the festival of harvest. It symbolizes the joys and sorrows of life. The til (sesame) portrays bitterness of life and the gul (jaggery) portrays the joy of life. The dish is served in a bowl directly and some prefer to make laddoos out of it and few others may serve it as a barfi.

Til Gul (तिळगुळ)

Til Gul (तिळगुळ) ( | Image Resource : twicsy.com

It is a wonder how even the native dishes come with a twist in the different regions of Maharashtra. Each of them enriched with the simplicity of the local produce grown in that area.

Mangoes : The king Of fruits Making People Its Slaves By The Delicious Taste!

Mangoes have an important place in Indian culture, the fruit and the leaves of the mango tree are used as decoration in many Hindu festivals, public events such as speeches and at weddings. The mango is the national fruit of India and it has attained fame even in the bygone era as it is said that Emperor Akbar was so fond of the fruit that he planted an enormous mango orchard!

Mango King Of Fruits

Mango King Of Fruits | Image Reslurce : hdwallpapersfit.com

Mangoes have been my favorite amongst fruits. For me, summer in India often means gorging on mangoes till my face turns blue! Mango season generally begins in April and ends in June. The Sendhura mango, grown largely in South India is the first to arrive and is the perfect beginning.

Sendhura Mango

Sendhura Mango | Image Resource : thehindu.com

There are various other varieties of mangoes in India, Badami and Kallapadi are commonly found mango varieties. Badami has been called the Alphonso of Karnataka because of their similarity in tastes. Badami mangoes are best eaten in the beginning and middle of May. Dasheri is largely grown in the Northern parts of India. Malihabad in Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of Dasheri mangoes in India.

Langra mangoes are originally from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This variety can be found all year long. Banganapalli mangoes are favoured for their sweet smell and juicy insides. These are large and a light yellow colour, very popular in the southern Indian states.

Chandrakan is hugely popular in Kerala and this green mango is used in the making of several delicacies.

Chandrakan Mangoes

Chandrakan Mangoes | Image Resource : quiette.wordpress.com

Totapuri, Mallika and Neelam mangoes arrive later in the market. Totapuri is often eaten with a sprinkling of chilli powder and salt – a favorite street-food.  The Mallika mango is a cross between the Dasherri mango and the Neelam.

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Mangoes are the king of fruit and the Alphonso is the king of mangoes. Named after Portuguese nobleman Afonso de Albuquerque, it is often called ‘Hapus’ in Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is known as a superior variety because it is rich in sweetness and flavor.

Alphonso Mango

Alphonso Mango | Image Resource : novertur.com

With its large variety and delicious taste, it has made us its slaves and I have always found it  hard to resist from gorging on them!

Stay Hydrated; Stay Healthy By Beating The Scorching Summer Sun!

On a summer day, I find that there’s nothing better than a nice cool drink of something refreshing to quench my thirst and stay hydrated.

Summer Thirst Without Water

Summer Thirst Without Water | Image Resource : thehindu.com

Summers are always a busy time of the year for me, but even if it is. I make sure I stay hydrated. There are plenty of reasons to stay well hydrated. For one thing, an inch close to dehydration and your mood and energy levels will dip making it hard to focus on, well, pretty much anything.

To ward off the side-effects of a dry spell the trick is to stay at optimum levels. So, beat the heat and quench your thirst this summer with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, refreshing summery drinks.  Be it a tall glass of beer or citrus-y lemonade, there’s nothing like a cold glass to wash down the summer heat.

Water  is always the best option but there’s nothing like a Cinderella mocktail, a Citrus Cooler or Coco-Punch Delight to calm the soul. For the more daring, a Watermelon Tequila cocktail or a Colorado cooler can take you to another place. This is a selection of my favourites.

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Now let’s talk about some of the crowd-pleasers when it comes to summer drinks, the first on the list is of course – a glass of cold water. Nothing can ever replace the refreshing, goodness of plain, clear  water. Next on the list would be lemonade. Summers and lemonades are closely associated. Few things are more enjoyable than sipping a tall, cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day.

Glass of Cold Water

Glass of Cold Water | Image Resource : landmarkwaterdispensers.in

Lemonade

Lemonade | Image Resource : fashions-cloud.com

Sometimes I feel like the best thing to combat a hot day is coconut water or tender-coconut (as my mother calls it) also known as elixir for those who need to survive the hot, steamy tropics. What many of you may not know is that these are high in potassium and calcium, this makes it one of the healthiest drinks for the summer.

Coconut Water

Coconut Water | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Tender Coconut

Tender Coconut | Image Resource : keralatourism.org

Summers keep getting hotter and hotter, especially in the cities with all the pollution and traffic. I find that it is in places like these that people should be extra careful around the summer, keeping yourself hydrated should be at the top of your list.

Maharashtra Offers You Some Yummy And Mouth Watery Cuisines!

Being a wanderer, I have developed a keen interest in travelling to popular getaways in Maharashtra. Each place has something unique to offer. While travelling to some of the popular destinations like Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar with friends on last Sunday, I have tried and tasted the local cuisines and street food. Trust me; the way these local vendors prepare it, you will definitely want to have more and more!

One of my favorite breakfasts- Kandapoha, which is the local cuisine of Maharashtra, is amazing with the namkeen and lemons. In nutshell, for those who are new to this, Kandapoha or the beaten rice flakes is one of the most healthy and time saving breakfast loved by Maharashtrians.
The well suited breakfast or snack is apt for the fast moving lifestyle here.  When you are hungry and there are no much options, you can enjoy the yummy Kandpoha with hot piping tea.  The light and crispy poha is cooked well with lots of onions, locally called as kandas and roasted peanut.

Kandapoha With Namkeen and Lemon (कांदापोहे)

Kandapoha With Namkeen and Lemon (कांदापोहे) | Image Resource : kitchenaroma.wordpress.com

If you are in Maharashtra, you should never miss out the famous Sabudana Khichdi or often called as fasting meal. With years, this has become one of the complete breakfast for every Maharashtrian. On the way to Mahabaleshwar with friends, I tasted the Khichdi from a local stall.

Sabudana Khichdi (साबुदाणा खिचडी)

Sabudana Khichdi (साबुदाणा खिचडी) | Image Resource : imnepal.com

Omg! I was just amazed by the perfect combination of everything. It’s not that I was new to this. But, the way the vendor had prepared was brilliant. Out of curiosity, I asked him to share his recipe. The man just smiled and said, it’s the way everyone will make it.

Whatever it was, I had two plates of Sabudana Khichdi to satiate my hunger and crave for the lovely dish. You can get it for minimal of 20 bucks a plate anywhere in Maharashtra.

Shrikhand Puri (श्रीखंड पुरी)

Shrikhand Puri (श्रीखंड पुरी) | Image Resource : queenofmykitchen.blogspot.com

Well, let me introduce you to one of the most favorite sweet Maharashtrian dish called Shrikhand Puri. The name itself gives me a pleasure! This is generally prepared on the New Year or locally called as Gudi Padhwa. The sweet dish is prepared with strained curd, sugar, dry fruits and cardamom. You can enjoy this with hot puri to give a complete taste.