• 'Mumbai chefs need to add a lot more thought to the food they are serving'

    Garima Arora at Masque. Pic/Sneha Kharabe"I haven't slept in two days," says Garima Arora, armed with a takeaway coffee cup, when we meet her at Mahalaxmi fine-dine, Masque. She has arrived just an hour ago from Bangkok, where she runs her six-month-old restaurant, Gaa. But her caramel-hued eyes light up as soon as we start chatting about her first pop-up in the city, in collaboration with chef Prateek Sadhu."We'll do a version of the bhutta, use ingredients like seabuckthorn from Ladakh and ch
  • This dessert parlour in Mumbai has introduced healthy cookies for pregnant moms

    Sweetish House Mafia, known for its decadent desserts, cookies and cookie shakes, has now introduced a new cookie that will bring a smile to the faces of mums-to-be. The latest offering is targeted at expectant and nursing mums alike. The cookies are packed with nutrients that provide the energy required during pregnancy. They also fulfil sweet cravings that are common when carrying. The cookies also are a good option as a healthy mid-day munch for anyone counting calories.Loaded with flax, oats
  • Mumbai: 'The Bank' gastropub will offer drinks on loan

    A 3D rendering of what The Bank will look like when completeThis is a scenario that's all too familiar to most millennials: it's the end of the month, and a colleague's farewell party comes up. The next morning, you realise you don't have enough money to last you till your next pay cheque. Turns out, two budding entrepreneurs from the city have a solution - a pub called The Bank.
    Harsh Mav and Shaunak Mukherjee"The concept is born out of the understanding of what
  • Food: New cafe brings the taste of Delhi to Mumbai, all buttered up

    Mom's Butter Chicken Tikka Masala. Pics/Atul KambleWhen Cafe Delhi Heights sold its 2,00,000th Jucy Lucy Burger (Rs 445), the chain organised a competition at its outlets in Gurgaon, Delhi and Noida. Ashish Singh, the corporate chef of 13 of the outlets — with another one coming up on Janpath and Mumbai's first branch launching at Kamala Mills today — tells us that the winner ate two-and-a-half of the burgers, while the runners-up gave up at two and at 1.75. Consisting of a 250gm mu
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  • Craft beers and world cuisine calls for revisit at Andheri's newest brewery

    Bavarian Bouquet and Tropical Froth A trend we have seen in menus across the city is the use of the term, progressive global cuisine. This covers everything under the sun and allows chefs to serve dosas or dimsums. Many falter in delivering the best of each cuisine, while others manage to gain footfall.Andheri's newest brewery (in place of The Pump Room, which was a brewery too), Barrel & Co has a menu that falls in this category. The interiors are industrial with a surprise mix of S&a
  • Mumbai Food: First look of new Chinese fine-dine at Bandra's Hill Road

    Truffle and Edamame DumplingsThis city is no stranger to modern Cantonese cuisine, thanks to international brands like Yauatcha and Hakkasan having landed at our doorstep several years ago. And the fact that they're going strong is proof that Mumbai's elite loves the grub.Enter House of Mandarin, a soon-to-launch fine-dine that aims to quell our dumpling cravings. A project by Rachel Goenka, this is a far cry from the European fare and dainty baked goods we have been treated to from her brands,
  • Mumbai food: Savour flavours from China at this Bandra restaurant

    Truffle and Edamame DumplingsThis city is no stranger to modern Cantonese cuisine, thanks to international brands like Yauatcha and Hakkasan having landed at our doorstep several years ago. And the fact that they're going strong is proof that Mumbai's elite loves the grub.Enter House of Mandarin, a soon-to-launch fine-dine that aims to quell our dumpling cravings. A project by Rachel Goenka, this is a far cry from the European fare and dainty baked goods we have been treated to from her brands,
  • Mumbai Food: Learn four iconic East Indian dishes at this workshop

    Potato Chops"Despite having lived in the city for years, not many people are even aware of the existence of this cuisine," begins Sajida Khan, founder of Culinary Craft studio, which will be the venue for a workshop on East Indian fare this weekend.Mumbaikar Lloyd Rodrigues will conduct the session where he will teach participants how to make four East Indian dishes. The first is the Mutton Stew, which is a combination of vegetables like carrots, peas, onions and tomatoes, and mutton blended wi
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  • Mumbai food: Cure your hangover with these super cocktails in the city

    Take a break(fast)
    We think this bar loves its guests because they even have a bunch of drinks called Hangover Cures. Vodka, whiskey or rum, whatever your poison, there's a cocktail for you, made with fresh ingredients such as passion fruit, tomato juice, citrus fruits and more, that will help you get going.Cost Rs. 320 onwardsTime 9 am to 5 pm (only Sundays) at Monkey Bar, 14th and 33rd road junction, Bandra West.Call 26005215Fight beer with beerTry this classic Michelada cocktail, which contai
  • Pink chocolate to arrive in Mumbai after 80 years of Nestle's white chocolate

    It's new, and it's pink
    Last week, Barry Callebaut, Zurich-based manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products, revealed Ruby chocolate, which is made using the Ruby cocoa bean sourced from Ecuador and Brazil. Slated to hit the shelves by early next year, the chocolate has an intrinsic sweet-and-sour berry-like flavour and pink colour derived from the bean's reddish hue. The fourth type of chocolate (others are dark, milk and white) comes 80 years after Nestlé's white chocolate.
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  • Mumbai Food: New delivery joint will satiate your sushi craving in Andheri

    Crazy Salmon Roll, Veg California Roll and Crabmeat Gunkan. Pic/Nimesh DaveWe are quite chuffed with the thought of ordering sushi for lunch on a busy day in the newsroom. Sushi and More, a delivery-only enterprise, has been fulfilling Japanese sushi cravings for residents of SoBo and Prabhadevi since 2009, and has now launched in Andheri.The menu for the suburbs is a slimmer version of the original, but it doesn’t disappoint (there are Jain options as well). They offer nigiri, uramaki an
  • SodaBottleOpenerWala's Bandra Feast menu pays ode to Mumbai's Bandra fair

    Thali Sweet accompanied by kadio bodioFor Bandra resident Sophia Netto, the month of September meant eight days of festivities, courtesy the iconic Bandra Fair that the suburb hosts annually. Held in four lanes that dot Bandra's Mount Mary Basilica neighbourhood, it celebrates the birthday month of Mother Mary. "You could spend an entire day at the fair. There would be pageants like September King and Queen, games and cane product stalls that everyone would throng to, and all-night long jam ses
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  • Fun and laughter galore: Here's what you can do in Mumbai this Tuesday

    Watch two hours of fresh material by new stand-up artists including Aakash Gupta, Govind Menon, Mandar Bhide and Andy Reghu (in pic).On: September 12
    At: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.
    Log on to: bookmyshow.com
    When: 8.30 pm 
    Entry: Rs 500
    Verbena Brewpub & SkygardenThis Tuesday, head to Verbena Brewpub & Skygarden for the La Femme Nights!In Mumbai, there is something about a night out with your girls, an LBD, stilettos, some great food and drin
  • Dia Mirza and Bittu Sahgal bond over butterflies at a restaurant in Mumbai

    Bittu Sahgal and Dia Mirza enjoy a meal at Kitchen Garden by Suzette in Bandra. Pics/Shadab KhanThere is a peacock whose cacophony Bittu Sahgal wakes up to at his Napean Sea Road residence every morning , before he starts hammering away at articles for Sanctuary Asia, a magazine he launched and has been editing since 1981. And as Dia Mirza tells us how she came to be associated with Sahgal's various projects, a butterfly fluttering in the al fresco section of Kitchen Garden by Suzette lights up
  • Mumbai Food: Hog out crisp fries dripping in BBQ and chocolate sauce

    Peri Peri Twister. Pics/Sameer MarkandeThe led lights fitted in 3D wall panels engulf The Pabulum (Latin: food) with a violet glow that spills on to the street. Standing next to a chemist and a stone's throw away from a farsan store, the QSR off SV Road in Santacruz, which promises 'fiery fries' and 'sexy shakes', resembles an alien spaceship.
    The counter has a slot that holds these BBQ Cheese Fries served in a conical containerOur analogy isn't far off the mark
  • This Mumbai chef's recipe of saffron hollandaise sauce will leave tempted

    While working on a cruise liner, Dipak Adhikary of BKC's The Good Wife, had the opportunity to travel to Spain and enjoy its cuisine. "I found that saffron, which has been synonymous with all things Indian, was extensively used in Spanish food," he says.Years later, when he joined the BKC restaurant, Adhikary decided to experiment with saffron in European dishes. "It offers an intense flavour, colour and taste, and has qualities that blend beautifully with European cuisine," he says, moving on t
  • The new-found drink: Raise a toast with beer cocktails in Mumbai

    Under a canopy of yellow fairy lights that throw a reflection on the white pebbles as a musician doles out soft jazz tunes, the mood is set for brunch. Bartender Manish Solanki has created a line of beer cocktails, marrying clove and coriander notes with the orangy finish of Hoegaarden. We try the first one, a crispy wheat beer with lychee. One sip and we are sold. We stop only when we try another variation with chamomile tea. The final frontier is a beer sangria with a mix of passion fruit, eld
  • This Mumbai chef finds out the roots of our favourite 'gajar ka halwa'

    There are various global versions of the food we eat, depending on the ingredients and regional produce. I have travelled around the globe and found, for example, that many countries have their own variations of our halwa.Halwa refers to many dense, thick and sweet confections across South, Central and West Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Balkans, Central Europe, Malta and the Jewish world.Sesame halwa is popular in Balkan countries such as Poland and in the Middle East. In the Medit
  • Mumbai food: Top 3 restaurants picks of the week

    Be it starters or desserts, restaurants in Mumbai are leaving no stone unturned to bring out innovative dishes on the platter for our foodie folks. While looking out for the top restaurants in the city who are giving a twist to the usual food and drinks, we came up with these three options. Find it out here:1. Vegan Burger Kitchen: If you are looking out for vegan burgers and if you live around Bandra, then you're in luck, thanks to this new delivery service. At present, the menu offers nin
  • The Suhring brothers talk about their modern German pop-up in Mumbai

    Twins Thomas and Mathias Sühring grew up in Berlin, which was then part of East Germany. Summer holidays were spent at their grandparents' farm, near the Polish border, harvesting vegetables and fruits, and feeding ducks, chicken, and pigs."We derived immense joy from going to the forests to pick berries and mushrooms, and fishing in the lakes nearby. As kids, it was nothing short of an adventure. We feasted on our grandmother's cooking. It was special to see how she got the family together
  • Here's why island bars are becoming focal points of Mumbai's new watering holes

    Mojo's Bistro in Kamala Mills, Lower ParelGone are the days when a pub's interiors only made for a cool Insta frame. Today, design based on business sensibilities is having a bigger say in the blueprint. An idea that seems to have caught the attention of owners of new watering holes is to set up an island bar right in the middle of the venue.Bring in the business
    Owners agree that an island bar is accessible from all sides, and thus, results in better business. "In a space as big our Andheri ou
  • Learn about baking and cake decoration at a three-day event in Mumbai

    Prachi Dhabal Deb will demonstrate eggless royal icing work on cakes and cookiesBaking a batch of chocolate brownies is simple enough, provided you follow the recipe to the T. But, what if you want to create a two-tiered wonder for your best friend's wedding? Starting today, Cakeology, brings together cake artists from around the world to equip you with all the skills you need to go from home baker to pro baker.
    Sachiko Windbiel's 3D fondant cake toppers"The country's cake decorating industry h
  • Mumbai food: 8 restaurants that prove Andheri is a paradise for food lovers

     
    SpaghettiAndheri is a melting pot of refreshing flavours. The wide collection of local, regional and international cuisines make this bustling locality nothing less than a food paradise in Mumbai. Young crowd, cool vibe and an overall pleasant setting, Andheri is a perfect place to indulge in a food trail in the city. From seafood and nachos to waffles and unconventional ice creams, restaurants in Andheri offer a huge assortment of delectable and unique dishes from around the world. These
  • This new Gastropub at Kamla Mills will transport you to the British capital

    Alleppy Prawns Curry in Spicy Rosemary Warqi TacoIt's hard to miss London Taxi standing tall at a corner of Kamala Mills. The facade of the three-level gastropub, which opens this Saturday, might seem like it’s bovine inspired but a close look reveals a map of London, the city that serves as an inspiration for this pub, with the river Thames running through it.The 6,000-sq ft property is helmed by ad filmmakers Vivek DasChaudhary, Sanjay Shetty and Ricky Singh Bedi, with Dhaval Udeshi as
  • Mumbai Food Review: This delivery service offers burgers that will make you fit!

    Crispy Eggplant BurgerIf you're vegan, you can probably count on one hand the number of eateries in the city that cater to your needs while also serving delicious grub. Narrow down the search to just vegan burgers, and you arrive at another figure — nil. But, if you live around Bandra, you're in luck, thanks to a new delivery service called Vegan Burger Kitchen.
    Asian-style Sweet Potato and Peanut BurgerThe menu currently offers nine burgers, each different
  • Mumbai: Want to eat healthy and tasty food? Here's a workshop that can help you

    When it comes to physical well-being, there is little doubt that we are what we eat. Yet, in our fast-paced lives, what we put into our system often pales before other priorities. Combine it with our readiness to consume packaged and junk foods, and we may be looking at serious health concerns in the long run.A whole plant-based basics cooking workshop by Sharan, an organisation that spreads awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable lifestyle, aims to reverse this trend by
  • Sign up for a cacao-inspired dinner to rekindle your love for the fruit

    Fabien Mason (centre) with Jane (left). Pics/Mason & Co, Danda Food ProjectDid you know that for most its 4,000-year history, chocolate was consumed as a bitter beverage rather than as dessert? To see the various other ways in which cacao can be consumed, sign up for a pop-up dinner organised by Danda Food Project, in collaboration with organic chocolate brand Mason & Co.Aditya Raghavan, cheese consultant and co-founder of Danda Food Project says, "The idea for this came about when Anan
  • Mumbai Food: Sample flavours from Indonesia at this Andheri pop-up

    Ayam Goreng Kalasan with Sambal KacangLast October, when Priyadarshini Gupta travelled for a three-week trip to Indonesia, she signed up for a day-long cooking class with a local chef in Yogyakarta, a culturally rich city on the island of Java. She learnt to identify native produce, whip up traditional Indonesian fare - including sambal, a hot sauce of Javanese origin - and even noted the substitutes for ingredients not available in Mumbai. "One example is tempeh [a traditional product made fro
  • Mumbai Food: The art of star glazing

    Chef Yogen Adep with Jack Daniele spare ribs. Pic /Sameer Abedi How do you get the shine in that sauce?" I ask chef Yogen Adep, while he throws in butter into a barbeque sauce to paint his spare ribs."A demi-glace is a sauce that has acquired a shiny texture after being reduced to 50 per cent of its quantity," says the chef de cuisine at Luna, St Regis. On his new Back to Classics menu, are Jack Daniel Spare Ribs, Black Cod Aqua Pazza and Chicken Cordon Bleu. While the spare ribs get a red
  • Mumbai Food: Certain dishes are off the menu, but never off the table

    There is always the lure of savouring dishes not available to others; something with a limited edition feel, a sense of secrecy. Most restaurants have off-the-menu dishes, and reasons for their classified nature can be anything from the chef wanting to surprise his patrons to the lack of constant supply of a particular ingredient. Here's a curated list of dishes from across city eateries that chefs won't readily tell you about. Regulars would know, of course, and now they are all yours to try.Pi
  • Top 3 restaurant picks of the week

    Are you looking for food and drinks with twists? Then refer to our list of this week's top three restaurant picks:1. The Bowl Box: This recently opened takeaway in Mahim delivers meal boxes in a variety of cuisines, which transport you from Asia to Italy. The Bowl Box dishes out an extensive menu with Asian, Indian, Italian and even Mediterranean meal boxes. In addition, they have options for 8-inch pizzas, rolls, appetisers, the kids' menu, stuffed pav, salad bowls, tandoori cuisine, and a sepa
  • Food: South Mumbai restaurant Zaffran to get a global makeover

    The floods have receded and the sun is shining brightly overhead. Sweat beads trickle down our brow as our taxi manoeuvres past bikers, trucks and pedestrians who seem to give two hoots about the incessant honking. Our journey ends outside Sitaram Building, where, in the past, many of us have stumbled in and out of Zaffran in the wee hours, looking to feed our hungry selves after a night of partying.The restaurant was the brainchild of two friends, C
  • Top 5 healthy modaks you can try in Mumbai during Ganeshotsav

    Modak platterMalai modak, chocolate modak, mawa modak, Ganpati Bappa's feast is incomplete without a plate of modaks. And, so is ours during Ganesh festival! But, this Ganeshotsav, ditch the calorie laden modaks and try their healthy alternatives. We bet the modaks taste yummy and are perfect sweets to indulge in during the festival in Mumbai. What more do you need when you have more 'goodness' on a platter?1. Oats modak: Made with jaggery instead of sugar, Oats modak is an all time favourite h
  • Beer turns sweet! These Mumbai restaurants make you enjoy beer as desserts

    I scream for beer-cream
    This is the stuff beautiful dreams are made of. The Candied Hazelnut and Beer Ice Cream is made using the popular Indian brew, Bira, with fresh vanilla extract. We sure are ditching our diets for more scoops of this.
    Time 12 pm to 3 pm, 7 pm to 12 am
    At Arth, Pinnacle House, PD Hinduja Marg, 15th Road, Bandra West.
    Call 9594060038
    Cost Rs 300 plus taxesFor the child in youCome summer, and munching on cookies and slurping popsicles was the norm for idling away vacations. R
  • Mumbai Food: Complete traditional Malayali meal decoded

    A banana leaf heaving with a mound of rice, fragrant curries, coconut-flecked gravies - the Onasadhya is the highlight of Onam, the 10-day summer harvest festival celebrated by Malayalis across the world.Since we're no experts on the subject, we sought out someone who was. And who better to tell us what goes into the onasadhya than someone who has been making it for years? Belapur resident Bina Menon was more than happy to decode the components of the sadhya for us."To begin with, the banana lea
  • A Toast to tomatoes: Get high on these cool variants of Bloody Mary

    From Korea, with loveAn Asian take on the classic cocktail, the Kimchi Mary features the Korean condiment and sticks of cucumber frozen into ice blocks.
    Time 12 pm to 1 am
    At Hello Guppy, Godrej-BKC, G-Block, BKC, Bandra (East).
    Call 26534720
    Cost Rs 300 plus taxesBeloved baconTwo of our loves — bacon and cocktails — come together in this Smoked Bacon Bloody Mary, which pairs perfectly with your slice of thin-crust pizza.
    Time 11.30 am to 1 am
    At Woodside Inn outlets in Andheri West
  • Ganesh Chaturthi: These Mumbai restaurants are serving modaks with a twist

    Tofu for Ganesha
    This vegan, gluten- and sugar-free modak is bound to get the fitness freak interested. A blend of tofu, almond flour, coconut powder and soya milk, with a whiff of cardamom and saffron, makes this made-to-order eat delicious to the core.
    Time: 12 pm to 1 am
    At: Dishkiyaoon, ground floor, The Capital, Bandra Kurla Complex Road, Bandra East.Call: 8291139404
    Cost: '350 plus taxes for five modaksWith love from Manchuria
    Enjoy the piping-hot and deep-fried Manchurian Modak that oozes
  • From rock music to DIY meal: Here's your list of mid-week must-dos in Mumbai

    Be ready to rock9.30 pm Head to this busy venue for concerts to catch ethnic rockers Motherjane live, as they play the Mumbai leg of their three-city tour. The band’s originally from Kochi and has been around for two decades, watching a fledgling indie circuit grow bigger over the years. City-based singer-songwriter Ankit Dayal will open the proceedings.On Today
    At AntiSocial, Khar West.
    Call 65226324
    Cost Rs 400Enjoy a DIY mealBuild your bowl using an array of options including jasmine or
  • Mini Mathur and Saransh Goila discuss food across TV, web and social media

    Chef Saransh Goila and TV personality Mini Mathur at Silver Beach Cafe, Juhu. Pics/Pradeep DhivarThe glass walls overlooking a quiet street at Silver Beach Café are misty. Chef Saransh Goila is early and orders a plate of Eggs Benedict, Beetroot Cous Cous Salad and a glass each of orange and carrot juice, choices that TV host Mini Mathur is happy with when she walks in. "The last time we met we were both drunk," Mathur says animatedly. Both TV stars are currently hosting digital food sho
  • Mumbai Food: Mahim takeaway delivers world cuisines in meal boxes

    Barbecue Chicken Wings; Kheema Mutter Pav; Veggie Manchurian Style and Chilli Chicken RiceBarbecue Chicken Wings; Kheema Mutter Pav; Veggie Manchurian Style and Chilli Chicken RiceA meal in a box may sound convenient, but not terribly appetising. Those were the thoughts running through our minds as we decided to check out The Bowl Box, a recently opened takeaway in Mahim. And we're glad we were proved wrong!The Bowl Box dishes out an extensive menu with Asian, Indian, Italian and even Mediterra
  • Mumbai Food: Tuck into jams, pickles made out of pork and bacon

    Priya JohnA cute pink pig dressed as a cupid, angel and demon smiles at us from the labels of various 200gm bottles that we've picked up from Jar-ry Eyed Surprise, an Andheri-based home run venture by Priya John, launched this April. These contain mayonnaise, jams and even pickle – all made using pork. When refrigerated, they last up to a month. "I've found variants with other meats but rarely anything with pork. Since I love bacon and pork, I decided to experiment with it and came up wit
  • Mumbai menu creators are giving mocktail a colourful remix

    Pranav Mody, mixologist at Sassy Spoon, puts final touches on the Berry Berry KhattaWhile creating the bar menu for Juhu's +91, head of operations Jatinkumar Jajal, was clear about one thing: The teetotallers shouldn't feel shortchanged. Having refrained from boozy binges whenever in the driver's seat, Jajal was familiar with the plight of non-drinkers, who often have little to woo them at bars. "I wanted to go beyond the regular fresh lime soda," he says. That the restaurant has been inspired
  • Mumbai restaurateurs talk about how tough it is to achieve zero waste status

     When restaurateurs lunch together the conversation always, ultimately, comes down to food and the discussion of food wastage is never far off. At a shoot for mid-day recently, chefs Kelvin Cheung (Bastian), Karishma Dalal (Bombay Salad Co) and Pooja Dhingra (Le 15 Cafe) lamented the lack of composting facilities in the city. They say they have been trying hard to find an eco-friendly solution for their waste, much of which ends up being handed to the local civic body and ends up in a landf
  • Ganeshotsav: This Mumbai restaurant made 5 kg Mawa Modak, here's the recipe

    Mawa modak
    Modak is Ganesha’s favourite dish and therefore, Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is incomplete without this Indian sweet. Modak has evolved with time and is now available in myriad forms, including steamed and fried forms. Thanks to restaurants and chefs in Mumbai, who are taking initiative to give a tasty twist to the traditional sweet dish.This year on Ganesh Chaturthi, Executive chef Kamlesh Rawat of 180 Degrees Grand Sarovar Premiere in Goregaon has prepared a massive 5kg Mawa
  • Get ready to feast on a Bohri thaal at this upcoming restaurant in Bandra

    (Clockwise from left) Bheja Hara Masala, Nalli Nihari, Paya Soup, Tandoori Roti, Dal Chawal Palidu, Pizza Naan and Bohri Biryani (centre)The Hill Road's din is drowned out by soothing Middle Eastern music as we step into The Tha'l Co, tucked in a residential building off the bustling street. We soak in the pale blue and stone grey décor, with charming latticework, candle-lit tables and abstract art adorning the walls, half expecting a performance of belly dancers. Instead, two staffers b
  • Get ready to feast on a Bohri thaal at upcoming restaurant Tha'l Co in Mumbai

    (Clockwise from left) Bheja Hara Masala, Nalli Nihari, Paya Soup, Tandoori Roti, Dal Chawal Palidu, Pizza Naan and Bohri Biryani (centre)The Hill Road's din is drowned out by soothing Middle Eastern music as we step into The Tha'l Co, tucked in a residential building off the bustling street. We soak in the pale blue and stone grey décor, with charming latticework, candle-lit tables and abstract art adorning the walls, half expecting a performance of belly dancers. Instead, two staffers b
  • Mumbai food: Relish a plate of unusual Aloo Handi at a street food joint in Sion

    Aloo Handi. Pics/Shunashir SenAround 60 years ago, an aloo-chana chaat vendor near SIES College in Sion sat idle with restless fingers. He absent-mindedly picked up a peeled boiled aloo, cut it breadth-wise in half, and scooped out the centre as you would do with a baked potato before filling it.At that moment, a customer happened to stop by. Seeing the scooped-out potato, he asked the vendor to stuff it with chutney, spices and chana, and popped it in his mouth like a pani puri. The burst of f
  • Mumbai food: Relish a plate of Aloo Handi at a street food joint in Sion

    Aloo Handi. Pics/Shunashir SenAround 60 years ago, an aloo-chana chaat vendor near SIES College in Sion sat idle with restless fingers. He absent-mindedly picked up a peeled boiled aloo, cut it breadth-wise in half, and scooped out the centre as you would do with a baked potato before filling it.At that moment, a customer happened to stop by. Seeing the scooped-out potato, he asked the vendor to stuff it with chutney, spices and chana, and popped it in his mouth like a pani puri. The burst of f
  • Savour modak ice-cream at this dessert parlour in Mumbai on Ganesh Chaturthi

    Modak ice cream at IcekraftModak is synonymous with Ganesh Chaturthi. And, on the eve of the festival, while markets across Mumbai are flooded with different forms of modak, ranging from traditional to modern, we discovered the coolest side of it. We were surprised when we got to know that an ice-cream parlour in the city is giving a twist to the desi sweet dumpling. We could not control our excitement and dropped into Icekraft, one of Mumbai's popular ice cream joint to see and taste their inn
  • Here's where to head if you want to relish rustic fare from Odisha

    Chicken BatibasaThe humble cuisine of Odisha is often overlooked, thanks to the state being sandwiched between culinary powerhouses West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. This weekend, home cook Ananya Banerjee will put the spotlight on fare from the eastern state at a pop-up.
    Ananya Banerjee with guests"I spent a few years of my childhood in Odisha, so I grew up tasting the cuisine. It's sad that no one serves Odia food in restaurants," says Banerjee. She shares that food cooked in the northern parts
19 Jun 2018