DURVANKUR PUNE – Maharashtrian Thali

Durvankur Maharashtrian Thali
Durvankur, one of the oldest restaurants in Pune is known for it’s Maharashtrian Thali.

On my recent trip to Pune, I decided to visit Durvankur and see what the fuss is all about. I’ve seen so many people rave about it, so I decided to give it a try.

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Pune is pretty well known for it’s food. Maharashtrian food is something I absolutely love and you get that authentic Maharashtrian taste across a variety of food items. Be it the famous Garden Vada Pav, or snacks at Vaishali, there’s definitely a lot of stuff to try here.

I would definitely suggest keeping an empty meal spot to fit this thali from Durvankur, in case you are visiting Pune. Firstly it’s very reasonably priced. And the variety of items for that amount is great. And secondly and tastes delicious. They have a different menu for each day of the week so make sure you pick according to what you want to eat. Sundays are extra special as you will find some additional items like kanda bhajji.

Maharashtrian food is full of flavor, and a tad bit spicy. And these guys get that right for sure. Personally, I would just go back here for their Masale Bhaat and Varan Bhaat.

I did explore some more food in Pune and you can watch all of that in these videos.

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So these are some of my finds and experiences in Pune. I hope this blog post is helpful. Do share it with all your friends and family.

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EATIGO Mumbai, Pune – Never pay full price!

While eating out in Mumbai and Pune, you should try the Eatigo app.

Eatigo provides discounts on restaurants and it is for real! Watch the video below where I’m sharing my experience of using this app.

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Eatigo started out in Thailand and is now operative in many countries in Asia with the same concept. All one needs to do is download the Eatigo App and book a table at any of the given restaurants. And they have a dynamic discount system which differs as per time of the day and also per the restaurant itself.

In India, Eatigo can be used in Mumbai and Pune currently. Both these cities are famous for their food and one can definitely find interesting restaurant listings for them on the app. Download the app here to check all restaurants that are on discount now.

Restaurant discounts are quite an upcoming category and a lot of players are a part of it. Zomato has its Gold membership which provides a buy 1 get 1 free offer on certain restaurants and dishes. Nearbuy and Little App also provide discounts on buffets, brunches across many cities. Dineout too helps with table booking and discounts.

As a consumer, it’s best to check these apps before deciding a restaurant night simply because there is a high probability that a lot of them would be offering discounts via these sites and apps. In fact, I have a few restaurants on Eatigo that I’m very excited to visit and of course, not pay full price!

Talking about discounts, this mall in Mumbai provides discounts on certain food brands in their food court section. Check out this video to know more!

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Anand Dosa Vile Parle – Jini Dosa, Pizza Dosa and lots more!

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Anand Dosa in Vile Parle, opposite Mithibai college is almost always packed.

Whether it’s among college crowd, ex students or any one working in the area, Anand Dosa in Vile Parle is famous and how! Watch this video from my visit to Anand Dosa.

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Here are a few must try items at Anand Dosa.

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1) Jini Dosa

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I don’t know if it’s true, but a lot of people say that Jini dosa was first available at Anand Dosa! Also the name Jini – something one can never forget. Jini dosa is a must try item here. It’s a medley of flavors and textures – vegetables, sauces and butter.

2) Pizza Dosa

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Tangy sauce, capsicum and onion, and lots of cheese – all of these in a Pizza dosa. And it is served like a pizza too! Really cute mini triangles. Definitely worth a try.

3) Mysore Masala Dosa

My absolute favorite – the Mysore Masala Dosa here is really yum. Onion, tomato and capsicum in a slightly spicy red chutney and some Pav Bhaji masala. Definitely try this here.

4) Vada Pav

Their Butter Vada Pav is really tasty. They in fact serve some interesting types of Vada Pav, including Schezwan Vada Pav.

5) Kala Khatta Soda

Instead of indulging in a regular cola, try their Kala Khatta soda. It is packed with flavor and also lots of jeera.

Anand dosa is almost always crowded so be prepared to wait in a queue for your order. And their dosa size is pretty huge – they are good enough for sharing among two people. It’s best to go here in a group as then you can try multiple different items.

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Best places for Pav Bhaji in South Mumbai

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Pav Bhaji is something that’s available everywhere in Mumbai and yet there are a few places that can’t be missed.

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Chowpatty

At Chowpatty, there’s more to enjoy than just the sea. Pav Bhaji is something that you definitely need to try there.

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Manohar Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

A humble joint in Girgaon, Manohar is known for their pav bhaji minus any onion and garlic. Their bhaji is high on flavor and  definitely worth a try.

Sardar Refreshments

Pav Bhaji

Probably the birth place of pav bhaji, Sardar Refreshments has its own unique blend of spices and of course loads of butter. This place is always packed, but the bhaji is worth the wait.

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Sukh Sagar

Pav Bhaji

Another famous joint, Sukh Sagar is known for its idli, juices and of course Pav Bhaji. However I do feel that over the years their taste has kind of changed. In spite of that, you’ll see at least one pav bhaji on every table here.

Maji Sagar

This is a restaurant located in Tardeo and is usually packed in the evenings. And one thing that you need to try here is their Pav Bhaji for sure. I usually end up trying their cheese Pav Bhaji.

Badshah Cold Drinks House

Any visit to Crawford Market is incomplete without visiting Badshah. They are known for their falooda, but their Pav Bhaji is definitely something you must try.

Gypsy Corner

A small eatery in Shivaji Park Dadar, Gypsy Corner is known for their chaats, snacks and Maharashtrian fare. However, I personally feel they make an awesome Pav Bhaji.

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So those were my favorite Pav Bhaji spots in South Mumbai. Hope this helps you. Do let me know some of your favorite Pav Bhaji places in Mumbai in the comments below.

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Irani Cafes in Mumbai

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Parsi and Irani cafes are a great way to get a feel of old Mumbai.

While Mumbai has a lot of these places, I decided to pick out some of my favorite Irani cafes in Mumbai. You can watch all of them in the video below.

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Britannia & Co.

Britannia & Co. has such a massive following in Mumbai. Their quintessential dish – Berry Pulao is something that meat lovers and even vegetarians like myself swear by. They definitely have their own magical recipe which has been carried down through generations. Also, their caramel custard is the best I have ever eaten.

Yazdani Bakery

Another old Irani bakery, Yazdani is a must visit for biscuits, bun maska and Irani chai lovers. If you are lucky then you can get some piping hot pav with butter. Else definitely enjoy their range of biscuits – Ginger biscuits being the most unique ones that you can try.

Kyani & Co.

This is probably one of the oldest Irani cafe in Mumbai and runs super busy till date. You can enjoy their omlette, baked beans and toast and a whole lot more while you are here. While you are here definitely enjoy their mawa cake.

Sassanian Bakery

Another great place is Sassanian. They have a restaurant and also a bakery section and you have to try their Bread Pudding. It is one of the best ones you can find in Mumbai.

B.Merwan

This is a heaven for anyone who loves Mawa Cake. But to get that cake you need to reach the bakery really early in the morning as it is usually sold out by early noon. Apart from that, you can enjoy biscuits, mawa bun and a whole lot more bakery items.

There are many more Irani cafes and Parsi restaurants in Mumbai but these are some of my favorite ones. I’d love to know your favorite restaurant in Mumbai, so do leave that in the comments below.

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Sindhi Food Home Delivery in Mumbai

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Sindh Se is a new Sindhi Food Home Delivery joint in Mumbai.

Sindhi Food

Sindhi food is something that a lot of people love but not many places serve it well. Sindh Se provides authentic Sindhi food home delivery and it is definitely worth a try.

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Sindh Se is a home based delivery kitchen and served veg and non veg Sindhi food. They delivery in areas from Jogeshwari to Borivali and can fulfil even larger catering orders for events. They serve authentic, homestyle Sindhi food and it is definitely delicious.

Sindhi Food

I tried a whole bunch of items from their vegetarian menu and honestly enjoyed every bit of it. Aloo tuk, Sindhi style aloo subzi, Besan subzi, Kadhi-chawal, sai bhaji and bhuga chawal – everything was so good. Their food is slightly on the spicier side, but its definitely very tasty.

Sindhi Food

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I am always on the look out for good Sindhi food. It’s a cuisine that I have relished since birth and honestly feel very proud seeing places that serve authentic Sindhi fare. Another such place is called Sindhful and they serve the world’s first Sindhi Thali. Watch the video here.

Another places that is partially Sindhi cuisine is Bhagat Tarachand. You can check a video from my visit there below.

So if you love Sindhi food then do try out these places. Sindhi food is very high on taste and is honestly quite a balanced meal that satiates all aspects of taste. I will be exploring more Sindhi food places soon and if you have a favorite then leave that in the comments below.

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Girgaon Food – What to eat in Girgaon Chowpatty and more

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Girgaon Chowpatty is a famous hangout in Mumbai. But did you know that you get really amazing food in the by-lanes of Girgaon!

I have made 2 videos sharing all the food one must eat in Girgaon Chowpatty and in other parts of Girgaon. Watch them!

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Girgaon Chowpatty

At chowpatty, I recommend trying the Gola, Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri and Chowmein. You can get to know the exact stalls from the video above.

Manohar Pav Bhaji

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This one didn’t appear in the video for Girgaon food, however it is a very famous place for pav bhaji in Mumbai. Visit Manohar pav bhaji to enjoy their tasty bhaji which is made in either butter or oil, as per your preference. I recommend the one made in butter because it definitely tastes better.

Dabeli Wala

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This Dabeli wala sits opposite Sicka Nagar society and is so well known in the area. In fact his Dabeli sells like hot cakes and if you don’t go on time then you might not find any! I recommend trying the butter Dabeli here as it’s one of the best one you can find in Mumbai.

Borkar Vada Pav

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This is located in the Navakal newspaper lane and you can find him every evening, selling really delicious and hot vada pav. The vada pav here has a really tasty filling – pretty different than the regular yellow batata vada filling. Definitely worth a try when you are in the area.

So those were my recommendations for Girgaon Chowpatty and other food places in Girgaon. Do visit these places and let me know your experience.

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Sardar Pav Bhaji | Mumbai Street Food

Sardar Pav Bhaji is Mumbai’s oldest pav bhaji.

Afternoon, evening or night, Sardar Pav Bhaji is always packed. Watch this video to find out why.

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Sardar Pav Bhaji is around since 1966 and that’s a legacy of overs 50 years. They started as a small food place serving a nutritious meal of mixed vegetables to the nearby mill workers. In those days, there wasn’t too much street food in Mumbai and also very limited options for affordable meals. So Sardar Pav Bhaji provided the much needed ammunition in terms of a filling meal to all the workers who would toil for hours in the sun. The sheer tenure of its operation has made Sardar Pav Bhaji a must visit name in Mumbai.

Another peculiar quality of Sardar Pav Bhaji is the sheer amount of butter they add in the bhaji. A whole chunk of Amul butter in a bhaji can sometimes feel a bit much, but that’s what makes Sardar Pav Bhaji so famous.

Since this place is always crowded, you will have to wait up in queue to get a seat. So in the meantime I recommend watching how this bhaji is made. Lots of vegetables, tasty spices and butter. They don’t add any color or tomato puree. So this bhaji doesn’t look too red but in fact as a more of a brownish color.

One plate of this pav bhaji cost approximately Rs.145 and you get a good portion of bhaji along with big buttered toasted pavs.

Sardar Pav Bhaji definitely needs to be in your list for famous Mumbai street food places. If you have not tried it out then do so. I personally do like their bhaji.

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Binge eating day

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A typical binge eating day for me is one where I’m consuming more junk than healthy food.

One such binge eating day happened very recently and you can watch this video about it here.

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My day starts of really well. I usually consume a fruit and almonds and some dry fruit – either dates or figs. And this is followed by some tea with biscuits.

As you saw in the video, lunch was at a place called Yauatcha in Bandra Kurla Complex. Yauatcha is a well known Asian fine dining restaurant in Mumbai and serves really good food. While I relished their turnip cakes and noodles, what I can’t seem to get off my mind is their dessert. They have such a beautiful dessert spread. I tried something called the Chocolate Pebble and it was a delicious dark chocolate and brownie dessert. So indulgent!

For me nothing beats a good biryani. So my friend decided to make some yummy Palak (spinach) biryani for dinner and it was relished by all of us. I’m definitely going to try making it on my own soon.

Lastly, what’s a binge eating day without Maggi?! So in this video you will see my version of vegetable Masala Maggi and it has fried potatoes, onions, tomatoes, capsicum and lots of Indian spices. Do try making it and I’m sure you will enjoy it.

So that was most of my binge eating day. I would love to know what you guys indulge in on your binge eating days. Do let me know in the comments below.

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90s Indian Kid – Childhood Memories

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Every 90s Indian Kids will relate to this video.

Bourbon, Hajmola, ParleG, Gola and lots more. Watch this video and relive all these memories that are synonymous for any 90s Indian Kid!

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Whether its digging into a packet of colorful saunf or enjoying a Gola at Chowpatty, I definitely get the feels whenever I think about these things from my childhood.

Growing up in India in the 90s was so much fun. As a 90s Indian kid, you would have a lot of local brands and the western influence and consumerism was still very nascent. As such chocolates, drinks and activities were very local or ‘desi’ in nature. And that only turned out to be a good thing as its something that is not only a part of our childhood, but also makes it unique by adding that Indian element.

Some of my favorite things growing up were very local and also very inexpensive. Things like Fatafat, Hajmola, Saunf – barley cost a rupee or lesser then but we still reminisce about them!

It was also easier when all brands were not selling everything – like Britannia Bourbon was the original and there was just one best glucose biscuit – ParleG.

I also enjoyed a lot of candy while I was growing up and Pan Pasand will hold a special place in my heart. It is the best pan flavored candy yet!

An evening out too just felt so simple back then. Playing by the sea, building sand castles and ending that evening with some Kalakhatta gola meant the ideal Sunday. Even now when I am at Chowpatty and eating that gola, I feel the same sense of satisfaction.

As they say, live in the moment but cherish the memories. That’s kind of how I felt while filming this video. I hope you enjoyed this and relived a bit of your childhood. Do share it with your friends and family.

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