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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Quick Rajma Recipe

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This really quick Rajma recipe is perfect for busy weekdays.

If you love good home cooked food and even more when all it takes is just one pot, then this quick Rajma recipe is for you.

Watch the video for a really delicious yet quick Rajma recipe.

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Rajma Chawal is one of the most comforting you can have. There’s something about eating Rajma thats freshly done ‘right-off-the-stove’; it’s purely soul satisfying. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that good Rajma can really uplift my mood. But its true that good Rajma takes time to cook. It tastes best when ingredients are allowed their individual cooking time. At least that’s how my Punjabi best friend taught me to make the real Punjabi style Rajma!

However, the slow cooking method can definitely take a lot of time. And for working days, while you may crave Rajma, it’s not always possible to spend that kind of time in the kitchen. So this recipe is for those kind of days when you need some comfort food with minimal time involved. Also, it used just 1 pressure cooker so there isn’t much to clean too!

The only effort in this recipe is chopping. Everything else just falls in place. And this Rajma has that nice homestyle, slightly tangy feel and it also doesn’t leave you feeling heavy and sleepy. So personally, this recipe really works!

Do try out this quick Rajma recipe and let me know how it works for you. I’d love to know if you have any quick cooking hacks. So definitely leave them in the comments below.

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Chinese Restaurants in Mumbai

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One of my favorite cuisine is Chinese and so I thought of compiling the best Chinese Restaurants in Mumbai.

Watch this video about some of my most loved Chinese Restaurants in Mumbai.

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Chinese food is available in plenty in Mumbai. Right from budget friendly eateries, to fine dining joints, Chinese and Asian cuisine is indeed loved by a lot of people, including me. So here’s a little more about these places that do justice to the cuisine in Mumbai.

China Garden

One of the oldest and one of my most loved eateries in the city, China Garden is the place you need to go to try Indianized Chinese food. Their manchurian, schezwan gravy and spring rolls will definitely keep you coming back for more.

Ling’s Pavillion

Another legendary restaurant in Mumbai, Ling’s Pavillion is popular, especially among tourists for their Chinese fare. If ever in Colaba, you should try out this place. And definitely try out their honey noodles with ice-cream. It’s one of the best.

Koko

Owned by the famous Tham brothers, Koko is an Asian gastropub in Lower Parel, Mumbai. I love their food – it’s good quality and even better taste. Don’t miss their turnip cakes – they’re the best!

China Bistro

This place is famous for its buffet lunch. You can definitely indulge in a wide variety of their dishes if you choose to go for their buffet.

Mama Goto

Another one for Asian cuisine, Koko has my heart not just for its food, but also its fun interiors. Its a really charming place and you should definitely visit.

China Gate

Another old favorite – China Gate has some of the best Chinese starters and appetizers. Crispy Corn with Waterchestnut and their Tsing Hai Potato are definitely something you should try.

Open China

A new entrant in the city, this place is great if you are celebrating a special occasion. Grand interiors and good food is how I like to describe it.

So those were some of my favorite Chinese Restaurants in Mumbai. Hope this list is helpful. Do visit and let me know about your experience.

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Hilton Sunday Brunch

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The Hilton Sunday Brunch is one of my most enjoyed brunch experiences in Mumbai.

Good food with a beautiful ambience, is how I like to summarise my Hilton Sunday Brunch experience. You can watch the video below to get a first hand view of my experience at Hilton, Mumbai.

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A Sunday Brunch can be a very expensive affair. So it’s best to go to a place that satiates all your personal criteria. For me delicious food, good ambience and great service all make a brunch experience worth the cost. And in all honesty, the Hilton Sunday Brunch stood out in all 3 areas.

Hilton Sunday Brunch

The hotel itself is luxurious. Beautiful chandeliers, white interiors with soft lights all give the Hilton a very royal feel.

The Sunday Brunch is in the Brasserie restaurant in Hilton. The spread is good on variety but doesn’t include an unnecessary expanse. It is something that can be enjoyed in a single go and you don’t end up feeling like you missed out on stuff. For instance, the number of Live counters is much lesser than other brunches in the city. But this is good for someone who likes to get their money’s worth and experience the brunch in its entirety. Also, the spread is vegetarian friendly; which means that they have an equal number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Quality and taste both are commendable.

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And of course the service. Staff so kind and responsive. They ensure that they treat every guest in the most special way possible.

Hilton Sunday Brunch

If you wish to indulge in a Sunday Brunch in Mumbai then I highly recommend the one at Hilton Mumbai. You can check out the video for the price and other details.

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Mumbai Style Bhel Puri Recipe

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Bhel Puri is a dish loved by people across ages. It’s probable something that I tried at a very young age and haven’t been able to stop loving ever since.

Almost every Indian city has their own version of Bhel Puri and so does Mumbai. Mumbai style Bhel is filled with the most yummiest chutneys, raw mango or kairi and some peanuts and spicy chana dal.

Watch the full recipe of this delicious street style dish below and try it at home.

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For me Bhel Puri works as a snack and as a meal. It’s one of those dishes that is so versatile that it can literally be enjoyed any time of the day and also across seasons. A lot of people also like to eat a healthier version of this Bhel – one with pomegranate seeds, sprouts, cucumbers etc. But for me Bhel is something best enjoyed with all the sev and chutneys.

All of us have that one Bhel wala uncle near our house/work/college that satiates our cravings like no other. I remember having Pande ki Bhel, a vendor close to where I stayed in Mumbai. He would come every evening and I fondly remember enjoying this Bhel puri quite often.

In Mumbai, Chowpatty is known to have some good street food options, including Bhel. Watch this video from my evening at Chowpatty to know the best stalls for chaat, pav bhaji and more.

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Bosch Convection Microwave Oven – Review

I recently got my hands on the new Bosch convection microwave oven and I have to admit, it simplifies microwave cooking to a whole new level.

The new Bosch convection microwave oven comes in 2 size capacities – 32l and 23l. The one with the 32l capacity comes with a free Borosil starter kit. You can check it out here.

Features

The Bosch convection microwave oven is steel gray in color, has a protective glass covered door and also comes with a baking tray. Among other attachments, it includes wire racks and even a rotisserie skewer kit. In terms of functions this is a full fledged microwave oven with convection; which means that it provides the best possible cooking for different kinds of food items. It also boasts of a fry lite function which uses minimal oil while making fries, wedges and the like. You can even enjoy your favorite kebabs and Tandoori items using the tandoor function.

One thing that stood out for me while using this microwave was the ease of operation. It has multiple pre programmed settings for different food items so you can just select the dish you want to make and let it microwave as per the mentioned function. You can find all of these combinations in their instruction manual and they are specific to Indian food too. You can check out this video where I’m using the new Bosch convection microwave oven to cook 5 different types of dishes. Click here.

Why Microwave cooking works for me

For someone who is constantly on the go, microwave cooking is a good option. There are many days when I find myself pressed for time and unable to cook a meal. So putting something together in a single bowl and cooking it in the microwave at least ensures that I’m eating good home cooked food. As such, this microwave really simplifies that process with its easy recipe manual. However, even for eating something like grilled paneer or grilled vegetables, I have started relying on a microwave. Also it becomes simpler if you have just 1 device as compared to a different oven and griller.

Do I recommend it?

Yes. If you are looking to invest in a full on convection microwave oven with a whole bunch of features then definitely consider the Bosch convection microwave oven. Firstly the brand itself – Bosch is a name to reckon with in the electronics space. Secondly the features you get – you can literally go for days without having to cook gravies, rice, fries and so much more! You can choose from different auto-programmed dishes or even different power settings as per your convenience. I also love the steel gray color – it is something that can look good with most kitchen interiors. There’s no real installation – you plug and go! So it definitely makes life easier and would be a good choice while investing in a microwave.

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Must Try Thalis in Mumbai

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Thalis for me are an indulgence – one platter with so much variety!

If you love your meals with at least 10 different items, and an unlimited portion then here are the absolute must try thalis in Mumbai.

Shree Thaker Bhojanalay

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Undoubtedly the best Gujarati thali I’ve ever had. This place has been around since 1945 and actually started off serving a basic homestyle Gujarati meal. Even now, their food is made with the best ingredients, desi ghee and a lot of love and you need to indulge in this at least once. They serve thalis everyday for lunch and dinner. Their thali costs Rs.500 on weekdays and Rs.600 on Sunday and it is worth every penny. It includes subzis, dal, kadhi, different types of roti, papad, farsan, rice/pulao, khichdi, sweet dish, buttermilk and curd. And the taste is impeccable.

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Delhi Highway

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One of the few places to serve a Punjabi thali, Delhi Highway sure does a swell job. Their thali includes a welcome drink, some chaat, subzis, roti / naan, pulao / biryani, raita, dal and some desi sweets. Their food is very flavorful. Whether its their chaat or their paneer subzis, I’ve enjoyed them all. What adds to the experience here are their beautifully done interiors. You basically get a fine dining experience at an affordable price. Their thalis cost between Rs.499 – 650 + tax, depending on the day you visit them.

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Maharaja Bhog

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If you want a  bit of Rajasthani and Gujarati food in your thali, then head over to the nearest Maharaja Bhog outlet. They have a good mix of both cuisines in their thalis. Their thali consists of chutneys, pickles, papad, welcome drink, farsan, a special dish of the day, dal / kadhi, rotis, rice, subzis, dessert and paan. It is a massive thali but if you want to indulge in some traditional food and want variety then this is the place. Their thali costs Rs.533 + tax on weekdays and Rs.581 + tax on weekends.

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So those were my absolute must try thalis in Mumbai. If you have tried these places already then I’d love to know your experience here. So make sure you tell me that in the comments below. And if these places are new to you then do try them and let me know how you like them. You can watch some more videos on my Youtube channel here:


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Growel’s 101 Mall – Thoosday!

Growel’s 101 mall in Kandivali, Mumbai is easily one of the biggest and most fun malls in Mumbai.

While Growel’s 101 offers a wide variety of shopping and fun activities, they even have a very interesting and attractive food court. And it gets even better on a Tuesday when you can avail of a flat 40% off on selected food outlets.

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Watch this video to know more about the Thoosday offer at Growel’s 101 mall.

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While you can find a ton of options to enjoy as part of the Thoosday offer at Growel’s 101, here are a few which I personally enjoyed.

Spring Rolls at Cafe Bollywood

Spring rolls stuffed with vegetables tossed in Schezwan Sauce – now this is something that anyone would love. These are priced at Rs.114 on Tuesdays as part of the offer.

Thali at Sanskriti

Want a full meal that includes roti, subzi, dal, chawal, sweetdish, lemonade and more? Then the Thali at Sanskriti is a good option. You can enjoy this for Rs.180 as part of Thoosday.

Pasta at Eatalia

A really cool Italian food outlet, Eatalia serves delicious pasta and the good thing is that it’s at 40% off on a Tuesday. Pick up the cheesy pasta or the Eatalia special for a price of Rs.163 each.

Alu Gobi Paratha at Only Parathas

These can be easily shared among 2 people as the sheer size of these parathas is quite good. You can even enjoy other food options in the Thoosday offer.

I absolutely loved my day at Growel’s 101 mall. There is so much to do, to shop and to eat. And you can make it even more worthwhile by checking out their Thoosday offer on Tuesdays.

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