Mama Kane Dadar | Over 100 years of Maharashtrian snacks

Mama Kane Dadar
Mama Kane in Dadar is an institution, when it comes to Maharashtrian food.

It’s been over a century since Mama Kane has been serving delicious snacks. So I went ahead and filmed all of it for you.

Watch my experience at the legendary Mama Kane in Dadar. Click on the video link below.

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I think Mama Kane serves some of the best Maharashtrian snacks you can find in Mumbai. I highly recommend trying out their Batata Wada, Kothimbir Wadi, Misal and Puri Bhaji, to name a few. They even have a complete Maharashtrian thali which consists of varan bhaat, aloo sabji and chapati, among other things. The place is simple, no frills, no non-sense and no gimmicks for sure!

Since it is in Dadar, which is one of the busiest areas in Mumbai, Mama Kane does get quite crowded. And let me tell you that in case you have to wait your turn for a table, it will be absolutely worth it! Definitely head to Mama Kane and indulge in their mouth watering dishes. And do let me know about your experience in the comments.

Apart from Mama Kane, the Dadar – Shivaji Park area in Mumbai has a bunch of restaurants dishing out Maharashtrian cuisine. Check out this video to know more.

And here is an exclusive video about Aaswad, another restaurant in Dadar known for it’s authentic Maharashtrian food. I personally love the Thalipeeth here. Watch this video to know more.

Apart from Mumbai, Pune also boasts of a lot of delicious Maharashtrian food. Read about it here.

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Shreyas Dining Hall | Maharahtrian Thali in Pune

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I was impressed with Shreyas Dining Hall right in my first visit!

I’ve tried a Maharashtrian thali in many places. But Shreyas Dining Hall in Pune is one place which I want to visit again and again. Watch this video from my visit to Shreyas Dining Hall where I share my entire thali experience.

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For me a Maharashtrian thali means an absolute feast of flavors. Dal, rice, bhakri, appetizers and sweetdish – all of these items in a single meal and all so delicious! Shreyas Dining Hall has been serving these yummy meals in Pune since many years now and in fact is a place of choice for locals as well as people visiting Pune.

Their everyday thali consists of a combination of the following:

Rice or Bhaat

  • Tomato Rice
  • Masala Rice
  • Matki Rice
  • Veg Pullao
  • Kobhibhat
  • Masala Rice

Vegetable – Sukhi Bhaji/Sabji

  • Mix Veg
  • Katri Batata
  • Batata Suki
  • Flower Mutter
  • Kanda Batata
  • Dosa Bhaji

Gravy Bhaji/Sabji

  • Kanda Batata
  • Bharli Wangi
  • Pandra Watata
  • Birdi Usal
  • Aluchi Bhajhi

Rassa

  • Tomato Sar
  • Solkadi
  • Amti

Salad/Koshibir

  • Wanga Bharit
  • Keli Tomato
  • Khamang Kakadi
  • Kakadi
  • Mix Koshimbir
  • Kakadi Tomato

Side Dish

  • Mug Bhaji
  • Kothibir Wadi
  • Batata Wada
  • Surli Wadi
  • Bhaji
  • Dahi Wada
  • Pattice
  • Dhokla
  • Sabudana Wada

They have a range of daily sweet dish items for an additional cost. I recommend trying out their Puran Poli.

I highly recommend trying out the Maharashtrial thali at Shreyas Dining hall. It is worth every penny and leaves you so satisfied and full.

I have tried a few more thali places in Pune. You can watch my experience in the videos below.

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Friends Union Joshi Club – Gujarati Thali

Over 100 year old Friends Union Joshi Club in Mumbai is a place to visit for a simple Gujarati thali meal.

Here’s a video from my visit to Friends Union Joshi Club in Kalbadevi, Mumbai

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Friends Union Joshi Club is located in Kalbadevi, Mumbai. They are known to serve Gujarati thalis for many years now. And in fact started this place by serving simple homestyle Gujarati meals. Over the years, the variety has definitely increase and so has the price. However, if you are looking for an affordable Gujarati thali experience, particularly one with absolutely no frills then this is the place.

The Gujarati thali at Friends Union Joshi Club has everything – dal, rice, kadhi, rotis, sabzis and more. And these are very simple dishes which can be consumed on a working day; i.e. not heavy creamy gravies. The staff is friendly and the ambience has a humble community dining hall feel. They are known to serve fresh food everyday and if you are in the area and looking for a budget thali meal then this one is definitely worth a try.

Here are a few more thalis in Mumbai that you definitely must try!

Shree Thaker Bhojanalay

Delhi Highway

Juss by Sindhful

Udupi Shri Krishna Boarding

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Here are a few more thalis from different parts of India!

South Indian Thali in Mysore

Maharashtrian Thali in Pune

Famous MTR Thali in Bangalore

Gujarati Thali in Ahmedabad

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South Indian Meal in Mumbai – Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding

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If authentic South Indian meal in Mumbai is something you are craving, then your search ends here!

This is my experience of a South Indian meal in Mumbai at Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding in Matunga. Watch the video to know more.

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Matunga is the best area in Mumbai to enjoy a good South Indian meal. The have a lot of restaurants serving delicious food – whether its idli dosa or a meal like this one. Some of my favorite restaurants in this area are Cafe Madras, Ramashray, Manis, Arya Bhavan and Idli House. However, for a full fledged South Indian meal experience on a banana leaf, I recommend Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding.

Located very close to the Matunga central station, Udipi Shri Krishna boarding has been serving meals since many years. You can opt for their unlimited meals or the set meals – both will leave you satisfied! What’s more is that their price is very economical. And there’s absolutely no compromise on taste or hygiene. In fact, you can request them a tour of their kitchen which they would very gladly provide. So if you fancy an authentic South Indian meal in Mumbai then definitely head here. And do try out their daily sweet specials, especially payasam. They are open for lunch and dinner and have a different menu everyday.

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I’ve explored food in many more places in South India, including real Udupi cuisine, Bangalore and also food from Mysore. You can watch my experience in all these places in my videos below.

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Sawai Veg Restaurant Pune | Special Indian & Chinese Food

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I recently visited Sawai veg restaurant in Pune and tried out a wide range of their menu specials.

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A restaurant is not only known for their food ingredients and taste, but also for the uniqueness in their dishes. And especially now, in timed of social media, we all want to witness something different. So I decided to try all the new Special Dishes at Sawai veg restaurant.

In terms of appetisers, they have a range of Indian tandoori and Chinese starters. Here is what I tried.

Spinach Malaysian

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This felt like spinach manchurian tossed in a delicious sauce. The generous amount of cashews and garlic on topped gave it an amazing flavour.

Rozali Kebab

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Paneer cubes, with paneer stuffing and topped with lots of cheese. This is one heavy duty dish.

Shanghai Paneer

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Paneer and veggies tosses in a hot and sweet kind of sauce. This dish also had a very generous amount of veggies including bell peppers, onions, cabbage and lots more.

Aloo Ki Nazakat

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Potato shells, filled with shredded vegetables and generously topped with cheese.

Cheese Soneri Kebab

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These boat shaped kebabs were nothing like I’ve ever seen before! Crunchy on the outside and a delicious filling inside.

I also tried the Sawai special Soup, which was a delicious sweet corn soup. Very creamy and comforting!

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In terms of main course too, I stuck to trying out their specials. The gravies here not only had a unique name, but were also quite different in their ingredient combinations and presentation.

Sawai veg restaurant

Kasturi Moti Masala

A delicious methi flavoured gravy. It also has a fried kofta of sorts, made from mixed veggies and is topped with lots of veggies.

Sawai Sev

This was a slightly spicy gravy with a sweet tikki inside. Very good alternating flavours from the sweet and cruncy tikki and the spicy yet tangy gravy.

Sawai Special Veg

A sweet yellow gravy topped with a generous amount of raisins, cashews and tutti fruiti bits. A lot of vegetables in this one – french beans, peas to name a few.

Paneer Rasida Masala

A rich paneer dish! Delicious tangy onion gravy with paneer cubes that were stuffed. This is actually more of a semi gravy – not too liquid, but absolutely lovely in taste.

Lajjatdar Tikki Masala

Another tikki and gravy combination. This tikki however was savoury and also went really well with the gravy, which is super creamy and thick. And the tikki also has a generous amount of methi, which is toned down by the creaminess of the gravy.

I recommend trying out Sawai veg restaurant in Pune. Apart from their specials, they also have regular gravies, snacks and a wide variety of desserts. You can know more about them on their website.

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Udupi food you need to try | Real Udupi Cuisine

Real Udupi food, or Udupi cuisine actually originated from the Krishna Temple.

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If you love South Indian food then you will absolutely love the food in Udupi. A lot of places here are iconic and known to contribute heavily to the ‘udupi restaurant’ culture, that is now prevalent in so many cities.

Here is your quick guide to Udupi food

Mitra Samaj

This place is known as the birth place of Masala dosa. You have to visit this place if you are in Udupi. Apart from Masala Dosa, I recommend trying their Mangalore buns, gobi bajje and pineapple sheer.

Read more about Mitra Samaj here.

Woodlands

Another old and famous place in Udupi. They serve quite a variety now – north Indian and south Indian. However, I recommend trying out their thali meal and also their Moode idli.

MTR

This one started in Bengaluru and now has branches even internationally. If you want to try a true Karnataka inspired South Indian Thali then this is the place. Watch this video to know more about my Mavalli Tiffin Rooms or MTR Thali experience.

Diana

This place is famous to be the birthplace of Gadbad ice cream. Wondering what that is? One of the most famous desserts in Udupi. Watch this video to know everything about Gadded ice cream and also other items that cannot be missed at Diana restaurant.

Coffee shop of Samanvay Boutique Hotel

I ended up trying the breakfast buffet here on one of my visit to Udupi and I was impressed! Their breakfast included so many authentic south Udupi style dishes and were also really delicious. Watch this video to know more about this experience.

Those are all the places that need to be on your  must visit list in Udupi.

Here are my recommendations for a few other places.

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Global Fusion Buffet – one of the best buffet in Mumbai!

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Global Fusion Buffet is something that always gets me excited!

There was a time when the Global Fusion buffet was a staple for any family outing, team meeting and so on. And it still continues to be on my favorite list, when it comes to buffet experiences in Mumbai.

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Global Fusion has many outlets throughout the city, and my favorite ones are in Andheri, Bandra and Worli. Their spread is mainly Asian food and you can find everything here! From regular items like fried rice and noodles, to sushi, to stir fry veggies and lots more. In fact, they are known for their starter or appetizer spread which is almost 25-30 items and also includes a few Indian dishes. Starters, main course and lots of dessert – you will find it all in the Global Fusion Buffet.

Some of my favorite items from the Global Fusion Buffet are:

Crispy Corn with Waterchestnut

Shanghai Potatoes

Corn Cream Cakes

Vegetarian Kebabs

Stir fried veggies

Dim sum

I usually end up skipping main course because of gorging too much on appetizers. However, when I do end up eating it’s usually the noodles or rice.

Their dessert spread is also something I love. Ice creams, mini pastries, tarts and lots more. And they are also eggless!

So that was my Global Fusion Buffet experience. Do let me know if you have visited the place and what did you enjoy the most there.

Here are some of my other recommendations for experiencing buffet meals in Mumbai

Radisson Mumbai Sunday Brunch

Hilton Mumbai Sunday Brunch

Bombay Barbeque Buffet

Trident Mumbai Breakfast Buffet

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Best Butter Paneer in Delhi – Vegetarian Indian Food

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Butter Paneer – soft paneer cubes in a buttery, tangy gravy.

My love for Butter Paneer has just grown in the past few years. It’s a dish that I very comfortably order at many places; however, there are a few that serve it beautifully well.

These 2 restaurants in Delhi serve the best Butter paneer I’ve had! Watch this video to know more.

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I’ll talk about Gulati’s first. The paneer here is delicious – tasty gravy, soft paneer cubes. And I particularly feel that their rotis are really good too. Located in Pandara road in Delhi, Gulati’s is a restaurant specialising in Indian food. And is pretty well known among locals! They are known for their Butter Chicken, however being a vegetarian I can totally vouch for their food as well. They are pretty popular so they do get a lot of crowd, so my suggestion is that be prepared for a little bit of waiting.

Butter Paneer

Next is Moti Mahal. This is the original Moti Mahal in old Delhi. This is located in Daryaganj and is known as the birth place of Butter Chicken. Their butter chicken is very well known even today. So I thought of trying their butter paneer. Pretty tasty as well. Don’t expect too much of an ambience here; go here simply for the taste of it.

I would love to know more places for delicious Paneer dishes from you. So do leave that in the comments below.

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Mitra Samaj Udupi – Birthplace of Masala Dosa?

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Mitra Samaj Udupi – a place that I was really looking forward to visit!

Watch my video from Udupi Mitra Samaj. This is popular as the birthplace of masala dosa. And the dosa here is delicious!

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Let’s talk about Udupi cuisine first. Since Udupi is known as the temple city of India, the cuisine here is derived from the famous Shri Krishna Matha. Temple food is simple, healthy, fresh and uses seasonal fruits and vegetables. And is most importantly without onion and garlic. Watch this video from my visit to the Krishna temple here in Udupi to know more.

Udupi Mitra Samaj has been around for decades. This place starts early morning and serves some of the best breakfast that one can enjoy. Upma, idlis, dosa and lots more. For me the masala dosa here was really something. The texture, flavour of the masala and the chutney – all made it the best dosa of my life! Even their idlis are beautifully soft. One thing you cannot miss here is Goli Bajji – soft spongy pakodas with small bits of chilli in them. In Udupi, you will also find something called Mangalore buns. These feel like stuffed puris almost and are definitely worth trying. And make sure you finish your meal here with pineapple sheera. You will definitely thank me for it!

Udupi also has another very popular chain – Mavalli Tiffin Rooms or MTR. You can read about their delicious thali here.

If you are planning a trip to Udupi, then definitely have Mitra Samaj on your list. It’s a place thats not to be missed!

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MTR Udupi – Mavalli Tiffin Rooms Restaurant in Udupi, Mangalore

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I tried a South Indian Thali at MTR Udupi!

MTR Udupi is famous for its Karnataka style South Indian Thali. I’m trying the thali in the video below so do watch it if you’d like to know about my experience.

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While planning my trip to Udupi, I could barely contain my excitement. For those that know me and have been following me for some time would definitely know about my love for South Indian food. So visiting Udupi was a massive checklist in my food-travel places. Apart from my favorite idlis, dosas and buns, I was glad I got to try an authentic thali here.

MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Rooms is a very old chain that started in the year 1924 in Bengaluru. What started as a small coffee shop is now such a prominent brand. And their food is representative of the brand values of good clean ingredients and hygiene. Mavalli Tiffin Rooms has special parameters for checking quality of ingredients and this definitely reflects on their food.

MTR Udupi has a bunch of options available when it comes to thalis – they have unlimited thali and also different set meals. Since this was the first time I was here, I tried an unlimited thali. This thali cost Rs.250 and included everything – from pickle to subzis, to different type of rotis, rice, sweetdish. And all of this was authentic Karnataka style food.

I would definitely recommend anyone planning a visit to Udupi or even Bengaluru for that matter to include MTR in their must eat places. It’s definitely a meal to remember.

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