If there’s one common thread that runs throughall the regional cuisines of India, it has to be the love for sweets. Whether it’s a comforting Halwa or a sweet Payasam, a hearty Aamras or a spongy Rasgulla – there are a plethora of unique desserts found all across the country. But what if someone took your favourite dessert and created a savoury version of it? A recently surfaced video shows the creation of a Rasgulla chaat, combining the sweet Bengali mishti with some classic ingredients of a typical Chaat. Wondering what all went into the making of the Rasgulla chaat? Watch the video and see for yourself: (Also Read:7 Weird Maggi Dishes That Confused The Internet) The video of the chaat was shared on Twitter by user @KaptanHindostan, who got it from another handle called @King Of Mirzapur CSK. “We are doomed. Rasgulla chaat,” read the caption to the post. The clip has received over 85k views and thousands of likes and retweets as well. In the one-minute-long clip, the making of the Rasgulla chaat is shown. First, two Rasgullas are drained of the sugar syrup and placed in a container. Then, they are sliced from the middle and topped with curd, tamarind chutney, spices, and chopped dry fruits. The process was similar to that of Dahi Bhalla, except that the Rasgullas were used in place of Bhallas in the recipe. Twitter users reacted to the bizarre concoction. Some questioned why the cheese and butter from the street-style delight were missing, as is seen in most food bloggers’ videos. Others wanted to know why someone would create a chaat with Rasgulla in the first place. Take a look at the reactions: (Also Read:These Bizarre Noodle-Flavoured Sodas Have Sent Twitter Into A Meltdown) This is not the only dessert to be converted into Chaat. Recently, we had come across a similar Chaat created with Mango Dolly ice cream. Slices of the ice cream were topped with syrup, nuts, and slices of bread in the bizarre creation. Click here to read more. Rasgulla Chaat is just one of the many bizarre recipes out there. There are a variety of eclectic dishes that can be created with Rasgulla, for instance, Rasgulla sabzi. Click here for some interesting Rasgulla recipes you may not have heard of.
One of the most popular fitness icons of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is about ring in her 47th birthday on 23rd October. Malaika Arora’s birthday is just round around the corner, and we can’t wait to see how she celebrates it. While her birthday is still three days away, her loved ones have already started to shower her with love and gifts in the form of food. Well who doesn’t love to eat good food on their birthday, half of us just end up celebrating our birthday because it is an excuse to eat yummy food and cake, right? Malaika, who has turned vegan, received a buffet worth of delicious vegan food from her friend as a pre-birthday gift, and the food looks so good that we can’t even tell that it is vegan! Take a look: The vegan she enjoyed. Also Read: Shahid Kapoor’s Maldives Breakfast Is What Morning Bliss Looks Like Her friend, Raveena Taurani, is Mumbai-based chef and restauranteur who practices culinary experiments in veganism. And as Malaika Arora announced that she turned vegan last year, since then she has been showcasing to her fellow foodie fans how vegan diet offers an array of delicious food. For her birthday, Raveena sent Malaika some scrumptious vegan Vietnamese delicacies that are making our mouth water. The food was accompanied by a heartwarming note for Malaika. She shared an Instagram video of the food and the note to her 13.7 million followers, where we can see a papaya salad, Vietnamese spring rolls with mango basil sauce and Vietnamese crepe. The birthday note with her feast. Also Read:Sara Ali Khan Enjoys Her “Brownie Time” And We Can’t Help But Drool While we love seeing Malaika Arora’s vegan food adventures, she is not the only Bollywood foodie who has turned to veganism. Sonakshi Sinha, Jacquline Fernandez and Richa Chadha have been ardent followers of veganism. Their reasons for veganism may be different but they all have expressed happiness about their choice. If given the choice, would you be able to switch to veganism? Do tell us in the comments section below!
Filter coffee still reigns supreme in Bengaluru despite the advent of hipster cafes and large coffee chains. Bengaluru’s traditional restaurants almost always get their filter coffee right. It’s not too thick, the milk in the coffee doesn’t usually coat your tongue, and the freshly brewed coffee with a generous chicory infusion always lifts your mood. While new-age roasteries and cafes have taken Bengaluru’s coffee snobbery to new heights, old-school restaurants and eateries continue to be the popular spots for good old filter coffee that you can sniff from a distance.Here Are 10 Best Spots For Filter Coffee In Bengaluru:1. India Coffee House:Church Street This iconic institution might be driven by nostalgia but it still works. The odd cup might be chipped and the staff uniforms haven’t evolved to keep up with the city’s transition from Garden City to IT hub. Not a lot has changed since the 1950s, thankfully that includes the coffee. Set up by the India Coffee Board (the state produces more than 70% of India’s coffee), this is India’s first coffee chain and it shows no signs of slowing down.2. CTR, Sri Sagar Hotel:7th Cross Road, Malleswaram If I have to pick one place for a crispy bene (butter) masala dose, it would be this emblematic establishment in Malleswaram. But that’s not the only reason you should make a stop here for breakfast or for an anytime snack, the filter coffee is spot on too.3. Brahmin’s Coffee Bar: Shankarapura, Basuvangudi In many ways, this is a precursor to the 2010s style Food Truck. There are no seats here, the crowd of standing customers always spills over to the pavement around the restaurant. Brahmin’s was set up in the 1960s; it was the Coffee that first brought customers here. After a couple of decades, the family also nailed their now trademark coconut chutney. The menu hasn’t changed in over four decades – Idli, Vade, Kara Bath, and the sweet Kesri Bath. But it’s the coffee that’s the glue that binds the menu, it’s fun to watch their coffee ‘masters’ churn out never-ending tumblers of coffee with assembly-line precision.4. Filter Coffee:HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar The name is a giveaway. This restaurant has built its reputation almost entirely around its perfectly brewed tumbler of filter coffee. It’s not just the coffee (the restaurant also offers healthy coffee options like a karupatti coffee) that brings regulars back, the restaurant’s Chennai-style dosas (try their murunga elai / drumstick leaves) are a big draw too. (Also Read:The Ultimate Guide To South Indian Filter Coffee And How To Brew It At Home)5. MTR 1924:St Marks Road Mavalli Tiffin Room has been an integral part of Bengaluru’s dining culture for almost a century. From a single restaurant where diners had to wait days for a reservation, MTR is now one of the city’s most successful chain restaurants. The filter coffee is fail-proof here and so is their bene (butter) dose.6. Vidyarthi Bhavan: Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, Basavangudi A Bengaluru dining icon since the 1940s. It’s impossible to snag a table on a Sunday morning with long lines that stretch to the busy Gandhi Bazaar. I always enjoy watching the juggling skills of the waitstaff who tiptoe through the cramped dining area with stacks of masala dosas and tumblers of freshly brewed filter coffee. (Also Read:Filter Coffee: Is the Traditional Hot Brew Losing its Popularity in South India?)7. Airlines Hotel: SBI Road, Ashok Nagar Another iconic spot that’s high on nostalgia, this open air spot continues to stay relevant even after decades. You’ll find old-timers rub shoulders with young bikers on a weekend morning. Bengaluru’s balmy weather makes sure this spot is in the mix during any time of the day. Savour a cup of invigorating coffee with bisi (hot) idlis under a banyan tree or just go next door for a tall glass of Hot Chocolate Fudge sundae at Corner House, one of Bengaluru’s favourite homegrown ice-cream destinations.8. Veena Stores: Margosa Road, Malleswaram You can grab and go or grab and linger on the pavement. That’s what most regulars do at one of Malleswaram’s most popular eateries. They will also tell you to get here early – whether it’s breakfast or evening tiffin. Their crisp vadas and savage (vermicelli) bath are usually the first items to run out. Most diners load up on their legendary coconut chutney. But the filter coffee is the one thing that’s usually available all day. (Also Read:The Best Places For Filter Coffee In Chennai)9. ITC Windsor: Golf Course Road Most luxury hotels in Bengaluru struggle to get their filter coffee right. ITC Windsor is one of those rare exceptions. Dakshin, their specialty South Indian restaurant always serves a great tumbler of frothy filter coffee. It’s the same with their all-day diner and in-room dining.10. Cothas coffee: Sampige Road, Malleswaram Cothas has been one of the city’s oldest established filter coffee brands. This small café serves quite a few varieties of cold coffee but it’s the filter coffee that isthe mainstay. You can also buy their filter coffee at this outlet, their range includes different blends of coffee: chicory, including restaurant-style coffee blends where the chicory content goes all the way to 40%
India achieved the milestone of 100 Crore COVID vaccinations on 21st October. This landmark moment was accomplished within just 10 months of the start of the vaccination program. India is now part of the prestigious club of countries that have completed a billion vaccinations, the other country being China. Social media users have been in celebratory mode ever since the announcement was made. An eatery based in Surat has decided to celebrate the day with a special scheme. They are giving out free ‘Locho’ to 100 fully vaccinated individuals to mark India’s achievement. Several citizens could be seen enjoying the free food in a video shared by ANI: (Also Read:Surat Vendor Makes Biggest Ice Gola Weighing 5Kgs; Guess Its Price?) Mohit, the eatery owner, said to ANI that they were giving away free Locho to anyone who visited them, as long as they showed the certificate of being fully vaccinated. Locho is a popular street-style snack made with chickpea flour, however, unlike Khaman it has an inconsistent shape. It is said to be one of Surat’s specialties, which is why it is also called ‘Surati Locho’ by some. Locho is steamed and sprinkled with masala, chopped onions, chutney, and crunchy Sev before being served. It can be had for breakfast, or even as a snack or ‘Farsan’ during evening tea time. The idea behind these freebies is to encourage more people to get vaccinated quickly. Since the scheme was such a hit, Mohit said he is extending it to two more days. “I want to encourage people to get vaccinated and take part in celebrations. We will continue this scheme for 2 more days,” said Mohit to ANI. What did you think of the Surat eatery’s gesture? Tell us in the comments below.
Poha is one of India’s most popular breakfast dishes. There’s a reason poha is regarded as the ideal breakfast food and has garnered popularity around the country. For starters, it’s very simple to make, and even the most inexperienced cook can’t go wrong with any basic poha recipe. But if you are one of those who like to experiment, we are sure that you must have tried many variations in this dish. Whether it’s the Bengal’s Doi Chire, Goan-style dhayanche fov (curd poha), Nagpur’s famous Tari Poha or a sweet poha from Gujarat, there are endless options to this delight. So to introduce you to yet another poha dish, here we bring you Maharashtra’s specialty- Kanda Batata Poha! As the name suggests, this poha recipe is a mix of onions and potatoes with other ingredients and has a lip-smacking taste to it. (Also Read:Different States, Different Specialities: 5 Poha Recipes From Across India To Spruce Up Your Breakfast) To make this dish, all you need to do is make the poha, mix it with veggies, crunchy potatoes, masalas, peanuts, curry leaves and top it with loads of Kanda and crispy sev to enjoy! Pair this dish with green chutney and a delicious cup of chai for maximum indulgence. So, without waiting, let us see how to make this yummy dish.How To Make Kanda-Batata Poha | Kanda-Batata Poha Recipe To make this dish, first, add peanuts and curry leaves in a Kadai. Once it starts spluttering, add in finely chopped onion and mix. Then throw in masalas like salt, pepper and red chilli powder and combine again. Now add chopped potatoes and cook till it’s soft. Once done, add the washed poha. Mix again. Pour some lemon juice from the top and cook on medium to low heat. When it cooks, take it out in a bowl and top it with sev and kanda. Enjoy this with a cup of chai! (Also Read:Healthy Breakfast: Give Regular Poha A Unique Spin With This Oatmeal Poha Recipe) For the full recipe of Kanda batata poha, click here. Make this yummy poha recipe, and let us know how you liked the taste of it.
Street food is one genre of food that Indians swear by every time. India’s love for street food is evident from the fact that there are vendors and hawkers found practically at every corner. Whether it’s chaat, momos, sandwich, or even Hakka noodles – there are a variety of cuisines that are available at roadside eateries. Each street food vendor tries to make something different that will set him apart from the others. This Ghaziabad vendor, for instance, has a unique selling proposition – he makes the much-loved Cheela with his bare hands! Watch the video and see for yourself: (Also Read:Do You Know How Soan Papdi Is Made? Viral Video Shows The Process) The clip of the Ghaziabad vendor was shared on YouTube by food blogger Amar Sirohi, also known by his handle @foodieincarnate. The video has gone viral and raked in over 1.5 million views in just 2 days. It was also among YouTube’s top trending videos in India. In the clip, we see the Ghaziabad vendor making cheela with his bare hands. He starts by pouring the batter onto a heated griddle. The fact that he is using his hands and not any spatula or ladle makes the process quite interesting. Next, he adds in a range of vegetables and mixes them by hand for the filling of the cheela. Then, this mixture is spread throughout the Cheela, which is then flipped with a cube of butter on top. The crispy and fulfilling cheela is cut into four parts and served with delicious chutneys! The skill and dexterity of the Ghaziabad vendor mesmerised YouTube users. Comments and reactions poured into the video shared by the food blogger. “Thank god it’s without cheese,” wrote one user while another said, “maintain proper hygiene in making this recipe.” This is not the only unique creation by a street food vendor to have gone viral. Recently, a Surat-based created an Ice Gola weighing 5kgs with multiple delicious ingredients – a video that stunned the internet. Click here to read more about it.
Food is the way to all of our hearts, however, there are certain dishes that we love more than the others. The reason why one dish is more important to us is that we have fond memories of it! Some of us grew up eating lemon rice when we ran out of supplies; others were fed curd rice by their grandmothers. It is these memories that we associate with such dishes that give us comfort when we eat them even today! And that is why we end up calling them comfort food. Dishes like ghee rice, tomato rice, imli rice and khichdi are excellent examples of comfort food. Today, we have managed to find another such comfort food recipe that many of us hold near and dear to our hearts, it is peanut rice! Also Read:8 Rice-Based Comfort Foods Of India You Should Try At Least Once For the uninitiated, peanut rice is a South Indian rice recipe made from leftover rice. Also known as verkadalai sadam, this rice dish is made with a flavourful and aromatic masala. This masala is made of spices, lentils and of course, peanuts! The best part about this dish is that you can make it very quickly and easily at home. Peanut rice can be pair with a delicious curry.How To Make Peanut Rice | South Indian Peanut Rice Recipe: You will need cooked rice for this recipe, it can be freshly cooked or a day old, leftover rice. In a saucepan, roast peanuts, chana dal, urad dal and desiccated coconut separately. Add these roasted ingredients to a grinder and add dry red chillies as well as turmeric powder. Grind this together for the masala. Mix the masala powder and rice. Heat oil in a pan, create a tadka using mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing. Pour this tadka into the peanut masala rice mixture, mix it again. Peanut rice is ready! Click here for the step-by-step recipe for Peanut Rice. You can enjoy this peanut rice as the main course or eat it as a side dish by pairing it with a delicious South Indian recipe. Sounds easy, right? Then what are you waiting for? Make this delicious peanut rice recipe at home and do tell us in the comments section how you liked it.