Lunch was quite heavy for me today, so my husband decided to cook some soup for dinner. For me chicken was never an obvious preference but lately it has been one. When I was scrolling down my YT feed, those food recipes just popped open and I couldn’t resist but search for boneless chicken recipe, this time it was more precise. There I got it!, I thought to myself when I saw this delicious picture on screen, getting way too excited I jumped from the bed and ran towards the kitchen to gather all the ingredients, preparing myself for the big chicken dish, dodging the soup idea all together. It’s fun when activities, specially cooking, excites you. It actually helps!
So this indian dish is actually delicious and I found it simple and easy to make unlike other indian dishes. Few extras were the red dried chillies and cashews, other than that it all includes regular spices(turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder).
Whenever we plan to cook some non-veg dish, the most important step while preparing an Indian cuisine is to marinate it. The smell is all that matters and indian dishes are specially known for their rich flavours. Mostly after the marination, in this case I directly marinated the chicken while cooking, all the spice would be added so that the chicken would absorb it’s flavour.
Once the marination was done, I added tomato puree with regular spices, mixed for a minute. Added 2 cups of water and left it covered on medium to simmer, for about 15 mins. Once you check your chicken is cooked, you can add some garam masala and kasturi methi for the taste.
It was different to our taste buds, at least different from what we used to cook earlier. I like how the cashews and tomatoes added to the flavour. And that’s it, done and dusted for our tummy 😀 !
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Last week, I had one of my friend from Hyderabad visiting to Bangalore. As a ritual, four of us gathered at a place for lunch and to our bad luck the restaurant was closed. After minutes of pestering about various restaurants nearby, we closed upon on Nasi and Mee. Having our dignified conversations on the very ongoing situations in our country, we paved our way to the restaurant.
Nasi and Mee, also known as Rice and Noodles in Bahasa, is a place famous for varied south east asian cuisine. Once you get the menu on hand, I vouch for the fact that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Usually on a holiday there might be chances to be on waiting, but it might be casual on a weekday. We hardly waited for 5 minutes when we landed on a corner table with a not so soft sunlight gazing down through the big palette glass window. We went through the menu, and the first thought was about dimsums. TBH! dimsums always comes to my mind when I visit an asian restaurant as that is the most dwell upon asian food in India. While one among us wanted something different on his buds, we planned on sushi too.
I was mostly excited to try the Nasi lemak Istimewa. Nasi lemak is a malaysian originated dish and also it is considered as Malaysia’s national dish. It includes rice infused with cocunut water, sambal ikan bilis, cucumber, peanuts, rendang chicken and an omelette on top. Two things to be known about are: sambal ikan bilis and rendang chicken.
Sambal Ikan Bilis is the most popular dish which is suggested to be had with Nasi Lemak. Basically it’s a chilly paste with dried anchovies and shrimp. From the taste I believe, there was tamarind too. When I did my research on this, I found out it can also be tasted as sandwich paste.
Rendang Chicken is again one of the authentic asian dish which can be cooked with any of the meat. This dish includes the process of slowly cooking the meat and infusing it with rendang powder until the dish caramelizes and feels rich of spices.
Along with Nasi Lemak we had also ordered Nasi goreng, which is basically rice cooked with meat pieces and vegetables. You can also identify it as Indonesian version of fried rice.
At Nasi and Mee, I believe the menu is finely crafted with a spectrum of Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and Japanese dishes which will make you feel different not only with respect to the food choices but also how the recipes have been created very selectively focusing on the quality. It was my second visit to the restaurant, the very first visit was not satisfying for me since I didn’t have the taste bud developed towards asian cuisines. But this time it was a beautiful diversified experience as my taste for food have been greatly evolving.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone who is visiting bangalore to explore 🙂
Bangalore is a city filled with theme-based cafes and restaurants. Amid the city hustling if you want to spent your day at a peaceful surrounding, Dyu Art Cafe is the place to visit. Located at the busiest part of the city, Kormangala, the cafe offers great food apart from a serene ambience.
The first time you visit this place, you would enter into a room filled with amazing hand drawings and paintings. You can take some time to explore the creativity around this place. During the day time, you can find people working from here, having their office discussions or meeting held. If you ever visit during evenings, then the cafe is filled with youngsters and couples chilling out. I would always prefer to visit here definitely during monsoons, since it will give you Cochin or a Kerela vibe.
I am a person of great taste :D. I would never compromise with the taste of food I get into my body in any of the restaurants. With great taste comes great reviews is what they say, smart isn’t it? Anyways, at this cafe I had few good options which I would always recommend. I started with some fries and california fried chicken. Later in the main course, I preferred some grilled fish which was accompanied with some spinach and butter.
I walked out of this place with a happy heart and food-filled tummy and I promise so will you guys.
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Food has always been and will always be one of my core area of interest. I am always excited to try new cuisine at different places and what excites me more is when there’s a new cuisine at a place I have never visited. Last week, I tried few different places at Bangalore and thought of blogging about those places straight downright here.
Bangalore is in progress of evolving into a city of multi-cultured ambience because of the large number of people from various other states, gathering here for employment and the opportunities offered. It is quite unexpected to see few places in the city where the owner of the restaurants are trying to capture this multi-cultural values into their dishes and I truly appreciate that. Food can be a means to unite various individuals into a single group. This high-tech city is now filled with varieties of cafes, restaurants, hangout zones and more such interactive places where food is the main centre of attraction and I was able to get my hands on few of these.
- First happy-to-tummy discovery of mine is the Chickpet Donne Biriyani which I visited during my shopping spree at Commercial Street, Bangalore. This place is on the lane parallel to the mosque road, so it’s quite easy to find. Donne Biriyani is very famous in Bangalore, which means biriyani in large/small sized cups or bowl. Also it’s quite different than your regular biriyani because of the simple taste and no masala flavour. I tried chicken kebabs, which again was different in taste because of the spices which was used to fry. Then I ordered a chicken biriyani which was accompanied with some raita(curd) and salan(the curry). I would definitely suggest to try this restaurant if you’re anywhere near Churchgate or MG road or nearby.
2. My second most liked place is Qissa Khawani at Churchgate, Bangalore. If you’re aware of the BookHive or the Blossom book store, then this place won’t be any difficult to find. People travelling in metro can get down the metro station at MG road and at the backside of the station, take a right. Actually this is my second visit to the place, but since most of the people haven’t tried this place yet and also I didn’t start my blog during my first visit, so I thought of mentioning it :). On my first visit, the menu was quite different, i.e, the traditional North Indian cuisine but this time it was completely changed to Lucknowi cuisine with limited set of options in the menu. We ordered some mutton keema, mutton curry and mutton biriyani with medium sized lassi served in two different glasses. The USP of this place is it’s decor. It’s very small with 5-6 chairs, maybe they supported takeaway at the beginning, that’s my guess.
3. Lastly, ending the blog with some deserts. I think it’s one of the most interesting place and very attractive in terms of the naming and the deserts offered. It’s Kurtoskalacs located in kormangala 5th block, opposite to Jyoti Nivas college road. Everyone can get the meaning ‘Kurtoskalacs‘ or the chimney-cake and why it is named so, from google :D. Even I did my own bit of research on it. I tried banoffee ice-cream which was amazingly delicious. I would always suggest people to try this if you’re in Bangalore.
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