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All about Kababs at Kabab Stories, Hyderabad

Kababs are possibly among the most favourite dishes of any non-vegetarian food lover in India. The origin of the word is from ‘Kebob’ in Arabic which means charred. Folklore says that kebabs were the fast cooked food of hunters, where chunks of hunted meat and fat were skewered on a sword and rubbed with rock salt and then charred over firewood. This group of dishes, which often has marinated and skewered meat grilled, roasted or even pan-fried are enjoyed all over the Mediterranean countries, Middle-East as well as South and South-East Asia.  The meat, spices, marinades as well as the methods of preparation differ based on local tastes.

Raan-E-Zaika
Raan-E-Zaika

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Treats from Mumbai Streets at Courtyard by Marriott

Mumbai is one of the best places for street food in India. The chaats at Chowpatty beach, the meat delicacies at Mohammed Ali Road are some of the well-known street food, but there are many other non-descript locations in every nook and corner of the metro which serve some delightful local food. “Treats from Mumbai”, a promotion of street food at Momo Café, the all-day dining restaurant at Courtyard by Marriott plays a tribute to this.

The Street Food Carts at Courtyard by Marriott

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Three New Microbreweries in Hyderabad

A microbrewery is usually a pub which brews its own beer, often only a few varieties and in limited quantities. Often such places are known for their few boutique varieties of beer. The concept started from London in the 1970s and it has taken its time to travel to other countries.

The Hoppery


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Ramzan Diaries in Hyderabad: Three Restaurants with Interesting Iftar Menus

In Hyderabad, a large number of restaurants have special offerings during the Holy month of Ramzan. While most of the places serve the oft-repeated local food, hallmarks of some of these iftar dinners are carefully designed menus, signature preparations and bringing recipes not so well-known to the fore. This post talks about three places where one can visit with family for a different kind of experience during Ramzan.

Gyarah Handi Haleem


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Haleem Trail: Green Park Hotel, Begumpet

Green Park Hotel is one of the places in Hyderabad which serves haleem round the year as part of their Midnight Biryani buffet. However during Ramzan, the hotel puts up a stall in their campus, selling Iftar food from evening till 10 pm. Apart from haleem, biryani and desserts are also available for takeaway.

The Haleem 

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Ramzan Food Walk in Bangalore: Masjid-E-Eidgah Bilal and Tilaknagar

During the holy month of Ramzan, many areas in Bangalore turn into a non-vegetarian food lover’s delight in the evenings. Catering to the people breaking their fasts after the Iftar prayers, a large number of temporary stalls come up, especially near the Masjids. Apart from Mosque Road and Shivajinagar, a large number of stalls also come up near Masjid-E-Eidgah Bilal on Bannerghatta Road, and the Tilaknagar Mosque close by.

Phal Seekh Tilaknagar
Phal and Seekh Kabas are in demand during Ramzan

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Goan Food Festival at Siesta Hitech

Qube Café at the Siesta Hitech Hotel in Kondapur is known for its value-for-money food festivals – it brings regional cuisine promotions to Hyderabad at a very attractive price. Whereas around Durga Puja their Bengali food festival with unlimited Hilsa is a huge hit, they had also done decent Kashmiri, Awadhi and Punjabi festivals in the recent past. Now the restaurant is organizing Goan Food Fiesta, a celebration of food from Goa and around.

Goan Food Fiesta


The festival buffet is priced at an attractive Rs 570 on Bookmyshow. It is part of the dinner buffet and includes a wide range of meat and seafood. The buffet is dominated by Goan food, though it has a few non-Goan preparations for the in-house guests.

Goa is a favourite weekend destination for people from Hyderabad, and as a result, food lovers here are pretty familiar with the cuisine. Recently two restaurants offering Goan food have also opened in the city. Fish and other seafood items are popular in this cuisine, which has a lot of Portuguese influence on it. The buffet at Qube Café also had a lot of seafood items in it.

Anchovy Fry
Anchovy Fry

The first dish we tried out was Anchovy Fry – a spicy and crispy preparation of small nethili fish with sliced green chillies. An ideal dish to go with drinks. Sadly Siesta Hitech does not have a liquor license yet.

Mackarel Rechado
Mackerel Rechado

This was followed by Mackerel Rechado. The rechado paste has red chillies in abundance along with cumin, ginger and other spices. The fish was soft and well-cooked and the dish worked out pretty good for me. Some of my fellow-diners had a tough time picking the bones though.

Goan Style Squids
Goan Style Squids

Goan Style Squids seemed to be an oriental preparation for me replete with a lot of chopped garlic and bell peppers. While not scoring on the authenticity front, it was definitely tasty. The Goan shacks usually have a lot of such preparations with the fresh catch to go with the fenny. There were also other starters on the buffet like Stir Fried Prawns.

Mackarel Pulao
Mackerel Pulao

The main courses had quite a vegetarian dishes – Goan Style Okra and Mushroom Fry being noticeable among these. The buffet also had some dishes from Udupi area of Karnataka like the coconut based Mixed Veg Sagu and the Mangalorean Chana Gassi.

Goan Crab Curry
Goan Crab Curry

Among the non-vegetarian items, the star for me was the Goan Crab Curry – a coconut based gravy of crab which was simply delightful. Another one I liked was Prawn Balchao, a garlic and chilli based spicy dish, which went well with rice.

Chicken Cafrael
Chicken Cafrael 

Chicken Cafrael, the green Goan curry with coriander, green chillies and mint scored on the taste front. There was another chicken dish Chicken Sukeem which I did not like. Coconut based Mutton Xacutti and Goan Fish Curry were also on the menu.

Prawn Balchao

With the curries, I missed Sanna – the rice cake which is usually eaten with the gravies.

The dessert platter had Nevris, deep-fried sweet dumplings stuffed with coconut. Bebinca the most famous of the Goan desserts was a tad too dry. I enjoyed the Mango Mousse which was part of the buffet too.

Bebinca
Bebinca


I am no expert in Goan cuisine and would not be able to vouch for the authenticity of most of the dishes. What I can say is that almost all the starters and main courses tasted remarkably good. Also, as always I wondered how the value-for-money buffet at Qube Café packs so many non-vegetarian dishes.

Mango Mousse
Mango Mousse

The festival is on only for dinner till 4th June. It is recommended for lovers of non-vegetarian Indian food.

Location:
Qube Café
Hotel Siesta Hitech
55E Kondapur, Hyderabad
Telephone: 42420000

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant. However, the opinion expressed in the post are honest and unbiased.



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The New Menu at SodaBottleOpenerWala Hyderabad

SodaBottleOpenerWala, the Bombay Irani restaurant from the Olive group is credited for popularizing Parsi cuisine in areas like Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore. In Hyderabad it is a popular destination for lovers of Indian regional food. The outlet had since extended the Irani café concept to include quite a few Hyderabadi delicacies to the menu (Read here about the Hyderabadi menu). Now, the restaurant is making a major enhancement to the menu, adding about 30 odd new dishes.


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A Traveler’s Food Diary: McLeodganj’s Tibetan and Oriental Food

McLeodGanj or the upper part of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is best known for being the home of Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet living in exile there. Apart from attracting lakhs of Buddhist devotees, the place is also a tourist attraction for its breathtaking view of the Dhauladhar range.

McLeodganj


On the way back from Khajjiar (Read about that trip here), we made a two-day stop at McLeodGanj. The splendour of the peaks was our main attraction, but I was also hoping to try out some Himachali and Tibetan delicacies.

I was told that unlike the Dalhousie zone, where the local food had a strong Punjabi influence, the areas around Dharamshala has a lot of Tibetan food. There is also a distinct preference for oriental food like   Japanese, and Korean, as there are a large number of tourists from these parts of the world who visit McLeodganj due to religious reasons.

On the Himachali food front, I drew an absolute blank. I admit that my window was small so I could not do a complete search. However, almost everyone I met said that Himachali food is eaten at home, and there is no place serving the Himachali Thali in McLeodganj.

Finally, one person directed me to Moonpeak Café on the Temple Road, but alas, the Himachali food was not available on that day. They said, that they mostly prepare on request, and I was leaving the next morning.

Lung Ta McLeodganj
Japanese Food at Lung Ta

As soon as I checked into my hotel, the reception staff directed me to a Japanese restaurant in the neighbourhood. Lung Ta is so famous in McLeodganj that the landmark for our hotel on Joshiwara Road was given as near the Japanese restaurant. The place on a Saturday afternoon was full, and people were standing outside for a seat. It has a set menu for the day (priced only at Rs 200) which had a fried tofu, veggies in soya dish, a miso soup and mashed potato salad. I, however, was interested in trying some of the a-la-carte dishes. As sushis are only available on Fridays and Tuesdays, we started with the other delicacy, the Miso Soup (Rs 80) with seaweeds and tofu. We were advised to try the Omu rice (Rs 100), fried rice inside an omelette, topped with tomato puree and served with salad. Both the dishes were fresh and aromatic, the miso soup had that distinct aqua-food flavour, and the fried rice inside the Omu rice was delicate.

Omu Rice
Omu Rice

The third dish was Kakiage Don (Rs 100), a complete bowl dish with rice cooked in soya sauce topped with vegetable tempura and eggs. Again the sauce-soaked rice was fabulous here. We would have definitely gone back to try more dishes, but we had time for only three meals in McLeodganj, and that really restricted us.

Kakiage Don
Kakiage Don

Tibetan cuisine is primarily carb and meat based and vegetables are using sparingly due to lack of availability. Ginger, garlic and onions are popular as an accompaniment to meat, whereas spices are used more in the area adjoining India and Nepal. For Tibetan food, I was given names of three places – Tibet Kitchen, Lobsang’s Four Season and Norling, and we could only visit the first two. Of course, during my stay in McLeodganj, we could see many Tibetan eateries, and I am sure some of them will be as good.

Tibet Kitchen
Tibet Kitchen

Tibet Kitchen is near the main market and has seatings in both ground and first floor. We tried their steamed Tibetan Momos (Lamb – Rs 120) which were large and well stuffed with lamb and a smattering of ginger and garlic. It hardly had any spices, but the accompanying red chilli paste made up for it. The other starter Shredded Chicken in Honey Chilli Sauce (Rs 180) was crispy and decent.

Tibetan Momos
Tibetan Momos

Shredded Chicken in Honey Chilli Sauce
Shredded Chicken in Honey Chilli Sauce

Apart from Tibetan, they are also known for their Bhutanese food, like Datshi and Paa. I had been recommended their Shakam Paa (Deep Fried Lamb and Pok Choy in a chilli pepper sauce – Rs 230). The chilli pepper sauce was the highlight of this dish as the soya based gravy had a slightly pungent taste.  The dish went well with some well-made Mixed Fried Rice.

Shakam Paa
Shakam Paa

Tibetan Kitchen is an extremely crowded place and a favourite for both locals and tourists, they have a pretty large menu of Tibetan fare including Shapta and Thentuk.


Lobsang's Four Seasons Cafe
Lobsang's Four Seasons Cafe

Lobsang’s Four Seasons Cafe, in contrast, is a laid back small place with just five tables. This place, again on Jogiwara Road, was recommended to us for its Tibetan Thukpas and Tibetan gravy noodles. Unfortunately, they had only chicken for the day, but their Thukpa (Rs 100) was a delightful dish. Unlike the Nepalese version, it was low on spices and retained the taste of fresh vegetables.

Thukpa
Thukpa

Chicken Soutesmen (Rs 150) was a chop suey kind of a preparation, with chicken and vegetable gravy spread over fried noodles.  I had never heard of Soutsmen before in spite of my regular trips to the Himalayan region, but the dish was a perfect meal. There were also Thentuk in the menu, but it was not available on that day.

Soutesmen
Soutesmen

Apart from these three, McLeodganj is dotted with restaurants of all kinds serving a range of cuisines. Pizza seemed to be a popular food, popular joints being Nick’s Italian Kitchen and Illiterati. On the last day, we discovered a Korean restaurant called Seven Hills of Dokkaebi in the basement next to Lung Ta on Joshiwara Road. Unfortunately, we had our dinner by then and had to give it a miss.

The cool hill station of McLeodganj is best visited between February to June and again in October and November. It is best avoided during the rainy season and cold winter, except for the adventurous travellers.
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A Taste of Maharashtra at The Westin Hyderabad

Maharashtra is the second largest state of India after Uttar Pradesh. There are significant diversities in the culture of various regions across the length and breadth of the state, and the same applies to food. Marathwada, Vidarbha, Malvan, Kolhapur as well as the Bombay region have their preferences in styles of cooking as well as ingredients. This was explained by Chef Uday Karmalkar, Chef De Cuisine from Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai, presently in Hyderabad to curate the “Taste of Maharashtra” food festival at The Westin Mindspace, Hyderabad.

Maharashtrian Thali


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Bihari Cuisine and the Food Festival at Ohri’s Tansen

I have been exposed to Bihari food from my childhood.  The rickshaw puller who used to take me to school used to share his sattu gola with me, and I still remember the taste. During my college days in Banaras and subsequent working years in Jamshedpur, I always enjoyed the cuisine.   The littis, dhuskas, samosas and lavanglatas, as well as the signature mutton curry, were all my favourites.

Litti Chokha
Litti Chokha

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Beating the Hyderabad Summer Blues with 7 Up Revive

This year Hyderabad is passing through one of the worst summers in recent times. In mid-April itself, the mercury has touched 43 degrees and we are left wondering how May is going to pan out. Every day the newspapers carry stories of people suffering sun strokes.



Last week, in this daunting weather I had to go for a restaurant review to the other side of the city. Gachibowli is about eighteen kilometers away, and to my misery the air-conditioner in my car stopped working. There was no time to visit the mechanic, and so I had to start my journey in the blazing sun towards my destination.

As I travelled a few miles, the weather was getting on my nerves. The car windows had to be kept open, and the warm air coming inside made me very uncomfortable. Those familiar with the Hyderabad summer know what it can do to you. You are sucked out of all your energy, you get a light headache, your throat is parched and your skin goes dry. At this point, I remembered that I had a bottle of 7 Up Revive in my car.



When we are outdoors during summer, we sweat a lot and lose a fair amount of water from our body. But actually the effect is much more than that. Apart from just the water, body also loses a lot of electrolytes and other minerals .7 Up Revive, a drink to help in sweat loss recharge, is perfect for this situation. It helps to replenish the fluids and electrolytes in the body. I had first learnt about this new drink, when samples of this were being distributed free to the people standing in queues during the demonetization days.
So, I stopped my car under a tree, came out and took a large swig from the blue coloured handy bottle of 7 Up Revive . I felt better as the hydration drink helped recharge me. The taste of the drink was very refreshing too, and as I started again for my destination I decided to have regular supplies of this drink both in my house and my car all through the summer.



My visit to the restaurant went off without a glitch. 7 Up Revive was a companion on the way back too. Later in the day, I had to meet someone at a park in Kundanbagh. It was 4 PM, and the Sun God was still unrelenting. I was quite tired by then and my energy levels were sagging. As I waited for my friend, I refreshed myself with 7 Up Revive. When my friend reached, I noticed he looked pretty downbeat. He has had a long day in the sun. I took out a bottle of 7 Up Revive and handed him the same. He was having it for the first time, and was quite impressed with this drink as this cold beverage helps you feel replenished.

That was how 7 Up Revive helped me on a hot sunny day. Try out this “Sweat Loss Recharge” beverage and you would find it a handy drink to help fight your summer blues.

#7UPRevive #SweatLossRecharge

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Haleem Trail: Cafe 555, Masab Tank

In recent years, one of the haleems which was much sought after in Hyderabad is that of Café 555. Tucked in a lane close to the Masab Tank flyover, this outlet had such a great word of mouth publicity by satisfied customers that towards the end of the season there used to be quite a queue there.

The Haleem Counter
Fortunately these days Café 555 has started offering their signature dish well before the Ramzan period. On a Saturday following Shab-E-Barat, I landed up at this place at 5:30 pm to try out the haleem.
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A Trip to Khajjiar: The Mini Switzerland of India

As I was researching my next trip to Himachal, a friend had suggested that a visit to a place called Khajjiar is a must, as there is hardly any place with similar scenic beauty in India. On researching the place on the internet, I came to know that the Government of Switzerland has awarded Khajjiar the name “Mini Switzerland”, as this place has a striking resemblance to that country. My curiosity was aroused, and thus Khajjiar became my first stop for my latest trip.

Khajjiar Himachal Pradesh
Khajjiar

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Return of Chef Ninja with the Thai Festival at The Marriott


Lovers of oriental cuisine in Hyderabad are quite familiar with Chef Ninja Suksamai. Around the end of 2015, she was the star chef of InAzia, the pan-Asian restaurant at Sheraton Hyderabad and many customers used to flock to the restaurant to taste some of her brilliant preparations. I still remember the food from some of her promotions like Yum Cha and Songkran.

Thai food

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Product Review: A Gourmet Life for a Gourmet App

This is a post by Samar Pahwa

Today is the age of mobile masses, quite literally. Everything one can imagine can now be found at the click of a button, and an app away. New ways of being in touch with everything digitally are cropping up every day. The new dream for every start-up, and the only demand for all consumers - this is the era of apps.

Keeping in tune with the ever-increasing trade of the digital and the dashing, Gourmet Passport app is the first-time venture of the Gourmet Passport in a purely digital outfit.

Gourmet Passport App


There are often times, when conflicted with the cuisines and the inconvenience of going to the ‘right’ place, plans end up in disarray. Because let’s face it, food becomes the centre of every plan and every journey that we decide to undertake.

How can we then take food for granted? It is no wonder then that an app like the Gourmet Passport app is like a breath of fresh air in the intimidating crowd of the new eateries and upcoming restaurants. Whether it is keeping track of all the buffet deals in Delhi, or the new places worth trying, this app takes care of everything you can require for a successful plan when it comes to food.

Lunch Buffet Deals by Gourmet Passport


A direct digital encounter with the restaurants not only helps the customer judge a place by themselves, but also helps them to make an informed decision. It doesn’t matter which area you are in, how full your pocket is or what cuisine is on your mind - you simply have to feed your whims and fancies, and this genie is ready for a roll.

But is that all that is needed? Because more often than not, it is not just about the location or the cuisine, but also about the money in the pocket. When we talk about budgeting, this is safely everyone’s problem. In the middle of the month, we find ourselves sans money, but still hungry for good food. How does one satiate their satanic stomachs then? This app makes sure, that once it is purchased, it will always show you a good time.

With your own personal lists of remarkable offers for one complete year, it makes sure that you never stop. Friends and family can be included and there are cash backs for future purchases - a complete heaven for raging foodies.

Another problem one sees in a foodie’s list of nightmares is the accidental missing of a 5 Star Buffet Deals in Delhi, or amazing offers in the otherwise expensive places. But fear not, my dear foodies, because this app also sends out regular updates on the various offers around town. When to paint the town red next? Wait for an update!

Booking treats with Gourmet Passport


This city is always bustling with people who have to be somewhere and reach somewhere - all in a given period of time. How does one then have the time to go physically to a restaurant to make a reservation? Calling them again and again is also not just taxing, but let’s face it, kind of tacky. The best solution then is a click away. This app also has features that enable the user to put their convenience and comfort before anything else, and simply choose their spot of the day and reserve.

When life becomes this easy and all one has to do is consult a machine generated app guaranteed for its accuracy, the dining experience is not just hassle-free, but also more enjoyable. Impromptu plans or birthday dinners no longer need to be the stuff of the nightmares. A treat will not just end up burning a hole in your pocket, it’ll be a treat for the person giving the treat as well.

No, I am not making this up. Experiences should be memorable and Gourmet Passport app aspires to safeguard your precious moments without let it get scarred with constant telephonic conversations and waiting lines.

Download it. Enjoy it. And never stop eating - that is our motto.

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Chef Mujeebur Rahman and The Regal Kitchens of Oudh at Sheraton Hyderabad

I have known Chef Mujeebur Rahman for a few years now, and have always been a fan of his culinary exploits involving North Indian, as well as North-West frontier cuisines. His organization Kitchenette-E-Awadh curates food festivals showcasing among others Awadhi, Kashmiri, Rampuri, Rajasthani as well as North-West Frontier food.

Awadhi Dinner
The Awadhi Spread at the Festival

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New Asian Inspired Menu at Oriental Bar and Kitchen

Oriental Bar & Kitchen, the Pan-Asian restaurant at Park Hyatt Hyderabad has always been a favourite destination for lovers of food from far eastern countries. Apart from having a pretty comprehensive menu of oriental delicacies, the restaurant had been in the limelight last year for its exquisite promotions and pop-ups highlighting Japanese Teppanyaki, Thai and Vietnamese food.

The Exquisite Roasted Chicken
The Exquisite Roasted Chicken

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Bengali Food Festivals during Nabobarsho in Hyderabad

As mid-April approaches all Bengalis start looking forward to their second most important festival after Durga Puja – the Bengali New Year or Nababarsho. Like any other Bengali celebrations, one of the important things you look forward during this festival is the sumptuous dinner you enjoy with your family.

Call of Bengal
Bangali Bhoj at Call of Bengal


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Bengali Restaurants of Hyderabad

Over the last few years, the choices available for enjoying Bengali cuisine have really increased in Hyderabad. The main reasons for this are continued migration of Bengalis from their native state in search of better opportunities as well as an increase in interest in people from other regions to try out Bengali cuisine. My journey for good Bengali food has taken me all over the twin cities to try out various Bengali restaurants. Here is a list of some of the most notable Bengali restaurants along with my suggestions of what to have there.

Beguni at United Kitchens

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A Taste of Gujarat at Hyatt Gachibowli

Hyderabad has hardly any good place which serves Gujarati food, in spite of the fact that the city has quite a decent Gujarati population. Thus, a festival of Gujarati food usually creates a buzz in the city for them, and also among food lovers from other regions of the country. Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli has taken the initiative in this matter and is organizing a Gujarati Food Festival at Collage, their all day dining restaurant.

The Gujarati Buffet Spread
The Gujarati Buffet Spread

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The New BBQ and Grill Menu at Infinity, Novotel Varun Beach Vizag

One of the reasons that I love staying at Novotel Varun Beach in Vizag is the superb view of the seafront that it offers. And best of that view is from the roof top where you can see the vast expanse of the seashore as well as end to end of the busy beach road. The location qualifies as a sightseeing point in its own right. The added attraction on the rooftop is Infinity Bar and Grill, which serves some good continental food and heady cocktails. With both indoor and outdoor seating, and a glass partition separating it, you can have a majestic view from any point in the restaurant.

Infinity Novotel Vizag
View from the Restaurant

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The Gujarati Food Festival at Hira Panna Vegetarian Restaurant

The Paigah Colony-Sindhi Colony area in Secunderabad is a vegetarian food lover’s paradise. We get quite a selection of vegetarian delicacies of many cuisines ranging from street food carts to dine in restaurants. Hira Panna, a new restaurant on the main road between Paradise and Rasoolpura has started operations a few months back and I had been hearing some good feedback about the place. Though the place is known for its multi-cuisine buffet, the highlight of which is North Indian and Chinese vegetarian food, they are currently hosting a Gujarati Food Festival, presenting a buffet of dishes from the Gujarati cuisine.

Gujarati Food
Part of Gujarati Spread


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Novotel Bheemili: An Ideal Weekend Getaway by the Sea

Last year when I had travelled to Vizag on a break and was staying at The Novotel, Varun Beach, I was told by one of the hotel staff that another Novotel property was soon to be inaugurated at Bheemunipatnam, and this new place would offer a breathtaking view of the rustic sea. So, this time when I was planning a weekend getaway to Vizag, I checked about this hotel from the Accor Plus website and booked myself in for a night there.

Novotel Bheemili
Sunrise from the Hotel Room

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Punjab Grill’s Rangla Punjab brings Rustic Punjabi Cuisine to Hyderabad

Rangla Punjab refers to the lively and colourful rural roots of the state, and the name has been made famous by a decade-old song from Sarbjit Cheema.  Using this concept, Punjab Grill is showcasing recipes from rural Punjab and across the border through a promotion called Rangla Punjab at their restaurant in Jubilee Hills Hyderabad. The corporate chefs of Punjab Grill have done a great deal of research into the cuisines of interiors of the state to discover hidden recipes.

Chargha Murgh
Chargha Murgh

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Olive Tree Trading: Premium Ingredients for Your Kitchen

   
Restaurants in India often have a serious issue in sourcing quality ingredients, especially for continental or oriental dishes. The problem is more acute in smaller cities with a limited number of suppliers dealing in this. Some recipes need special ingredients and there is no way to get it from the common suppliers. Olive Tree Trading, an online portal is addressing this need to some extent and is making quality imported items available to the chefs all over India through their online store. The company started about a decade and a half ago when a star hotel was interested in sourcing better quality olive oil. Today, the company presents a range a range of items used by chefs and homemakers all over the country.

Olive Tree Olive Oils: For Everyday Cooking and Extra Virgin Oil
Olive Tree Olive Oils: For Everyday Cooking and Extra Virgin Oil 

If you visit the Olive Trading portal, you are overwhelmed by the choices available. Starting from Bread Toppings, Fish Fillets, Biscottis, Cereals to Truffle Butter and Oil and Sundried Tomatoes the list is extremely huge. But, first, let us talk about their signature offering – imported olive oil. The company markets their Olive Oil under the brand name Olive Tree. They have two versions of the olive oil they market – Olive Oil for Everyday Cooking (priced at Rs 810 per litre) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Rs 950 per litre). The latter variant comes from the first pressing of the ripened olives from Tuscany in Italy. The first cold pressing retains most of the nutrients of the olive and the acidity level is lower. Stored in dark glass bottles (as it should not be exposed to heat and light), the product is becoming extremely popular for its ability to provide freshness to the dishes cooked with it, as well the properties of anti-oxidants in it to prevent diseases.

Olive Tree in use at Prego, The Westin Mindspace, Hyderabad This brand of Olive Oil is widely used by the top Italian restaurants in the country. Recently at Prego, the Italian restaurant at The Westin, Hyderabad, I watched as the Italian Chef used Olive Tree Olive Oil to prepare some great Italian risotto and tiramisu.

The portal has also some exquisite handcrafted gift boxes of Olive Oil, in case you want to send it to someone you know who has interests in culinary science.

El Olivo Black Quinoa
El Olivo Black Quinoa

The Cereals and Grains submenu has some interesting products – Quinoa is one of them. As we are aware, Quinoa is popular as it is healthy and rich in proteins. This has led to people, especially vegetarians and vegans to adopt it as the cereal of their choice. Olive Tree has a brand called El Olivo for their quinoas which come in three variants – Black, Red and White quinoa. Whereas current recipes with quinoa are mostly occidental, a new trend has set in where there has been a fair amount of experimentation with this grain even in Indian cuisine.

Europaea Full Cream and Low Fat Milk
Euopaea Full Cream and Low Fat Milk

Europaea Full Cream and Low Fat Milk Olive Tree also has a subscription offer for the Europaea brand of dairy milk. The dairy milk imported from Ireland is offered in two variants - Full Cream (3.5% fat) and Low Fat (1.5% fat). The USP for this product imported from Ireland is that it is the pure milk of grass-fed cows, which is processed through advanced techniques to ensure the highest levels of sterilization. Apart from the above products, one can navigate the site to find many other useful offerings. Exotic ingredients like Whole Black Truffle in Brine, White Truffle Butter, Organic Tahini, Savoiardi and a range of pasta sauces. The online site is useful both for chefs as well as homemakers especially those who are involved in preparing Italian and continental style dishes.

Web Site Details:
Olive Tree Trading (Gourmet Online Store) http://www.olivetreetrading.com/
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