Restaurant Review: IndiKitchen

Address: Shop 16, New Link Palace CHS, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West
Tel: 022 33126808
Price: Approximately Rs. 300 for 1 person
Home Delivery: Yes

The F&B industry in India, especially in cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune has seen unprecedented growth in the last few years. There’s either an opening of new restaurant, a new concept is being introduced, a new cuisine has been tapped, an old cuisine is getting a makeover, fusion foods, molecular gastronomy, the works! It’s almost impossible to keep up (and is also responsible for increasing the waistlines of us food bloggers)! It’s great news though because it’s a great time to be a part of such a vibrant industry. It’s also a testament to how the Indian consumer is so welcoming of change and is looking to experiment.

Wok-boxes have become extremely popular thanks to the insane number of Asian restaurants mushrooming all over the country. This one Indian food restaurant though decided to apply it to our home cuisine and I must say, this will definitely catch on.

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You start by picking either a Roomali Roll, Paratha box, Naan Bowl (butter/garlic) or a rice box. Then you select your vegetables.Step 3 is the selection of your gravy and Step 4 includes selecting your protein.

I chose the Garlic Naan Bowl with capsicum, peans and onion in a makhani gravy with aloo tikka.

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The Gravy was absolutely splendid, with the aloo tikkas melting in my mouth ! Fresh out of the kitchen, I definitely recommend trying this one. I just wish it was cooked in a little less oil though. The Naan unfortunately lacked taste and texture (it was too rubbery) but forgiven because the vegetable was so delicious.

I also tried the Chocolate Samosa which just did not settle with me. It’s a brownie stuffed in samosa (!?) drizzled with some chocolate syrup. Give it a try if you with to, but it’s not my favourite.

IndiKitchen also offers you a wide range of drinks from Paper Boat to wash down your food with. My personal favourites are the two you see below. Sure to help you revisit your childhood!

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It had been quite a crappy day and it took me almost 2 hours to get to IndiKitchen, but the food and my pals from the FBAI made the evening worth it 🙂

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Celebrate this Diwali with The Bombay Canteen

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The evenings are luminous with lights everywhere … on the streets, at homes and in everyone’s hearts! Celebrate the Festival of Lights and the joy of sharing with The Bombay Canteen’s “Dhamakedar Hampers”. It’s just not any hamper, this one is filled with delicious traditional Indian snacks wrapped in nostalgia with a specially designed packaging reminiscent of Diwali patakaas. These limited edition, specially crafted patakaa boxes are bursting with your favourite namkeen and delicious mithai, including Sweet Potato Chips, Chaklis , Navratan Mix and Peanut Chikki and Kaju Puri with a set of beautiful hand-painted diyas.

Come, make this Diwali memorable with the perfect gift for your loved ones 🙂

Call 7738044495 to order your Dhamakedar Hamper
Price: Rs. 750 All Inclusive
Address: The Bombay Canteen
Unit 1, Process House Opp Power House,
Kamala Mills, S.B Road Lower Parel Mumbai 400013

Memories Are Made Of These

We’ve fought and made up
We’ve agreed and so often disagreed
But no matter what,
We love and we share
We respect and we care
Our bond dearest brother is so beautiful and deep
Even though you’ve so often made me weep!

Your brother will always be your very own superhero, and your sister your biggest confidant. Celebrate this beautiful bond with Team Parcelled.in this Raksha Bandhan. Take a look at their very special video dedicated to this beautiful relation.

 
Embrace the spirit of Raksha Bandhan and surprise your sibling with their favourite something because for Parcelled.in, distance means nothing, when someone means everything 🙂

Restaurant Review: The Bombay Canteen

Address: Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
Tel: + 91 22 49666666
Reservations: Recommended
Open Tuesday through Sunday and currently closed on Mondays
Timings: 12 noon to 1am
Lunch: average meal for 2 without alcohol: Rs.800; with alcohol: Rs.1,100
Dinner: average meal for 2 without alcohol: Rs.1,600; with alcohol: Rs.2,400
(excluding taxes)

Located in a corner of Kamla Mills, The Bombay Canteen is everything Indian with a twist, quite a twist if I may say so. I was one of the food bloggers invited to a preview of the lunch menu introduced by the restaurant and I’m really glad that I got to be one of the lucky few.

CEO Sameer Seth and COO Yash Bhanage greeted us warmly and took us through a little tour of what was previously a bungalow. Blending together Indian and modern décor perfectly, I fell in love with the old school tiles and open kitchen.

Lunch (for me) started with a deliciously prepared hot toddy as a relief for my sore throat. Thoroughly infused with honey, cardamom and cinnamon sticks, this was much needed. My fellow bloggers had the opportunity of picking a drink off the menu, but that gives me a good enough reason to visit the restaurant again ;). Every item on the menu is an amalgamation of Indian flavours and classic cocktails like the Jugaad (bourbon, rose tincture and fresh, tart pomegranate juice) or the Rim Zhim Masala Soda. For my non-drinkers, the Passion Fruit & Star Anise Iced Tea was pretty popular on the table.

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Here’s all that I tried and boy did I eat!

We were served the methi & arugula salad, pumpkin & paneer seekh kebabs with a mooli, apple & walnut raita, Kutchi dabeli, spicy sabzi paratha roll, Tamil ‘Kothu Roti’, multi grain khichdi, and the hero of the afternoon, vegetarian Canteen Tiffin box. And this is only the vegetarian stuff!

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I was a tad bit sceptical about the methi and arugula salad, but Chef Thomas has brought in all the flavours and textures brilliantly. This one is a MUST HAVE. The pumpkin and paneer seekh kebabs were an absolute melting moment. The raita especially, was refreshing on a hot summer day. The Kutchi dabeli unfortunately was a bit of a let down since I’ve eaten the ones on the streets of Gujarat, but the parathas made up for it. They were served with a side of incredibly fresh salad as well. Big thumbs up. The Tamil Kothu Roti was delicious, with roasted cauliflowers, disco pumpkin and coconut gravy. It’s also served with a single fried egg but that’s optional. The multi grain khichdi was a bit of a let down because it sounded extremely healthy but was served with quite the tadka of ghee. Good on taste though, nonetheless. By this time I could not eat a morsel further, however when the hero, the Canteen Tiffin box was served I could not hold myself back. It is served with a side, salad and a sweet dish. There are mustard chicken curry, Kerala egg roast and sprouted bean and paneer bhurji options. DELISH!

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I promised myself at this point that I would not eye the desserts to say the least but all my sweet teeth gave in! You cannot leave the restaurant without trying the old monk gulab jamun. I only wish it was served slightly hotter. I’m not a fan of anything rose flavoured so falooda was out of the question. The masala chai popsicles were an interesting take on chai and the guava tan-ta-tan (puff pastry with chilli ice cream) was a little too spicy for my taste. I can’t handle spicy food but if you can, then this must be tried.

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There’s absolutely no doubt that I will be back at the restaurant especially since I’ve been told the vibe is much better at night. Tasteful interiors, top quality food and friendly service make The Bombay Canteen a must visit on my list of Mumbai’s top spots.

Dinner Series – Part II

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Achari Aloo (baby potatoes tempered with spices) is a must at every dinner party at our house. It’s pretty quick to make and is an absolute favourite with all our guests. Essentially a spicy dish, that can be controlled depending on your palate.

P.S – Will be hard to stop at just one 🙂

This recipe serves 6-8.

Ingredients:

2 packets baby potatoes (boiled in salted water with skin)
4 dried red chillies (kashmiri mirch)
8 cloves garlic
1 tsp coriander seeds
1” piece of ginger
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
3 tsp tomato ketchup
50 gm cream
4 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Method:

1. Combine the red chillies, garlic, coriander seeds and ginger in a pan and sauté in oil (2 tbsp) for about 3-4 minutes or until the ingredients go soft.
2. Using a blender, blend until the above mix turns into a fine paste.
3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep pan and sauté the fenugreek and bay leaves for 1 minute. Add the potatoes. Sauté for another 2 minutes.
4. Add the paste and stir properly for about 5 minutes. Make sure the potatoes are thoroughly coated in the paste. Do not stir too hard otherwise you will end up mashing your potatoes.
5. Take off the heat and let them cool. Add the cream and mix well before serving. Serve hot (mild).

Quick Tip:

1. Do not boil the potatoes to the point where they begin to mash. Check by sticking a fork into them.
2. In case you have any extra paste left, this can be stored in the freezer for a fortnight.