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Peshawari @ ITC Grand Maratha: Timeless classic

I visited Peshawari at ITC Grand Maratha for the first time around 10 years ago…and fell in love with the food there! The love still remains – for the same, luscious fare: the Dal Bukhara, the Paneer Khurchan, Vegetarian platter and the naans/kulchas.

Amongst all the eateries across that I have been to; and even the ones within ITC, Peshawari is probably a league apart. The simple, concise menu of the choicest North-Western Frontier food consisting of kebabs, tandoori delicacies and the bukhara recipes with rich gravies and mild spices, leave you gastronomically satiated; but asking for more. Being a vegetarian, I of course do not have the privy to comment on the non-veg platters, kebabs and curries; but whenever I have had friends and colleagues join for a meal, have only heard how they have gotten bowled over (and mocked at what I am missing!). Continue reading “Peshawari @ ITC Grand Maratha: Timeless classic”

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A fine BREW

TEA, or Chai: First finding mention in the ancient Ramayana, was re-introduced in India by the British, especially commercial plantations, and has now become an integral part of every household. Like most other Indians, my day begins with a cuppa chai, and feels incomplete without all the flavour it brings into my day.

The journey of tea has been interesting: I will not get into the chronology as the internet is full of these details…but the fact of the matter is that tea started finding a daily place in the local households in India as late as the 1950’s….but once it did, what a flavourful journey it has been! And what best could one expect from the land of spices? The Indian tea became spiced and infused with different tastes from across the states. Continue reading “A fine BREW”

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Plates, palates and places..

India and its penchant for good food is no secret – curries and cuisines from India have for so long been a world favourite!¬†Indians are on the move like never before! And so is the food scene in India – there is so much happening! There was never so much action on the food front than now! Foodies are evolving and so is the food in India: From innovative fusion cooking, to molecular gastronomy dishes, to unusual world cuisine (South Korean anyone?), to places for the health conscious – restaurateurs are serving it all to the Indian palate! And we are lapping these up too! Continue reading “Plates, palates and places..”