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Amritsari Swaad – the Punjabi food festival at K3, JW Marriot, Aerocity

A traditional cuisine specific food festival has a special place in my heart. Especially when that cuisine is from the Punjabi heartland of our country. So when JW Marriot, Aerocity comes up with an Amritsari Swaad Tadka at their famed K3, could I have said no? Absolutely no!

Starting from perfectly smoked Kandhari Paneer Tikka, juicy and tangy mushrooms – Tandoori Khumbh, spicy Highway Tandoori Kukkad (chicken cooked in hand pounded spices) and meat de tikki (chewy mutton prepared in aromatic spices), your belly does get filled after these appetizing appetizers.

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And what is a Punjabi meal if it is not relished with Makke di roti, Sarson da saag, chhole and stuffed kulche? Though the chhole could have been spicier although the texture was excellent.

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And for vegetarians, there is a dearth of varied options – Paneer Taka Tak (loved it!), Kadhi Chawal, Hare moong ki daal (now that is something new!) and Matar Vadiyan di sabzi.

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And for non vegetarians, the Mutton Chawal is one dish worth experimenting. The mutton pieces are succulent although the rice could be more flavourful. Do not expect Biryani, this is Amritsar special.

And the best one is always reserved for the last. Ever heard of mutton keema halwa? Yes you read it right, the keema halwa. This was warm and heavenly and tasted like moong daal halwa.

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So when are you visiting next? The festival is on till 25th November.

 

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Zizo, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Fattoush Salad: It is always considered “healthy” to begin a meal with a light sweet and savoury salad. My holiday lunch began with this light salad consisting of diced zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, crispy pita chips and pomegranate seeds in a slightly tangy sauce. RECOMMENDED.

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Hummus Rasasfour: This is a special type of hummus served with pomegranate, molasses and diced chicken. The chicken pieces are extra juicy and have well imbibed the flavours of the molasses.

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Mixed Grill Platter: A refreshing break from the regular spiced laden Tandoori platter. The Turkish Adana and lamb kebabs were very juicy, firm, tender and resembled our very own Seekh kebab, albeit subtler but hot. Shish Touk was ohh-so-luscious with the goodness of mint  and smoked to perfection with butter. Iranian Urfa chicken kebab was slightly hotter, drier and saltier. RECOMMENDED.

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Yamini Chicken Manfi Rice: I shall call this Yemenese biryani. Two humongous pieces of chicken leg and breast on a bed of spiced rice is surely my dream meal. The rice was cooked in Yemenese spices as well as our coarse ones – black cardomam, cloves and black pepper and topped with caramelised onions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheese Gunafa: I though desserts fashioned out of cheese were only the expertise of Europeans. But no, hell no, Middle Eastern cuisine also uses cheese to prepare delectable sugary bites. The cheese gunafa is warm and moderately sweet with fried vermicelli dipped in sugar syrup on top. Not to forget the finely chopped pistachios. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dolce Tonino, M.G. Road, New Delhi

Not many bakeries can boast of producing gluten free desserts and home made cheese. But Dolce Tonino, situated at the Tonino café does. And it does that with Italian elan.

Carrot cake: The mellowness of this spongy cake is unparalleled! The sweet flavour of the grated carrots along with the subtlety of grated coconut transforms you into heaven! Add to this the light icing – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Coffee caramel cake: Never knew that the combination of bitter coffee and smoky caramel could blend in so seamlessly! And let us not forget the sponginess of the gluten free beauty! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheese platter: You know you are in for a roll when a variety of in house made cheese is being served to you. The pungent cheddar, the milky provolone, the smoked gouda cheese and cheddar fermented to a higher degree.

Grilled vegetables and cheese Panini: The Panini breads are freshly baked, crunchy and airy and I bet that you would not find such lovely texture in the ones from the usual delivery outlets. And the filling of grilled juicy vegetables – aubergine, bell peppers, mushrooms and zuchhini in a rich layer of fine textured cheese is scintillating. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Grilled mushroom and cheese baguette sandwich: The sole presence of mushroom with cheese is not very impressive. The baguette breads are slighty chewy.

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Grilled vegetable croissant sandwich: Vegetables and cheese are in a good shape but the croissant could have been more flaky and light instead of clightly chewy. RECOMMENDED.

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Lemon Meringue Tart: Whenever and wherever I have this dessert in Delhi, I am utterly disappointed. But Dolce Tonino surprised me with this light sweet ensemble. The meringue is subtle, airy and lemony on a brittle tart bed which is easier to dig into. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Sushi Junction, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi

Sushi Junction continues to be my favourite when it comes to relishing authentic Japanese cuisine. Their food quality is superiors, packaging is clean and attractive and they always deliver on time. (Unlike other “Sushi specialising places”).

They recently opened an outlet in Vasant Vihar and have introduced a new range of pokebowls, so as expected, I could not be far behind in exploring dishes.

Red Curry Chicken Dumpling: I have a thing for simplicity and unadorned items, so these dimsums are definitely “my” thing. The fine chicken mince with salt and subtle condiments is densely packed in a sticky starchy skin which is crystal clear. Please do not expect any extra spiciness or hotness though you have an option to dip these beauties in the creamy Thai red curry sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Rainbow Sushi Roll: The goodness or rather the “meatiness” of the whole non-vegetarian sushi kingdom – tuna, salmon, prawns and crabs packed into these vibrant rolls is something which often comes in the dreams of many sushi lovers. Add to it, the creaminess of avocado, the subtlety and slight sournessof sticky rice doused in vinegar – we have a volcano of flavours. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Prawn Pokebowl: The term “explosion of flavours” is more pronounced here with no subtlety at all. The tempura fried prawn is chewy and fresh and along with the freshly chopped mangoes, daikon (Japanese raddish), cucumber, papaya, tomatoes and onions presented a lovely bowl meal. Not to forget the spicy mango puree and the cool mint dip. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Choko La, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

My first visit to the Choko La store couldn’t be better! Being an avid chocolate lover, specifically the dark chocolates, I crave for binging on them now and then.

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And when it is Belgian chocolate and the desserts fashioned out of it, it is pretty arduous to stop myself.

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The attendants Sudha and Raman, at the Vasant Kunj store cheerfully greeted me and told me the nitty – gritties of the Choko La brand. The Belgian chocolate is of course imported, different combinations of dark and milk chocolates used and no compound chocolate is tolerated. Temperature is a very important parameter in keeping these chocolate desserts in good shape so 18 degrees will welcome you at all their stores.

The purity of the chocolate can be gauged from the fact that the chocolate readily melts in your mouth – palate warmth having it’s effect on the former.

The fact that Choko La is an Indian brand striving to carve a niche in the sector of gourmet chocolates is definitely going to linger in your mind.

35% milk chocolate and 55% dark chocolate pellets: These miniature chocolates will melt on your palate this imparting a pleasant warmth.

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Belgian chocolate truffle pastry: Sinful, decadent and I am falling short of adjectives to describe this dessert. The three layered pastry is gooey, sticky and leaves a pleasant after taste. Highly recommended.

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Coffee caramel pastry: The grainy exterior and mellow interior speak volumes about this caramel coffee mousse based dessert. It is indeed relaxing to dive your way in this pastry and hog it to your heart’s content.

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Berry cheesecake: The thing about cheesecakes is that you don’t have to bake them otherwise the tart is super crusty and therefore difficult to break into. Choko La is one of the very few dessert parlours which knows that cheesecakes are best when served in their lovely luscious texture. And that fresh berry compote on top – icing on the cake. Or rather pastry!

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Chocolate coated butterscotch and rochers: Talk about nutty snacks and these will come in handy. Extra points for amalgamating butterscotch with chocolate – never knew that this combination will work!

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Health Cafe, New Friends Colony, Delhi

Finally my ardent desire to visit the famed Hwealth Cafe has come to fruition. I am becoming health conscious day by day and I prefer not to feel guilty while eating out.

The vibrantly hued cafe will be a treat to your eyes with green interiors, potted plants, foosball table and ludo spread.

Strawberry blueberry shake: Slightly sweet, slightly sour, this pleasant tasting shake is a perfect healthy accompaniment to your salads.

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Chocolate peanut butter shake: Forget healthy, I am more concerned about the decadence of this shake. The rich warm chocolate perfectly blends with the sweet salty peanut butter thereby giving a shake with a plethora of flavours.

Corn nachos with hummus, Peri Peri dip and pesto dip: The deafening crunch while you bite into this will keep you addicted and the freshly prepared dips won’t let you stop.

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Pan tossed masala cottage cheese fingers: The usual cottage cheese is getting monotonous and the healthy versions available today are sometimes nauseatic. But the chefs at the Hwealth Cafe know perfectly well how to make paneer appetizing as well as healthy. The cottage cheese cuboids are lightly grilled and are topped with a subtle barbeque sauce with hints of black pepper providing the necessary zing.

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Baked egg white in mushroom veloutte sauce: No yellows and hence, I do not gave to feel guilty about binging on my favourite food item. And that light creamy mushroom sauce with chopped pungent garlic compliments the grilled toast and egg white.

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Mediterranean veggies wrap: This will be a heaven for vegetarians as the amount of sliced vegetables enclosed in whole wheat wraps or our humble roti as I would like to call is enough to fill your rumbling belly. The sauce used is hell spicy so watch out.

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Spaghetti in spinach garlic sauce: Kudos to them for coming out with a healthy and innovative dish but this can be made better. The spinach sauce tastes way too bitter and mars the slurpy flavour of spaghetti by making it sticky.

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Chicken breast in mushroom sauce with sauteed vegetables and brown rice: Perfectly grilled juicy chicken breast which oozes out the sauces while getting torn, cut apart or chewed upon is every foodie’s dream. And when this chicken is paired with soft brown rice with chopped vegetables and sauteed vegetables, my my you have a winner!

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Sassy Begum, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi

Veg Shikampur kebabs: Mellow and fibrous kebabs with a dominant sweetness, the first bite will keep you wondering and the subsequent ones will flabbergasted you with a multitude of flavours. Not to be missed: the hotness of green chillies and garam masala.

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Dum Ka Murg: I was honestly surprised by the number of chicken pieces in this dish. Usually restaurants provide only two pieces in a curried dish and that factor takes the excitement away from hogging to cursing.
The chicken is succulent and lavishly drenched in a thick gravy of yogurt, spices and cashew nuts paste. The icing or rather the icings on the cake are the caramelised onions topping this dish thus lending a smoky flavour.

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Malabar paratha: Soft and chewy, this goes well with the chicken dish.

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