Friday, December 19, 2008

Hello from India

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I'm in foodie heaven right now. Noteworthy foodie trips - a restaurant called Swadh Desi in JP Nagar, Bangalore, which serves Lucknowi and Awadh cuisine. For starters we had Bharwan Shimla Mirch, which was delicious! For the main course, we had spinach filled kofta curry that was slightly sweet as well as tangy in a creamy sauce and a vegetable-heavy Sabzi Tawa Masala in a tomato gravy, both of which out of this world! The Chatni Biryani was refreshingly different from the usual biryanis with a distinctly mint flavor. The bread basket had delicious breads. I understand that the Ulta Tawa ke Parathe are super delicious, something to try next time!
Update from Feb 2010: So after waxing eloquent to my famoily on the wonderful food Swadh Desi served, went there again a few days ago. What a disappointment! The service sucked big time. The wait time for pretty much everything, including desserts, was too long. Appetizers were just so-so. Had Murgh Afghani, which was really delicious and a Navrathan Korma that was quite good. The Shahi Paneer Pasanda was runny and bland. Would not recommend this restaurant.

The other restaurant in South Bangalore that I recommend was simply called “1947”, for the year of Indian Independence. The interiors were simple and rustic. All their tables had small easel stands with info on little known freedom fighters of India. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Both of these restaurants were recommendations from my cousin, who’s probably tried all the restaurants in Bangalore by now!
Update in Feb 2010: Again, another disappointment! Except for the rabdi, nothing we ordered was great or even good. I'm revoking this recommendation too!

Another restaurant that is a must-visit is called “Jwala” near Kalidasa Road in Mysore. This is a small eatery which serves authentic Punjabi food and is run by a friendly Sikh couple. Apart from their regular menu fare, they have specials of the day that have been different both the times we visited. The desserts are all home made. Rabdi and gulab jamuns are both a must-try.

The last foodie piece I have to mention is the Mysore Dasara Exhibition, which I’d visited last about 15 years ago. The shopping was about the same as I remembered but the displays from various State Departments and Zilla Panchayats were truly amazing! Even more amazing were the food stalls. We had the customary Delhi Papad, sprinkled with red chilly powder and chaat masala as well as the baalekayi bajji, which are raw plaintain fritters. Both as delicious as I remembered them to be. Other things that were new, for me at least, were dill leaves akki rotti (flattened rotis made with rice flour, chopped onion, chillies, cilantro and dill leaves) served with a dollop of butter, chutney and kurma. They were delicious just as is, without any accompaniments. I also tried benne masala dosa, which was as tasty as it was buttery and it surely was the butter that made it as yum as it was! We tried mallige idlies, which were soft and fluffy served with two chutneys. Also had veggie noodles and gobi Manchurian, both “Indo-Chinese” dishes that were really good. For my next visit to the food stalls, I have to try the jolada rotti (jowar rotis) with yennegai (brinjal curry), both signature dishes from North Karnataka, Chana Batura and masala chai.

I wish I had taken my camera along on these jaunts so I could show what they looked like. Well, next time maybe. For next weekend, we’re planning a trip to Coorg and I’ll post about Coorgi food, which is very different from other Kannadiga cuisines.

Until then, ciao and wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas!

19 comments:

Smitha said...

Aha! this is pure torture.. till i go back home and eat everything mentioned in the list, i will be thinking of it all the time!!

That is a long list of new restaurants in J.P.Nagar.. since in-laws live there, should be a problem to visit! My favorites have been SLV, SN and Inchara!

I was at Mysore Dasara Exhibition last year. I love the food out there. I also used to love the Forest Department stall 'Aranya'.
My mom never gets us Delhi Papad. Because apparently our neighbor in Shankarmutt (we lived there for 12 years!!) told mom that she had seen those people drying the Papads on the tank bed in the morning!! heheheeh. Wonder how much of it is true! but i love them nevertheless!

Have a nice time and enjoy all the food. Do upload some pictures as well!

Jayashree said...

Sounds like someone's having a lot of fun and good food. Enjoy!!!

indosungod said...

Hello there Vani! Foodie heaven! That is the best part of any visit to India. Have more Fun!

Happy New Year!

Smitha said...

Hey your daughter liked Aranya!! Sadly enough, last year when I was there, Aranya was not yet open...

Veerappan!He still rules the collective memory of the society.. i am not surprised!!

Have fun and a very happy new year

Madhu said...

Exhibition sounds fun, ita been alomost 8 years....
Thanks for the restaurants tips.Will check that out when I go next time.
Have a fun trip.

sunila said...

I could almost taste the dishes u wrote abt Vaans,just consoling myself I guess,must definitely try the eateries u mentioned in Blr,I try new places each visit and come back with a BLISSFUL few extra kilos on my own self ,blissful due to the heavenly way in which they,ve been acquired.writing this so u dont worry if u put on a bit too :0) enjoy darl.and let me know whcih common pals u caught up with .

SriLekha said...

hey i have planned to visit mysore by 1st week of jan!
hope all ur information will be helpful to me!

Uj said...

Aaagh... all the names of dishes are making me drool.. Do try Jolad rotti with engyaai.. it tastes wonderful :D Have a nice time..

Sandeepa said...

Happy New Year Vani, little M and N Have a great year ahead with lots of yummy food, fun and good health and everything else you wish for :)
Are you in India ? vacation ?

Mandira said...

happy new year to you and your family Vani! Looking forward to many delicious posts in 2009. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

SriLekha said...

Happy New Year!

mamatha said...

did U try 'Green Leaf' in kalidasa road?

DEESHA said...

Girl, Iam really jealous. I wanna go to the Dasara exhibition right now

SINDHURA said...

Hai vani,
You have nice space.Inviting u to participate in the bread mania event
http://sindhura-bayleaf.blogspot.com/2009/01/bayleafs-sandwich-event.html

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Wow!!! you are making me so J!!!!!!!!!!!! are you back/? or still enjoying in namma Karnataka??! :D Happy Sankranti!!

Linda said...

Dearest Vani,

I am traveling vicariously, with you, to all these wonderful places!

I wish you and your lovely family a very Happy New Year!

Jaya said...

vani,
ah! those just sound my type of food , I think I never heard or even tasted Dill akki roti ..
so many goodies one at a time for me LOL.
I just love visiting the exhibitions organised by various state under one roof ,here it's called winter exhibition , me and MIL purchased two beautiful Mysore themed , painted bed-sheets from there..
I know you must be missing India too much now since you are back...
Wish you and your family a very happy New year ...
Take care
hugs and smiles

Vani said...

Am back and it's good to be actively blog hopping again :)
Thank you all for your comments! :)

Paru ... said...

visiting Namma Bengaluru and Mysoru this summer..Will check out Swadh desi and Jwala for sure:)