There is a famous saying, “You are what you eat”. Logic dictates that this implies the effect of our food choices on our health, and rightly so. Healthy food might not ensure good health every time but it is definitely a better option than junk food. Personally though, I feel this line encompasses lot more than that. Playing with unexplored flavours, craving for new experiences and daring to be different reflect our adventurous side. A welcoming palate shows our acceptance of the unknown, doesn’t it? 🙂

The interesting tussle between traditional and fusion food has been going on for a long time. There is a certain section of people who scoff at innovation for its disregard to retaining traditional flavours. On the other hand, different cuisines and dishes that travel worldwide aren’t as palatable to everyone in their original form. We’re known to Indianise every dish that crosses our border. I’m not sure if this is wrong, since familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt.

I love cooking and sampling new dishes and sharing my views about them. This exercise is no less than shooting arrows in the dark though. While venturing into unknown waters one can only hope to stay afloat when sometimes the dare is enough to drown you. However, luckily, I’ve been fortunate to experience more pleasure than pain in most of my endeavours.

(Please do refer the creative to get a look at the dish I’m talking about!)

Ghotala dosa

I had this dosa at the famous Manek Chowk market in Ahmedabad on my recent visit. This place is a haven for foodies and serves the most lip-smacking food you can hope for. The process of making ghotala dosa is truly interesting to watch. Vegetables and spices along with crazy helpings of cheese and butter are spread and cooked on the dosa. They’re mashed together till they form a thick bhaji-like gravy and then served separately. Forget your diet and just gobble it all up, you wont regret! 🙂

Rainbow pastry

Chocolate is love! I was, am and will always be partial to it, no matter what. My kids, although chocolate lovers, aren’t as committed to this relationship as me. Once on our trip to the mall they set their hearts on this colourful rainbow pastry and sweetly insisted me to try it too. How could I refuse my darlings, right? To be honest, I could taste the different flavours with every bite and absolutely loved it. It is quite pretty to look at too. 🙂

Pan Masala ice-cream

I accept that I wasn’t sure about this at all. Badshah at Crawford Market is my favourite place to hangout every time I go shopping in the area. This place has the best faloodas in the city and has an exhaustive menu. Pan masala ice-cream sounded different from my usual picks and I decided to go for it. I quite enjoyed the occasional fennel seeds caught in my teeth and the refreshing mukhwaas taste. My verdict, anything tastes good with ice-cream! 🙂

Sev bhaji and vagharela dahi

We had this Kathiyawadi food on our trip to Saputara last year. The cook there suggested us to have bajra ni rotli with sev bhaji and vagharela dahi. Vagharela dahi is nothing but plain dahi with a spicy tadka on top. Believe me when I say that these two dishes scraped the insides of my mouth, they were so spicy! Yet, I kept eating them with a prayer in my heart and tears in my eyes. They were so unbelievably yum! I had to down one full plate of jalebi after that to feel my tongue again. 😀 😀

These were some xceptional flavours the foodie in me enjoyed to experience. Do you love trying out new dishes too? Were there any hits or misses? Share with me please.

This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z and #AtoZChallenge for April 2019

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6 thoughts on “X is for Xceptional Flavours #BlogchatterA2Z

  1. I remember eating rainbow pastry in a not so famous old Kolkata bakery. I was floored by the taste. Unfortunately, the bakery shut down few months after my last visit. Your post reminded me of a long forgotten memory..

  2. Lovely flavours brought together in your vintage style! <3
    I will certainly have the rainbow pastry soon – it has been ages and I love how divine it can taste.

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