I have a love-hate relationship with food. Confused? Let me clarify. I love how food satiates my soul but hate how a few (or a dozen) extra servings instantly show up on my waist. 🙁 😛
I’m a die-hard foodie and love to cook as well as eat out. I enjoy replicating a dish I had somewhere and my trials and errors mostly turn out great. My palate loves to be surprised and explore new flavours. Even as a vegetarian I’m amazed at the variety that can be created with only a few tweaks!
My phone’s gallery is always loaded with food pictures, sometimes for the beautiful plating and sometimes for the memory. I’m sharing some of my culinary discoveries with you today, few of them perfect for my diet plan and some quite indulgent. Hope you enjoy them too. 🙂
Paneer Jalandhar Kabab
This Punjabi restaurant was long on our wishlist. Paneer rules the vegetarian starters menu and we ordered this dish after recommendation from the manager. The plating was innovative with paneer pieces served in kullads. The dahi chutney that’s common in all Punjabi restaurants goes very well with them. Loved the spicy taste too.
I like to pick tandoor or grilled starters for their distinct taste. The name sounded interesting and it was one of the specials of the day. Paneer and dry fruits mixture was stuffed inside tender potatoes. Sweet stuffing, charred potatoes and mint chutney, it was a riot of flavours in my mouth. May be just a slight deviation from paneer, but a good one indeed!
This is Ankur’s favourite dish. The overloaded cheese rings warning bells in my head but I let go once in a while. The sauce on the dosa base gives it a wonderful taste. This can also be called cheese pizza because the chutneys and sambar are almost redundant with it. One serving is enough to stuff you for hours as it is quite filling.
I always prefer homemade lassi topped with generous cream and churned with hand. This place though ranks high on my list of lassi must-haves after Ankur introduced me to it few years ago. Mango lassi loaded with dry fruits and cream is one of the best ones there. Your taste buds will crave for more after one but your tummy is sure to beg for a breather.
I’m a tea lover and my mornings always begin with a cup of piping hot ginger or masala tea. I could never imagine that this tea could have a fascinating tandoori transformation. Tea is poured into a very hot kullad kept in the tandoor and then allowed to boil in a container for a while. This imparts it a burnt taste which is quite good. Typically bun maska or bun jam is served with it.
That’s my list for you! Of course there are lot more food items to share if I share my tryst with international cuisines. However, I’ve kept it all Indian and closer home in this post. 🙂
If food was a religion I would be a fanatic. I enjoy the process of picking up vegetables and cooking to serving my labour of love with flourish. Food bonds families and people and goes beyond boundaries. Good food not just nourishes the body but the soul too, doesn’t it? 🙂