May 16, 2012   Comments (1)


MMMM. Everything sounds so appetizing. I don’t know what to pick. What would you prefer? ๐Ÿ™‚



May 9, 2012   Comments (0)

Crrunchy AND frrunchy, too!? What do you say this tagline was thought up by a Punjabi? (probably the “chachaji” for whom the brand is named). ๐Ÿ˜€



February 13, 2012   Comments (3)

churan Mmmm. ๐Ÿ˜€ all kinds of ‘digestives’ on display at the Prabhadevi Fair. I’m reminded how someone I know used to use the hing goli, which really is a farty, tarty affair as penalty points during gaming. They would make their colleagues eat one if he accidentally killed someone on his own team.
Anyway, besides the usual suspects of mango, anardana (pomegranate), jeera, hing, ginger, awla, saunf, there’s also local flavor with kokum goli. Yummy!

P.s. I still do miss cinnamon hearts… that blossom in grocery stores across America at this time of year ;D


Gud Kabab

January 30, 2012   Comments (1)

kababInteresting marketing, no? This made me laugh.
It’s just chikki (peanut brittle) shaped into small laddoo balls but they’re connected to each other in clusters of 4 or 5.
Voila! Kababs!

P.s. these came from Delhi ๐Ÿ™‚


mango, mangone

August 30, 2011   Comments (0)

I’m sad to bid farewell to my favorite fruit for another year. This year seemed less full of mango mania but I got aam-ras a few times and sampled all the varieties. I missed 3 weeks of rain and mangoes this summer but … oh well. Got this giant chaunsa on their way out. I have large hands and this one was … ginormous! And a luscious mouthful from every side. Farewell mangoes … until next year then!
And thank god for custard apples ๐Ÿ™‚


the zing thing

May 25, 2011   Comments (1)

beenceno, not the band, but the drink! While it’s not available anywhere except in our childhood memories, here’s a restaurant in Matunga that hasn’t updated its board in years. Perhaps this should have been a tip off about the quality. There wasn’t much attention to details. We had really unhappy utthapams. But a Gold Spot would really have hit the sweet spot … Sigh. I remember drinking it more because there were Jungle Book characters under the bottle cap but every memory of it is pleasant. As they said, “The taste goes to your smile.”


a bouquet

May 11, 2011   Comments (1)

paan… of paan.

Really. All that loveliness with rose petals and other things like “chuawara” that I don’t know how to translate (are they dates?) beautifully laid out in a 2-foot-radius! Yes, we’re talking 4-feet of thaal with only sweet-paans.
The paan-wala said his meetha paans don’t get left over – they’re all “buy and sale” the same evening. (Colaba, Mumbai)


yeah jaam, tumhare naam!

April 1, 2011   Comments (0)

beencePost 3 of 3 from a Fort Kochi menu ๐Ÿ˜€
Those are some great Continentar options… I’m pretty partial to becked things myself, how about you?



March 30, 2011   Comments (4)

ombletPost 2 of 3 from Salt’n’Pepper cafe in Fort Kochi. The food was better than the spelling.
Porched eggs are my favorite, waise. And they have so many plane options … ๐Ÿ˜€


what’s a fish plant?

March 28, 2011   Comments (4)

sislersSo we all know that Malyalees get a raw deal when it comes to their agzent. I mean accent ๐Ÿ˜‰ So at the risk of perpetuating that, I have to share these. this is the first of 3 from Fort Kochi. I don’t think you need more from me, I’ll exit gracefully and leave you to study the menu…

(p.s. yes, Chopsy is a European Special)

(how do you like your sisler? well done? raw?)

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