Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Food and Wine Pairing @Banjara Melting Pot Restaurant - Cunningham Road Bengaluru


Banjara melthing pot offers a distinct fine dining experience, Guests can look forward to a wide range of appetizing Pan Asian Cuisine at Banjara melting pot, they specialize in coastal karnataka (mangalorean cusinie) from ghee roast to neer dosas, fish and chicken gassi tasted authentic, and were freshly prepared from the well seasoned kitchen to our plate. 

A well stocked Bar with cosy, distinctive woods and chic rustic detailing, it's sublimely staging of a relaxed atmosphere. Restaurant Timings: 11.30am to 3.30pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Banjara melting pot is located amidst the busy Business Hub of Cunningham road, Bengaluru.


Chef Chittaranjan Mahato  has many years of experience in continental, and Asian cuisine. Here at Banjara melting pot, I keep updating and adding new dishes, on the buffet everyday the lunch buffets are priced reasonably at 475/- from Monday to Friday and 575/- on Saturday and Sunday our corporate guests come back again, and again. The sumptuous buffets has wide range of starters and mains. we always have guests order for chicken lalwari, to prawn ghee roast, these rustic yet authentic recipes are prepared with atmost care and precision, our guests love the freshly prepared dimsums, soups and exotic oriental dishes, on the menu. we prepare all the dishes with love and care our guests always appreciate our efforts and keep coming back to savor more. 

Here at Banjara melting pot, we have a well equipped kitchen and well trained service staff, and are always ready to cater as per the needs of guests. I'm always prepped and ready for large gathering's and corporate lunch meetings. we offer the best of cocktails and mocktails and have a well stocked bar. The wine and food paring is one of a kind gastronomical experience. Banjara melting pot has always been a foodie mecca, and we are looking forward to serve and keep serving the best.


Mr.Gaurav Shetty & Mr.Dhananjay resulted in the birth of Banjara Melting Pot. Banjara Melting Pot is the fusion of two cities Mumbai and Bengaluru. The thought process was to cater as per guests requirement, and we had the best to offer from Pan-aromatic Asian menu, which has now become an essential ingredient in all sections of the culinary world,  traditional Indian, to the exotic Thai , and the mystic Oriental dishes.  To top it all the best of Coastal Cuisine in line with the authenticity, and nutrition of regional cooking are the specialties that are offered at Banjara Melting Pot Restaurant.

At Banjara Melting Pot, we choose between an elaborate multi-cuisine fare paired with international wine and the best of Single Malts. You can use the ipad menu to Browse, touch and select your right selection till the exact spice, and flavor as per your choice. Our services matches nothing less than a five star grade facility in an exclusive ambiance.

MRG Hospitality & Infrastructures Pvt Ltd is looking forward to upscale the dining experience of every restaurant under MRG Banner. Each restaurant has carved out a niche for itself with its line of mouth watering delicacies, whether it be coastal cuisine from ‘Sana-di-ge’ to Kabab studio, Banjara Melting pot to Kudla, and Legacy of Punjab to Aviator the lounge bar. The consistent quality of dishes they serve, have become household names of MRG Group. Its not just fine dining restaurants and hotels, to add a feather on MRG's cap they are spread across educational institutions, infrastructure companies, etc.

MRG GROUP dates its origin to 1993, and has had over a decade and a half of experience in the hospitality and real estate category. A team of experienced professionals have successfully managed the organization creating profitable business ventures and brands in the process. A chain of some of the best fine dining restaurants in India with brands that have become synonymous with food that satiates the connoisseur’s palate.

Goldfinch is recognized as one of the finest boutique, and business hotel chains in India, with its elegant, contemporary and uniquely themed style of hotels that stand out for their understated luxury and sophisticated interiors. 


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The online iPad Menu...

Spiced Guava

we totally enjoyed the go goa mocktail  had a touch of heat and the salt rimmed gave the drink an extra punch the best welcome drink.

Cocktails, Mojito and Martini...

Right after the welcome drink our table was set and we were served a range of refreshing cocktails these cocktails cleansed our taste pallet  for the starters...

The Melting Alaska 

Not to forget melting alaska is non alcoholic drink served to kids and they totally enjoy the shaved ice...

Cherry Crush...
I totally enjoyed the cherry crush muddled with vodka and sparkling water it was so refreshing...

FRATELLI WINES

Fratelli is a premium Indian wine brand that has been steadily gaining recognition for its quality and setting new benchmarks for Indian wines worldwide. The collaboration of wine and food will bring togeather many foodies and expats at Banjara melting pot.

FRATELLI CLASSIC CHENIN

Is a classic light body, thin alchohol rounded and clean finish white wine. Normally paired with seafood, kababs and tandoori dishes...

Paneer Ke Shikanje

Cottage Cheese stuffed with green chutney marinated in chatpata tandoori masala with grilled with tomato and green pepper cubes over charcoal.
Paneer Ke Shikanje tasted absolutely yummy with green mint chutney the spicy filling made me salivate for more.

Green Mint and Yogurt Chutney, Sweet Dates and Tomato Chutney, Onion Tomato and Tamarind Chutney

The chutney or dipping sauce went very well with all our starters the chutney was really fresh and tangy tasted yum with all the grills...

Chilly Lime Basa

Fish marinated in special heavy cream and hung yogurt marinate which has herbs, lime and crushed black peppercorn and grilled in Tandoor.

The fish was absolutely buttery and melt in the mouth moment totally enjoyed the fish with tomato and date chutney...

Chilly Basil Mushroom

Button mushroom tossed with Burnt chilli sauce, Basil and flavoured with chilli garlic. the crispy mushrooms tasted yum with chips and onion chutney this mushroom dish will be perfect for noodles and fried rice it was so tasty...

Murgh Lalwari Kabab

Murgh Lalwari Kabab Chicken stuffed with spinach, cheese and garlic marinated in special red tandoori masala and grilled on coals was literally melting in the mouth and tasted yum as dad said the chicken kicked my taste buds...no pun intended... Murgh Lalwari hummm yumm I have no words...

Prawns Ghee Roast

King Prawns marinated in  a special mangalorean masala cooked with Desi Ghee is a winner and has authentic taste and flavors. I can totally eat this prawn ghee roast with biryani or just white rice and rasam its just such a comforting yet filling dish the flavours from ghee made me really hungry...and crave for rasam rice

FRATELLI CHARDONNAY

Fratelli chardonnay is paired with rich Indian dishes, BBQ meats and salads...

Gobi Ke Shikanje

Marinated with cream and spices and then grilled on coals for once cauliflower tasted absolutely good it had right blend of spices the onion chutney with this cauliflower tasted exquisite...

Chicken Sukka

Chicken sukka is an authentic mangalorean dish boneless chicken pieces tossed in a spicy coconut masala and ghee which is normally served with rotti, pulao or neer dosa.

Tandoori Butter Naan and Roti

FRATELLI SANGIOVESE AND CARBERNET SAUVIGNON

These red wines have a acid punch and have a long and crisp finish is normally paired with curries, red meats and protein rich food...
Main Course...Starts...
Butter Chicken with Malabar Paratha.
Is everybody's favorite and we enjoyed every bit...

Fish Gassi.

Fragrant Rice

Basmati rice cooked to perfection and tossed in ghee along with a cumin, cinnamon and pepper spice blend was perfect for the fish and chicken gassi.

Chicken Gassi

Chicken and fish cooked in a typical Mangalorean manner with a base of coconut and tamarind and Chef's special spices and masala are served with Neer Dosa, Fragrant rice and other Indian Breads..

Phalguni Sabzi

Mixed Vegetables and fresh methi leaves cooked in a light coriander sauce and garnished with roasted garlic and cream tasted real good with neer dosa and butter naan.


When at Banjara Melting Pot dont forget to taste the specially made pickles the sweet mango and date pickle was yum with the fish gassi and chilly pickle tasted yum with the chicken gassi the lime pickle tasted good with phalguni sabzi.

Champagne Cocktail

we were offered champagne cocktail to cleanse our pallet before the desserts we truly enjoyed this drink it had champagne, apple juice and lychee juice.

Cheese Cake.

Apple Custard Tart.

Tiramisu.

Chocolate Kulfi.

 finally not to forget the Bartenders Special Mocktail which had nannari syrup mint and lime juice...


It was truly an amazing experience. I totally enjoyed the food and company, It was the original Indian affair that but a smile on my face. I would love to dine here again with my loved ones. Do visit Banjara melting pot for an absolute cosy and  relaxed atmosphere.

My Score Card:
Ambience: 4.5
Service: 5
Food: 5

Banjara Melting Pot CUNNINGHAM ROAD
PHONE:080 49653187 ·Reservation recommended
ADDRESS: G 117-118, Prestige Centre Point, Cunningham Road, Bangalore
To Follow Banjara Melting Pot on Facebook Visit: www.facebook.com/banjarameltingpot

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Restaurant Style- Channa Bhatura (Chole Bhature)

Once you start eating Indian street food it just grows on you yup its so addictive not so healthy yet comforting and filling. There is this place in Bangalore one of the busiest lanes in majestic area where a jain style food joint which sells absolutely best channa and bhatura when ever I'm in the area always make a point to eat there some day will be posting about this shop and dishes they serves...

Watch my video for channa masala recipe...


Restaurant style Channa Bhatura??? To see a secret ingredient in this gravy recipe watch my video...

Ingredients:
1 Cup Chickpeas
3 Onions 
2 Tomatoes 
1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Coriander powder
1/2 +1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
2 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1/2 Tsp Kasoori Methi
2 Tbsp Ghee
1/2 Tsp Hing(Asafoetida)
2 Tbsp Oil
Salt as per tasted

Prep Up:
  1. Wash the chickpeas thoroughly fill a bowl with water add the chickpeas cover and allow to soak over night. this step speeds up the cooking process
  2. Once the chicken peas are done soaking it should have doubled in size drain excess water add the peas to a pressure cooker add 2 cups water and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and asafoetida place the lid and whistle and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles or until the peas a tender and cooked.
  3. In a pressure cooker add tomatoes and onion with 1 cup water and pressure cook for 3 whistles once the onion and tomato is cooked thoroughly add to a mixer jar and blend to a smooth puree reserve.
Method:
  • Heat a handi or wok on medium flame add ghee and oil once the oil is hot add cumin allow to splutter a bit add ginger and garlic paste and fry.
  • Add the dry ingredients chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala and turmeric powder fry a bit once the spices foam up add the prepared tomato puree and fry cover and allow the oil to surface.
  • Add the cooked chickpeas to the masala add water if needed and add salt stir cover.
  • Once the oil surfaces and the masala is cooked add 1/2 tsp of sweet condensed milk stir and cover for a minute.
  • Add freshly chopped mint and coriander  and serve with lime wedges.



All the prep work can be done one day a head of time as this recipe is time consuming if your done with prep work you can finish the bhatura in no time and serve for birthday or anniversary parties its such an affordable and easy meal every body will appreciate your efforts...

Watch my video for bhatura recipe...

Prepare the bhatura dough one day a head of time and store in fridge this way the dough gets enough time to rest and your work is cut short follow the steps as given. this is not your regular poori recipe the ingredients given here is only for bhatura and can serve upto 5 people.

Ingredients:
4 Cups Maida/all purpose flour
4 Tbsp Yogurt
1 Tbsp Fine Semolina
1 Tbsp Salt
4 Tbsp Oil + Oil for Frying


Method:

  • Sift the maida atleast 4 to 5 times this way the flour is nice and lite. Add the flour to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the semolina and salt to the flour and mix well.
  • Add the yogurt and 2 tbsp oil mix well now use your hand and sprinkle little water at a time and start kneading the dough to a semi tight consistency add 2 tbsp of oil and start to knead the dough for atleast 10 to 15 minutes this way the dough will form gluten and will puff up while frying.
  • Cover the dough and allow to rest on counter top for an hour if your preparing this next day store it in a airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Take fairly large size dough balls dust in flour and roll into large roti using any lid or cutter cut into equal size poori.
  • Heat oil in a wok on medium flame once the oil smokes a bit gently slide the prepared poori in the oil and start frying it should puff up and wont soak much oil once its fried for a minute on one side flip and fry on the other side for a minute drain the excess oil and serve hot...enjoy..:)


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review- TTK Healthcare's Good Home Vegetable and Fruit Wash


TTK has always been a part of every house hold across India. From the time I took my baby steps on this earth ttk has been my good friend. TTK as a brand has been serving us for decades with best of products from pressure cookers to personal care products. ttk's groups good home is a seven year old brand their products includes from scrubbers to air fresheners, room fresheners, odour removers and drain cleaners. Recently Good Home launched the veggie wash which is most needed in today's living standards.


India is world's second largest populated country as per the stats 1,236,344,631 living in this country. Just imagine the amount of cultivation our farmers have to plan for our daily meals. the demand for fresh  fruits and veggies are making our farmers grow the needed produce in a rapid way cut short methods and over spraying of fertilizers and chemicals on veggies are common practice to achive required targets. my question is How safe is our health eating Healthy veggies??? Are they really healthy veggies.  I am also caught up with organic way of eating which is know for cultivating veggies and fruits without pesticides but then even the organic veggies have some sort of herbal spray to keep the pests away..is this safe..



Once there is human contact with the veggies while picking the contamination starts after the produce is picked its sprayed again with chemicals before packaging and sent to the distributor and from the distribution center the produce reaches at the grocery store/ super market imagine the amount of contamination during the travel once at the super market they spray the veggies again and also coat the fruits with wax this is how 90% of the veggies and fruits at super market look fresh and plumpy this in a way attracts many consumers. Vegetables and fruits undergo a lot of contamination during this period by the end of the day we as the consumer have to suffer from adverse health issues. sadly only 60% of people who are aware of  the system take good care to clean the veggies and fruits.

In my family we follow simple steps to wash the veggies either using salt water or vinegar at times mom would also use turmeric to wash veggies as turmeric is a natural disinfectant. In countries like USA ect they use veggie wash on a regular basis they prefer to deep clean the veggies before use  this trend is slowly but surely picking up in India.


What does the Good Home Vegetable and Fruit wash Contain?
Good Home Vegetable and Fruit Wash, which contains natural tulsi extracts and chlorohexidine gluconate is 95% more effective than washing vegetables and fruits with normal water.

How to use?
Just by adding 10 ml of the Vegetable and Fruit Wash solution to 1 liter of water, soak for three minutes and rinse with fresh potable water. The vegetables and fruits are clean and safe to cook and consume.

What is the cost?
Priced at Rs 100 for a 500ml pack, the product is available in all leading super markets, grocers, general merchants and specialty vegetable and fruit outlets and  is also available in Amazon.

This is how I started using the veggie wash solution and followed the simple and easy directions 
took enough water in a large bowl added 10ml of the solution and added my veggies and fruits to the solution. allowed my veggies to rest in the solution for 3 minutes
After 3 minutes i took the vegetables out from the water there was obsessively a lot of dirt at the bottom and had to rinse them again in running water seriously I have not seen carrots tomato and capsicum look so clean it was squeaky clean.

Then my attempt was to wash the apples and chalky looking grapes so I followed the same process was not sure if the wax on the apples melted the grapes looked bit okay to me was not overly satisfied with the wash on fruits.

What do I feel about the product?
I would have preferred the packaging to be in a transparent spray bottle it would have been easy to spray the veggies with the wash and then rinse thoroughly I would also like the wax coated on some fruits and veggies to melt they should look into this aspect. if it was priced at 80 rupees per bottle it would have been super.

However one must note there is no harmful chemicals in the product it has done its best to wash the veggies and fruits over all I am satisfied with the results at least there is one company which is initiating and trying to bring forward a best product for its consumers. we all have to start some where.

Thanks to PR company for introducing to me to a wonderful and most useful product.

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