Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vietnamese Master Class By Shiro & GOURMET IT UP

Fine Dine restaurant reservations portal GourmetItup invited me for the bloggers table meet and master class by Chef Vu Dinh Hung from Vietnam at Shiro Bengaluru. GourmetItUp is a resource that enables the locals to gain access to new culinary experiences around the city at affordable prices. Shiro will be featuring classic and modern Vietnamese food on their menu for the next 10 Days people who are interested to savor the authentic flavors from Vietnam Please contact GourmetItup for a special food experience.

I'm always a huge fan of Shiro totally love their cocktails, Yummy dimsums, Sushi, Sashimi and teppanyaki. At Shiro the menu offers a wide range of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The Ambiance is spectacular at shiro indoor and outdoor seating its perfectly decorated creating a tranquil zen like atmosphere.

The event kick started with the master class energetic and Handsome Chef Hung showcased the very famous Vietnamese spring rolls/Goi Cuon which I totally love and prepare all the time at home. He Prepared these rolls with his own twist by adding a few extra ingredients like caramelized onions and a sauce made with coconut cream chillies and basil. All that we need is good quality rice paper. First dip the rice paper in luke warm water and place it on a cutting board start stacking with leafy veggies meats, fish or fried tofu along with thinly julienne carrots and so on then tightly snug and wrap into a roll and serve right away.

Goi Cuon
Fresh Summer Rolls these salad rolls are prepared with various meats, tofu and veggies wrapped in a rice paper its most loved dish in Vietnam. These rolls are healthy and very easy to make at home the chefs picks are with Crab and Prawns.

Ca Ri Ga
Chef Hungs Second Dish was the Ca ri Ga its a chicken curry prepared with torn basil leaves pepper corns lemon grass and sesame oil the chicken in marinated with all the aromats for an hour and then cooked to perfection along with cubed potatoes and coconut milk this dish was fragrant and very tasty along with jasmine rice.

The third and final dish at the master class was from Chef Jagdish from shiro demonstrated how to prepare Maki California Sushi its so simple and easy to prepare at home.

The Yummy sushi was served for starters and we totally enjoyed the event after all of that interaction with the chefs and team we were looking forward to taste the dishes.  We were served some bubbly chandon wine as a welcome drink the wine tasted so good with all the dishes served.

Goi Xoai(Mango Salad)

Finally all of us settled down a bit and the dinner service started. For starters we tasted the mango salad this dish is really famous street food in Vietnam the salad has thinly Julienne green mangoes finely chopped chilies mint and burnt garlic garnish with crunchy toasted ground nuts. This dish was refreshing and very tasty.

Next came the prawn roll and sushi the prawn roll was light not a heavy snack it tasted really good with the creamy dipping sauce and chilly and sprite based sauce. I don't have to talk more about the sushi Shiro always nails it. I totally enjoyed the starters.

For main course we had Tom Rim Tieu/Peppery Prawns, Ca Bung/Aubergines and tofu in Soy sauce served along with veg fried rice. we also had the chicken curry with jasmine rice.  My picks from the mains are the aubergine and tofu in soy sauce along with glass noodles, jasmine rice and chicken curry. It was so filling and I totally loved all the dishes.

Chocolate Fondant with Fig 

Finally for dessert we had the Chocolate fondant with Fig. This dessert was perfectly executed I've never tasted a fig centered fondant before the gooey chocolate and fig was perfect combo.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crispy Fried Sardines/ Poricha Crispy Mathi Meen

Mathi/sardines is dads favorite he loves the deep fried fish as a starter. Its not spicy as it seems its crunchy and very tasty, the curry leaves and garlic in this dish enhances the flavor and taste. This is a good side dish for biryani or rice sambar.

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1 Kilo Mathi/Sardines
4 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Whole Bulb Garlic (peeled)
2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
1 Tsp Pepper corns
1 Tsp Cumin
1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
5 Tbsp Vinegar
1/2 Cup Rice Flour
Salt as per taste
Oil for Frying

I will recommend you to get the fish cleaned from the fishmonger itself its easy to wash and clean at home later. If you do not have vinegar at home substitute with lime juice or tamarind pulp.

  • Wash the fish thoroughly. Place the washed fish in a colander and allow the moisture to drain.
  • In a mixerjar add the curry leaves, garlic, cumin and peppercorns pulse twice and then grind with a splash of water till a smooth paste.
  • In a mixing bowl add chilly powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, masala paste, Salt and vinegar mix well reserve for 2 minutes.
  • Take generous portion of this masala paste and apply on the fish place the marinated fish in the colander place the colander in a bowl if the fish is releasing any moisture the bowl will contain it and its easy to discard the collected moisture. the fish will fry to a crispy consistency.
  • Cover a cling film on the marinated fish and place in fridge for 2 hours.
  • Add salt to the rice flour mix well and spread on to a paper plate dip the marinated fish in rice flour.
  • Heat enough oil for frying shake of excess rice flour on the fish gently place the fish in oil and fry on medium flame turn the fish in 2 minute mark and fry once the spluttering stops the fish is done frying drain the excess oil and serve hot with lime wedges and sprinkle on some pepper powder...Enjoy...:)
Use paper plates to place your slotted spoon in the kitchen and serve the fish fry in paper plates or banana leaf  it will save you tones of time from cleaning...

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Prawn Ghee Roast (Eral Chukka Recipe)

Aha super prawn ghee roast excellent side dish for biryani, roti, plain white bread or just hot rasam rice. The aroma of ghee is so soothing and the fiery masala will tingle your taste-buds and salivate you for more...

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Prawn ghee roast is a wonderful and most loved dish in mangalore, in tamilnadu we call this as eral chukka, this dish is most definitely high in calorie at times we have to over look certain details to enjoy the best. This prawn chukka is a perfect side dish if your hosting a lunch or dinner party.

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1/2 Kilo Prawns (Shelled and deveined)
4 Kashmiri Chillies
5 Guntur Chillies
1 Tsp Pepper Corns
1/2 Cumin
1/4 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 Tsp Fenugreek seeds
1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
Tamarind Small Amla Size
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1/2 Cup Yogurt
1/2 Lime Juice
1 Whole bulb Garlic
Ghee as required
Salt as per taste.

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  1. Please follow this step one day ahead wash the kashmiri and guntur chillies soak the chillies in warm water for 6 to 8 hours drain the water and reserve the chillies.
  2. Clean the prawns wash and allow the excess moisture to drain using a colander. 
  3. Heat 1/4 Cup remove from flame add tamarind to the warm water allow to soak for 10 minutes once soaked squeeze the tamarind and extract the pulp.
  4. Peel the garlic wash and reserve the pods.
  5. Heat a small fry pan toast the pepper corns, fenugreek, mustard and cumin once the spices stops to splutter add to a coffee grinder and grind to a powder format add the garlic and soaked chillies with a splash of water and grind further to form a smooth paste.

  • First we need to marinate the prawns add the lime juice, yogurt, chilly powder, turmeric and a dash of salt to the prawns mix all the ingredients till well combined cover and allow the prawn to marinate for 10 minutes. 
  • Add 2 Tbsp Ghee to a pan place it on medium flame add the asafoetida once the asafoetida splutters a bit toss in the prawns stir and fry just for a minute.
  • Using a slotted spoon drain and reserve the prawns.
  • Add the masala paste to the marinate with is cooking in the pan stir and fry till ghee surfaces on top.
  • Transfer the prawns back to the masala toss and coat the prawn with masala adjust the salt add 2 to 3 tbsp of tamarind pulp mix and cook the prawns for 5 minutes.
  • If you want the masala paste dry allow the prawns to cook on high flame for and extra 2 minutes.
  • Add 2 more tbsp of ghee toss and fry and bit once the ghee surfaces on the pan transfer to a serving plate garnish with curry leaves lime wedges and onion slices...Serve hot...Enjoy...:)

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bread Halwa Recipe With #ASUS #ZenFone6

Bread Halwa is one of my favorite simple easy to prepare recipe. In this recipe we can use up all the stale leftover bread slices from fridge and create a wonderful dessert this way nothing goes waste. I'm very happy the way this recipe turned out the entire video and pics was shot using #ASUS #Zenfone6.

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1 Cup Milk
6 Slices Bread
6 to 10 Tbsp Sugar
1/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder
4 Tbsp Ghee and Oil Mixed
Nuts and Cherry for Garnish

  • Cut and remove the edges from the bread slices.
  • Mix 2 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of ghee in a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat a tawa or kadai add generous amount of oil and toast each slice of bread both sides till light brown in colour.
  • Add the toasted slices of bread to a bowl pour the milk over allow the bread to soak up all the milk.
  • Using a fork or spoon mix and break the soaked bread slices.
  • Place the kadai back on medium flame add little amount of oil mixture fry the nuts till light brown remove and reserve.
  • Add the bread to the kadai along with the sugar and remaining ghee keep stirring until moisture reduces and the halwa consistency is formed this will take only 5 minutes.
  • Add the cardamom and fried nuts to the halwa stir well remove from flame and serve hot....Enjoy...:)
Serve this halwa hot its very tasty. I did not fancy the cold version.

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ASUS ZenFone 6 utilizes Intel® Atom™ 2580 processors for best performance and power efficiency. Apps open quickly, games run smoothly and you can effortlessly browse JavaScript-heavy webpages - all without compromising on battery life.

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What I liked the most when using Zenfone 6 was the Gif and Smart remove application on photo options. The Gif captures pics with vivid colors and animation this is fun way to store lot of memories and its easy to share with friends and family. 

The smart remove options helps in correcting pics removes unwanted medium and helps us to create pics that we want to create in no time the easy to use application is one of my favorites. People who are not tech savvy or do not have time to use multiple software to create pro style pics Zenfone6 does all of that in one touch. 

Full Bloom
This pic was shot at Lalbagh Bengaluru. I used the smart remove options to remove unwanted weeds and few leaves in the background also adjusted the color as per my liking.


Buddha Pic was taken in a dark light setting the colors are so vivid few tweaks I could achive the light on Buddha's face as per my liking.
Save Water

Creating Gif pics is always fun  I experimented with gif in and around my home itself was totally surprised with the out come totally had fun experimenting...



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Friday, February 13, 2015

Lip Lock Menu @Cafe Coffee Day- Sahakarnagar Bengaluru

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I was one among few bloggers to taste the sinful delights @Cafe Coffee Day. The special Valentine Lip Lock Menu will incorporate the most indulgent items on the menu. Whether it is the decadent Sizzle Dazzle Brownie and Dark Passion, the sinfully rich Choc Hola and Choco Frappe, or the delicious Devils Own and Crunchy Frappe - these delights are sure to deliver that true moment of bliss and leave one’s lips asking for more!This will be available at all CCD cafes across the city from 6th Feb – 15th Feb, 2015.

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About Café Coffee Day:
Café Coffee Day is India's largest Cafe chain and operates through its subsidiary Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company Ltd. (ABCTCL), the first to start the ‘Cafe’ concept in India with its first café in Bangalore. Café Coffee Day’s menu ranges from signature hot and cold coffees to several international coffees, food, desserts and pastries. In addition, merchandise such as coffee powders, cookies, mugs, coffee filters, etc. are available at all coffee day cafés.

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Being a resident of sahakarnagar I'm really happy to have a coffee day right next-door. We always keep going there for cappuccino and Oreo shake. This time cafe coffee day Invited me to taste their Lip Lock new menu. The menu features wonderful dessert coffee shakes and more. What we ordered and totally fell in love was the Devils Own, Dazzle Brownie, Masala Chai Latte, Cappuccino, Smoked Chicken Sandwich, Chilly Toastizza, Chicken Roll and Sizzling Brownie. 

I along with my Dad headed to the cafe around 8 PM the ambience was quite and not many people surrounding us we practically had the entire place to ourselves. this branch closes early around 9 itself.  

Devils Own

Devils Own is a dessert Drink served in a tall tumbler the drink is layered with cafe coffee day special coffee ice cream brownie and almonds the crunchy almonds adds to the flavor and taste this drink is a complete meal on its own loved it.

Dazzle Brownie is again a dessert drink which is served in a tall tumbler the drink is prepared with vanilla ice cream cafe coffee day brownie cakes coffee and chocolate syrup this was totally yum the chunks of brownie taste so dam good I've had the drink before in many places but cafe coffee day nailed this drink .

Chai Latte

Dad being a huge chai fan he totally enjoyed the creamy masala chai the tea is spiced with ginger cinnamon cardamom and special chai blend once the chai is steeped cream is added and frothy chai is served hot.

I dont have to explain more about the cappuccino its everybody's favorite drink at cafe coffee day. after drinking a whole bunch of coffee our  meal order started. Smoked chicken sandwich is must try and we wanted second helping a well seasoned and spicy bun base is stuffed with BBQ shredded chicken and chopped veggies like lettuce onion and shredded carrots the base has a spread of mayo this was one of our favorites and we totally loved the flavor this is something we would want to try and order again.


Dad taste testing my coffee..:P

Smoked Chicken Sandwich..

Chilli Cheese Toastizza...

I've never tried rolls at coffee day before the Chicken roll was super its a lacha paratha layered with egg curried chicken and veggies the roll is bit pricy but worth a try.

Cheese toast is always my favorite at cafe coffee day a soft yet crunch bun base is loaded with cheese mustard and topped with bell pepper and chillies its them browlied in oven and served hot the gooey cheese is super tasty with cappuccino i always order this combo.

finally we were full but after we saw the sizzling brownie it was visually appealing and so dam tasty we totally enjoyed the visit at cafe coffee day.

Chicken Roll...

Sizzle Dazzle Brownie..

Thanks to cafe coffee day team for the invite and Noorain who was patient and served us with love.

Now you can also apply for points card and reserve those discount points on every visit..

Cafe Coffee Day
830, A Block, Damodaran Road, Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore
+91 7483373252

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Romantic Poolside Dining-Whitesmoke Barbeque @Fairfeild By Marriott Rajajinagar Bengaluru

Fairfeild By Marriott recently launched Rooftop Poolside Dining Restaurant called White Smoke Barbecue. Chef Ajeet has tastefully put togeather a menu which consists of Organic veggie salads, soups, cheese from across the globe and yummy grilled pizzas.

The Poolside dinning will surely be a romantic and calming experience they take only 50 bookings on every week end. The ambience is calming and so soothing we are in the heart of city yet cut off from the hustle and bustle. 

The Grills are loaded with aromatic woods to flavor the meats and veggies as per the order. what I really liked and appreciated was every dish served was not overly spiced or overly smoked the taste was well balanced. 

What I also like was the menu which was chalked over washed wood planks the grill menu is broken into 4 parts first we have the protein,  rubs,  sauces and accompaniments which will be as per the order.  for example if you choose a haloumi cheese for salad the waiter will suggest the rub or you can choose the rub along with accompaniments and it will be grilled garnished and served as per your requirement what a wonderful way to choose a dish as per your taste buds.

Chef Ajeet

Sauvignon Blanc

Tortilla Chips and Salsa...
We started with the chips and some wine as our conversations progressed chef amit invited us to the open kitchen and explained why the name white smoke barbecue and his sourced produce and so on after all of the interactive session and pointless conversations.  we headed back to our seats and started with seekhs... the air was filled with aromatic flavors this made me even more hungry...

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Gosht Gilafi Seekh Kabab
Finely Minced Meat was marinated with classic indian garam masala skewer grilled in hot tandoor ovens the meat was succulent and was perfectly spiced the ghee smeared over the meat added to the flavor and taste totally loved the mint chutney along with the seekhs..

Cycle Bread Basket...

Amuse Bouche
Goat cheese and feta were soften and well combined mildly spiced and set in molds just before serving toasted ragi(millet) was topped with a balsamic reduction and garnished with water cress and borage flower..the mousse was delicate loved the addition of ragi which is a staple and eaten by localities across Bengaluru on a daily basis.

Clam Soup..
I was expecting a clear soup but the chef amused me with the addition of rajma also know as red kidney beans which is again consumed across India the soup was super I only wished if it was a tad bit spicy. the sea food(clams, prawns and crab) were fresh was tossed with few herbs and grilled mildly the rajma beans were toasted on grills and then cooked to attain smoky flavors the innovation part was awesome and enjoyed the soup.

Halloumi Salad..
If you have a taste for salty cheese then go for this salad. Halloumi is a greek (cyprus) cheese this cheese is very similar to paneer it was grilled and tossed with dressing and organic veggies. I loved the cheese it only needed a bit of chilly and garlic to enhance the taste I totally loved the fresh salad and cheese.

Chicken in Grape and fennel seeds Compote
Chicken in grape and fennel seed compote served over a bed of asparagus and fluffy mash. the chicken was over cooked and the taste of this dish was lost it was suppose to be sweet tender filled with smoky flavors however it was not enjoyable as it was over cooked. normally when cooking chicken breast the meat is not juicy and tends to dry out fast on grills the timing is key to attain good flavors and taste.

Salmon Tikka..
Salmon tikka was super the flaky fish tasted yum with potato mash and some salad.  the tikka could have been bit spicy since the restaurant serves resident Expats the taste is balanced and tuned down as per the restaurants requirement... totally understandable this is my most favorite fusion dish...

Apple Martini
Apple martini was so refreshing after a wonderful meal relaxing cleansed my palette for dessert.

Red Raisin Pannacotta 
Red Rasin Pannacotta is a vanilla based creamy milk reduction perfectly set and garnish with glazed raisins...

Hats off to Chef Ajeet and team bringing back flavours and taste from local produce/ingredients and composing a wonderful menu is tough. Loved the creative side bit more tweaking here and there will surely refine few dishes. I totally enjoyed the company of my friends and food thank you so much for having me over @Fairfeild by marriott.

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White Smoke Barbeque
Fairfield by Marriott, 59th C Cross, 4th M Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore
Land Mark: Total Mall

Reservation Must:8049470020

It would cost 2000/- for 2 

Wifi available, Cash and Cards Accepted, Easy to locate

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