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Jaffer Bhai's Delhi Darbar: Mutton Roast with Tandoori Roti
Jaffer Bhai's Delhi Darbar is a take-away joint. The boss, Jaffer Bhai owns a chain of takeaways. It is a non-vegetarian takeaway and it serves all types of food. Its menu is impressive and usually you will not know what to order. A well-known dish, according to its brochure is the signature mutton briyani.
We bought this on the way to Aadil's place. The next dish as well. Their Mughlai dishes, as well as desserts are really delicious.
Favorite Dish: Mutton Roast - Rs. 70
Tandoori Roti - Rs. 10
Mutton Roast :
A soup-base curry dish with lots of chuncky and juicy mutton. Best eaten with Indian bread. A bit saltish if you eat it on its own.
Tandoori Roti :
A thick Indian bread served with curries. Usually eaten in the North. The roti is baked in the tandoor oven.
Shivasagar Bar & Restaurant: Butter Garlic Naan
The naan is a flatbread made of wheat flour/yeast. Naan originates from North India but it is widely eaten in the country. The naan in India is baked in a tandoor oven by sticking the dough on to the oven wall. Well, maybe that explains the tastiness of the naan.
Although it is just a plain bread, I like it very much. Even without any chutney, dhal or curries. There are many variations to the naan. In this picture, it is the butter garlic naan which obviously, butter and garlic are added to it.
Naan usually goes with cooked dishes like some "gobi" dishes.
Favorite Dish: I paid Rs. 40 for this butter garlic bread. Expensive here at this restaurant.
Common Food: Onion Uttapam
Onion Uttapam is made of the same batter as the plain dosa. Add the onions and other stuffs like carrot bits, tomatoes, green chillis into the batter. The uttapam is thicker than the dosa and it tastes good. Probably due to the fragance of the onion when it's cooked/fried. Most eat it with coconut chutney and sambar. I like it plain though.
It was yummy and easily found everywhere.
Common Food: Paan
Bee asked Umashanker, "How does the Paan taste like?"
Umashankar replied, "Paan in your pic is 'sweet paan' with perumed bettle nuts,sweet dates,gulukand etc, like by ladies,children and sober people.Yes i eat paan with tobbacco. It's not sweet but intoxicating and addictive too."
Favorite Dish: Anyway, you will see Paan stalls everywhere in India, not just Mumbai. Most Indians have tasted Paan, I guess, as there are so many people selling them. I dare not try it as the bloody red of the bettle nuts kinda puts me off.
Chowpatty Beach: Bhelpuri - Type 1
Bhelpuri is a snack you must try when you are in Mumbai. Get to Chowpatty Beach and try the variety of bhelpuris there and it goes well with the beach.
Found some description of bhelpuri from the net and here goes :
"Puffed rice forms the base of the bhel. To this finely cut tomatoes, onions and chillies are added. To this some chutneys are added to give it a sweet or spicy flavour. Sev, a chick-pea based topping is sprinkled and garnished with coriander leaves. It is then served with toasted puris, (a wheat based bread, deep fried). The result is a sour/pungent/sweet taste. It is customary to wash down the bhelpuri with a serving of panipuri, a chaat."
Favorite Dish: I will be describing the 3 types of bhelpuri I tried at Chowpatty Beach. It a must-eat at Chowpatty.
The one you see in this picture is my favourite. I think this is known as panipuri. This chaat didn't come in with "complete" round shells. In fact, each of the shell wss chipped off at the top and they are filled with some fillings of chickpeas. And to complete the dish, yogurt was poured onto the "stuffed" shells. Well, I am feeling really hungry will I recall how it tasted like.
Jaffer Bhai's Dehli Darbar: Chicken Tikka with Naan
This combination of Chicken Tikka and Naan was Aadil's supper.
Chicken Tikka :
This dish is also from the tandoor oven. Looks a bit dry but do not be deceived by its looks as I saw that "yummy" look on Aadil's face when he was having that. Must be good.
This is also an Indian bread. Naan is a flat bread and goes well with curry dishes as well. It is made of white flour and baked in a tandoor (clay) oven as well. Wrap the chicken tikka with the naan and open your mouth real wide. Eat it while it's hot, else, it will get chewy.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Tikka - Rs. 80
Naan - Rs. 10
Chowpatty Beach: Kulfi - Indian Ice Cream
Kulfi is Indian home-made ice-cream. I first tasted them at Chowpatty Beach too. There is a long list of different flavours you can pick from and the one I ate as shown in the first picture is the plain original kulfi topped with a sauce which tasted a liitle like condensed milk. It is known as malai kulfi. What is so special about kulfi is that it is very creamy and it is "spicy", meaning, cardomon, a type of spice is one of the ingredients.
I read that the kulfi went to India from Persia.
Absolutely yummy. Must try.
Local Restaurant: Omelette with Toasts - South Indian Style
Got tired of Indian food? This is a western dish. Yes, omelette with toasts. There is nothing special with the omelette but do take note of the sauce. You will be served two types of sauce. Tomato and chilli. Tomato sauce is red and the chilli, green. The green chilli sauce looks cool to me. Perhaps they use green chillis instead of the red ones for the sauce.
Tea Centre: Snacks with Tea
In Mumbai, you can get good tea with snacks in a nice air-conditioned environment at the Tea Centre in Churchgate area. There is even live music by the blind pianist. The food there is towards the more high-end one.
Favorite Dish: The Tea Centre serves all types of Indian tea and you will be spoilt of choices. There is also a long list of snacks for you to choose from. I tried their samosa and apple pie.
Majestic: Masala Dosa
One of my favourite foods during my trip. Although I do eat dosa (known as "toh-say" in my country) here in Malaysia / Singapore, I still find that it cannot be compared to the original masala dosa I get in India. Very crispy. Masala dosa is basically a South Indian "tiffin". I did not have the chance to peep into the kitchen but I guess the flat non-stick pan which the restaurant used must be huge as the masala dosa is indeed humongous.
Masala dosa is usually eaten with onion and coconut chutney. Again, I like it plain.
Shivsagar Bar & Restaurant: Pau / Masala Pav
This was what Aadil had and I recently asked him what was that and this was his reply.
"It is Masala Pav (Bread fried in butter with the masala that is mixed chopped
vegetables like tomato, cucumbers, onions and other green vegetables and filled
inside the bun like bread). Hope this description helps you remember the taste
Looks yummy, right?
Favorite Dish: Rs. 30
Shivsagar Bar & Restaurant: Mysore Dosa / Rava Masala
The Mysore Masala Dosa is a variation of the masala dosa. Like the name suggests, Mysore masala dosa originated from Mysore, the maharaja town in South India. Somewhat different from masala dosa, the Mysore masala dosa is wrapped with a filling of potatoes, onions and beans. Delicious.
Again, eaten with chutneys.
Favorite Dish: It cost me Rs. 40 at this restaurant. As this place is in town area and it is pretty much like a nicer restaurant, the charges are more expensive. You may be able to get it at half the price at normal places.
Common Food: Idli
Idli is a "tiffin". As in, Idli is eaten any time of the day but normally in the morning as breakfast. It is made of rice and lentils. Sold in every corner of South India. It is eaten with sauce (chutney or the sambar) on it. You can eat it plain as well. Sometimes, you can see them making idlis at the street stalls. And well, of course you can have the piping hot steamed idlis after that.
Gateway of India Area: Cucumber Snack
Cucumber has a "cooling" effect on our bodies should we consume it. I like to eat cucumber and when I saw the hawker selling them, I quickly went forward to buy one half of a cucumber.
It was sprinkled with chilli powder/salt mix it was nice.
Gateway of India Area: Ice-Cream
Need a treat for yourself after exploring the Elephanta Caves under the hot weather? Ice-cream sounds good? Well, there are ice-cream sellers at the Gateway of India area. Buy one to have a licking good time.
I did not try it though. Duh! I saw many people eating.
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