Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The Mumbai Food Festival

Hi Everyone,

Today's feedback I plan to share with you all is about The Mumbai Food Festival which was held in Mumbai from 9th to 11th May 2014. It was a twin expo with another Fashion Expo on the side.

The Venue was the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.

With much excitement and anticipation I visited the Festival and though I won the Prize at the cooking competition which was also held as part of the event, that exuberance was overridden by the lack of the variety and scale of culinary Indian and International dishes that were promised of the event.

Few of the stalls which showed promise were the
·         Samudri Kanya - Seafood specialty
·         Fruitilicious – handcrafted fruit bouquets 

Some other stalls covered kitchen equipments for demo and sale which I personally felt were overtly priced.

The Don Bosco culinary school of Kurla had a wide spread of savoury and sweet and baked goodies with some unique food items like the Chicken Donut! Contact details were of Ms. Rebello.

Overall, the Festival could possibly have been much more as I personally felt it had a great potential but lacked stronger commitment and participation from stakeholders of the food industry and fell short on good execution!

I however look forward to the next in the series with my fingers crossed, hoping for the best!

P.S: Sharing some pictures of my dish and the event.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

TheStarFoodies this week - our little ones!

Crispy chips with 3 yummy dips

For the chips
½ cup nachni flour(rich in calcium), ¼ cup wheat flour (protein, carbohydrate, fibre), ¼ cup corn flour ((protein, carbohydrate, fibre), pinch of salt, 1 tea-spoon cooking oil, fresh pepper powder, water to mix
Mix all the above ingredients to form smooth dough. Let it rest aside for 15 minutes.
Roll it into a chapati. Cut into 8 pieces and deep fry till crispy chip like formations.

For the dip:
Dip1: Strawberry surprise
Hang one bowl of curd overnight to form hung curd.
Take the hung curd and strawberry crush to it. Add a spoon of honey. If curd found to be a little stiff, add milk to make it flow.
Mix well and strain, if required for smooth consistency of strawberry dazzle. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Dip2: Potato and Cream
1 mashed potato, 2 spoon sour cream, 2 spoons cheese spread, 3 crushed peppercorns, and salt to taste.

Mix all the above ingredients and take it out of a blender to form a sooth mixture

Dip3: Hummus
1 cup kabuli chana-soaked over night, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed, plus more for garnish
Juice of 1 lemon
½ spoon chilli powder
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus more for garnish
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 spoon jeera powder
10 black pepper
1/4 cup water

Put in mixer and combine all the above ingredients. Keep cut coriander leaves to be used for garnish. Blend on low speed until smooth.
Remove in dip bowl and sprinkle cut coriander leaves, drizzle lightly with olive oil and serve.
            LOVE FOOD!

Monday, 18 November 2013

My encounter with the WALL!

My encounter with the WALL!
The WALL- as he is popularly known as is an absolute personification of humility, poise and talent!
Those 5 minutes in his presence and hearing his rapid fire Q&A responses, surely left me in high spirits -charged , motivated   – that’s what the celebrity personalities do I think, they INFLUENCE  YOU! And in whatever that you do, you will find yourself focused with a new renewed energy and zest!
Thought of sharing this with my dear friends hoping that you all also find your own motivation influenced by your ideals and personalities!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Restaurant like Crispy Fried Chicken at Home!

Fried Chicken
4 pieces of chicken with bone,
1 cup milk,
pepper powder to taste,
1 egg,
1 tablespoon meat masala powder,
1 teaspoon chat masala powder,
3 table spoon cooking oil,
2 slices of bread fried and powdered to form bread crumbs
Salt to taste.

·         Clean the chicken pieces with bone and marinate it with some salt and pepper powder. Keep aside for 15-20 mins.
·         In a deep cooking vessel, add milk and boil these chicken pieces in the boiling milk till perfectly cooked on slow flame.
·         Remove from flame and let it cool.
·         In the meanwhile, whisk the egg till light. Add some salt to taste and keep aside.
·         Fry bread till hard on a frying pan in some cooling oil and run into through the mixer till it turns into bread powder.
·         Once the chicken pieces are cooled, put some meat masala and chat masala powder on the pieces and dip them in the beaten egg mixture and roll with bread crumbs.
·         Fry till golden brown
·         Serve hot

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The winning recipe of TheStarFoodie contest this week by Dr. Rupali Jain- Aloo Phool Gobhi

The winning recipe of TheStarFoodie contest this week by Dr. Rupali Jain
Aloo Phool Gobhi
Main Course
Indian Veg

Serving: 2 portions
2 medium sized potatoes, peeled cut into cubes and deep fried
2-3 big florets of cauliflower broken into smaller florets and deep fried
2-3 tablespoon mustard oil
1/2 teaspoon cummin
2-3 bay leaves
1 tomato finely chopped
1 teaspoon cummin poweder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar tablespoon
Finely chopped fresh coriander
3 slit green chillies
2 teaspoons ghee
Salt to taste


Take a deep frying pan and fry the potatoes and cauliflower florets in mustard oil and remove to set aside.
Take a cooking pan and add ghee. Add jeera, bay leaves, corainder, cumin powder. Sprinkle some water and let it cook till the oil seperates.

Add the fried vegetables and mix well.

Add water, the chopped tomato, salt, sugar, chillies, garam masal powder and cook till done.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Best tasted with paranthas.
Enjoy and LOVE FOOD!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Restaurant Review: Shout "Sanman" anywhere in Alibag and you will never be lost!

"Sanman"restaurant in Alibaug, Maharashtra is truly a sea-food lovers paradise!

In my recent visit to the region, I truly loved 2 places and I recommend all my friends to definitely try these- one is off course Sanman and the other is a Pure-Veg restaurant called "Suruchi". Suruchi doesn't offer typical Malvani style cuisine ( but they also do serve off the menu dishes- which you could order typical to the region)but will taste very good to your palate and will be very light on your wallet. For that matter both these places are extremely light on your pocket. I thoroughly enjoyed  a big crab masala(Chimbori masala)@ just Rs. 160/- Would you believe it?!?! 

In Alibaug you end up asking anyone , for their guidance -on which is a good place to enjoy authentic Malvani food in the region and you will hear only one name- SANMAN!

And you will know why? Check some of the pictures below of what all I and my family could devour at two occassions at the restaurant and you will agree with me:-)

And yes the show stopper at one occassion did end up to be a fresh bowl of "aamras". Can you believe it! Fresh delicious mango pulp in November-It happens only in Alibaug!!!

3D-Flower theme-Wild Tiger Lily chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting "flower themed"cake covered with edible sugar art! The Racing car is only added as additional topping to appreciate this die hard racing fan:-)