Monday, December 21, 2020


Ridge gourd chutney (Pachadi in Telugu)


2tsp dry roasted sesame seeds 

1 tsp urad dal ( black gram )

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp chana dal ( Bengal gram)

1/2 tsp mustard seeds 

1tsp  coriander seeds

1 ridge gourd 

Small gooseberry size tamarind 

Green chili 2-3

2-3 red chili 

A hand full of curry leaves 

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tomato ( optional)

For tempering

1tsp oil

Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

Urad dal 1 tsp

fenugreek seeds 1 tsp

Asafoetida a pinch


Wash the ridge gourd and cut into pieces along with the skin.

In a pan add oil and add the dals- urad, chana, mustard,  cumin, coriander seeds, and roast. Once they change color to slightly golden, add red n green chili and curry leaves. Roast till dals are golden and transfer from the pan to the mixer. In the same pan add 1 tsp oil and add the ridge gourd and turmeric and cook till soft. Let it cool. Add the ridge gourd, roasted sesame, tamarind, salt and grind coarsely. Not into a fine paste. You can add a tomato while cooking the ridge gourd and cook it till soft and grind for a tangy taste. 

In a pan heat oil for tempering, splutter the mustard seeds. Add urad dal, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, red chili flakes and add this to the chutney and relish with warm rice.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Wahrabia food festival at Barbeque Nation!

Magic lamps with genies and illusionists with cards. Exotica reaches new heights when you have the perfect barbeque night. Presenting 'The Wahrabia Arabian' food festival.
The Arabian Feast called the Wahrabia feast is on at Barbeque Nation! They have an exotic menu for veg n non-veg lovers!

coconut walnut pie

Veg Menu for 'The Wahrabia' food festival

 Taste the tang of Arabian spices n pineapple that’ll truly make for the perfect appetizer.

crispy corn

The festival ends this March 19th so get feasting soon! Indulge in the magical experience of Arabian food festival before it bid adieu to your city.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Habanero- Baja Beach Break Menu!

Mexico's Baja Peninsula is a popular beach destination for tourists, and is known to be one of the best beaches in the world. Sun worshipers, surfers and paddlers flock to this beach for the water, sun and sand, and the beach resorts are also famous for serving sumptuous coastal Mexican dishes dominated by seafood items and lime flavors. This year, Habanero gives us a tour of Mexico by showcasing a special menu every month from various Mexican regions. We begin the tour this month with the "Baja Beach Break" special menu!

Habanero's Chef Dan Durkin made sure I get a good vegetarian meal at the beach menu among all the seafood stuff! It was very kind of him!

Lemon Margarita

Paneer Skewers

Pina Colada

Tacos, Bakedbeans, Grilled Eggplants!

Grilled Pineapple salad

Panna cotta (veg)

Coconut Flan with chocolate Truffle

Visit your nearby Habanero to enjoy a truly Tex Mex meal with your loved ones!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Shao !

Traditionally, The Chinese New Year is a time to bring family together for feasting. On New Year’s Eve, the extended family joins around the table for a large meal. With these Chinese customs of family feasting and bonding in mind, the culinary team of Shao has put together an elaborate menu featuring traditional favourites such as steamed buns, an assortment of dumplings, variety of noodles and a selection of meats and fish prepared in the Szechuan, Cantonese and Hunan style of cooking among others. 

 Its a beautiful place to dine in with your loved ones as the ambiance is awesome! The decor has lots of  lots of Asian themes and detailing to it yet not overdone.

The faintly playing oriental music and the decor creates a perfect place to dine in peace. 

Usher in the “Year of the Monkey” at Shao with authentic Chinese New Year delicacies symbolizing the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar and longevity, happiness and fortune in the year to come.

Dumplings: Dumplings are a sign of the family unit and of perfection. 

Crispy Apple in Sweet Chilly Sauce

Ka Saun Tofu

                                                        Shredded Shitake with Asparagus

These were the lovely vegetarian spread I got to cherish , Couldn't as for more veg food :)
Vegetable Stir Fry 
Pan Fried Long Noodles
Steamed Jasmine Rice 

                                                              Mantou Steam Cooked Buns

Asparagus and Bean curd Soup 

Vegetarian Gyoza and Sesame dip

Vegetable and fruit Papre rolls

Noodles: Long noodles to symbolize long life. Gorge on Soba (buckwheat) noodles, rice flat noodles, glass noodles and many others at Shao.

Chinese tea: The Chinese New Year is a time to offer tea with well-wishes and an opportunity to make deeper connections. Sip a cup of Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong or Long Jing Green between courses or all through your meal at Shao 

Jasmine Tea

Crispy  Fresh Fruit Rolls with Icecream for Dessert

Mandarin oranges: Mandarin oranges are the most popular and most abundant fruit during Chinese New Year and are a homophone of "luck" or "fortune". These will adorn the centre of every table at Shao through the Chinese New Year celebrations.

                                                                  Crispy Rice crackers

A member of the prestigious Chaine Des Rotisseurs, Chef Narender Singh’s career spans over three decades in the hotel industry. Before heading the Culinary team at Park Plaza, Bengaluru as Director of Culinary, Chef Narender has been associated with a number of International Hospitality brands and cruise liners in the Middle East, India and the US, including Sheraton worldwide , Hyatt and Grand Hyatt International Hotels worldwide , Hilton International worldwide, Marriott (USA), Dubai Plaza Hotel, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (Miami, Florida), Marriott Horse Shoe Bay Resort (Texas) , Jaypee Palace and International Convention Agra .
He has been awarded by the White House, US President, and Hosted dinners for President of India, Historic summit of Indian Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Musharraf and number of state of heads. He has been awarded by various ambassadors – Australian, British, Egyptian, Indian, Srilanka, Pakistan for hosting dinner for their state of head delegates and National days.
He has recently been awarded the Hotelier India Award 2015- Chef of the Year Mid-Market segment

Gong Xi Fa Cai
Chinese New Year- Year of the Monkey 
Outlet: Shao, Oriental Fine Dining 
Date: 5 th February onwards 
Time: Lunch: 12:30pm to 3pm Dinner: 7pm to 11pm 
For reservations contact: +91 80 6707 6909 or +91 8884400175 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BARBEQUE NATION’S New outlet inaugrated by BAPPI LAHIRI

 Barbeque Nation, one of the most successful casual dining restaurant chains in India, opened a new outlet in Bengaluru in Rajajinagar today. The outlet was inaugurated by India’s disco king and famous music singer and composer Bappi Lahiri. The outlet is located in West Mall, Rajajinagar and is Bangalore’s 8th Barbeque Nation outlet.
Now, guests at the Rajajinagar outlet can experience the joy of grilling their own vegetarian and non-vegetarian barbeques on live grills embedded in their tables, at the new Barbeque Nation outlet. The look and feel of the restaurant follows the basic design of Barbeque Nation which is rustic and casual, with wood and open-brick wall interiors.

 Barbeque Nation pioneered in India ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) cuisine with a concept of live on-the-table grill and today is the largest casual dining brand in the country. The restaurant offers a pre-fixed menu with a fixed price. The menu is drawn from Mediterranean, American, Oriental, Asian and Indian cuisines. Customers can grill starters in a range of marinades and sauces and enjoy them right off the skewers, at their own tables. Barbeque Nation also offers a full-course buffet menu with soups, salads, main course dishes and desserts.

 The eat-all-you-can buffet at Rajajinagar outlet consists of an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Starters like Pasta Steak with Sweet Chilly Sauce, Stuffed Barbeque Pesto Mushroom, Coastal Barbeque Fish and Fried Chicken Wings in Schezwan Sauce deserve a special mention. The main course has a number of mouth-watering dishes ranging from Corn Mushroom and Mutter Tamatar Taka Tak to West Coast Fish Curry and Roasted Chicken in demi glaze sauce.The outlet will also offer traditional fare such as Hydrabadi Vegetarian Dum Biryani and Kadai Paneer. For dessert, the chefs whip up popular dishes like Pumpkin Halwa, Double Chocolate Pastry and Kesar Pista Phirnee. Also on offer is the delectable range of Kulfis from the restaurant’s Kulfi Nation counter.

 Bollywood persona Bappi Lahiri commented, “I am passionate about food and particularly enjoy barbeques. I think Barbeque Nation captures the essence of a barbeque quite well – not just the delicious smoky flavour of food grilled over charcoals, but also the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that accompanies barbeque parties everywhere. I am sure that this outlet, like others across the country, will appeal to food lovers of Bengaluru.”

An average meal for two costs Rs. 1600. The hours of operation are lunch and dinner.