Made In Punjab

Punjabi food is probably one of the most popular and loved cuisines in India. The spicy curries and super flavored kebabs. The crisp makkai ki roti and awesome saarson ka saag. There will be abundant restaurants with Punjabi food but as we all Mumabaikars know we still cant win with the Punjabi food served in Delhi. But now after tasting the utterly delicious food at Made In Punjab I think we might be in luck after all. So finally I can say we ( Mumbaikars) have our place for awesome kebabs and much much more at Made In Punjab a smart-casual dining restaurant which has recently opened in InOrbit Mall, Malad.

Situated in a huge and very busy mall in the suburbs on the top floor, the restaurant seems grand when you come out of the elevator. The decor is contemporary and chic giving it a very ” fine dining ” look.  Now for the main event. The FOOD !!!

First and foremost we were served with this perfectly spiced mixed nuts and mint buttermilk shot which I actually wanted in a huge mug cause it was so yum !!!

Spiced Mixed Nuts

Spiced Mixed Nuts

Mint Buttermilk Shot

Mint Buttermilk Shot

 

Murg Tikka

Murg Tikka

Such great marination in this dish. The meat was so tender I cant even describe.

Mutton Sheekh Kebab

Mutton Sheekh Kebab

I usually dont use the term “melt in your mouth”. But for these delicious Sheekh Kebabs I will !

Stuffed Capsicum with Potato

Stuffed Capsicum with Potato

Egg Khulcha

Egg Khulcha

These is definitely in the top 5 items to eat at Made In Punjab !!!

Paneer Makhani

Paneer Makhani

Saarson Ka Saag aur Makai ki Roti

Saarson Ka Saag aur Makai ki Roti

Gulati Kebab

Gulati Kebab

This is the no. 1 dish here. This is a winner !!! Melt in your mouth absolutely delicious.

Stuffed Capsicum with Potato
Stuffed Capsicum with Potato

Now for the desserts –

I am a dessert / pastry chef ( atleast I call myself that ) , so where ever I go I need the desserts to be perfect and this place has that !!!

Rabdi with Jalebi

Rabdi with Jalebi

Visually wow and taste wise WOW !!!

Ras Malai

Ras Malai

Small delicate but filled with richness.

Speech by Varun Puri

Speech by Varun Puri

Speech by Varun Puri

Finally evening ended with a lovely speech by Mr. Varun Puri who is the Vice President of Massive Restaurants.

So as you can see I absolutely loved the food here. Every dish is different and bursting with flavors. The talent and the love of food of the Chef is shown in every dish. I strongly recommend Made In Punjab for every occasion. Mr. Varun Puri said in his speech that this is second restaurant in 2 months. Well keep making such delicious and quality food coming and you may have 12 by the end of this year.

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Foodies at Poptates !!!

Everyone knows about Poptates. Started in probably the ’90s it used to be my favourite place to eat when I was young. Being a hardcore Archies fan the idea of a Poptates here was super exciting. Yummy dishes named after the characters like Jughead’s Burgers and Sabrina’s Sizzlers ( as much as I can remember). It was a lovely place to eat or home delivery. I still remember the yummy Ranchos Nachos, Peshwari Chicken Pizza, Chicken Club Sandwich & all the yummy pastas in the menu. I have literally grown up eating these dishes. Over the years as new places emerged and Poptates menu kept changing or updating. Though my love for the food that I grew up eating never faltered. But the quality of Poptates did. The ever changing menus and deleting some of my favorite dishes I kind of lost touch with its food.

Over the years Poptates became this hugely popular hang out with amazing ” Happy Hours ” offers. Whenever I used to pass through the lane I have always seen Poptates full ! The gaining popularity and the opening of new branches in Malad and now in Lokandwalla shows the great success that Poptates is.

I had been invited to a foodies evening in the new ( though open since sometime) Poptates in Lokandwalla opposite Infinity 1 mall, Andheri west. I was super excited as it was my first foodies meet and plus at Poptates so I was being positive about it.

On Entering the restaurant –

The decor is really nice and gives you the feeling that ” just relax & have fun.” You know you here to have fun with friends and hangout when you are at Poptates. I had arrived a tad bit late while my fellow foodies had already ordered a few items. After the introduction and hellos and hi I was instantly served with a few chicken and paneer items. The servers being really nice and sweet were quick to get me a plate and a glass of water.

Though the chicken & paneer dishes that I tasted, I felt were similar to taste. Hoping there is more we ordered some basic items thinking they cant go wrong with these –

Garlic Bread with Cheese

Garlic Bread with Cheese

Garlic Bread with Cheese is a very basic and popular appetizer. You obviously cannot go wrong with it. I love the added color on the plate. But taste –  well it was okay.

French Fries

French Fries

I absolutely loved these french fries. The seasoning was just perfect. It is a better version of Mcd’s peri peri fries.

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Grilled Chicken Burger

Grilled Chicken Burger

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Veg. Mexicano Pizza

Veg. Mexicano Pizza

The crust has finally changed (in a good way) !!! I liked the sound of Mexicano Pizza. As it was a mixture of two of my favorite cuisines. I liked the pizza but I feel there still can be some more seasoning to the sauce.

Well as appetizing the food looked I wished it was as tastier. The plating was really good as compared to the taste of the food. I cannot comment on the cocktails cause I don’t consume alcohol. People like me who are going for the yummy food will be disappointed.

I really really want to like Poptates. We go a long way back. But I regret to say that the food has lost its mark. If your looking for a chilled out place to have a drink and catch up with friends then this is the place to be. If you are looking for a great dinner than it is not a place I would suggest. Only good part of the evening was that I met some really good people and had fun. Poptates was the place for my first foodie meet that I will never forget but the food is long forgotten.

Christmas Sprinkles

So you are on Pinterest or Instagram checking Christmas themed cakes and cupcakes. You see these cute little cupcakes with Christmas theme sprinkles on top. You go online and you cant seem to find them. Well no worries cause we are making Christmas Sprinkles in the house !!! It is extremely easy if your slightly good with holding a piping bag in your hand and piping on a template…

The process is pretty much simple. What you need is –

– Template of Christmas tree, Gingerbread men, Candy Cane, Snow men etc

– Royal Icing made with meringue powder

– Disposable Piping bags

– Parchment Paper

– Tape

– Tray

– Scissors

– Jar/Container

– Food Coloring

First and foremost I strongly suggest Royal Icing made with meringue powder because then you can store these for a long time. If you will be using the sprinkles in 2-3 days then royal icing made with raw egg whites is fine.

The consistency of royal icing should be thick and smooth.

Now the amazing process

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First print the template.

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Then take a tray and turn it over. Take the template and parchment paper and put it on the tray, parchment paper being on top. Stick the parchment paper and template on the tray with the tape.

Now take some colored royal icing in a piping bag and just slightly cut a very small teeny tiny end of the bag with a scissor. See if the icing comes out. If you feel it is a very small hole and you need to put a lot of pressure to remove the icing. Cut some more but make sure it is a small cut.

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Now draw the figure with the help of the template on the parchment paper. After doing so let it dry for an hour or more.

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Open the tape and put a scissor below the parchment paper. Use the scissors edge and  move it left and right. Doing this will immediately pop the sprinkles from the parchment paper. Those which are still stuck you can remove them gently with your fingers.

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Store them in a cool place in a air tight glass jar / plastic container.

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Let me know how it goes 🙂

Chocolate Pound Cake

December has arrived !!! So has the festive season. I don’t know if its just me or somebody else is also out there who loses it when December starts. I just want to keep baking and baking and baking every single day ! So I have planned a few things to make this month. Starting with a yummy and simple yet delicious first dish of the month The Chocolate Pound Cake, recipe courtesy by Le Cordon Bleu’s The Chocolate Bible.

As I said in my earlier post that I am going to try and bake all the possible recipes in that amazing book as my substitute for not being able to go to Le Cordon Bleu. This is my start. Well not technically I had already made the truffles, Chocolate tart and chocolate mousse in it. But lets start afresh.

So back to the recipe.

I obviously wont be writing all the recipes in this book. But I will be telling you the fun I had in baking and tasting it. All the goof ups and the success stories.

If we talk about the history of pound cake. It is a Northern European dish which is dated back to the 1700s. The traditional recipe makes a huge cake to feed a large crowd. The concept was simple and intelligent 1 pound of all the ingredients in it. Like one pound butter one pound flour one pound sugar and probably one pound eggs.  But the recipe kept changing or lets just say updating over the years. Pound Cake now has various versions of it like American, British, French, Mexican, Venezuelan & Colombian and German.

The recipe preparation is pretty simple and easy. As easy it was to prepare it, it was as much difficult to bake it. The time allotted to bake the recipe was very less at least for me or probably it is my oven. It took me double the time than by what was said the in the book. I think I have removed the cake four times from the oven checked it and put it back with no idea what I was doing. Finally the fourth time the knife came out clean. So I thought lets just try it now. I was skeptical whether it was fully baked or no. Nevertheless I removed it from the pan and put it on a tray and cut the first two slices. I then took a bite of the slice, it was delicious. And the best part it was a SUCCESS !!! I am so glad that my first bake in this baking month has been great so I am hoping for more positive bakes in the future.

The pound cake had the perfect chocolate flavor. Perfect texture. Perfect everything !

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake