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I just picked up a Coconut & Ginger Jar of Love by Sprig, after a lot of deliberation.... And, I absolutely love it! :) . The spread is beautiful in taste, with both the coconut and ginger hitting just the right notes. The milkiness of it is just right too. At the moment, I'm enjoying eating spoonfuls of it straight out of the jar, and haven't used it in anything else so far. . The label doesn't mention any artificial flavouring or colouring agents or preservatives, which is absolutely great! At almost Rs. 500, this is quite an expensive product. That said, I'm thrilled with the uniqueness of it and its quality, which is something I have come to associate with @spriggourmet products. . Highly recommended! . #sprig #spriggourmet #jaroflove #sprigjaroflove #coconut #ginger #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #productreview #productsandservices #products #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #yaymek #sobangalore #mymagicpinbangalore #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #travelkarnataka #uniquepostss
Lemon Thokku is something that gets made quite often at home, as it is much loved in our family. I love the sweet-sour-spicy flavours of this thokku, the lemon peel lending it a slight bitterness. Call it Lemon Thokku or Instant Lemon Chutney, I find it incredibly versatile – it goes beautifully with everything from dosas and parathas to plain steamed rice. .  Making this thokku is a very simple task, one that takes just about 20 minutes in all, prep included. I make it whenever I manage to find fresh, juicy lemons cheap, and keep it refrigerated to use when the need arises. This way, it stays for up to 20 days. .  Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog! 🙂 .  https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/lemon-thokku-instant-lemon-chutney/ .  #lemonthokku #instantlemonchutney #lemon #lemonchutney #lemons #indianfood #huffposttaste #thefeedfeed #f52grams #recipepost #heritagerecipes #vintagerecipes #ifoundawesome #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #lostrecipesofindia #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #sobangalore #traditionalrecipes #familyrecipes #tambrahmfood #tamilnadufood #tambrahmcuisine #tamilnaducuisine #postmakeslikes27
I discovered 'nati' aka country tomatoes only after I moved to Bangalore. Over time, I have grown to appreciate and love them. . I don't remember seeing these tomatoes in Ahmedabad, where I grew up, or anywhere else in North India that we visited. I assume this variety of tomatoes is local to South India. I know Bangaloreans who swear by these, and can't do without them. . The distinguishing feature of Nati tomatoes is their round shape, as opposed to the oval shape of 'farm' tomatoes. If you sit these down on a flat surface, they will. They are more tart than their 'farm' counterparts, and work really well in rasam, gotsu, sauces and the like. My dad calls them 'naughty' tomatoes for this very reason - because they hold so much of saucy tartness within themselves. :) . I picked up some of these 'naughty' tomatoes at the vegetable vendor's, and couldn't help reminiscing over the long way I've come from Ahmedabad to Bangalore - now, I can't do without these lovelies either! . #natitomatoes #tomatoes #countrytomatoes #tomato #sobangalore #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #whattoeatinbangalore #bangalorefoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #indianfoodblogger #indianfood
In our family, we are all crazy fans of the Kalyana Sweet Pachadi i.e. the sweet mixed fruit relish that is typically served at South Indian weddings. I set about making this pachadi whenever there are fruits left over at home. . I made a batch of the pachadi yesterday, using a couple of leftover fruits and the last mangoes of the season. Probably not the healthiest way to eat fruit, but this is a yummylicious way for sure! . #sweetpachadi #fruitpachadi #kalyanapachadi #kalyanafruitpachadi #kalyanasweetpachadi #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #thebigfatindianwedding #wedding #weddingfood #pachadi #southindiancuisine #southindianfood #madefromscratch #homemadewithlove #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #sobangalore #trellfood #trellingbangalore
I picked up some fresh, fresh rajma beans at the vegetable vendor's yesterday. I'm in love with the speckled, pink-and-green look of them! I've never used them before, though, and am now racking my brains to see what I can do with them! :) . #rajma #rajmabeans #freshrajmabeans #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #vegetables #veggies #vegetableshopping #veggieshopping #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #sobangalore #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood
I loved the pretty space that Foxtrot - House of Subculture in Koramangala is. Especially this room with wooden furniture and a huge chandelier that fills the place with a golden glow. . Have you visited @houseoffoxtrot yet? . #foxtrothouseofsubculture #koramangala #foxtrot #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodblogger #bangalorefoodies
Have you heard of the Himachali Dham? I'm sure many of you already have. For the uninitiated, the Dham refers to a feast served at Himachali weddings and other festive occasions. This meal is typically all-vegetarian, with no onion or garlic, with a generous use of lentils. The Dham is prepared by Brahmins who have cooking in their blood, whose families have been cooking since decades. . Legend has it that the Himachali Dham was inspired by the Kashmiri multi-course non-vegetarian meal called Wazwan. Apparently, one of the erstwhile Hindu rulers of Himachal Pradesh was mightily impressed by the Wazwan, and ordered his own cooks to prepare a vegetarian version of the same. Thus, the Dham of Himachal Pradesh was born. .  The Institute of Himalayan Bio Resource Technology (IHBT) in Palampur, works with the local flora and fauna, researching species, developing products using them, and making sure they reach a wider audience. The researchers at IHBT have packaged the Himachali Dham in cans too, with no artificial flavouring or colouring agents or preservatives. Just how awesome is that, right? . I have always been fascinated by the Dham, and have wanted to try it out. When I read about the packaged version at @sangeetaamkhanna, I knew I just had to get in touch with them. I wasn't expecting the sweet, generous response the IHBT team gave me - they promised to send a few of the cans of Dham to me, in Bangalore, and absolutely wouldn't hear of me paying for them! . So, that is how I came to be enjoying some beautiful Himachali delicacies sitting in the comfort of my home in Bangalore. Can't thank you enough for this, @sangeetaamkhanna and IHBT! . #himachalpradesh #kangridham #dham #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #ihbt #himachaldham #himachalidham #himachalpradeshcuisine #himachalpradeshfood #wazwan #kashmir #kashmiriwazwan #kashmirifood #kashmiricuisine #kashmirfoodgram #instituteofhimalayanbioresourcetechnology
Hubby and I are big fans of the hot lemon tea we get here in Bangalore, in several bakeries. It is a light brew, but the lemon in it makes it so very refreshing. Most bakeries make it with sugar, and we love how the sweetness combines with the tartness of the lemon. .  We often make a pit-stop at a nearby bakery to enjoy a glass of our favourite hot lemon tea, in the midst of grocery shopping or running other errands. This is just the perfect drink for us any day, but especially so on the kind of dark, rainy days that are prevalent in Bangalore right now. It is a great pick-me-up for us, a mood-changer, an energy-booster. .  I recently learnt how to make great hot lemon tea with honey at home, courtesy of a friend’s mother. Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog! :) .  https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/how-to-make-hot-lemon-tea-with-honey/ .  #hotlemontea #lemontea #lemonteawithhoney #honey #organichoney #bangalorefoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #recipepost #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #yaymek #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #foodiemondaybloghop #mymagicpinbangalore #sobangalore #lemon #lemons #thefeedfeed #f52grams #whattoeatinbangalore #exploringbangalore #trellfood #trellingbangalore #explorekarnataka #travelkarnataka
The Wild Mushroom Risotto at Foxtrot - House of Subculture is a treat to the senses. A well-made dish that contains arborio rice and a few different types of mushrooms, this is served with a generous dousing of Parmesan. It is sinfully rich and creamy - not a dish meant for a weight watcher for sure. Do check this out if you, like us, love mushrooms and are looking for some indulgence! . @houseoffoxtrot . #wildmushroomrisotto #risotto #mushrooms #wildmushrooms #sobangalore #foxtrot #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #foxtrothouseofsubculture #koramangala #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
Have you tried out the Wheat Chia Rolls at Market Table? . Market Table specialises in healthy food cooked without any artificial flavouring or colouring agents or preservatives. These Wheat Chia Rolls are a healthy starter they offer, wheat flour rolls dotted with chia seeds, with a filling made of insalata, jalapenos, sweet corn and cheese. Served  with salsa on the side, the rolls are well done, delectable in taste. Love! . @market_table . #healthyfood #eatinghealthy #markettable #healthysnack #wheatchiarolls #koramangala #sobangalore #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
Avocado and Mint Gazpacho at Farzi Cafe! This cold soup is served with... Guess what? Jeera namak para! . I loved the presentation of this dish and the innovativeness of it, but sadly it didn't titillate my taste buds. . Have you tried this out? . #farzi #ubcity #farzicafe #mallsofbangalore #gazpacho #coldsoup #soup #gazpachosoup #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #avoacado #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #sobangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #myblr #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
I loved the presentation of these Goat Cheese & Mushroom Tarts at Plated. Taste-wise, though, they could have done with a bit of fine-tuning. . With very little goat cheese in there and the mushroom filling quite bland, these tarts lacked flavour. Not that they were bad, but a punch of flavour would have made them a force to be reckoned with. . Have you tried this dish out at @bistroplated? . #plated #bistroplated #goatcheese #mushrooms #newbelroad #sobangalore #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #mushroomtarts #goatcheeseandmushroomtarts #savourytarts #goatcheesetarts #sobangalore #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #whattoeatinbangalore #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #placestoeatinbangalore #igersbangalore #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
As much as I try to eat healthy on week days, I love visiting restaurants on the weekends, sampling the fare they have to offer. I often find restaurant food rich and end up feeling guilty after the meal, but it is too much of a learning experience for me to not undertake. You get my point? . And then, you end up at a cafe like Enerjuvate that prides itself on serving healthy but delicious food, including vegan desserts. I sampled this Double Chocolate Chip Cake at @enerjuvate, and was completely blown away! This cake is vegan, made with organic whole wheat flour and jaggery, with notes of orange in it. Mind = blown. Any apprehensions I had about healthy desserts not tasting great were blown to smithereens after having this piece of sheer brilliance. . Don't miss this cake whenever you visit Enerjuvate. It's a must-try, and comes highly recommended! :) . #vegandessert #vegan #dessert #dessertporn #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #enerjuvate #koramangala #eatinghealthy #healthydessert #chocolate #fortheloveofchocolate #chocolatecake #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
Freshly ground spices are magic. They transform a dish. It’s incredible how freshly ground spices elevate the taste of a dish to a whole new level, vis-a-vis using home-made or store-bought spices from a bottle. This Arachuvitta Rasam is one such dish, made with spices ground fresh, the taste heightened to the max thanks to this simple change.  The Arachuvitta Rasam is a hot favourite at home, especially with fried ragi papads and Beetroot Poriyal made South Indian-style. I love how this rasam brightens up a gloomy day, how it seems to rejuvenate the digestive system. It is comfort food for me, stuff that I make when I don’t know what else to make or when I’m feeling down in the dumps.  I make this Arachuvitta Rasam the way my grandmother used to make it, using the recipe that she passed on to my mother, who in turn taught me. Today, I present to you our family recipe for this lovely rasam  Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!  https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/arachuvitta-rasam-rasam-with-freshly-ground-spices/  #arachuvittarasam #rasam #tambrahm #tamilnadu #tamilnaducuisine #tambrahmcuisine #tambrahmfood #tamilnaducuisine #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #recipepost #trellfood #trellingbangalore #homemadewithlove #homefood #madefromscratch #eatinghealthy
I woke up this morning to the news of a friend's passing away. He was a young guy, in his 30s, very warm and friendly and jovial. We worked together for a while, and I remember the way he would make us all smile with his funny anecdotes and filmi andaaz. He was a creative photographer, and I have had fond memories of my daughter's first birthday captured on film by him. We kind of lost touch over the years, and I had no clue he was dying of the dreaded cancer. . My heart feels too heavy right now. I feel kind of stunned, jolted out of my senses, out of sorts. The fact that the husband is leaving today on a 10-day international trip isn't helping either. Life feels too ephemeral... Too fleeting. I have never understood the need to rush in life, though I have been forced to, often. Now, all the rushing around seems all the more pointless, futile. . May the departed soul rest in peace. He and his family are surely in my prayers today.
The Massaman Curry at Sly Granny is an interesting dish. It includes bits of jackfruit, along with a few other veggies, all presented very prettily. The gravy comes in a little jug, and is poured onto the veggies right at your table. The curry is served with a plate of Kerala red rice, something very unusual. . The husband ordered this dish at @sly_granny and absolutely loved it. I liked it too, but didn't exactly fall in love with it. . Have you tried this out yet? . #slygranny #slygrannythecommunityhouse #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #massamancurry #keralaredrice #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #thehusband #birthdaycelebration #birthday
We were recently at the spankin' new Foxtrot - House of Subculture in Koramangala, for lunch. We loved the pretty, pretty space and the food! :) . The Bocconcini Cheese and Fresh Basil Pizza 🍕 here is a beauty, inside and out. This is a thin-crust pizza baked to perfection, the toppings simple yet exotic, the sauce fresh and flavourful. Must try! . @houseoffoxtrot . #foxtrot #foxtrothouseofsubculture #koramangala #pizzalove #pizza #bocconcini #bocconcinicheese #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #sobangalore #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #whattoeatinbangalore #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #igersbangalore #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger

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