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Bangalore-based food, travel, book, lifestyle and mommy blogger. DM or email at galnxtdoor01@gmail.com for collaborations

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The Assorted Mushrooms Truffle Blast dimsums we were served at @sheratonbangalorewhitefield were nothing short of stupendous. They were just perfect, the covering paper-thin, the mushroom filling subtly spiced and delicious. . Would you like to try these out too? Head to the ongoing Dragon Food Festival at InAzia, Sheraton Grand Whitefield! The festival is on till September 30, 2018, and there are some absolutely lovely dishes on offer! . #sheratongrandwhitefield #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #whitefield #sobangalore #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #sheratongrandbengaluruwhitefield #sheratongrand #sheraton #dragonfest #inazia #inasia #dragonfoodfestival #bangaloreevents #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #indianfood #indianfoodblogger
Jasmine tea, anyone? . I've tried jasmine tea at a few places, and always found it similar to insipid hot water. The jasmine tea at InAzia, @sheratonbangalorewhitefield, is an entirely different story. This one has a mild and subtle flavour, the gorgeous scent of jasmine, and the power to perk you up. I absolutely loved this! . #sheratongrandwhitefield #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #whitefield #sobangalore #sheratongrand #sheratonbangalorewhitefield #sheraton #dragonfest #inazia #inasia #jasmine #jasminetea #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
I was at InAzia, the restaurant at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, yesterday, to experience the ongoing Dragon Food Festival. I did have a lovely time here, as did the other food bloggers I was with. .  The festival, which will progress till September 30, 2018, will allow patrons a chance to sample some delicacies from the Dragon Land, China. You can take your picks from a carefully curated menu by Chef Shishir Rai, especially for the occasion. .  I loved that the festival menu has a good selection on offer for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and goes much beyond the 'Chinese' fare typically available at Bangalore restaurants. .  Check out my Insta stories for some glimpses of the Dragon Food Festival menu at InAzia! :) .  @sheratonbangalorewhitefield, thank you for offering me this privilege. It was entirely my pleasure to be a part of the festival. .  #dragonfest #inazia #inasia #sheratongrand #sheratongrandwhitefield #sheratongrandbengaluruwhitefield #sobangalore #yaymek #dragonfoodfestival #bangaloreevents #bangalorefoodies #mymagicpinbangalore #trellfood #trellingbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #placestoeatinbangalore #chinesefood #chinesecuisine #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #indianfoodblogger  #bangalorefoodblogger #exploringbangalore #explorekarnataka #travelkarnataka #thingstodoinbangalore
A popular offering to the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi, the Upma Kozhukattai or Pidi Kozhukattai is also a very healthy snack. With the goodness of rice and toor daal, it is a steamed snack made with minimal oil. It is a simple thing to make, but quite delicious and filling, which makes it great as a lunchbox filler. .  These dumplings can be either sweet or savoury, with different families making big and little variations of their own. Today, I present to you the savoury version, called Kara Pidi Kozhukattai, the way my family makes it. I made these for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in our apartment this year, and they were a huge hit. .  Here is the recipe for these Kara Pidi Kozhukattai, on popular demand. :) . https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/upma-kozhukattai-kara-pidi-kozhukattai/ .  #pidikozhukattai #karapidikozhukattai #heritagerecipes #vintagerecipes  #upmakozhukattai #recipepost #karaupmakozhukattai #lostrecipesofindia #tamilnadu #tamilnaducuisine #tamilnadufood #ganeshchaturthi #ganeshchaturti #ganeshchaturthi2018 #ganeshchaturti2018 #festivalsofindia #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #festivalfood #festivalfoods #f52grams #thefeedfeed #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodblogger #bangalorefoodies
Scenes from Ganesh Visarjan at a temple in HSR Layout, last weekend! . We were passing by, spotted the visarjan happening, and stayed on to be a part of the festivities. It turned out to be a grand affair, a complete cultural extravaganza that I couldn't stop clicking away. These artistes in the picture are performing Veeragaase, a traditional folk dance practised in Karnataka. . #sobangalore #ganeshchaturthi #hsrlayout #ganeshchaturti #ganeshchaturthi2018 #ganeshchaturti2018 #ifoundawesome #ganeshvisarjan #visarjan #veeragase #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #condenasttraveller #indiatraveldiaries #incredibleindia #incredibleindiaofficial #indiatravelgram #lonelyplanetindia #indiapictures #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #festivalsofindia #festivalfood #festivalfoods #trellfood #travelkarnataka
I'm not really a fan of the Crispy Corn that is a popular appetiser at a whole lot of barbecue places, but I loved the one at Absolute Barbecues. It was perfectly done, neither too crispy nor chewy, just the right amount of salty and spicy. Love! . @fbablore @abs_sarjapur . #fbab #foodbloggersassociationbangalore #absolutebarbecue #sarjapur #sobangalore #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #appetiser #crispycorn #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
Today, I present to you the recipe for Multi-Millet Lemon ‘Rice’ – the same old traditional South Indian dish, but made with mixed millets instead of rice. This lemon ‘rice’ tastes just as delicious and is just as simple to prepare, but is a whole lot healthier. .  In today’s world, millets, with the many wonderful properties they possess, can play a significant role in reversing various lifestyle diseases. They are no longer ‘poor man’s food’, rather ‘the need of the hour’. I have used Millet Organica, a multi-millet mix by @pristine_organics to make this lemon ‘rice’. It was so convenient to use – a mix of different types of millets, broken down into little granules, making it super easy to cook and use in a variety of dishes! .  Check out the recipe, just in on my blog! .  https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/multi-millet-lemon-rice/ .  #foodiemondaybloghop #letsmillet #recipepost #lostrecipesofindia #heritagerecipes #vintagerecipes #multimilletlemonrice #lemonrice #mixedmilletlemonrice #milletlemonrice #nextgensmartfood #pristineorganics #milletorganica #lemonmillets #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #indianfood #tamilnaducuisine #tamilnadufood #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #collaboration #bangalorefoodblogger
Hola, folks! . I have something exciting for all of you! Read on! ♥️ .  Here is your turn to #holidaydifferently with Sterling Holidays, to create loads of memories to cherish! . Now, you can book a stay at any of the Sterling properties across India and get 15% off! All you need to do is log on to www.sterlingholidays.com, book your room/s, and use the code PRIYA to avail of the discount. This offer is valid on bookings done till October 10, 2018, and is over and above some other exciting promotional offers already in process by Sterling. . So, what are you waiting for? Time to book for your Dussehra holidays and let the travel tales unfold! . #sterlingholidays #sterling #holidaydifferently #sterlingdiscoveries #seeknew #promotionaloffer #ifoundawesome #promooffer #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #condenasttraveller #indiatraveldiaries
I was super thrilled, recently, to receive an invite from The Academy Of Pastry Arts, Bangalore, to be part of a dessert demonstration. It did turn out to be quite a scintillating experience. Yours truly, alongside a bunch of other food bloggers from across the city, watched agog, as Chef Kimberly Rozario (@kimikooks) of the Academy gave us a live demonstration of a magnificent Berry Vanilla Gateaux. .  Check out my detailed post about the experience at @academyofpastryartsindia, just in on my blog! . https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/berry-vanilla-gateaux-the-academy-of-pastry-arts-bangalore/ .  #academyofpastryarts #academyofpastryartsbangalore #academyofpastryartsindia #sarjapurroad #jakkasandra #koramangala #sobangalore #indianfoodblogger #dessert #dessertporn #pastryclasses #culinaryarts #pastryarts #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #berryvanillagateaux #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #thingstodoinbangalore #dessertarts #dessertclasses #culinaryclasses #culinaryeducation #culinaryschool #pastryschool
Have you tried out the Mushroom Satay at Thai Chy? If not already, you absolutely must! . I had this dish recently, and quite loved it. The mushrooms were well-marinated, with the Thai flavours in the marinade pronounced but not overdone. The grilling was done just right too. . #thaichy #thaifood #thaicuisine #indiranagar #thailand #thaistreetfood #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #thailandtourism #thailandfood #thailandcuisine #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #sobangalore #trellfood #trellingbangalore #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #travelkarnataka #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, folks! I hope you are having a fun time with the festivities! . This is what is cooking at our place today for Ganesh Chaturthi - Kara Pidi Kozhukattai aka Savoury Upma Kozhukattai,a traditional Tamilnadu recipe. Broken rice is first cooked in boiling, salted water with a few other ingredients, allowed to cool, then shaped into dumplings with one's hands, and steamed. I love the rustic charm of this dish, the simplicity, the weight of the dumplings in my hands, the slight pressing on them to form fingerprint marks on them, which is their distinguishing feature... . Do you like these too? . #karapidikozhukattai #pidikozhukattai #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #festivalsofindia #festivalfood #festivalfoods #ganeshchaturthi #ganeshchaturthi2018 #upmakozhukattai #incredibleindia #incredibleindiaofficial #indiatravelgram #lonelyplanetindia #indiapictures #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #condenasttraveller #bangalorefoodies #indianfoodblogger #indianfood #sobangalore #bangalorefoodblogger #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore
The Raw Mango Salad at Thai Chy was such a beauty! The sweet and sour and spicy flavours were superbly balanced, and the texture was perfectly on point. Do try this out! . #fbb #fbab #foodbloggersassociationbangalore #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #sobangalore #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #thaichy #rawmangosalad #thaifood #thaicuisine #indiranagar #mymagicpinbangalore #yaymek #whattoeatinbangalore #pictureoftheday #placestoeatinbangalore #igersbangalore #exploringbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #trellfood #trellingbangalore
Do you like Chana Masala? .  Chana Masala is my go-to dish when I want to eat something different from the usual South Indian fare we make at home. Considering that it is a hot favourite with everyone in the family, it does find pride of place on our dining table quite often. More often than not, I make a big batch of chana masala, serving it with rotis or parathas, while I use the leftovers the next day to make chaat. .  Like my mom, I make Chana Masala in a pressure cooker, which ensures that the dish is ready in a jiffy, with the least of hassle. This Pressure Cooker Chana Masala is super delish, the chickpeas absorbing the flavours from the gravy much better than those cooked in a pan. Using a pressure cooker also ensures that the chickpeas are done just right, without any over- or under-cooking. .  Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog! .  https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/pressure-cooker-chana-masala-indian-chickpea-curry/ .  #recipepost #onepotrecipe #chanamasala #pressurecookerrecipe #pressurecookerchanamasala #onepotchanamasala #atozrecipechallenge #indianfood #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #indianfoodblogger #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #sobangalore #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #heritagerecipes #vintagerecipes #homemadewithlove #madefromscratch
Last Sunday, I was one amongst the bunch of food bloggers watching, awe-struck, as Chef Kimberly of Academy of Pastry Arts, India, prepared this red beauty from scratch. It was quite a complex procedure, involving a number of steps and utmost precision, but the Chef @kimikooks made it look almost magical. . If you would like to master the art of making masterpieces like this, or learn the culinary arts, @academyofpastryartsindia is one place you should be heading to. Details about the cake demonstration and the academy coming up on my blog soon! . With @fodyssey, @priyamahesh03, @akila_morphyandme, @currylines, @sakhiravoordiaries, @theplatememoirs, @arkadev.ghoshal, @travellerhoots . #academyofpastryartsindia #cake #dessert #dessertporn #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #sobangalore #koramangala #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #travelkarnataka #explorekarnataka #exploringbangalore #trellingbangalore #trellfood #placestoeatinbangalore #whattoeatinbangalore #indianfood#indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodblogger #bangalorefoodies

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