Bangaluru Goes Falafelicious

Recently opened Falafels located at transit food court-Forum Mall hosted me for an exclusive food tasting session. Falafels falls in the healthy fast food chain category. A trend slowly catching up across Bengaluru. At Falafels they are serving a variety of nutritious and protein rich dishes. The extensive menu features wide range of Mediterranean dishes with a mix of few local flavors. One can snack on hummus with grilled pita breads or grilled chicken shawarma with Khawa tea. To cater as per the taste buds of locals the head chef has curated many dishes with local flavors, like coconut based malabar chicken pide which was our favorite. At Falafels food is pocket friendly, filling, convenient, healthy and delicious. 

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What did I get to taste??
We started our tasting with Assorted Dips and pita breads: A Chickpea base hummus with different flavors. Peri Peri hummus, Basil Hummus, Basil and sun dried tomato hummus, Cumin and cilantro hummus, Creamy Garlic Dip, Pickled Vegetables, Pita breads made with wheat and a side of spicy harrisa was a power pack lunch on its own. Portion size was generous the dips were made with different herbs and spices, this dip platter is perfect starter.

Next item we got to taste two different shawarmas, a traditional paneer shawarma and a chicken shawarma. All shawarmas are wrapped in Khubz bread. A generous spread of hummus, garlic sauce, lettuce, pickled vegetables and a spicy harrisa sauce is used. we can pick chicken or paneer.

 Paneer Shawarma

Spicy Chicken Taouk Shawarma

 Pink Lemonade
Lemonade prepared with kokum juice and basil. 

Mint Lemonade

Next came some refreshing lemonades along with malabar chicken pide, tostadas and a exotic veg pide pizza. Pita pockets come in multi-grain white bread and whole wheat you can pick and choose as per preference. I was served whole wheat pita which was  fluffy filled with crispy falafels, hummus, chipotle sauce and veggies. These pita pockets are perfect to snack on after a stroll around the mall...

 Malabar Chicken Pide
A Turkish flat pita bread topped with coconut curry sauce and grilled chicken then topped with cheddar cheese and grilled...

Exotic Veg Pide Pizza
Turkish flat pita bread topped with a tangy sauce, olives, veggies and cheese then grilled. This pizza was quite different they do serve a packet of basil seasoning but I like the way it was.

Turkish Tostada
Crispy tortilla topped with re-fried beans, hummus, salsa and cheddar cheese...

 Mexican Falafel

We ended our tasting session with kawa tea...
Kashmiri Kawa Tea
What a great way to end the meal. A Green tea steeped with saffron, cinnamon and cardamom. Overall I liked the fact they have included whole wheat and multi grain bread option. Falafels guilt free snacking options are great.


21st May, 2016, Bangalore: On the occasion of World Whisky Day, today USL-Diageo, India’s leading Scotch-Whisky company introduced to Bangalore its biggest global campaign ‘#LoveScotch’ during an evening of candid conversations around Scotch whisky with Canadian Super Model Coco Rocha, and actors Randeep Hooda, Mandira Bedi and Dino Morea, alongside Rajiv Mehta (CEO, Arvind Fashion Brands & Arvind Sports Lifestyle) at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangalore.

The evening marked a celebration of everything that gives Scotch whisky its unique character, flavour and personality, as these celebrities shared their personal moments about their favourite Scotches. Randeep and Dino got behind the bar and tried their hand at making cocktails with World Class Brand Ambassadors Jamie Walker and Nicholas Ord! In true Pub Crawl style, the entourage visited two of the coolest hangouts in the city – Sanchos & Skyye and curated some more delicious concoctions with renowned United Sprits bartenders Ajay Nayar and Hemant Mundkur for the pub goers of Bengaluru city. 

Coco Rocha, Mandira Bedi and Rajiv Mehta joined them behind the bar for a spirited evening. Scotch continues to be the world’s favourite whisky, with 95 million cases sold across 256 countries. No other spirit can offer the same range of tastes, textures and flavours. Made the same way for over five hundred years in distilleries small and large, across the length and breadth of Scotland, Scotch is the pinnacle of quality - loved in every corner of the globe.

About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.  Diageo is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

Diageo’s Chief Executive, Ivan Menezes says; “We live in exciting times for the Scotch whisky category. Whether it’s served as an Old Fashioned in South Africa or as a Manhattan in New York, the continuing success of Scotch is built on its quality, integrity, and authenticity and we are confident that Scotch will continue to be the world’s favourite whisky for many years to come.”

Around the world, consumers enjoy Scotch in many different ways. In Europe it’s served neat, while in South America it’s enjoyed with Coconut Water and in the Caribbean with tropical juices. In the United States it’s enjoyed with Cola or as part of a cocktail. In India, consumers have a strong appreciation for spices and exotic ingredients. Their evolved/zealous palates enjoy distinct flavours, hence Scotch infused cocktails are best enjoyed here with either spice-based concoctions or when paired with a zesty food menu to complement it. 

Most of world’s best scotches are with Diageo including BLACK DOG, VAT 69, BLACK  & WHITE, JOHNNIE WALKER™, HAIG CLUB™, BUCHANAN’S™, SINGLETON, LAGAVULIN™ AND TALISKER™ are crafted by a handful of highly skilled men and women who select only the very best whiskies from our 29 distilleries and millions of maturing casks.

So whether it’s in honour of the talented men and women who craft Scotch or the liquid itself, tip a glass and toast the world’s favourite whisky this World Whisky Day.

About #lovescotch 
#LoveScotch is about empowering people to express their passion, embolden existing ambassadors and inspire those who are new to whisky, creating a movement across the globe for people to share how they enjoy their dram.

Coco Rocha  (Canadian Supermodel and Actor)

Taking about her association with #LoveScotch, Coco Rocha, Global Brand Ambassador says “Celebrating World Whisky Day in India has been an absolute pleasure. I am a whisky lover myself who enjoys her Johnnie Walker Black Label and for me to get the opportunity to meet the Scotch enthusiasts of Bangalore was a great experience. We are officially introducing #LoveScotch to India and I’m sure this will create a movement that celebrates a global love affair with the world’s favourite whisky – Scotch.”

Coco Rocha at Sanchos Bengaluru

Coco whipped up singleton whiskey with basil and ginger ale...

Mandira Bedi- Designer, Actor and TV presenter

Designer, actor and TV presenter, Mandira Bedi mentioned, “Each of us have a prized possession and for me it’s my bottle of Singleton that adorns my home bar till today. I enjoy my Scotch especially when celebrating special moments with friends and family.”

Mandira Prepared a cocktail at Skye Bar with vat69, oranges and basil.

Dino Morea- Bollywood actor and former model

Dino Morea, Bollywood actor and former model, said, “I am delighted to be a part of this appreciative expression through #Lovescotch where we celebrate these iconic blends for their true potential and versatility. Though I have always been a fan of the Black & White whisky, I am always eager to experiment with exotic flavors, with Whisky Sour being an all-time favourite.

Dino Morea having a moment with Bartender Nicholas Ord at Shangrila-Bengalore.

Randeep Hooda-Actor
Commenting on this, Actor Randeep Hooda, said, “Celebrating World Whisky Day instantly takes me back to all the times that I spent with my dad, discussing my career over a glass of Black Dog. He always enjoys his Scotch on the rocks, while I have grown to enjoy it in different ways. And this is exactly why #LoveScotch resonated with me.”
Randeep hooda preparing scotch on rocks at Shangrila-Bengaluru.

 Jamie Bartender at Shangrila prepared me a refreshing mango juice based cocktail called Mai Thai...

An evening well spent with my friends!!

Gosht Aur Murgi ke Shami Kabab and Bun Kabab Recipe

I was recently hooked to this culinary adventure series on Youtube posted by National masalas and had to give bun kabab a try. Bun kabab is a famous street food sold across Pakistan. 

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The burger is constructed with a meat patty made out of lentils and spices which had traditional garam masala flavors tasted very different from a regular burger. 

The combination of different flavors specially mint chutney, dal and meat shami, eggs, and capsicum packed in side the bun was truly a work of art. People who enjoy hard core Indian and Pakistani food will vouch for these bun kababs.

To prepare Shami Kabab:
300 Grams Mutton Mince
200 Grams Chicken Mince
1/2 Cup Split Chick Peas
5 to 6 Red Chilies
2 Tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste
1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1 1/2 Tbsp Garam Masala Powder
1 Tbsp Pepper Powder
1/2 Tsp Fennel Seeds
4 Cloves
2 Strands Mace
2 Inch Sticks Cinnamon
1 Large Onion (Chopped)
3 Green Chilies(Chopped)
Fist Full of Mint and Coriander (washed and chopped)
Salt as per taste

To Prepare Bun Kabab:
1 Large Onion Sliced
1 Large Capsicum Sliced
4 Store Bought Burger Buns
4 Eggs
Mayonnaise optional
Oil, Salt and Pepper powder as required.

To Prepare Mint and Coriander Chutney:
1 Bunch Mint leaves(picked and washed)
1/2 Bunch Coriander leaves(picked and washed)
4 Pods Garlic
1/2 Tbsp Cumin
1/2 Tbsp Pepper Corns
2 Green Chilies
Salt as per taste

Mint Chutney Recipe: Separate the mint and coriander leaves from the stems. Wash the leaves thrice or until there is no mud residue in the water. Allow the washed leaves to sit in a colander for a minute and add to a mixer jar with the rest of the ingredients given for mint chutney add salt and a splash of water grind to form a smooth paste reserve in a bowl. 

Shami Kabab Recipe: Place a pressure cooker on medium flame add 2 tbsp oil, chopped onions and chilies fry till the onions turn transparent. Once the onion turns transparent add ginger and garlic paste, red chilies, and rest of the masalas fry for a minute. Add chopped coriander and mint fry a bit add the mutton mince and chicen mince fry for a minute on low flame.

Once the meat starts to release moisture add the soaked dhal salt and cup of water cover and pressure cook for 2 whistles. After 2 whistles check if the meat and dhal are cooked if there is excess moisture place the cooker on the stove...on high flame allow the moisture to evaporate completely from the meat.

Allow the meat to cool a bit. Add the meat along with spices to a mixer jar and grind to a coarse paste. Using a cookie cutter add the mince inside the cookie cutter and form equal size patties we can prepare these meat patty ahead of time a freeze to prepare later. 

Heat a tawa on medium flame add 1 tbsp oil gently place the patty on tawa and fry on medium flame. Once the patty turns golden brown on both sides its ready to be served hot with chutney.

Bun Kabab Recipe: Heat a pan on medium flame with 1 tbsp oil add the sliced capsicum and onion. Add salt and pepper powder fry the onion and capsicum until the onions turn transparent remove from flame and reserve in a bowl. We can prepare the capsicum and onion ahead of time and store it in a air tight container in the fridge until use.

Whisk the eggs add salt as per taste. Heat a pan on low flame with 1 tbsp oil pour the eggs in the pan and start preparing omelets sprinkle pepper powder to the omelets cut into ribbon size strips and reserve.

Cut the buns in half toast on low flame apply mayo and chutney on the buns place a generous portion of fried onion and eggs top with kabab and serve with french fries on the side...Enjoy...:)

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I thoroughly enjoyed preparing this recipe it was different. My family enjoyed the burgers since it was spicy and packed with traditional flavors. Bun Kababs are truly filling its a complete meal I would suggest you to serve some thick milk shake along with the burgers. My suggestion when preparing an elaborate recipe is to pre prepare all the tiny details ahead of time and then assemble the meal before serving this will save your time.

Vengaya Chutney/Onion Chutney Recipe

This onion chutney is my moms recipe after many requests for this recipe on my facebook and youtube I'm posting this blog. Since my parents are diabetic and they cannot consume coconut on a regular basis we prepare onion chutney for breakfast. We can serve this chutney for Idly, Dosa, Chapati and few snacks like samosas or cutlets. 

We can top the chutney with sesame oil or sun flower oil before serving, I've seen few of my relatives serving this chutney with a dollop of butter on top, Healthy option I would suggest using sesame oil.

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2 Large Onion(Peeled washed and cubed)
4 Sprigs Curry Leaves
6 Pods Garlic(Peeled)
1 Large Tomato(Washed and Chopped)
8 Red Chilies
Small Piece Tamarind
1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
1 Tbsp Oil
Salt as per taste
Method: Heat oil in a wok on medium flame. Once the oil starts smoking add asafoetida, red chilies and tamarind fry for a minute. Add onion and curry leaves fry till the onion turns pink in color remove from flame allow to cool. Add tomato, garlic, salt and fried onion to a mixer-jar and grind to form a coarse paste. Serve the chutney for Idly or Dosa...Enjoy...:)

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