Saturday, March 2, 2019

'Badri Seth Marwadi Bhoj at Khajuraho- simply excellent' - by K J S Chatrath

Recently I spent four nights in Khajuraho visiting the magnificent temples which were constructed around 950-1050 AD. I was staying in a modest hotel which was very reasonably priced but the food served in their restaurant had 5 star prices, that I could not afford. There are plenty of eating places in Khajuraho from various shades of Indian to the Chinese, Western, Italian and what not. I consulted some auto drivers for authentic feed back about the best Indian eating place in town and they told me about 'Badri Seth Marwadi Bhoj'.

So soon I was there. It is walking distance from the entrance to the Western Group of Temples' and is around 100 metres beyond the Museum of ASITake a look above. It is a sweets shop and in the basement is the Marwadi restaurant.



I soon reached there. It is centrally located, walking distance from the entrance to the Western Group of Temples and just 100 metres from ASI's old Museum, but more about that museum later.

Soon two bowls of chutneys were place on my table.


And then came this third bowl. I tasted all the three and found those to be very good, not excessively hot. The third one reminded me how in Chile    snacks are served with exactly the same type of chutney- with the same ingrediants of chillies, onions and some vinegar. Of course, the Chilean chutney is redder as it contains tomatoes too. both in its looks and in taste. ('Sopapillas – the popular street food of Chile' by K.J.S.Chatrath ; www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=8246) 



Chilean snack Sopapillas with sauce (chutney). Photo taken by me in Santiago de Chile in 2017.


 And then arrived the thali. Food was good looking and apetising. It was tasty with a spare use of chillies & masalas (spices). The best part was the 'Laccha Parantha', it was hot crisp and tasty - one of the best that I have ever taken. Pease-Aloo curry looked and tasted good but the peas had not been fully 'done'.

After two days I went again and ordered the same food. The menu was tyhe same and food very good, but the 'piece de resistence' - the laccha parantha was soggy and not very hot. I would suggest a greater attention to maintaining the excellent food quality in this restaurant. 

The bill came to Rs.135/- ( around 2 USD approximately) including two kinds of GSTs. Service was excellent and attentive and though generally that place does not have the practise of tipping, since I was feeling impressed by the service, I left a standard 10% for the waiter.

(Disclaimer: I was a full paying customer of the restaurant.)









Tuesday, February 12, 2019

'Indian cuisine- Bhog Prasad' - by K J S Chatrath



Indian Postal Department deserves to be complimented for bringing out these excellent theme based stamps. However one wishes the Department had clarified that these are samples of  'Hindu' Bhog Prasad,  as India being a proudly multi-religious society there are Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Jain, Budhist etc religious places visited by adherents of those faiths who make offerings in different ways. For example Karah Prashad is a sanctified offering served after every Sikh worship service

One may also like to see my earlier photo articles:

'Indian fashion through the ages, Series- I, postage stamps' - by K J S Chatrath.
Come, visit my India and taste the best food on planet earth!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

'Indian cuisine- Regional' - by K.J.S. Chatrath



Indian Postal Department deserves to be complimented for bringing out these excellent theme based stamps. However I wish the Department had clarified that these are samples of  "vegetarian" Regional Indian cuisine, as after all 70% of Indians are non-vegetarian. 

One may also like to see my earlier photo article:
'Indian fashion through the ages, Series- I, postage stamps' - by K J S Chatrath.

Come, visit my India and taste the best food on planet earth!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

'पर क्या करें, दिल है की मानता ही नहीं!' - by KJS Chatrath


One lands back in India after visiting more than  half a dozen countries of Central America and Europe in five weeks and what does one do? Rush for some real Indian food. One was tired of the boiled, half cooked, bland and totally tasteless western food.

A plate of Jahangiri Chicken curry and tandoori rotis was what the doctor ordered.

Yes, one knows that oily, spicy and cholesterol inducing food is not good for someone racing through 75+, पर क्या करें, दिल है की मानता ही नहीं!

Yes, one finishes it off with a small plate of kheer and then goes to mend ways with the jet lag murmuring 'God is in  his heaven, All is right with the world' (With thanks to Robert Browning)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

'Oof...this Bengali cuisine' - by K J S Chatrath


 Lucchis, Dhokar dalna; Khajur chutney; Kasa Mansho at Bhojohori Manna, Puri, Odisha.
(Photo and details courtesy Ruchira Nautiyal.)







http://bhojohorimanna.com/puri-menu.html 

I have to make a trip to Puri, Odisha to try these tasty looking dishes....

Sunday, August 19, 2018

'Odiya cuisine- one of the best in the world' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

 Photo courtesy Shatarupa Mishra and Abhishek Tripathy.

 Having spent half of my life is Odisha, I can say with certainty that Odiya cuisine is one of the best in the world- far superior to the highly over rated French cuisine.

Of course my favourite cuisine continues to be Panjabi food- food of the state to which I belong.

But I would without doubt put Odiya cuisine at number two.

Having left Odisha over 15 years back, I pine for Odiya food. In fact I realised the greatness of Odiya food after leaving the state. Delhi does not have good Odiya eating places. Or till recently it did not have one.

Now my friends Shatarpua Mishra & Abhishek Tripathy inform that a resturant in Saket New Delhi is serving authentic Odiya food. It is called 'Odisha Hotel'.

I plan to go there and enjoy the food whenever I go to Delhi next, hopefully in the knowledgeable  company of some Odiya foodie friends.

In the meantime take a look at a photo shared by Shatarpua Mishra & Abhishek Tripathy of the food served there.   

I would be happy if friends suggest other restaurants in Delhi serving good Odiya food.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

'The worst Indian restaurant that I have visited abroad' - by K J S Chatrath.



I have visited quite a few places in India and broad. Since I am fond of Indian food, I visit the Indian eateries wherever I go. While in India it is possible to have excellent food in lower and mid-priced restaurants, on the other hand in Indian restaurants abroad the food is not cheap.


 More often than not these restaurants are run by Indians or Pakistanis or Nepalese or Bangla-Deshis. By and large the food that one gets in such restaurants is not authentic Indian stuff. One can imagine some modifications to suit the local palates- like less use of chillies, spices and oil, but one cant change the very look and taste of such dishes.

 Now to an Indian restaurant that I visited in 2017 in Santiago, Chile.

I ordered a modest fixed meal. 

The so called 'Dal Fry' is here for you to see. It was the most tasteless 'daal' that I have had in my life. In the name of "fry' there was an onion ring and s bit of coriander. It appeared to have been cooked centuries ago and heated and re-heated a couple of times. If a restaurnat cant make a decent edible daal then it has no right to advertize itself as an Indian restaurant.

Boiled rice was of the cheapest possible quality. The so- called tandoori roti was over done.

 
The spicy chutney turned out to be chinese chilly sauce.

The gulab-jamuns seemed to have been brought straight from the frig, without properly heating.

My take- even if some one offers to take you there- refuse politely.


An adjoining shop selling cheap Indian stuff. 

P.S...As usual, I was a full paying customer.