For the love of Chicken – By Kaajal Pradhan Lamba

Here are couple of recipes shared by Kaajal Pradhan Lamba, hope you guys enjoy them.

Butter Milk Chicken
Butter Milk Chicken
INGREDIENTS

Marinade

• 1 Kg Chicken cut into medium chunks
• 2 cups Buttermilk
• 1 large Onion, sliced
• 1 teaspoon each of the dried herbs- Thyme, Parsley & Oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Dusting

• 2 cups Flour
• 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
• 1/2 teaspoon Onion Salt
• 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
• Salt and Pepper
• Oil to fry
METHOD
• Mix all the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken in it for at least 5-6 hours or overnight.
• Strain the chicken in a strainer.
• Now mix the flour and the seasoning in a ziplock and shake well.
• Add the chicken pieces to it and mix well till all the chickens are coated with the flour mixture.
• Heat oil in a deep pan. Shake off any excess flour and fry the chicken till golden or dark brown.
• Remove on a wire rack to drain excess oil and serve hot. 
Korean Sweet & Spicy Fried Chicken (Yangnyeom Tongdak)
Sweet and Spicy Chicken

INGREDIENTS


Marinade
Chicken – 1 Kg cut into chunks
 All purpose flour – ¼ cup
Potato Starch powder – ½ cup
Sweet Rice Flour – ¼ cup
Egg – 1 nos.
Baking Soda – 1 Tsp
Ground Black Pepper – 1 Tsp
Kosher Salt – 1 Tsp 
Sauce
Garlic – 4 Cloves minced
Tomato Ketchup – 1/3 Cup
Corn Syrup – 1/3 cup
Kochujang – ¼ Cup (Korean Red Pepper Paste)
Apple Vinegar – 1 Tbs
Oil – 1 Tbs
Sesame Seeds – 1 Tsp toasted
Spring Onion – As required, green part chopped
METHOD
• Mix all the marinade ingredients and mix the Chicken pieces in it and marinate for an hour or more.
• Heat oil and deep fry the Chickens till Golden Brown remove and keep aside on paper towels.
• Meanwhile heat oil, add the minced Garlic. Fry for sometime on low heat add all the remaining sauce ingredients.
• Simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes, make sure the sauce does not burn. Sprinkle some water if required.
• Now add the Chicken in this sauce and mix well to coat the Chicken with the sauce.
• Remove on plate sprinkle some toasted Sesame seeds & chopped Spring onion and serve hot with chilled Beer.
 
PS : I did not have potato starch so I used cornflour. Also I did not have sweet rice flour so I omitted it. But sweet rice flour gives it a crunchier texture so it is good if u have it.
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Hotel Park Plaza, Gurgaon – Buffet Review

Me and Shashank went for Dinner Buffet at Park Plaza Hotel in Gurgaon. The deal included 2 starters and IMFL drinks at an open roof Rest-O-Bar called Sky Lounge. You can get 2 small or one large peg, there are no swap options available in case you don’t drink and we never asked as well.
Sky Lounge
Each person can order one veg and one non-veg snack, so we ordered Lamb done in Chettinad Style, Maahi Seekh Kebab, Matar Tikki and Yam (Jimmiand) with Pineapple. The Jimmikand and Chettinad lamb stood out. Tikki was crisp and had the usual matar with flavors in it. The portions are small but good enough for one person and in our case good enough for two. We appreciated the ambiance at the sky lounge, it has a roof top pool so you get goodness of two in one.
Aloo Matar ki Tikki
Lamb done in Chettinad Style
Yam and Pineapple
Seekh Kebabs
The buffet is served in New Town Cafe on the ground floor, and there we were after the first round. We started with Salads and soups. The Tom yum chicken soup was well made and balanced while the Tomato Adraki Dhaniya Shorba was tasty.
In salads the surprise serving was Sausage with Corn Salad and Lamb with Green Beans. They had small Chickpea bowls with multiple types of condiments that one could add to suit personal taste or go experimenting. The tandoori style mixed salad was another novelty item, tasteful it was. We had apple with walnut in cream there, never had that before as well.
Apple in cream with Walnuts
Assorted Salads
Khimchi was not good at all
I started with Chicken in Green Curry Thai style, Fish in Red Curry Thai style, plain rice, grilled Aubergine with Mushroom. The Chicken in Green Curry was little bland considering my earlier experience with Green Sauce. The Fish in Red Curry was soul food, heavenly it was especially the tender, delicate and fresh Fish while the Red Curry had just the little tangy brush-off flavor. The grilled Aubergines with Mushroom were done to perfection and another deal maker. We ordered Spaghetti in Pesto sauce and Chicken Penne in Red Sauce from the live Pasta Counter. Both of them were cooked to perfection and a must order. Do ask them for fresh Garlic Bread which is very crunchy, and garlicy, superb it was. The Chicken Penne had Oregano flavoring added to it with Pepper seeds adding that zing to it, yum bum…:)
Penne with Chicken in Red Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce with vegetables
In the next round I went for chicken gravy indian style, fish in red Thai (again), malai paneer, Chinese cabbage and broccoli in cornflour style gravy and lamb biryani. Really loved the texture and the flavors of biryani while I was impressed with the crunch of Chinese cabbage and broccoli, my personal fav’s. The malai paneer was just as the name suggests soft and tender paneer in silky malai gravy which was cut above the rest. The dal makhani and mirch ka salam were done perfectly. The chicken gravy was not really there considering other super tasty items we have had so far. Time for deserts…:)
Dessert Counter
Bitter Chocolate Cake, Mocha and other desserts
Kiwi Cake, Phirni, Gulab Jamun with other desserts
We had Cherry n Vanilla Mousse, Walnut Pie with White Chocolate Sauce, Bitter Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Sauce, Strawberry Mousse, Fruits in Custard, Kesar Kheer, Badam Phirni, Pistachio Baked Cheese Cake and Blueberry Baked Cheese Cake, Pineapple Gateaux, Kiwi Gateaux, Gulab Jamun, Fresh Fruits, a very unique item was a small vertical Croissant dipped in light sugar sauce on the outside with Lemon flavored whipped cream.
It was a very pleasant experience with nice ambiance and relaxed atmosphere especially what you need before manic Mondays. The meats and fish were fresh and so were the veggies. The staff was attentive and courteous, our dessert spoons were placed on the table while we were cherry picking the deserts…:). The deserts made it a VFM deal, super thumbs up and a must visit place.
Text by Kapil Bahl
Pictures and Editing by Shashank Aggarwal
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The Mozart Cafe – It’s all about Ambiance

A post on the FED’s Facebook page asking about Mozart Cafe, got all the right kind of responses. It seemed different people had different dishes they liked there and everyone seemed to have liked the ambiance and service of the place. So one Friday evening, I along with couple of others FEDs, Gurpreet Singh Tikku and Ajit Siigh, decided to check out the place. Making use of the pleasant prevailing weather, we decided to sit in outdoor seating area. The place looked really well done, and had a nice feel to it. 

We started with ordering our drinks, which consisted of very standard Long Island Iced Tea, a Virgin Mojito and an in house specialty called Zaza, which had fresh plums muddled  with passion fruit syrup, lemon, sugar syrup and topped with carbonated water.

Paneer Tikka and Malai Kebab with Walnut Sauce and Green Chutney
Long Islant Iced Tea
Beautiful Ambiance it was

In starters we had quite a lot of choices and we ended up sampling the following:

  • Paneer Tikka – As standard as it comes, however it was served with walnut sauce, which turned out to be highlight of the evening for me.
  • Malai Kebab – This turned out to be a great surprise as well. Based on Khoya and Paneer, they were unlike any other Veg. Kebabs that I have had.
  • Rock Shrimp Tempura
  • Crispy Fried Calamari
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Gilafi Seekh Kebab
  • Mustard Marinated River Sole
  • Achari Subz Platter – Consisted of Broccoli, Paneer, Pineapple, Potatoes and Button Mushroom. All marinated in achari style and  done in Tandoor.
  • Hot Basil Lamb
  • Vegetarian Mezze Platter – Though my experience with Mediterranean food is very limited, however this is one cuisine that I love and relish. The platter consisted of Felafel, Humus, Babagnoush, Pita bread etc.
Chicken Tikka went down quite well with Gurpreet and Ajit
Squids (Calamari) and Rock Shrimp Tempura
Achari vegetable platter. Broccoli were actually very well done, and offered the perfect ‘Bite’

Hot Basil Lamb
Veg. Mezze Platter

All the Tandoori snacks were served with a Walnut sauce, which turned into an instant hit amongst all three of us.  We were that it was developed by their chef and is made of walnuts, cream and yoghurt.  

And then started the main courses.

  • Prawn With Seasonal Veg.
  • Chicken Scallopine
  • Fettuccine Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce – Well made with 3 types of mushrooms and blue cheese in a cream based sauce.
  • Bhuna Chicken Khada Masala
  • Mutton Roganjosh
  • Paneer Khatta Pyaaz – This was a variation of Paneer Tikka Masala and unfortunately the only thing that I did not appreciate that evening. Everything was fine about it, till the actual Khatta Pyaz came into place. They were just too sour and had us making pucker faces every-time we chewed an onion. 
Chicken Scallopine
Chicken Scallopine
Lemon Cheese Cake
Crème brûlée

There is a specific section of drinks in the menu which has names like Blow Job and Quick F*ck, yup you read it right – Blow Job and Quick F*ck. As per the menu ‘Blow Job’ consisted of cream de banana, Bailey’s and Vanilla ice cream, a drink I decided to order with desserts, it came as a layered drink in shot glass. While I was lost in conversation I asked waiter what was it, and he said sir this is a Blow Job. I am sure you can imagine the look on our faces for at least couple of seconds that moment. For desserts besides the BJ, we also had Lemon Cheese Cake and Crème brûlée. 

Interior of the restaurant
Interio

Overall speaking the food is very good and the pain they take is quite evident. However Mozart Cafe is for much more than food, it is a place which I would visit for its stunning ambiance and feel. It is a place I would visit if I have to entertain somebody be it a date or a business associate.

My rating for Food – 3.5/5, however for the place overall 4/5.
The Mozart Cafe – LG-34, DLF South Point Mall,
Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5,  Gurgaon – 12202
Contact : +91 9811006904, 0124 4069674  


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FoodWalk in Chandni Chowk – Photolog

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We have been to Chandni Chowk for FED FoodWalks on several occasions, however this time we decided to go touristy and check out the most usual suspects. Being a Sunday we did miss out on couple of hot joints, however it was a pleasure to be walking on relatively empty and calm streets.

As I got down from the metro station, I got a call from Honey, my cousin from walled city, telling me to ensure that we check out Dogra ke Ram Ladoo. It took us some time to find him, however this small outlet located outside Gandhi Maidan parking was definitely worth it.  Lookout for it near Fawara Chowk, where all the Phatphat sewa jeeps are parked. 
Ram Ladoos with grated mooli, purple carrots (from a Kanji) and two types of Chutney
Fresh Ram Ladoos being fried
Bread Pakoras ready to be served

Besides the regular fare which was super awesome couple of things really stood out. All of us know about the Kaanji that our moms make. Dogra serve purple carrots with his Ladoos and Pakodas, which have been ‘pickled’ in Kaanji. He made us sample some of his Kaanji too, which was delicious to say the least. And then there was Karele ka Pakoda. Yup, you read it right. A bitter gourd, stuffed with spices, dipped in the batter of moong daal and fried like a pakoda. You might not be a fan of Karela, however this is something you should try atleast onces. Bizzare Food it is.
Pakoda made out of Karela
The Inside View

After Dogra we headed towards Ghantewala, however to our disappointment they are closed on Sundays. What we did next was something I did not imagine myself doing. I entered Gali Paranthe Wali. I would not go into the reasons why I am not a big fan of Gali Paranthe Wali but I have never really enjoyed the food they serve there. As far as my knowledge goes, all Parantha Shops downed shutters but for Pandit Dayanand Shiv Charan. All the shops that are currently operating after the revival of the gali are not from the original era but are said to be of the same family. We dined at Pandit Dayanand Shiv Charan’s shop and as I was there with no expectations I was not disappointed. I quite enjoyed the chutneys they served. Being a lover of Paneer I also liked the Paneer Roll that they serve, though it does taste like paneer pakoda. Going there was not really unfruitful, because there on a cart I found some of the freshest and best Nan Khatais that I have ever had. Post Paranthas we sampled some Khurchan and Kalakand from the shop opposite Pandit Dayanand Shiv Charan’s shop, which was quite average.
Nan Khatais being baked right on the cart.
Fresh and Hot Nan Khatais
Different fillings or stuffing for Paranthas in Paranthewali Gali
A Thali with Green Chutney, Sweet banana Chutney, Pumpkin Subzi, Potato Subzi, Pickle etc
Mewa (Dry Fruit) Parantha
Khurchan
Kalakand

I have never been a fan of Natraj ke Dhai Bhalle, however since we were doing ‘touristy’ things, I thought of giving them another try. And I can still pass them.

Natraj ke Dhai Bhalle

Next came Ved Prakash ji ka lemon Soda and then Lassi from Amritsari Corner at Fatehpuri Masjid Chowk. Unfortunately we were not able to have the Puri Chhole at Meghraj as being a Sunday he finished off at 12 o clock itself, while on weekdays he serves till 2 pm. On being suggested that he should make extra provisions for Sunday, I was told that they make 3 times extra provision, but still run out of it before time. Result of the said conversation is that I cannot wait to get back to Meghraj for an exclusive Chhole Puri Breakfast session.

Thickness of Lassi is demonstrated by spoon which is not going in and is actually resting on Lassi

Chaina Ram is a name for which I have tremendous respect for. Sweets from Bikanerwaala and Haldiram’s have now started to feel industrial, however a bite into Chaina Ram’s sweets and you can feel the art that went into it. We tried three different types of Karachi Halwa there, Cham Cham and couple of other delicacies.

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Karachi Halwa
Karachi Halwa
Karachi Halwa
Three different types of Karachi Halwa
Cham Cham and other sweets at Chaina Ram

Being a fan of Gole Hatti in Patel Nagar, I have always wanted to try the one near Fateh Puri Masjid in Chandni Chowk, but again as luck would have it, being a Sunday they were closed. Though Kake Di Hatti was not in my mind that day, however somehow we still landed there and as usual, they managed to impress us.

Boondi Raita, Dal Makhani and Chhole at Kake Di Hatti
Stuffed Naan at Kake Di Hatti

Various stuffing that into the Naans
An ‘average naan’ at Kake Di Hatti

And how can be a visit to Kake be complete without a stop at the neighboring Giani’s. Tried there Rose Shake, Pineapple Shake for the first time and can very well say that it was the last time as well. Though shakes are not Giani’s strong point, however they certainly do the BEST Rabri Faluda and Moong Dal Halwa in entire city of Delhi. Their Gajar ka Halwa is also not to be missed at any cost.

Rabri at Giani’s
Rabri Faluda waiting to be served
Gajar ka Halwa

One would think that after so much food, we would call it a day. Infact couple of members did call it a day. However rest of us got into rickshaws and embarked on a long ride to Kucha Pati Ram, Sita Ram Bazaar. Most of you would have guessed what was attracting us there, however instead of our usual Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale we decided to try offerings from Duli Chand Naresh Gupta Kulfi Wala. Though they were pretty good, but I like Kuremal better and ended up there after sampling some treats from Duli Chand Naresh Gupta Kulfi Wala.

Riding through the busy lanes
Riding through the busy lanes
Anar (Pomegranate) Kulfi at Duli Chand Naresh Gupta
Orange stuffed with Rabri Kulfi at Duli Chand Naresh Gupta
One half of Orange stuffed with Kulfi at Duli Chand Naresh Gupta

Pan Kulfi at Duli Chand Naresh Gupta

The following pictures from Kuremal have been shot on my earlier visits to their outlet.

Jamun Kulfi at Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale
Fruit Cream Kulfi at Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale
Aam Panna Kulfi at Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale
One Half of Stuffed Mango Kulfi at Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale
Mango Stuffedwith Kulfi at Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale

Post Kuremal, while walking back towards Chawri Bazaar metro station, couple of Chhole Kulchewalas caught attention in Sita Ram Bazaar. And being the ones who do not believe in holding back the temptations, we tried one of them, who turned out be quite okay, nothing great. And then being a Sunday, Veg Kathi Kebabs were being served in Chawri Bazaar with hot Rumali Rotis, how could have we resisted them.

Chhole Kulche at Sita Ram Bazaar
Veg Kathi Kebabs at Chawri Bazaar

Though we also wanted to go to Bade Mian and Standard Sweets (for Chai) however former was closed due to some reason and latter was closed for cleaning at that hour. It was sort of a food marathon, or rather a Hogathon that took place on that day, 4.5 hours of pure eating.  But as usual, cannot wait to embark on the next one.

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