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Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons In Old Delhi is a record of the food experiences offered in the streets of Old Delhi. Pamela Timms came down all the way from Scotland to enjoy the tastes and flavors of Indian food, which she found it in the street food stalls.

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Pamela Timms decided to get away from the dampness of Scotland and enjoy the sun and heat in India. She came to Delhi and her mission was not just to enjoy the tropical climate but also to discover the heady flavours of Indian foods.

Initially, Pamela Timms found it difficult to sample the genuine taste of Indian food. She then decided that Old Delhi was probably the best place to find it. She began exploring the side streets and by lanes of Old Delhi and discovered the wonderful street food stalls, offering a mind boggling variety of foods.

She soon discovered the taste of korma, kheer and jalebis and began exploring even deeper into the heart of the old city. She made friends and was invited into the homes of the people who prepared the delicious foods sold in the food stalls.

Celebrating festivals with them and enjoying the delicious sweets and spicy foods, she soon began collecting recipes for many of the wonderful dishes sold in the streets. She is now a part of the community whose food traditions she set out to discover.

Rupa Publications has published this hardcover edition of Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons In Old Delhi. This is the first edition.

Key Features:

  • This book is a delightful record of the year the author spent discovering the culinary delights offered by Old Delhi.
  • It contains tempting description of the delightful fare offered and directions to the best eateries in which to enjoy them.
  • Each chapter in the book also contains detailed recipes for the delicious dishes that she discovered, enjoyed and then learnt to cook.

What readers are saying..

Lovely. I have gifted this book to umber pus friends who have all loved it and followed in its footsteps, every delicious step. Can’t wait to return to delhi and follow the trail.

I purchased this book with some misgivings, to be very frank. Here is yet another “firang” giving her two bits worth about Indian food, I thought dismissively. So, i first downloaded a sample, and on Christmas Day, while my wife was busy preparing a lunch of Mutton Rogan Josh for me, I started on the sample. Beforte lunch was served, I had purchased the book, and was well into the intricacies of Ashok and Ashok’s Muton Korma recipe ! Pamela writes with a sure touch about the a subject she obviously loves to a fault – good food. Her writing is witty and sincere, and she brings a Westerner’s eye for detail into her recipes. And her descriptions of the bylanes of Old Delhi are charming and so evocative, that you can actually feel you are there with her as she dashes off on a cold winter dawn in search of the elusive Daulat ki Chaat, or understanding the mysteries behind Bade Mian’s creamy Kheer, or the simple delights of a coal roasted shakharkandi. Her accounts of life around the dusty alleys of Jama Masjid, or the cubby holes in and around Chandni Chowk, reveal a gourmand’s true love for food belonging to a bye gone era. The book is a must read for lovers of Delhi street food at its best.

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Ottimo at West View – ITC Maurya – Ready to host Royalty

The charm of the location, the view, the knowledge that who’s who of the world dine here – ensures that every evening spent here, is going to be an evening of lifetime.

ITC Maurya has been part of Delhi’s Landscape for around 40 years now. Though a slew of modern and luxury hotels have opened in Capital and NCR, they have not taken any charm away from this luxury hotel, located in Diplomatic Enclaves of New Delhi. Well known for hosting executives, ministers, leaders and head of states from all over the world – the hotel is equally popular with denizens of City of Delhi – thanks to many culinary aces that they keep up their sleeves including Dum Pukht and probably the most famous restaurant in India – Bukhara.

West View been a part of the hotel for couple of decades, it never was as busy or famous as other restaurants in the same hotel, however it always had its cult following – a dedicated audience who swear by the place as well the lavishness of their Sunday Brunches.  Infact when ITC wanted to introduce Ottimo to this property, which has been a great success at their hotels in other cities, they decided to keep the ‘West View’ name (unlike other properties) where Ottimo is a standalone brand, here it became Ottimo at West View.

I have been told that Ottimo means excellent in Italian and is  lead by Chef Vittorio Gecco – who after working for several Michelin Star restaurants around the world, joined ITC and started Ottimo at ITC Chola – their signature property in Chennai.

Now that you know more about the place, let me start at the start. West View has been fully redone and we were invited by team ITC Maurya to experience what they have worked really hard on.

We landed their at 7 pm – just the start of their Dinner service. Walking into the restaurant it felt like a drawing-room or just an extension of the kitchen – a very classy one at that. Occupying a table for two on the west windows of West View – the view and the location started to dawn on us. When you can see a sprawling green forest and a setting sun on horizon, it becomes hard to believe that you are bang in the center of a City like Delhi. We jumped from our seats and leaped towards the terrace area – now called an Infinity Theater and a sky bathed in colors of sunset was out there to welcome us. The terrace now has a few tables along with some greens, which technically are their kitchen garden, also housing a pizza oven in a corner.

Coming to food offered – it can primarily be divided into 3 parts –

  • Ottimo’s Italian a la carte menu- Pastas, Pizzas, Soups & More.
  • The Grill – Array of meats and vegetables for you to choose and ready to go on the grill.
  • Cold Buffet spread – with choicest of cheese, meats and salads.

Rs. 1200 gets you to the cold buffet, while you can order other things A la carte, then comes Rs. 2500 option where you get access to the Cold Buffet Cart, choice of one Soup and choice of a pasta. For Rs.3500 you get access to the Cold Buffet, Soup, Pasta, Grills as well as the desserts. All the prices are exclusive of taxes and service charges may apply.

We started off with assortment of cheese, olives, sparkling wine, bread basket and some goodies from their Cold cart. As expected from an establishment of such repute – all of them were of highest quality and set our tummies for gastronomical delights that Italian Chef was about to dish out for us.  A special mention to the Pesto sauce served to us with our breads – it has to THE finest and most aromatic pesto I have tasted till date, closely followed by Naturellement in Auroville, Puducherry. No wonder both of these restaurants are growing their own basil.

We started again, this time with Risotto – topped with crunchy asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes. Simple but robust flavors and beautiful texture defined this European Rice preparation. In pastas, we chose Ravioli – and were served one stuffed with wild mushroom and ricotta and truffle – topped with Parmesan reduction which added the magic to this dish – definitely among the finest that I have laid my fork on.

How can visit to an Italian restaurant be complete without trying their Pizza? – we decided to go for one with Mascarpone Cheese, Tomato, Mozzarella and Parma Ham. Very simple combination, made exotic by availability of  Mascarapone and Parma – both of them still a rarity across pizzerias in town. By this point we were at the end of our appetites, however succumbed to our taste-buds, which demanded more food. Still curious to try the main courses, we went for the lamb chops.

Tender lamb chops stuffed with Parmesan and truffle crusted with almonds and bread crumbs, served with vanilla mash potato, spinach and sautéed vegetables. That is the literal translation from menu – wonder how they managed to get cheese and truffle inside the chop. The texture definitely felt that it has been worked on – reminded of a very fine hand pounded gustaba – coated with crispy  goodness of nuts and bread most probably used as a binder. Beautiful texture of meat was accentuated by the rich nutty crust, while the the potato mash served with it was as creamy as they come. The way zucchini was ‘buttoned’ and served, talked a lot about the art that went behind this dish.

We ended the meal with couple of desserts – Handmade Mango Icecream topped with cherry compote and a Tiramisu – came in a jar and was served with three different chocolates on the side. Not the most bitter or intense Tiramisu, however light, airy and still full of flavors. That said, would expect the Italian chef to produce a show stopper – which this definitely was not. In Mango Cherry ice-cream would love to see more play with the cherries, instead of being a compote or sauce.

As detailed as I have been about the main dishes, I would say that this place is more about a relaxed dinner experience. The kitchen type setup of the restaurant is very inviting, very casual, still exuding that classy feel. You can just go for the cold buffet and the amazing assortment of ‘Tapas’ made of produce from their garden, meats and cheese would keep you great company while you nurse your favorite wine or champagne. Add to that the charm of the location, the view, the knowledge that who’s who of the world dine here – ensures that every evening spent here, is going to be an evening of lifetime.

Ramzan Celebrations in Jama Masjid – Old Delhi – 2016 version

These pictures were shot last night and just posted by a fellow Foodiye –  Subhashis Basu. Even though these are from last night itself, however not much has changed about this Bazaar, which is at least a few centuries old.

Hopefully these would inspire to venture into those lanes, try all the good food and share the pictures on Foodiye.com .. 🙂

Timings : 7:30 pm to 2-3 AM.

Nearest Metro station : Chawri Bazaar – get out from gate no. 5, walk through the actual Chawri Bazaar towards Jama Masjid till you reach the back side of the grand mosque. The road with form a T junction, take the right turn from there keep following the road till you see a proper entry gate to the mosque on your left had side. This bazaar also referred to as Matia Mahal or Gali Kebabiya would be on your right.

Alternatively you can also enter the lanes that takes into Churi Walan from Chawri Bazaar itself – which would have its own charms – and leads you straight into heart of things at Matia Mahal.

Asking around for the names written above would be a good option – there always would be a rickshaw puller to tell you what street to take and what direction to head.

All above Images courtesy : Subhashis Basu

Here are some albums from our excursions to the area, do check pictures and captions to know and understand more :

This is how Top Restaurateur of Delhi does Community Service

Those who are in the food business or in the party scene of Delhi are familiar with the name of Umang Tiwari, a suave young Entrepreneur who is force behind some of the Hottest and Coolest Pubs, Bars and Restaurants of Delhi. Regular on Page 3 of Delhi’s dailies, he is often seen photographed in company of Cricketers, Musicians and Film personalities. Some of his popular creations being : Garam Dharam, Junkyard, Vault and Raas.

However today we are not talking about his exploits in the restaurant industry, but something he has done silently for last few years – feeding over a 1000 people every week – free of cost.

An ardent follower of Mahadev, he considers this as his way of giving back to the society.

The Bhandara or community meal is served every Saturday noon in Hauz Khas Village. Unlike the fancy food served at his restaurants this meal includes Puri, Chana, Aloo Subzi and Halwa – a traditional combination considered fit as offering to Gods and then savored as Prasad for devotees and followers.

He put this up for his friends, sharing the pictures from earlier today and I think it has achieved its purpose. We are inspired and hope some of you would feel the same too. Also its a pointer to good food – as fellow Foodiye will agree – Bhandara food is some of the best food you can put your hands on.. 😉

Where to eat Tandoori Momos in Delhi? Top recommendations by Foodiye

If rising popularity of momos was not surprising enough, we Dilliwalas decided to give them our own twist – like everything else we put them on skewers and grilled them in Tandoor. An original creation of Delhi, these are one of the HOTTEST selling food items these days.

This list will be helpful if you are yet to try them or you are a fan – Lets keep it simple and get down to the recommendations we have received from Foodiye.

Where to eat Tandoori Momos in Delhi? 

The list is in no particular order. If you click on picture you will be taken to the original post about those momos – where you can ask the Foodiye for more information, reviews and feedback if you need.

If you find any of the recommendations helpful, do thank the original poster on Foodiye.com.

Please do share your recommendations and pictures as well, would love to update this list and make it more comprehensive.

  1. This one has multiple recommendations and pictures look super awesome. Though we have featured this image from Green Dot, you can see more here & here from this Vegetarian outlet in Sector 10 market of Dwarka.

    This is best momos from dwarka sector 10 market shop name GREEN DOT. He have lots of variety in tandoori momos.
    This is best momos from dwarka sector 10 market shop name GREEN DOT. He had lots of variety in tandoori momos.
  2. Hunger Strike from very busy Amar Colony Market of South Delhi has the greatest number of recommendations across our platforms.

    Nothing can beat the gem of tandoori momos. Veg Tandoori Momos from Hunger Strike, Amar Colony Market, Lajpat Nagar - 4
    Nothing can beat the gem of tandoori momos. Veg Tandoori Momos from Hunger Strike, Amar Colony Market, Lajpat Nagar – 4
  3. WOW Momos are the upmarket players and can be found in various hotspots of town. Their hygiene levels and prices are slightly higher than your average street joint.

    Chicken and Cheeze pan seared momos and tandoori momos @WowMomos
    Chicken and Cheeze pan seared momos and tandoori momos @WowMomos
  4. North West Delhi – Rohini / Pitampura belt is a hot bed for these tandoori delights. Giri Momos from Pitam  Pura make it to the list.

    Qd likes but at giri momos pitampura. Best version of tandoori momos.
    Qd likes but at Giri momos pitampura. Best version of tandoori momos.
  5. This one is an age-old classic – they very well might be the people who started and made Tandoori momos such a rage. You can savor QD’s version at their restaurants in South as well as North Campus of Delhi University.

    Heavenly Bite - Tandoori veg momos at QD's
    Heavenly Bite – Tandoori veg momos at QD’s
  6. If you happen to be in Faridabad, this  small joint in Sector 17 HUDA Market, TMOS – comes highly recommended.

    The best tandoori Momos you can get in Faridabad, without any dripping Mayo, or any another dip.
    The best tandoori Momos you can get in Faridabad, without any dripping Mayo, or any another dip.

This probably is the BEST pasta made in India

The very popular brand Frontier who are the legends in making biscuits, cakes & delicious goodies, have recently launched their line of high quality artisan Pasta made with 100% Drum Wheat Semolina. They are using international standard bronze die cutting methods which yield perfectly shaped and cut pastas. Unlike the other pasta making companies, they are using the traditional slow drying process which lends a fabulous texture to the Pasta and helps in the perfect absorption of sauces & flavors. If you & your family are fond of Pasta, your search for that perfectly tasting pasta with a beautiful aroma of wheat ends here!

Three variants : Penne Rigate, Fusilli and Macroni are available. We recently tried making Penne in Arrabiata Sauce & Macroni in Cheesey White Sauce and couldn’t stop swooning over the quality, taste & aroma!

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SanaDiGe – Coastal Fine Dine – Restaurant Review

The USP being the nice central location, abundance of parking and super exotic food – which is starting to find favor with us Dilliwalas, however is still not very common.

SanaDiGe is a restaurant that has recently opened up in Malcha Marg Market in Diplomatic Enclave of Delhi – Chanakya Puri. It opened in the building that housed Schengen – Deli & Cafe, which we incidentally visited last year itself. Walking into the same building we were expecting some elements of familiarity with the last restaurant, however was surprised by the way the place has been completely made over. You are politely ushered in and directly towards the hydraulic lift which takes you to the next floor.

Though the menu had lot of options however we decided to go with the Thali or fixed meal platters on offer as that would give is a chance to try multiple things without ordering a lot of different dishes (Thali is on offer only from Monday to Thursday in lunch hours). There were 5 types of Thali to choose from – Veg, Chicken, Mutton, Fish and Prawn.

We ordered for Veg and Chicken versions however wished that restaurant would have done some mix and match of the meats. The Chicken Thali comes with three chicken dishes, prawn one with 3 prawn dishes and so and so worth – it would nice to have a thali with one chicken, one mutton and one fish dish or whatever combo the restaurant decides. Unless of-course there is some logic that says you should only be eating one type of meat in one meal.

A welcome drink of Kokum Kadhi along with some crackers was served to us, followed by assorted condiments – pickles, chutneys and sauces was placed on or table. The chicken thali came with Sanna & plain rice for carbohydrates – sanna can be described as a cousin of Idli – quite similar, still very different. The Veg thali came with two chapatis and a very small portion of what I would call Veg Biryani.

Assorted Chutneys
Pickles and chutney placed an all tables.
Kokum Drink with crackers
Welcome drink and crackers.

There were three chicken items in my Thali – Chicken Pepper Fry, Chicken Masala and Chicken Curry . Chicken Curry was well made and reminded of my meal at Manglorean restaurants down south, where I enjoyed the curry with Kori Roti – which thankfully was available on the menu of SanaDiGe and was promptly served, at additional cost of-course.  Chicken Masala did not seem right – the flavors has just not got inside the meat and left a bit to be desired.

Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry
Chicken Masala
Chicken Masala – scope for improvement there.
Chicken Pepper Masala
Chicken Pepper Fry – BEST dish of the lunch.

Chicken Pepper Fry – I guess that was the name was highlight of the meal for me – juicy and succulent morsels of chicken tossed in spices including pepper and overload of curry leaves – flavors that took me straight back street carts of semi-urban Chennai – a taste I have not found anywhere else till date.

Thali also came with Rasam, Salad, Coconut Chutney & Pickle – two of those items are anyhow available as condiments on the table and serves no purpose in the Thali – infact can leave you feeling like a fool as they seem like items just to fill the space in the platter, while adding no real value to the meal – same was the case with their vegetarian Thali as well. However my dining companion who is a moderate eater found the Veg thali at Rs.350, super bang for the buck and full of flavors. And honestly speaking the Chicken Thali at Rs.450 was not bad value for money either.

Incidentally table next to us was occupied by 3 gentleman, one of them Rajiv Talwar is also one of our readers. Thanks to him got to taste their Chicken Ghee Roast – which was well made and rich in flavors – the taste of spices tingling in the aroma of Desi Ghee were enough to make sure that I find my way back there and have more of it with their Neer Dosa. Our friends ordered Mutton Thali, Prawn Thali and Fish Thali – and only the Mutton Thali was able to satisfy them both in terms of quality and quantity. A Calamari side dish ordered by them, did not get favorable review aswell.

The Payasam served in Thalis worked as a fulfilling dessert and ended our meals with their filter coffee, which though not served in traditional apparatus  was still right on spot. Our total bill was around Rs.1300-1500, which also included a massive portion of Kori Roti.

Overall a very pleasant experience full of rich flavors and considerate hospitality, just what you would expect from a fine dine establishment. The USP being the nice central location, abundance of parking and super exotic food – which is starting to find favor with us Dilliwalas, however is still not very common.