What you eat should be the best

Travel dairies are loaded with self- describing journeys, the over helpful natives and how everyone needs a break from the real life every now and then. But, the worst nightmare that happens to turn true is the bland, tasteless and over cooked food sometimes you get during your travel. Oh No No! I am not at all talking about the food that you get in different parts once you reach your travel destinations; I am actually speaking about the part where you are actually travelling to reach the place. Street foods and travel snacks earlier used to be a fun part of it. But, now when you tell any one of these times, they quite wonder is this an ancient fable or the fantasy that I keep referring to. Although not so much keen about today’s street food, I do know certain industrial caterers that help me out for my travel dilemma in such times. Honestly, we like to call them as our magic beans and unlike others we never worry for this particular facet in travelling.

So back to the travel story; the travel wasn’t supposed to be a leisure trip but an industrial tour clubbed with some relaxation. And certainly, who doesn’t mix business with some pleasure. Recently, Pune as people talk has changed everyone’s perspective of the good time; from happening lifestyle to the workaholics of the Industrial spectrum, Pune has literally nailed its diversity. Here we were, boasting about Pune adding our food habits to the list of Pune Pride.

While we started with the travel, I realized my friend had packed some of the favorite foods from our usual caterer. Another friend that brought the usual packed foods from distant food arenas. Obviously, we chose the earlier as they were fresher, more hygienic and tastier. Being a regular diner at Adhik Resorts we always relied for travel foods to them. The freshness, the flavor and the feeling of home food is what makes us go back to them again and again. We quite do not understand the fuss that has been trending with the packaged foods or organic foods and the claims that these companies keep doing. Anytime, I would rather choose the freshly made food packed with nutrition, and hygiene. Navigating through the big bagpack of the food, I opened up my share and there it was my favorite dish of Maasvadi and the ever refreshing solkadi(one of their specials). Taking a small bit of it, I really wonder how they can manage to feed almost whole of the chakan industrial area with such a universal taste delivered to everyone. I sure appreciate their uniqueness in their work. So, when you are tired of packaged foods or wish to try the freshly made food, for a change experiment with the industrial caterer who also happens to be the best diner of Chakan industrial area.

Back in Love with Indian Food

Growing up in an Indian household from a mediocre city, you somehow indulge in kitchen and cooking. Summers fill in with the aroma of pickles, Papad, Muramba and what not traditional recipes any Maharashtrian household has. As the atmosphere gets colder, the kitchen gets warmer and cosier. From the aromas and crazy neighbours to the warm spicyness and overwhelming mothers bring to us the best chatpatas in the monsoons. The transition of the kitchen as per the climate has always made me indulge in the kitchen diaries I have. But as life grew, so did my reluctance for cooking. I was never a fan of cooking, though all my family just loves to be in kitchen making some new thing, experimenting the traditional recipes. But if you ask me, I really love the stereotypical Indian tastes. Holi calls for malpua, padwa calls for Puranpoli and rains call for kandyachi bhaji. Until recently, I did not worry to go and make something for myself anytime. My eagerly awaiting family was always serving me with things that I would just like to enjoy. But, as people got busy and take away menus piling onto our doors, we sort of drifted from kitchen to our living room. The family room turned from a general chitter chatter to rumbling tummies. While we were wondering who will take to kitchen I remembered that awesome place where we could spend some quality time and indulge in our favourite foods of indianness. And when I suggested, I was more than happy because my family liked the place just the way I have been liking it since the day I accidentally set my foot onto it.

So here I am taking a time off to talk about something that matters to me and my family the most and which is very close to my heart. In this big fast forwarding home delivery world, where continental cuisines and foreign food has taken its place where will us foolish Indian food lovers find a sanctuary? Us Indian food lovers are constantly on a quest to be treated with the desi taste and desi style eating. Once when I was running late for a meeting, I planned to drop to this place that said a traditional royal dining experience. Half sceptical and half hungry I went ahead to try it. Although experimental but not about outside food, I tried my luck just this one time. And I was astonished, not because of the food or anything of it, but, what I could see in the menu. There was Taak, there was vangyachi bhaji, there was chhunda and then there also was dodkyachi chatni. Most people would not understand what I am blabbering about, but any Maharashtrain can feel what I am talking about. Even after witnessing the menu I didn’t get my hopes high because I do know how it works. Yet again, I was overwhelmed since my judgement was flawed. I asked for the things and to my surprise I was well-fed with exactly what I ordered. And so, I went to my meeting satisfied and well fed by my proxy family O’Zara- the royal dining experience in the hearts of chakan industrial area.

Some things to look in festival

Again it’s that time of the year when everything is extravagant. The markets are all humped up with goodies and foodies. Festivals in India are somehow different when you compare them on a global level. Ordering stuff wasn’t so much of style in Indian festive time. We Indians are proud cooks and extra proud of our festival profiles. The exclusive aroma of mixed spices brawl the supermarkets.

But, with the busy competitive routines, recipes have turned to cookbooks and instant readymade festive foods. Even though people like festive food, they are ready to compromise in the fun of preparing it. However, this does not mean that they will compromise on the nutrition or hygiene. Here’s where many caterers have dominated themselves in the wide market. The most admiring thing about the services of caterers is the efforts they put in to give the homely tastes to the cooking. In the festive times like these, there are many delicacies in demand. The beauty of the Indian festivals is even the diverse demographics collate all cultural festivals into one. Therefore, people are most eager to taste different desserts and delicacies during this time. The most waited festive food is in the Ganesh festival and the Navratri. The scrumptious and nutritious Modak are a way into the hearts of customers. There are few who have mastered the art of festive delicacies. When festivals arrive, some people crowd themselves into the sweet shops, some order through caterers and there are very few who are still eager enough to cook for themselves. Following are the things that you should definitely order in festival period to save your time and effort thus letting you enjoys the festivals in more appropriate way.

Modak: It is the most favoured delicacy in any of the household of Maharashtrians during the Ganesh Festival. The festivals fall around August or mid September. Modak are rather heavy and need to be cooked with extra care. They are a ball of sweet coconut stuffing with precise ingrediants and exclusively artistic shape. Ukdiche modak are most preferred ones in recent due to their aromatic and delicious tastes. Talniche modak are also a stomach raking delicacy other than ones made of Khoya (Khava) which are easily available in sweet shops.

Vaatli Daal: This is actually a Prasad or an offering to be given on the last day of Ganpati. While bidding adieu to the favourite God, people make curd rice, Murud Kanole( A special sweet stuffing Indian style empanada ) and Vaatli Daal. Its a special recipe that balances out the sweetness of the festival with its aromatic taste and neutral spiciness.

The ultimate Fast Food:

As Ganpati festival excitement turns off, Navratri is the festive time where the eyes turn brighter than lights. It’s a special festival to enjoy fun, frolic and dance around. The daily routine during this festival is that most people fast for nine days. Complimenting this diet routine, the market is flooded with different innovative dishes for diet routine.

Upvaas kachori: Keeping a restriction on what you eat is sometimes very difficult. But people pull themselves for those 9 days. During these 9 days, consumption of typical diet becomes difficult as days pass. With advent to this, there are many who have experimented with this diet to bring out new dishes of fasting. Upvaas Kachori is something that has been famously demanded during these times. The blend of potato, coconut, spices, sweet chilli and the cucumber dip are a treat to the people in navratri.

Upvvas samosa: Simpler but yet tastier that Upvaas kachori, the samosa is a favourite of any Indian. During these nine days caterers try their hand on these finger foods to keep their customers hooked and entertained for new dishes.

Sabudaana Kheer:

The most adorable sweetening dish is the kheer. The sweet soup made from different ingredients as you travel into any part of India changes. But the temptation for it remains the same. Let its be afast or any festival, kheer is always a must have in any Indian diet. With reflex to the fasting period, Sabudaana kheer has dolled the markets for its tempting and finger licking goodness.