As our country, the land of cultural diversities and festivals, just celebrated the festival of Durga Puja, which is known affectionately as ‘pujo’ or ‘Durgotsav’ to Bengalis, is celebrated with dance, food, music, grandeur and community gatherings. Now, we all know Bengal is home for some of the finest delectable delicacies. For our next food quest we decided to explore the tastes of Bengal, and what better option was there to explore in Delhi than the Bengali Hub, CR Park. My companion for this food quest was LeEco Le 2. It is the successor to Le 1 and comes with a similar design, but improved specs.
The phone boosts 8MP shooter front camera and 16MP primary camera with dual flash. The Camera Interface is Pretty Loaded in the Le 2. It has a big shutter button, above the shutter button it has the options for video recording, slow-mo recording and panorama mode. Then it has different modes to choose from like HDR, Night, Square and Beauty mode. It has a flashlight On/Off Button at the top center and a settings button on the top left. The device also features a lot of color effects to edit your photographs. Some of the color options are Mono, Nature, Tonal, Warm, Normal, Chrome, Lomo etc.
To test the camera quality of the phone we took it to various Durga Puja Pandals in C.R Park and famous Bengali eateries for this special festive story. We also bring to you a list of five Bengali dishes that you must try during this festive season. All pictures in the post are clicked by my LeEco Le 2.
The markets in Chittaranjan Park offers exactly everything that a Bengali from Kolkata would need. On one such journey to discover the popular bengali snacks we encountered “Ghughnee”. An extremely popular snack in Bengal and in parts of Bihar and Orissa, ghughnee is a curry made of chickpeas that are soaked in water overnight. There’s a veg version as well as one with minced mutton.
Location- A roadside vendor at Market No.1 CR Park near Canara Bank ATM
2. Mughlai Parantha
Mughlai Paratha or also popularly known as Mughlai Porota in Kolkata. Is a famous CR Park and Durga Puja Delicacy. This place (Kolkata Kathi Roll) deserves some special kind of food award for rolling out the world’s yummiest Mughlai parathas, stuffed with shreds of chicken and layered with maida and egg, the dish spells out indulgence
Location- Kolkata Kathi Roll, CR Park Market no.1
Prepared with milk, sugar and paneer, and decorated with pistachios, almonds and saffron strands, this Bengali sweet dish will melt in your mouth. The nuts give the soft mithai a crunchiness and saffron strands give it a unique flavour. If you haven’t had sandesh yet, you should definitely try it out this festive season.
Location- Rasoraj Sweets, D-767, CR Park, opposite market no.2 , Bipin Chandrapal Marg.
4. Kolkata Biryani
If you haven’t eaten biryani for lunch or dinner at least a couple of times, you’re really not feeling it. A good Mutton Biryani (Kolkata-style mind you) complete with a chunky potato is a must. And if you don’t eat mutton, even a Chicken Biryani is acceptable. The grains have to be long and separate, and have that yellow tinge without fail. Where in Delhi do you get this biryani? At the puja pandals of course or else you can head to Kolkata Biryani House.
Location- Kolkata Biryani House, Shop no 49, Market no.1 CR Park
Churmur is the broken down version of phuchka, or rather its a transition between alu kabli and phuchka. It is a crunchy, crispy, tangy, sweet & savory snack/appetizer that is one of the most popular roadside street food in Kolkata.
Location- K block pandal, C.R Park
This is the list of dishes that we suggest you to try during this festive season. A special mention to LeEco Le 2 which was my partner in this food trail. The phone which turned out to be the star of our trip is a a slim 7.5mm and weighs 153 grams pocketable device. The curved edges of the phone further helps in this regard and makes it comfortable to hold in the hand and it simply slips into any pocket.
The phone is powered by a 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 652 processor which offers an excellent balance between performance and frugality. LeEco phones are equipped with fast charging technology and it has been one of our favourite features. As promised, the Le 2 also charges up pretty quickly. For its price, LeEco Le 2 is a total worth and can surely turn heads.
Audi, the German car manufacturer, launched the all-new 2016 Audi A4 at company’s Gurgaon dealership. 95 kilograms more lighter than it’s predecessor the car has a brilliant performance and redefines efficiency, comfort and technical finesse. Audi A4 was the cheapest Audi earlier but now with A3 being the cheapest, A4 is the next cheapest Audi you can buy. The new Audi A4 is slightly bigger in dimension than its predecessor. It is 2.5cm longer on top of a 12cm longer wheelbase, 1.6 cm wider on a new platform that is said to be 120 kg lighter. The new Audi A4 is currently available in petrol only, with its 1.4 liter TFSI Engine pumping out close to 150 bhp of power.
The all-new Audi A4 now comes with a new 7 Speed S tronic transmission. The transmission now offers a fuel-saving freewheeling function called “Coasting Mode”. Wheel-selective torque control supplements the drive train.
First fully digital dashboard, the Audi Virtual Cockpit is completely driver focused, every information is directly in front of the driver- from navigation arrows to dynamic animations and infotainment features. The 31.24 centimeter LCD displays the most important information in brilliant high-resolution graphics, with great detail and sophisticated effects. The Audi Virtual Cockpit offers display in two views: Classic and Progressive.
The Launch event commenced at 7 pm with a host of attendees including journalists, marketers, bloggers, photographers and automobile influencers. The Audi Gurgaon showroom, under Zenica Group, is the first and one of the largest Audi showrooms in the country. Zenica group also boasts of two other iconic showrooms in Delhi/NCR – the Audi Delhi Central and Audi Approved Plus, the latter being the largest pre-owned luxury car dealership housing up to 33 cars under one roof at any given point of time. Over the years, all 3 dealerships have been awarded as Audi’s ‘Partner of the Year’ several times, with Audi Gurgaon winning it in a row since 2012.
The event organised by Audi Gurgaon was graced by Magician and illuminist Karan Singh Magic, who enthralled the crowd with his tricks. The new A4 has been launched at a really competitive starting price of Rs. 38.10 Lakhs (ex-showroom). The new car is now available for test drive at the authorized Audi dealerships in NCR. One can also check out the tweets on the new A4’s launch at the Audi Gurgaon dealership by following #NewA4atAudiGurgaon. The new A4 is sure to bring a revolution in the premium executive sedan segment.
Test Drive Link- http://bit.ly/AudiDelhiCentral
Glenfiddich and NDTV Good Times partners for a short series “The Mavericks”. The show will be hosted by renowned celebrity Rahul Khanna. The three part series will go air on 3rd September 2016. The subsequent episodes will go on air on 10th and 17th September.
The series brings to life the story of the maverick whisky makers of the Dufftown, from the Scottish Highlands. Whisky- making is the essence of Dufftown, and the world’s most award winning single malt Scotch whisky comes from this little vibrant area. A maverick in himself Rahul Khanna will take you through the story of legends who have introduced single malt whisky to the world. Set in quaint and picturesque Dufftown, the series begins from the “Valley of the Deer”, on the banks of the river Fiddich, where the founder William Grant nurtured a dream to make the “best dram in the valley”. This is where Glenfiddich got its name from.
Rahul takes the viewers through the journey of the William Grant and Gordon family into making Glenfiddich as the finest whisky the world has ever known. This traces the innovation and the pioneering outlook which this successful family run business embodies along with its’ contemporary global orientation that salutes the true maverick spirit the world over.
The show was unveiled over an exclusive media gathering at The Westin Gurgaon. Speaking on the occasion Rahul Khanna said that ” The humble origin of Glenfiddich is certainly awe inspiring for me since nobody would have ever thought that a small and quaint setting such as Dufftown would become an important part of the global whisky map. Whisky fans will certainly love to watch this carefully written story of the Mavericks of Dufftown’.
There can be no better time or place to write about Chaayos – monsoons, Mumbai and Chaayos! Can there be a more perfect match?
Chaayos makes me proud. To think how tall they stand in the face of a Starbucks, and how they have revolutionized and liberated our humble “desi” chai up against the foreign-returned lattes! I know Chaayos from the time that they were setting up their first kiosk in Building 5, Cyber City, Gurgaon. We would hang out for a quick bite (I don’t drink tea), my coworkers/friends had their customized tea. Nitin Saluja was almost always found there, he would chat up, explain his concept, talk about his vision and guide us to new things from his menu. He obviously does not remember us, but we remember him, vividly. Because we knew he has felt the country’s pulse at the right time and that him and his partner were all set to sweep the nation by chai!
From there on, I have followed their journey closely, have been to almost all their outlets in Delhi. Then I moved to Mumbai. And Chaayos moved to Mumbai! I took up a house in Bandra and Chaayos was setting up shop in Bandra. Honestly, I only went to Chaayos for breakfast or for their sandwiches, and occasionally for their cold creamy beverages. However, now is a different time, a different place altogether. It is Mumbai and it is my first monsoon in the city!
I love monsoons (minus the potholes, traffic and dirty water while having to travel to work). So when Chaayos opened their 4th outlet in Powai and we had an opportunity to head there on a rainy evening, I got converted. I had tea, all kinds. Kulhad wali chai, aam papad chai, and honey ginger lemon chai. I loved these three, totally. My colleagues had their very own customised desi chai (they are big chai drunkards), sometimes “kadak” (strong) with “adrak” (ginger), sometimes more milk, and elaichi adrak and many other various types. I was a total novice in this area, but I am now motivated to learn, to break out of my “no-tea” shell! And while having the various kinds of tea, how could we miss the keema pao, the bun maska and the mushroom sandwich with the amazing dip.
Chaayos has almost changed the way the world thinks of chai. For Indians, as passionate and as possessive as they are about their “kind” of chai, I guess Chaayos has EVERYONE covered, with their 12,000 ways of customizing your very own chai. And then there is “mobile” chai, all packed in insulated packaging. You can takeaway chai for 4-10 people in different sized packing. They have the age old concept of “thandi” (cold) chai, they have Ayurvedic “Bhagwan” ki (God’s) chai. You name it, they have it. Plus the relaxed, comfortable, cool seating, witty graffiti, and quirky decor – it is a package you cannot ignore.
The Powai outlet could feel small for the enthusiasm that Powai holds for a place like this – chilled, relaxed, no stress to rush – the quintessential cafe but serving India’s favorite beverage. Bandra outlet is larger, more spacious, with both outdoor as well as indoor seating. It cannot get any more romantic!
I moved to Mumbai recently, from Gurgaon. Among many other things from the city that I spent 6 yrs in, I was surely missing the Parle-G cheesecake, the chicken tikka masala, the raj kachoris and the music from Farzi cafe, Cyber Hub. So, when I heard that Farzi is on its way to Mumbai I could hardly contain myself.
A late lunch on a weekend seemed best for a leisurely time at this treasure box of food. The place is fantastic, much more spacious, and way better (at least as per my aesthetic sense) than their other outlets so far. The rustic Rajasthani jali work all around, high ceilings and 3D effects create an imposing ambiance. Good music, good crowd, spacious seating areas and the expectations of an incredible gourmet trip sets you up for the best.
After their mishti doi spheres with berry sauce as amuse-bouche, first up were the cocktails, Farzi Apple Foamatini, Farzi Tina, 3 Musketeers, and My Girlfriend. The last one was amusing. Served in a female figurine glass, rum infused with watermelon juice and probably coconut water, it made for a beautiful summer drink. For starters we had the popular raj kachori (from Delhi days), the famed dal chawal arancini, tempura fried prawns, goat cheese stuffed tangdi kabab, and Delhi belly (pork belly) tikka. A special shout out to the tempura fried prawns for it’s subtle hint of tobasco on the perfect tempura coating. And the pork belly was one of the best quality meat I have tasted in a long time. Raj kachori was delicious, as always, especially with the crispy okra on the side and the tamarind chutney foam.
For main course we had bheja fry appam (unique fusion and good at that), chicken tikka masala (our usual favorite at Farzi) which comes with a side of garlic naan, and a small portion of spaghetti aglio olio, which was super – melt in the mouth, warm, delicious flavors that left us wanting for more. They served a palate cleanser, in between the courses.
Dessert had to be Parle-G cheesecake, what else when at Farzi! It has to be one of the best fusion creations. Cheesecake sandwiched between Parle-G biscuits, served on a bed of creamy rabri, dotted with generous amounts of Gems 😀 The confluence of sour and sweet feels just about perfect. We also tried the rasmalai tres leches (not the very best dessert).
However, above all, their well-groomed team takes the cake away, as they amaze you with their hospitality, smart appearances, well coordinated service and their in-depth knowledge about the menu.
Spend a leisure Sunday afternoon brunching, or an evening out with friends, or choose to celebrate a special day here – the electric atmosphere, the crowd, the location and the food at Farzi Cafe will not cease to surprise you and pamper you!
Where: Kamala Mills, Lower parel
Price: $$$ for 2
Recommendations: My Girlfriend (cocktail), Apple Foamatini, Raj Kachori, Tempura Fried Prawns, Pork Belly Tikka, Chicken Tikka Masala, Spaghetti Aglio Olio, Appam with Bheja Fry, and Parle-G Cheesecake