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Five Problematic Ingredients

As a food enthusiast and people who experiment with recipes very often, we thought we’d share with you some ingredients that are a little difficult to buy in Mumbai. Thus, this should serve as guide as to which recipes you may just want to aloof yourselves from.

1. Cream Cheese.

The only Cream cheese we’ve seen available in the market, is Philadelphia by Kraft. It’s available but expensive.

2. Vanilla bean.

Again, available at A1 stores at Crawford Market for Rs40 a pod.

3. Cream Varieties.

One of the biggest problems with cooking in Mumbai is the lack of availability of cream.The only locally manufactured cream available happens to Amul’s Fresh Cream Tetra Pak. Any other kind of cream like sour cream, whipping cream etc that a recipe calls for, shall require extra spending by default.

4. Maple Syrup.

Obviously scarcely available and very expensive. There was a bottle of 100% maple syrup available at Dolce Vita for Rs.700!

5. Readymade Pesto.

Though fresh basil seems to be abundantly available, for some reason, readymade Pesto isn’t. The only brand that seems even remotely affordable is Sacla which too is around Rs250+ for a small jar.

But for those who would still rather use exotic ingredients/not very available ingredients, there is always your closest Nature’s Basket or the newly opened Dolce Vita. (Dolce Vita, Grand Galleria, Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai)

-Avanti Adivarekar

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Tea-Time Snacks on a Budget


Chai time

Photo Courtesy: Khorshed Deboo

The idea of enjoying the humble chai has drastically changed in times of tea-tasting workshops, ‘cha bars’ and tea salons. High tea- replete with scones, sandwiches and sushi rolls may set you back by a few bucks.

Here is a list of ten accompaniments, all under Rs. 20 which we found across the city. They can be savored with your umpteenth cup of tea or evening dose of cutting chai. 

1. Chicken Pattice (Rs. 8) at Merwan 12/13, Madhav Nagar, S V Road, Andheri (West), Mumbai

2. Mini French loaf Bread (Rs. 6) at American Express Bakery, AEB House, 66A, Mirza Galib Marg, Byculla, Mumbai.

3. Currant Bun (Rs 8) Candies, Mac Ronells, Pali Hill, Next to Learners Academy School, Bandra West.

4. Mawa Cake (Rs 12) at Kyani and Company, Jer Mahal, J.S.S Road, Mumbai

5. Vada Pav  (Rs. 7) at Sahyadri Maharshi karve Road, Churchgate, Mumbai.

6.  Oat Cookie (Rs. 7) at Candies, Mac Ronells, Pali Hill, Next to Learners Academy School, Bandra West.

7.  Kanda Poha (Rs 15) at Kutumb Sakhi, Near S.K PatilGarden, Charni Road, Mumbai.

8.  Palmiers (Rs. 20) at Edward Bakery, 62/64, Perin Nariman Street (Bazargate Street), Fort, Mumbai

9.   Egg Puff (Rs 10) at Alfa Bakery, Shop No. 6, Parvati Nagar Co-op Hsg. Soc. Ltd., Yari Road, Versova, Andheri (W), Mumbai

10.Omelet with Bread (Rs 18) at Ratan Tata Institute, 39, Hughes Road, Next to Westside, Mumbai


P.S. It’s 1st of March and we cannot wait to lay our hands on the new BBC GoodFood issue!

– Khorshed Deboo 

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The Gourmand and the Reel

Hello movie buffs!

We thought we’d dedicate a post just to celebrate how much fun and effort food really is.

No Reservations-

Kate, a renowned and busy chef (Catherine Zeta Jones) has to parent her niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin) when her mother (Kate’s sister) dies in a car crash. As Kate struggles to strike a balance between parenting and work, she tries her restaurant’s perfect recipes at home, not realizing that Zoe doesn’t want perfect.

Julie & Julia

Julia, (Amy Adams)a bored newly married aims at perfecting Julia child’s 500+ recipes in a year. She writes down her experiences in a blog which soon becomes one the most read blogs in America. The film describes both their lives, running parallel to each other.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-

Who doesn’t love this classic? Those small Oompa Loompas just HAVE to steal your heart. And the Chocolate river!

Charlie, a poor school boy who lives with all 4 of his grandparents and his mother wins a ticket to visit Willy Wonka, the country’s most famous chocolatier’s factory. Little does he know what is in store for him at the end of the visit. Till then, his experiences in the factory shall never fail entertain us.

PS- Do not confuse this with the newer version called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The old one trumps, by far.


Who’d think a rat would want to be a chef? Remy the rat comes to the rescue of an amatuer chef and helps him with his daily jobs in the kitchen. All is well, till the rat community get wind of this, and come charging at him.


A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community


Not many may have heard of this, but this is quite a film. Jenna (Keri Rusell) is pregnant waitress and ends up in a relationship with her gynaecologist. Inspite of a number of events that follow, she religiously makes pies everyday. A pie for every occassion.

Do tell us which film you liked best!

-Avanti Adivarekar

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Where to be This Year…

We have compiled a comprehensive list for our readers this week!

Since we don’t really have food festivals as such, we thought we could provide you with what would be interesting places to be at this year, chronologically.

1. Kalaghoda Arts Festival, Food. [February 2012]


Starting in 2012, KGAF has a new section under their activities- The Food Section. This year, there were demos from Nikhil Chib of Busaba, Pooja Dhingra of Le 15 Patisserie and Prakash Thadani of Cool Chef Cafe.

All these demos where famous chefs share their recipes are free.

2. Sula fest [February 2012]


To all you wine connoisseurs, the famous Sulafest returns every February. With an amalgamation of numerous bands as usual, Nasik is definitely the place to be on this weekend!

Sulafest passes can be bought online or at the venue.

3. Mumbai Wine Fest. [March 2012]


Organized at the Radio Club this year, Mumbai Wine Fest aims at promoting new wine manufacturers from India. There are to be a number of olive and cheese platters available for tasting along with the wines.

Mumbai Wine Fest passes can be bought online or at the venue.

4. Restaurant Week [March 2012]


For one week twice a year, they offer you the opportunity to dine at Mumbai’s most aspirational restaurants at more affordable prices. You can explore multiple fine dining options and indulge in a unique gourmet experience.

Participating Restaurants can charge only Rs1000 (excluding taxes) and not more.

5. Mumbai International Beer Festival [October 2012]


The Festival celebrates iconic beers from across the globe/ It includes great craft brews, fine food and live music.

Passes are available for Rs 500 for 4 international beer tastings.

6.The UpperCrust Show [Dec 2012]

Once the only food magazine (after the arrival of BBC Good Food India) hosts its annual show where chefs give demos and numerous retailers, wholesalers and authorized resellers of brands come together.

It generally takes place at the World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade.

Entry is free.

-Avanti Adivarekar

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