Food on Wheels

Pune has been known for its food culture and foodies are often left drooling with the mere sight of the variety of food made available. Food in the city has however gone up a level higher with some amazing food trucks doing the rounds. Food trucks which gained a lot of popularity through TLC’s ‘Eat Street’, and is thought of as more of an American concept has been widely accepted by people of all age groups. People can be seen like swarming bees around these trucks.

Here is a list of the most popular food trucks in the town:

Burgertron:  As it is revealed through the name itself, this food truck sells lip-smacking burgers and in so many varieties. Crabs, prawns, squid and chicken steak are some of their best burgers. They provide these mouth-watering burgers at a very reasonable price and have a lot in store for the meat lovers especially. They are located in Viman Nagar, which is a major hangout for most youngsters.

Price: Rs. 150-200.

The Cheese Truck: This is the ultimate cheese paradise for all the cheese lovers. Their menu includes grilled sandwiches with eggs, tandoori chicken, potatoes, eggs, creamy spinach pancakes, Nutella and cheese sandwich. However, their most sought-after dish is their “Stoner’s Delight”, which is a triple decker sandwich with lot of filling and a secret ingredient.

Price: Rs. 80-180

Henny’s Gourmet: Located on Salunkhe Vihar Road, Henry’s Gourmet is only and only for those who have a sweet tooth. This food truck sells out some of the best waffles in town. Starting from dark Belgian, strawberry cream cheese, blueberry, chocolate mousse, Nutella and Oreos served with whipped cream, they have it all.

Price: Rs. 100-240

 

Sources: filter.com indiatimes.com

Zomato shuts services in four cities

Zomato, the leading online restaurant discovery and food-ordering app has announced the shutdown of its services in four cities; Coimbatore, Indore, Kochi and Lucknow.

These cities bring a combined order of less than 2% to the food-ordering app service’s total order volume. The latest shutdown has now brought the number of cities that the app caters to 11 from 14 since its launch. The reason for the shutdown has been cited to be financial and cost-cutting.

Zomato’s co-founder, Pankaj Chaddah said, “The shutting down of business in Coimbatore, Indore, Kochi and Lucknow is due to the small size of the market is in these cities. We will re-launch our services when these cities grow with time. Meanwhile, we continue to offer our best content to foodies”.

Despite the various marketing efforts as well as TV ads, Zomato did not get the required increase in volume in these cities. These cities are as of now not ready for the online food-based app services and Zomato will resume services once the time is right.

The leading food based online app service had laid off about 300 employees in the United States last October. These strategies are being employed due to cost reasons. Zomato lists about 75,000 restaurants in India and is partners with Delhivery and Grab to offer delivery services.

 

Source: Hindustan Times

Tales of a Lazy Sunday Brunch

A small cozy restaurant tucked away in the recesses of Model colony, Tiencan be missed easily if you don’t look carefully. When you step in,the smiling and warm welcome from the staff and the naturallighting of this place makes you comfortable instantly. Two intricately detailed watercolor paintings hang on the walls, along with a notice board with funny memes on it.

An open faced frittata with baked beans toast and omelette with mushrooms and black olives was first up on the table. The omelette was warm and soft; of perfectconsistency, served with a side of roasted baby potatoes. The baked beans, served with tomato sauce, a sprinkling of cilantro on it along with wheat bread was also ordered. The perfectly toasted bread and the flavours of the baked beans on to the toast took me to a completely different dimension. It served as a welcome break from the warm savoury flavours that the omlette and the baby potatoes brought to the table. The bread was firm and crisp and you could smell a whiff of butter when picked up to chew.

To help beat the heat- lemon iced tea, was the drink of the hour. The menu said it was freshly brewed; served in a mason jar with a wedge of lemon and mint leaves casually sprinkled on top, it was a pleasant surprised when they actually stuck to their promise!Fresh flavours of lime and tea leaves were present and it was true to the essence of iced tea.

For main course, there was Pasta with Neapolitan sauce. The Penne pasta was soft and well cooked, topped with grated parmesan cheese and more cilantro herbs. A little on the bland side it lacked in flavor, but made up it in quantity and it was hard to finish. It was served with a side of wheat bread, which complemented the dish perfectly.

So here’s the final verdict: The restaurant was calm, cozy but not cramped. The food was of exceptional quality and though priced a little on the higher side, they definitely make up for it by giving you full value for your money.

The Most of Mughlai!

Image courtesy: zootout.com
Image courtesy: zootout.com

Each eatery is classified either according to the luscious food they serve or the lovely ambiance they indulge you in. Desi Aroma is a restaurant which qualifies for the former. A modest restaurant of 2 floors, the basement is spacious and seems huge enough for a reception. The first floor, on the contrary feels a little claustrophobic and is able to accommodate 10-15 people at a time.

What then lures people to Baner to be a frequent visitor of this restaurant is because they master in giving authentic Mughlai Food. With the quintessential aroma of its spices and the taste varying from mild to spicy, Desi Aroma offers some good dishes of Mughlai variety. One starts with a Murg Afghani platter that serves you with mouthwatering pieces of spiced chicken. You have also the King’s choice to make between Achari Murg Tikka which specializes in giving a tangy feel or Murg Kali Mirch Kebab which adds some pepper to your life. However, there is no harm in ordering an assorted non-veg platter as well, which serves different varieties of Chicken and Mutton. There is no backing out if Tundey ke Kebab is in the menu. Mustard Jhinga Jaituni, a prawn variety is also another add-on if you are a seafood lover!

For rice eaters, Desi Aroma offers an array of Briyanis. However, a humble piece of advice would be to venture out of the comfort zone and try one of their special Jhinga Dum Biriyanis. The flavour of prawns mix into the gravy of the rice ever so eloquently to give you a taste which is beyond words. A roti and any choice of ‘sabzi’ from their varieties can also be an option which will give you a routine tour of the Mughlai food.

Though they recommend a special chef’s choice of dishes, the area remains unexplored. However, Chef’s special keema would be an ideal option to look out for. Treat yourself with a malai phirni or you can even chose the salted boondi raita to complement the heavy meal. The restaurant is a great retreat for non-vegetarian eaters, leaving the veggie folks to be a little disappointed.

The prices are affordable with a decent quantity sufficing up to people for one dish. It is a great outlet for students who can taste some appetizing Mughlai food. At the end, one is also served with a gave finger bowl with rose petals & complimentary pan.

The place, though small, is neatly lit up and leaves you with a lasting taste of the food you experience with your satiated taste buds longing for more!

Rating: – 3 / 5

Address :- 10/11, Aditi Mall, Baner Road, Baner, Pune

66 years on, agriculture still India’s backbone

Agriculture forms 75% of India's GDP | Photo: Nayan Das
Agriculture forms 75% of India’s GDP | Photo: Nayan Das

It is going to be 66 years since Jawaharlal Nehru on the eve of 14th August 1947 spoke his golden words, “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”  So it soon will be 66 years since India woke up.

Every year on Independence Day there are certain number of stories which are always run by media houses, like, “Independence day- just another holiday”, “Is India really Independent?” etc. We also constantly debate over the fact that India has not grown. There is more corruption, more illiteracy, more poverty; it’s a very long list as you know. But what about how much India has grown? What about how India has become one developing nation from an under-developed nation?

The fact that India’s literacy has more than doubled from 30% to 74%, according to the Census of 2011, is completely ignored by all of us. After the implementation and continuous practice of Green Revolution principles, India has become a self sufficient nation in terms of food. No one talk about how Indian agriculture has developed and evolved since independence.

India is known to be an agrarian based society. Our agricultural sector is the backbone of India’s economy.  With its allies like fisheries and forestry the agricultural sector is the single largest contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country by contributing almost as much as one-third of the total GDP.

About 70% of the country’s population live in rural area according to the census of 2011 and most of them are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Every farmer toils for at least 10-12 hours tilling and working on a field. Gorango, a farmer in Bhogaram, Orissa, works for almost half the day. He used to work on the land owned by a rich family in the neighboring village, but today he owns a piece of  land all by himself. He works of himself and earns for himself. This is the case of lots of farmers in India.

One of the best things that happened to the Indian agrarian society was the initiative and implementation of the Green Revolution in 1966-67. Prior to the 1960’s India used to rely on imports and food aid to sustain its livelihood. After severe droughts in 1965 and 1966, India decided to change its agricultural policies. The green revolution was a boom in the country. It gave birth to the bread and basket state of India, i.e. Punjab.

According to the Food and Agricultural organization of the United Nations (in 2009), India is the largest producer of a number of crops like jute, milk, select fresh meat etc. and also the second largest producer of wheat and rice. According to Agricultural Development in India since Independence: A Study on Progress, Performance, and Determinants by, Amarnath Tripathi and A.R. Prasad, in India barren and uncultivated land has fallen from 37484 thousand hectares to 17709 thousand hectares since 1950-51 to 2000-2001. The amount of net sown area has increased by 18.44% since 1950-1951.

Still think India has not developed at all? At least the backbone of the country’s economy has. India is going to be 66 years in a few days. We are developing, if not in the speed, but in our minds, we are. By the latest census, India is a country with 1.24 billion people. For a number like this, development takes time and patience.  So this year let us go into this New Year of Independence with what John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not, what your country can do for you. Ask what, you can do for your country.

Rotting Grains in Hungry India

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It is hard to believe that India is the same country that transformed from a “begging bowl” to a “bread basket”. After high-yielding varieties of seeds were first introduced in India in 1968, the wheat production rocketed from 6.4 million tonnes in 1948 to 20 million tonnes. The Green Revolution converted India into a shining new nation brimming with success and sufficient wheat stalks. But 45 years after the hopes of converting a country that was once on the brink of mass famine to a self-contained nation, the situation continues to be shaky.

India continues to remain the second largest producer of wheat. According to a Food and Agriculture Organization report, it is likely to export 7.5 million tonnes by the end of June 2013. India today has about 40 million tonnes of surplus grain, and yet it ranks 65 out of 122 countries on the World Hunger Index of 2012.

One of the biggest reasons of this conundrum is shocking.

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