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Home Chef’s Authentic Food. Latest Trend To Hit The Curry Lane

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Home Chef’s Authentic Food… Home Chef’s Abode… Your Culinary Experience

Latest Trend To Hit The Curry Lane

Indian Spices

Indian Food culture is well known for its regional and historical lineage while home cooking is defined by family traditions and rituals. India is an abode to diverse cultural sensibilities; food is quintessentially diverse too. With the world becoming a global village, those in the food business are experiencing a tremendous change.

On one hand, regional food is getting its well-deserved place while on the other, culturally-cult food (Desi-Global) or as we say “Fusion food” is picking up pace too.

Spice of Life

After all ‘Variety is the spice of life’.

One of the days, while wrapping some stories of my travel sojourns, my taste buds started to crave for my mom’s food. I felt restless &helpless. Not that I didn’t know how to cook my native food but there is something about mom’s cooked food which is incomparable and unmatched.

I started searching online for Kashmiri Wazwaan to put my cravings to rest and finally landed at the ‘Authenticook’ website.Yes, Authenticook. You got it right as the name suggests, I initially took it as a restaurant serving various regional authentic cuisines. It was only when I was placing an order for Kashmiri Cuisine, I realised that I will enjoy my native food in the company of a fellow native Home Chef. It took few minutes to understand the entire mechanics of this revolutionary trend in the food business.

The latest to hit the curry lane is the concept of eating local food like locals in the company of ‘Home Chefs’. Isn’t that interesting? The food is prepared traditionally using native spices to offer rich flavours and aroma to provide, undoubtedly, the same old native taste.

Diner at Authenticook

The interesting part is that the diner gets to eat food at the Home chef’s pad, making it a different and overwhelming experience.

Sourcing such authentic food, prepared traditionally just like home is a challenge while ‘Authenticook’ does it all for you and get your authentic meals booked at a click. Easy & Simple!

I booked my meal for the weekend and spoke to their team about how this concept sounded exciting. I expressed my intention to cover them in my next section of yet another foodie story. The team was gracious enough in not only briefing about their business practices but gladly shared few insights & experiences of conducting foodie home sessions in the past 2 years.

Jasleen, Home Chef & Potter

Jasleen: Home Chef & Potter

My Lunch Date was with Home Chef ‘Jasleen’ at her pad in Mumbai. I reached her place half an hour before her guests were arriving. I was served ‘Chaas’ as a welcome drink and the perfect ingredient to beat the heat of Mumbai.

Home Chef Jasleen

Her abode was warm and her daughter actively participating and talking about the food being served was most heart-warming & touching.

Jasleen's meal at AuthenticookThe menu served included:

Welcome Drink: Chaas
Main Course:

  • Vegetarian: Rajma(Kidney Beans)
  • Non Vegetarian: Tabak Maaz, Matz, Rogan Josh, Yakhni
  • Mujh Chutney- Radish & Curd Spread
  • Mixed Pickles

Drinks: Kahwa (Tea)
Deserts: Phirni

After relishing a rich meal and amazing hospitality from the family, I thanked Home Chef Jasleen for her amazing culinary skills and the experience that she brought in while serving. It reminded me of a quote I read somewhere “You don’t need a silver fork to relish good food”. How true is that!

I left her home withamazing revelation that“Food is heavenly”It originates somewhere, some place and from someone. Food always tells a story. Usually a very personal one”.

About Home Chef Jasleen
Home Chef Jasleen was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. Her early childhood was spent in the by lanes of the valley. So much was the influence of food and culture of the valley that she took a sabbatical from her corporate life to turn back to something she loves doing- cooking Kashmiri Cuisine? When I asked her why she opted to be a home chef, she said, “Live reviews, response and the chance to see the expressions- experiences of her guests live, is much more rewarding than reading reviews online or on feedback books. Well that made sense indeed.

About Authenticook:

‘Authenticook’ is team of young entrepreneurs promoting Regional Authentic Cuisines of India by incredibly talented Home Chefs. The team has enrolled a whopping list of about 70 Home Chefs on their panel. The service is available in following cities Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Fort-Kochi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi & Bangalore.

Team of Authenticook Restaurant

From Left To Right:Sai Ghatpande – Chief Pictures Officer, Aneesh Dhairyawan – Co-Founder, Chief Relationship Officer, Priyanka Deshpande – Co-Founder, Chief Creative & Content Officer, Ameya Deshpande – Co-Founder, Head Strategy and Business Development

Gypsyescapade Reviews ‘Authenticook’, Mumbai:

“Recommended for savouring authentic regional cuisines”. Website is user-friendly and smooth to book your meal. Booking orders are flexible for rescheduling and postponing. The selection of Home Chefs by the team is well researched and done over food trials before introducing them as hosts on their platform. The homemadefood served is fresh, hygienic, and warm whilehospitality of home chefs is incredible. Passionate team serving equally passionate experience.

Diners Review:

Home Chefs with Authenticook

Zaika-e-Kashmir, Mumbai (Jasleen’s meal):
“Must try! It’s addictive”. When I went to Srinagar last year, I loved the food so much that I started looking for Kashmiri restaurants in Mumbai. Never thought I would be lucky to enjoy mouth-watering, authentic and hygienic Kashmiri Waazwan in Mumbai. Loved the conversations with fellow foodies. Host is a very warm person with a beautiful house. I would definitely go back. Last but not the least, team Authentic Cook does a great job of coordinating and follow ups. Can’t wait to try more authentic cuisines by home chefs. – Dimple S

If you are good with your forks & knife and know the art of narrating a foodie story, then join the bandwagon of home chefs with Authenticook.

Website: www.authenticook.com
Email: contact@authenticook.com

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Culture on your Palate.

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Food is lens to one’s country’s culture. It is said very often that to know a place better, one must try its cuisine.

Phuket, one of the popular islands of Thailand was once primarily known to be a commercial hub that eventually led to invasion of multiple cultures and hence richness in its cuisine.

I was invited for yet another culinary extravaganza at Old Town Phuket  by A Chef Tours. Though I am pro at reviewing food but then I do have some dietary limitations. What impressed me the most was the design planning of the tour that takes care of your dietary requests and limitations.

Pema Juanjenkit was our group’s Culinary Guide. Just like Cook brings soul to a recipe, she brings in soul to the tours she conducts. She is a complete walking human library with so much information to offer about food and culture both. I have reviewed so many food tours but what’s really amazing is to feel her passion, energy and knowledge about history of place, culture and the food. The tour indeed is worth every penny spent as not only do you get to experience the dishes but those small details about ingredients, origin, history itself makes it worth indulging in.

Our Group had these two lovely ladies from Sydney, mom daughter duo and they were such good sport throughout the tour. This one tour taught me so much about people and culture that I am glad I did take this invitation.

Coming to the Food what makes this foodie experience interesting is the choice of places and the people behind the show. We had some interactive sessions with Restaurateur’s and chefs. Stories not just about food but about culture too.

The tour is said to be for about 4 hours but Pema tends to evaluate the interest levels of her group and is generous enough in letting the group enjoy each session. Our Tour turned out to be 6 hours session. Not that I am complaining.

What Does A Chef Tour Phuket Old Town Tour Offers.

The Phuketian food tour starts from Wet market in old town, one can see varied variety of fruits and vegetables, meat and local delicacies. Great food and contentment on people’s face’s selling their produce is humbling.

Next on the card was Backstreet Burmese Tea House serving some rich Burmese Beef Curry, Wood Fired nans, samosas and tea. Oh! that reminds me of our Desi Nan, samosa back home.

Learning about Zee Kwet (Owl Pairs) in Myanmar culture was so enriching.

Knom Jee nam Ya Ba – Bowl with herbal Kanom Jeen Noodles with vegetable Jungle curry was another interesting meal. Flavours of mild herbs and greens so well blended that it indeed is a relaxing and an energising bowl.

Phuketian Sticky Rice- This is not just the local speciality but has a great history behind it. Rice is so well marinated with meat and nuts that each bite lets you relish the flavours so well.

Hokkein Noodles –These silky noodles are so different than the regular noodles. Such gastronomy tours are indeed a must they open you up to so many unknown facts about food.

3rd Generation Sweets

After long day of spice around it was time to treat our sweet tooth with Thai Sweets prepared by 3rd generation family. It was a delight to watch this 3rd generation lady speak such profoundly about her passion of preparing these sweets. Variety on her table for us to taste. And what made this tasting session memorable was the dollop of her generosity showered on us when she handed us our favourite picks as giveaways. Such heart-warming hospitality is often hard to find.

Fresh Exotic Juices

These are juice’s being sold right in middle of the Old town green market. Fresh fruits around to choose from and the lady quickly churns them to offer you thirst quenchers.

Handmade Spring Rolls & Satay Chicken

Unlike Spring Rolls that we are accustomed too. It was a sight to see them live preparing the roll sheets and then the fillings.  The inside filling is of Thai greens and meat can be pork, chicken to one’s preference with dab of sauces to add flavours.

Satay Chicken; Popular dish of Thailand usually served with peanut sauce. The Chicken is tender and soft with well mix of spices.

Iced Dessert: Quite similar to Indian Ice Gola, the only difference is this iced dessert has pieces of traditional sweets at bottom. Simple and Sweet looking Lady busy making icy dessert from her small cart in one of the by lanes in Phuket Old Town is definitely a must try.

Crispy Roti & Southern Coffee

The last meal for tasting and the most interesting of the all  was a giant mug of frothy Southern Coffee & Crispy Roti at Arun, a local Muslim Restaurant.  The action is in watching the way coffee is made don’t forget to go to the kitchen and watch how it is made.

Coffees at this place are mind blowing. Must Try.

The place is also known for some amazing Crispy Roti served with beef curry.

This food tour was not just about the dishes that you will savour walking down the alleys of Old Town but witnessing history on roads, wall murals , and a  short visit to Blue Elephant Cooking School which was the surprise element for our over enthusiastic group.

I would rate 4/5 stars for this tour and 0.5 for Pema Extra Efforts  to make this tour an eye popping experience. Oops! Apologies… Effort Nah! Passion Yeah. Pema really loves doing what she does and she is awesome at that.

Must Do A Chef Tours- Phuket Old Town Food Tour. Book Now.

https://achefstour.com/tour/phuket-old-town-food-tour

Review also available on  TripAdvisor. Follow  Lady Gypsy Sal @Tripadvisor

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Mumbai Secret Street Food; A Gastronomic Orgasm

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Foodie TravelerSometimes I think, it’s a boon to be a foodie traveller. I mean one gets to taste and relish a platter full of gastronomic delights from around the world. One such foodie tour by A Chefs Tour took me into by lanes of Mumbai gastronomy.

Mumbai popularly known for Indian Cinema is also famous for its street food gluttony. This city offers a concoction of various cuisines and their renditions are simply mouth-watering.

I am no different to city’s food delights but let me tell you what amazes me about Mumbai Street food is the culinary talent and illusion that they create with  food.  Mumbai’s Food is nothing but a sheer food orgasm.

I was invited by A Chef Tours, a company that believes essentially in “Taste to recommend” for a culinary Mumbai Street Food Tour. And I have to say this on records that I am glad I did this tour.  They offer various Food Tours to foodies, tourists and people who love to experience the world gastronomy at places they travel to.

What’s best about A chef Tours is that their team not only researches on the choice of food that would cut across all communities but also work on small details like weather during the tour- how to keep their clients hydrated if required; mode of transport and most important the selection of places to eat.

One of my observations about Food of any city is that there are plenty of places promoting regional tastes and flavours  but there are very less places where one gets to relish the authenticity and the heritage of food both. And A Chef tours has got their hands on just the right cords. So a big thumbs up for that.

This experience with A chef Tours in Mumbai leaves me super excited for my upcoming tours in Thailand with them.   

So here’s my review on “Mumbai Secret Street Eats”

As reviewed on Trip Advisor

Shri Saraswathi Samaj Thank you God for the Food we Eat.

Mumbai is definitely a food lover’s paradise. With a platter of local flavours from the diverse cultures that dwells in this city. Mumbai street food is indeed a gastronomical orgasm one must indulge in. 

The Mumbai CityI am a Mumbai resident for over 6 years now and as a food blogger have tried no. of joints, street food offerings in Mumbai but I take this opportunity to confess that the Mumbai City Food Tour by “A Chef’s Tour” was simply outstanding.

Shailesh - Food Tour GuideLady Gypsy Sal with Shailesh –Food Tour Guide – A Chefs Tour

Shailesh the food tour guide is warm, knows the nuances of the city and food as well.

Sancha Ice cream at Bhendi BazaarAt Taj Mahal HandMade Sancha Icecream outlet at Bhendi Bazaar

The selection of Food was amazing and so well laid. A total of about 12-13 delicacies. Though all were simply amazing. But here are my best picks; Sticky tamarind, Sweet Paan (betel leaf); Tawakkal Kebabs, Surmai Fry Fish, & Taj Mahal Handmade Sancha Icecream.

Mumbai's Secret Street FoodTo taste about 12 dishes in 3 hours across south Mumbai is an incredible planning; especially for the traffic that we survive 365 days a year.

Shailesh ensures one is not tired and dehydrated but enjoys food and the city stories as well. His knowledge about the right mix of dishes and the choice of places offering the same is excellent.

Shailesh comes out as one of those human library that keeps you engaged and engrossed with climax that is yet to come. Must Try #MumbaiStreetEats by #achefstours

You can book your tours on  www.achefstour.com

Mumbai Secret Street Eats Tour

  • 4-hour guided walk through 3 distinct areas of Mumbai
  • A ton of tastings at some of Mumbai’s oldest eateries
  • Learn about the history and culture of Indian cuisine
  • Great photo opportunities
  • Refreshing Indian drinks and bottled water
  • Fully licensed English speaking (foodie) guide
  • Limited to just 8 exclusive guests each day

Group Size: 1-8 People

Duration: 16h- 20h 30

Menu- 12-13 Tasting

Price: USD $55 per person

 

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Eat Your Greens – National Spinach Day

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I’m Strong to the finich, cause I eats my spinach. I am Popeye the Sailor Man!
(From theme song of Popeye the Sailor Man).

Age old cartoon Popeye sailor man  gained huge popularity for munching Spinach way back in 1929 to amass bulging muscles.

Research and facts of Spinach state that spinach has nitrates that are energy puffers and help muscles stay active.

Spinach is inbred plant of Persia (Modern day Iran) was cultivated some 2000 years. It got introduced in China in the 7th century and till date it’s popularly known as “the Persian Green” in China, brought to Europe in 12th century and then was promoted in North America in 1806.

West & Northeast part of the world are high on consumption of Spinach. Spinach also has found its way into Asian kitchens.

On eve of National Spinach Day 26th March, Dr. Sarika Nair, well known Nutritionist & Dietitian from Mumbai, tells us why Spinach should be a part of our dietary intake.

High Powered Nutritional & health facts about spinach

Popeye loves spinach and we love what it does to Popeye! Right?

Everyone knows that green leafy vegetables are healthy and spinach is one of the most popular leafy vegetables. It is available most of the time throughout the year and it has a taste that blends well with anything, be it rice, roti, pizza, eggs, and salads anything.

Spinach is a nutrition powerhouse. It is high in niacin and zinc, pigments like beta carotene, fibre, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. It is also rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. This humble leafy vegetable helps you in many ways.

  • It improves blood glucose levels.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Improves bone health.
  • Keeps the digestive tract healthy.
  • Improves iron levels.
  • Promotes weight loss.
  • Reduces the risk of cancer.
  • Promotes healthy cardiovascular health.
  • Healthy skin and hair.

Dt. Sarika Nair
Dt. Sarika Nair

Founder of Slim & Happy is an awardee of “The Most Promising Dietician in Mumbai” at International Healthcare awards 2017.

Pack more leafy goodness into your daily diets. For tailor-made diet plans and information on nutrition.

Visit www.slimnhappy.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/slimnhappy

Mail:contact@slimnhappy.com

Chef Umesh Mattoo
Celebrating Greens on National Spinach Day, we bring you healthy recipes from the Kitchen of Celebrity Chef Umesh Mattoo.

Venue & Kitchen Partners: Mirasol Resorts, Nani Daman, UT of Daman & Diu

1. Recipe –Apple Spinach Lime & Honey Health Drink

 

Chef Umesh Mattoo's Recipe: Apple Spinach Lime & Honey Health Drink

2. Recipe – Spinach, Paneer & Corn Bhujia

 

Spinach, Paneer & Corn Bhujia

3. Pratish Tandel, MD, Mirasol Resort tasting Healthy “Apple Spinach lime & Honey Drink                 by Chef Umesh Mattoo

 

How to Celebrate National Spinach Day.

One can celebrate National Spinach day in many ways. Simply include lots of spinach in your daily diet today. And not just today ensure that Spinach should be ideally included in your diet daily in some or the other form, if not daily then minimum thrice a week. One can eat it with salads, in soups, omelettes or even shakes & smoothies. Spinach based beverages have become drinking fodder for lot of health conscious people. Its mild flavour, low in calories, high on protein makes it ideal healthy alternative against sugar based drinks. A lesser known fact about spinach is that it is a mild laxative. So say bye to constipation with this super food!

Do make children aware about benefits of Spinach, an interesting way to do that is watch Popeye cartoon with them and encourage them to eat Spinach in their daily diets.

Hope you enjoyed forgotten facts about Spinach. Thanks for reading the post. Do share your Spinach day stories with us on social media #Spinachday

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