The country’s top food bloggers share hidden culinary treats from their cities
They have at least 800 followers a day, for their posts food trends and recipes. We get some of these food bloggers and culinary insiders to share best-kept secrets in their city. So the next time you’re visiting, you know where to break for lunch or tea.
Sayantani Mahapatra, Kolkata
A homebaker, Sayantani Mahapatra has been successfully blogging about Bengali cuisine on ahomemakersdiary.com, for six years. Her speciality of reviving traditional Bengali recipes garner tremendous response and her site attracts over 2,500 visits per day.
Dilipda’s Puchkas: Tucked away at Vivekananda Park, Dilipda’s Puchkas are trademarked by their use of Gandhoraj Lebu — a fragrant variety of lemon found only in Bengal. For Rs. 30.
Nokur’s: No trip to the City of Joy is complete without Nokur’s mishti doi and sandesh. Also try their blackcurrant sandesh and jolbhora sandesh. Rs. 25.
Eau Chew: Run by a Chinese family, the restaurant’s chimney soup is a must-try. A clear broth with various greens and meats, served in a big copper pot simmering with hot coal. Priced at Rs. 300.
Saee Koranne-Khandekar, Mumbai
Food consultant, cooking and baking Instructor and blogger, Saee Koranne-Khandekar wears many successful hats. Her blog, myjhola.in, was also featured by iDiva Magazine in its Top 7 Indian Food Blogs.
Prakash: Prakash is known for local snacks like sabudana vada, dahi missal, sheera and the ukdiche modak on Chathurthi days. Priced from 50 onwards.
Guru Kripa: One of the few Sindhi eateries left in the city, Guru Kripa’s daal-pakwaan is a must try. Rs. 60 onwards.
Kyani: An underestimated Irani joint that serves Parsi-Irani eggs for breakfast, accompanied with freshly baked pao, sweet chai with a soft buttered bun, delectable mawa cakes, and khaari biscuits. Priced from Rs. 50 onwards.
Deeba Rajpal, Delhi
Food writer, stylist and recipe developer, Deeba Rajpal’s site passionateaboutbaking.com, is all about artisan baking. In addition to bake-from-scratch recipes, the site offers good pictures and Rajpal’s culinary adventures. Her pick:
Kachori Wallah at PTI building: The highly addictive kachori is served with a mashed potato curry or tari wale aloo. Priced at `100.
Soda Bottle Openerwala: The only Parsi eatery in the city, the restaurant is an experience by itself, with its mesmerising interiors, ambiance and music. Do try their signature berry pulao (chicken/mutton), salli boti and indulgent millionaires brownie. Wash it down with a phateli coffee. Meal for two at Rs. 1,500.
Kuremal ki Kulfi: With a flavour for everyone, this 100-year-old address offers an extensive array of seasonal kulfi flavours. Choose from rose, paan, anjeer, falsa, cardamom and more. Priced at Rs. 100 for two.
Kalyan Karmakar, Mumbai
Popular food writer and blogger Kalyan Karmakar’s finelychopped.net won in the 2014’s best travel and food category of the Food Bloggers Association of India Awards.
Sindhudurg: Serving authentic Malvani cuisine, their surmai fish thaali is understandably the most popular dish on the menu. At `200.
Taj icecreams: For 120 years, they have been doling out handmade sancha ice creams in flavours like mango, litchi, black jamun and more. From Rs. 60 onwards.
New Martin Hotel: Known for authentic Goan fare since 1966. Try their pungent and spicy Goan sausage fry. Equally tasty is the beef steak fry. From Rs. 120 onwards.
Nimmy Paul, Cochin
Cookery demonstrations by instructor and blogger Nimmy Paul, have been on the agenda of visiting foreigners for over 20 years. A Syrian Christian, Paul’s blog, onnimmypaul.com, helps understand traditional Kerala recipes.
Eighth Bastion: Choose their Kerala Fish Curry flavoured with kokum, served with steamed tapioca. Meal for two at Rs. 1,300.
David Hall Art Gallery: The garden cafe inside the gallery is known for its wood-fire pizzas. Try the Pizza Margherita and organic iced tea. Rs. 450 for two.
Ming’s Wok: Serves Indo-Chinese food. Try their and Beef/Pork stir-frys. Meal for two at Rs. 350.
Arundati Rao, Hyderabad
A food writer and blogger for over seven years, Arundati Rao’s sitearundati.wordpress.com explores easy, home-style cooking and baking. Rao is also known for her weekend baking classes.
Mohini: Hyderabadi dum biryani at its best, with its perfect blend of flavours and succulent meat. At Rs. 180.
Maatam al Arabi: Laham mandi, a popular Arabic rice preparation, is served with a side of salad. At Rs. 200.
Chef Imam’s Steakhouse: One of the few places serving authentic beef steak, best had with the sauce of the day. Also try their whole grilled fish steaks. Priced from Rs. 500 onwards.