Pondicherry’s popular food blogger uncovers the city’s little secrets and has options for those with dietary restrictions
With over 8,000 followers and about 300 visits per day, Pondicherry-based Pallavi Gupta’s blog, Veggie Zest, gives you an insight into vegetarian and vegan recipes from around the world. “I make vegetarian recipes from different parts of the world and try to add an Indian twist to it by using complementary ingredients and flavours (herbs, spices, extracts etc) from my Indian pantry,” she says. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian (eats dairy and eggs), she also makes recipes that are vegan, gluten free and eggless. “I sometimes do a vegetarian spin on classic recipes like spaghetti with meatless meatballs, vegetarian gumbo and cauliflower manchurian in BBQ sauce as a substitute for chicken wings and patates au vin (her interpretation of coq au vin) to name a few,” she says.
Under the radar
Banana Cafe: A simple cafe with only Indian cooks that serves reasonably flavourful European food.
Rajasthani Pakore Wala: This street vendor stands in front of Mahavir Computers on Chetty Street. He makes authentic and delicious aloo kachoris and mirchi pakoras.
Cool Cat: A humble street side coffee shop, Cool Cat makes the best filter coffee this side of town. It is located at the intersection of Ambalathadayar Madam Street and MG Road.