Category Archives: Market Trip

Discoveries from the food scene in #MyDubai

Mumbai has been home for a very long time. It satiated the food enthusiast in me through countless ways. From being able to try out different cuisines while eating out to experimenting at home (since a lot of stuff is easily available here), foodie events to meeting like minded people who continue to inspire me every single day. In a way it does hurt a bit to leave this place. In a few months from now, I will be moving to Dubai, another place I can call home.
2013-01-31 14.18.16Dubai is a beautiful place. But I was still skeptical. While I was there for a short visit recently, I was curious to see if Dubai would help me sustain my culinary enthusiasm. I knew there would be something to surprise me since I love to explore different cuisine cultures. Dubai with its bustling food scene, left me mesmerized and how!
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Gulfood, Dubai Food Festival, Taste of Dubai are some events that I would love to experience. Frying Pan Adventures conducts food trails in Dubai, I hope to go for one someday or many more. I also got to know about a few UAE Bloggers, it would be nice to connect with them and see my blog someday on that list (wishful thinking) 🙂 And just like Mumbai’s FBAI Salt, Dubai also has an e-magazine by bloggers called FoodeMagdxb. If you are visiting Dubai any time soon, you must visit the Global Village for some amazing middle eastern and turkish desserts.
IMG-20150315-WA0007When it comes to food, here are my favourites:
1) Kunafeh
IMG-20150315-WA0011I call this the godfather of all middle eastern/turkish desserts! I had it fresh out of the oven, still warm and the cheese all melty with a crisp shredded pastry covering soaked in pleasantly sweet syrup to keep it juicy and topped with pistachios. If you have a food bucket list, this goes straight in it.

2) Baklava
baklavaWhen in the middle east, eat Baklava! Although you do get variations of these with different nuts, I prefer mine with just pistachios. If only I could pack tons of it and carry it back home, sigh.

3) Charcoal Chicken
IMG-20150315-WA0008You do find chargrilled chicken at most places in Dubai. I had this at YAM’s a small little joint at AL Hurair, Bur Dubai. Chunky chicken charred on the outside and succulent and juicy on the inside is served alongwith pita, hummus, garlic sauce, salad and fries. After, shawrma, this is #MyDubai comfort food.
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I know there is still a lot left to discover but Dubai has managed to woo the foodie in me. I have vowed to explore Emirati cuisine and I can’t wait to get my hands on some beautifully designed tagine pots. Can’t wait to move to Dubai! For now, I just have to figure out how I’m gonna pack & carry all my baking stuff there.

My trip to a little market in Mangalore

Mangalore is my native place. Growing up, I have spent many summers there. Playing in the paddy fields to picking fruits from the trees. It’s a small place. Each time I go back there is a sense of nostalgia. The small place is growing big. The place is changing and quickly. Once lush green fields have now vanished and commercial buildings can be spotted around. What it once was will always remain in my memories, but I decided to capture some moments before they are lost forever.

In Mangalore, mostly people are self sufficient. The surplus they have is sold in the local markets, either to the vendors or they sell the goods themselves. Mangaloreans love eating fish. Fresh or dried, it is an important part of the cuisine. For curries, a variety of fish curries are cooked in coconut milk.

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Fresh fish being sold at the market.

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Dried fish, also used to make curries and pickles.

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In Mangalore, there is a huge demand for Betel nuts/ Areca nuts. Traditionally, they used to offer Paan (betel leaves and nuts) to welcome guests. These days they just use it symbolically during occasions. People who once had acres of fields now have plantations of these trees.

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Palm sugar, used as a sweetner for payasam to filter coffees.

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Down south, Tender coconut water is the refreshing drink you will find. Also, sadly this is slowly being replaced by colas.

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Spices and condiments.

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Earlier and some households even now make spice pastes for curries at home. Although now the shops have all the ready spice mixes available. Traditionally, a stone grinder was used (See next pic) but now electric mixers have replaced them.

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Earthen ware. Cooking in earthen ware is considered to impart a unique flavour to the dish. Back in Mumbai, we still use earthen vessels like these for cooking fish.

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You can even buy roosters and goats from the market.

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These multi-purpose curved knives are used for shaving coconuts to cleaning fish.

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Fruits from my aunts orchads. 🙂

I know the next time I visit, a lot more will have changed. *sigh*