The wonderful Pune winter is back ( the past two warm days is hopefully an aberration!) and what could be better than good ol’ desi food to keep you warm.
Pune is truly blessed with the best of cuisines from across the country ( and globe!) and even a true foodie will need to flip a coin to decide where to go!
Here’s what our resident foodie loved indulging in over the past ‘nip in the air’ week:
A Kashmiri delicacy cooked with minced meat balls and spices cooked in a yoghurt based gravy, flavoured with mint. Gushtaba is also known as a pillar of Kashmiri cuisine.
The best time to have Gushtaba is in winter The Northern Frontier is famous for the Mughlai, Kashmiri and seafood cuisine. Don’t forget to try their tandoori mutton and seafood starters.
Place: The Northern Frontier, Uttam Tower, Opposite Aga Khan Palace, Nagar Road, Yerawada.
Cost: Rs 400 upwards
Sarson Ka Saag
A popular Punjabi dish made from mustard greens, spices and ginger-garlic, served with makke di roti which is made from maize flour and topped homemade white butter, onion and green chillies.
Sarson ka Saag is a staple food in north India during the winters as it helps keep the body warm Aaoji Khhaoji is also famous for their wide variety of Thalis, Parathas and the huge glass of Punjabi Lassi.
Place: Aaoji Khhaoji, Shop 31, Raghukulnagari, Opposite Patil Complex, Ambedkar Chowk, Bopodi, Khadki
Cost: Rs 200 upwards
Chole Bhature remains the irreplaceable food in this season and is well served at Pune’s Raju Uncle’s Chole Bhature. It is a chickpea gravy cooked with Indian spices including cumin(jeera), coriander (dhania) and anardana ( pomegranate seeds) in tomato and onion puree.
This is served with two hot fluffy Bhaturas (large sized puris) which are deep-fried and prepared by fermenting flour for almost an hour. Although they have a limited menu, this is certainly worth visiting.
Place: Raju Uncle’s Chole Bhature, D-302, Medical College Road, Chandrabhaga Nagar, Dhankawadi.
Cost: Rs 60 upwards.
Bored of Manchow and hot sour soup? Try Thupka then! Delightfull chicken curry flavoured noodle soup. Thupka is a Tibetan noodle soup with all sorts of vegetables and chicken.
If you’re not a chicken lover you can try Thupka with your favourite fish. Noodle Canteen is home for all Chinese lovers and they term it the best. The regulars recommend their Khau Suey, Chicken Satay, Singapore Noodles, and Burnt Garlic Noodles.
Place: Noodle Canteen, Shop 102, Victoria II, Fortaleza, Kalyani Nagar
Cost: Rs 100 onwards
Gajar Ka Halwa
Winters are incomplete without Gajar ka Halwa- a special dessert for this season. The hot halwa is cooked with grated carrot, dry fruits, milk, ghee and sugar.
Moist and tender halwa is the speciality of Masakha. The restaurant is famous for its seafood, but serves the best Halwa and Rabri in the city say their loyal customers.
Place: Masakha, Vitthal Kamat Chowk, Next to Deccan Pavillion, Near Navale Bridge, Sinhagad Road, Narhe,
Cost: Rs 240
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