Vada Pav brought to Delhi by Goli Vada Pav No.1

Vada Pav is something that has no footing in Delhi at all, and its almost impossible to find one except for very few places in Delhi. So when I heard that Goli Vada Pav No.1 is opening their shutter in Delhi, I got very excited about it as had heard a lot about them from my friends who keep travelling to Mumbai and Bangalore.
Being a franchise based model I was not expecting the Mumbai street taste in them, however still was looking forward to their offerings as something is better than nothing. Plus was also told by someone that their vadas (or patties :P) are being manufactured in same units as McDonald’s.
What does the packaging remind you off ??
Me and my friends walked into their newly opened store in Karol Bagh (under Metro Station) and ordered ourselves 4 of their menu of 8-9 vada-pavs. If I remember correct we had Masala Vada Pav, Regular Pada Pav, Schezwan Vada Pav and Spinach and corn one.
First things first, all of them tasted like we were eating something from a McDonald’s store or something from a McCain’s product line. The taste was nothing like the genuine vada pav I have had, but the Schezwan flavored one really stood out. The combination was working quite well for me and my friends. Corn and Spinach one did seem interesting, however being the last one to go in us, I guess our lack of hunger and hence desire did not do justice to it. So it is something that I plan on trying once again.
Over all the pricing the just right, priced between Rs. 25 to 50, it is a very affordable snack and if you are looking for something on the go this is just what you would eat. However its not something you will eat if you are looking for the genuine Mumbai taste or you are too particular about nutrition.

Pindi Meat, Karol Bagh – A Mutton lovers delight

On my recent trip to Amritsar, I got acquainted to charms of dishes made on the Tawa. Though I have been eating them before, however for the first really understood the concept of it. The concept is very simple, you take meat in any form primarily – Mutton Chaamp, Mutton Seekh, Gurde, Bheja etc and you fry in on Tawa with thick gravy and loads of butter/ghee/oil and eat with kulcha or other bread. The kulcha itself is heated on tawa and soaked in the gravy of the item that is prepared or some gravy which is already prepared..
Pindi Meat Wala – Tawa covers the entire face of the Shop.
One such place that I have been hearing about for a long time is Pindi Meat Wala in Karol bagh area. And yesterday night I managed to visit them for the first time. Though we did not go inside the shop, it seemed people were sitting inside where it seemed impossible to sit and savoring their food.
The menu was simple enough – Chaamp, Bheja, Gurde, Tikke, Kaleji and Seekh – All Mutton, done on the tawa, served with Kulchas also heated on the tawa. We ordered Gurde/Kaleji mixed in one dish and Mutton Tikke in another, which I was not very keen on, however one look at the raw stuff and Vikas Shokeen (one of my dining partners along with Apurva Gupta) assured me that these were going to be soft.
Ready to go on the Tawa 
And there goes the butter
Working on the seekhs
Gravy going in
It seems every dish is made in around 50 gm of pure unadulterated Amul butter, in which first a mix which seems dominated by onions goes in, then meats, followed by some gravy and spices. Roasted on tawa for couple minutes, it gets driers and ready to serve. The gravy that goes in the dishes is also poured over the kulchas which are heated on the same tawa.
Preparing the kulchas on the side.
Kulchas as they come out
Coming to the taste, now even thinking about it I have a waterfall in my mouth. It was on tangier side, loaded with spices, the meats were very soft and just blended in with the gravy. Something unique, which you will not find at many other places in Delhi, a must try if you love your meats done Indian style.
Gurda and Kaleji mix – Lungs and Kidneys.. 😛
Mutton Tikka
Two dishes with six kulchas costed us under Rs. 300 which I guess is super value for money.
They do not serve in cars, you can get it packed and manage on your own, however seeing a gentleman eating outside out of disposable plates, we got curious. Pindi guy does not give disposable plates as well, however that gentleman told us that we can get it from a shop which was 2 minutes walk away. So we got our own disposable plates and got him to serve in them.
Location :
I googled for it, and got the following address listed on Just Dial.
1963, Nai Bank Street, Karol Bagh, Delhi – 110005 | Phone : +(91)-11-66363012
I assume its an evening only joint, you can easily go near the Gurudwara on Gurudwara road in Karol Bagh and ask around for the joint. It was open till 10:45 pm ateast.
PS : All pictures shot using Nokia Lumia 800 in poor lighting and after some Old Monk.

Wholesome Breakfast At McDonalds

Normally my breakfast is divided into 3 Phases……
  1. Around 7 am, when tiffin is being packed for my kids for their school recess.
  2. Around 8:30 am which is my “usual” Breakfast time.
  3. And then when I am just about to leave for office, I feel like munching something again, which is sometimes a small snack, raat ki bachi hui Suji Firni, Custard or even Nariyal ki Barfi ka piece.
You see when I was a kid, I read some where : “Eat your breakfast like a King, your lunch like a Prince and your dinner like a Pauper”. So now you see that I may not have agreed to all the three points but I do adhere and religiously follow the first one of eating breakfast like a KING.
But 13th March was different. Shashank Aggarwal and myself were invited to check out the new breakfast menu at McDonald’s, Janpath branch in Connaught place. The new menu is being promoted with the BREAKFAST DAY being celebrated on 18th March by McDonald’s across 30 Countries.
Yes THIRTY!! Will come to that later.
So, today I just had my first breakfast with kids and then keeping my palate clean and leaving enough space in my tummy for McDonald’s breakfast menu left for CP.
I remember coming to this outlet often. The first time in 2002 when I gave my first ever interview for a job at Appu Ghar, and then in order to recollect my experience came to McDonald’s and while sitting on the corner table near entrance kept scribbling how I would promote Appu Ghar. I still have those papers with me. And though I did get the job but since the profile was different, those ideas never saw the light of the day. I was expecting to see old furniture and dull interiors, as it is an old store. But I was so wrong. It looked sparkling new from all angles. I liked that McDonald’s believes in evolving regularly and another experience of visiting the kitchen at the same restaurant cemented my view.
The staff there was expecting us and greeted us well and without wasting any time we ordered the breakfast.
Between me and Shashank, we ordered the following :-
    • Veg Supreme McMuffin    
    • Two Hash Browns    
    • Two Chicken Sausage McMuffin with Egg  
    • One Egg and Cheese McMuffin
    • Two Iced Teas
We started with Sausage McMuffin with Egg. Need to confess McEgg Burger has been my favorite since it was launched and now having it with a muffin, a slice of cheese and sausage patty did it’s effect on me. The Muffins/Bun were different than regular buns, looked healthier and had a very distinctive taste to it. I am used to having Maharaja Mac regularly, that’s why the McMuffin looked really small in my hands, but not when I ate it. With each bite I could relish the Bun, Sausage, Cheese and Egg pieces and it made for a wonderful combination. The Hash Browns were crunchy from outside but very soft from inside which made us relish our McMuffin more. It was tasty and filling. It left a good after-taste of a well grilled sausage in my mouth.

Caught in the act.. 😀

Now we shifted our attention to the Veg Supreme McMuffin. Veg Supreme is a vegetarian version of Chicken McGrill with the filling of the similar Minty Mayo, Onion Rings, Tomatoes but the patty was very different and made with vegetables and as in McSausage, the Bun/Muffin was tasty and soft. Though we have had our fill, still we wanted to check how McSausage Egg would taste with out the egg as it would give us a better taste of Sausage.

Hash Browns

McMuffin with Chicken Sausage, Cheese and Egg

The Vegetarian Version

Chicken McMuffin (without the Egg)

Need to say that the results were encouraging and we liked the basic versions too. Almost at par with premium offerings. While talking we realized that one McMuffin offers us enough for our Breakfast fill with all the right nutrients. For example the Veggie McMuffin had a good combination of carbs and proteins.  Similarly the Non-veg version provided enough carbs and proteins with it’s Sausage and Steamed Egg combination.

Though we had ordered Iced Tea but did not sip it till the end as tea would then over power the taste of Muffins and we may have wrong conclusions. But we did finish it after our breakfast and relished it completely.

As we were a bit late and the breakfast counter closes at 11 am, we had to miss out on Pancakes which they offer with maple syrup and butter. But we are sure to have it soon and share the feedback.
So now we come back to where we started about Breakfast Day being celebrated in 30 countries. On 18th March, Almost 5000 McDonald”s Restaurants across Asia, Middle East and South Africa are celebrating the NATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY by organizing “WORLD’S BIGGEST EVER BREAKFAST”. On that day, McDonald’s is offering 1000 McMuffins per outlet (Choice of Egg McMuffin or Veggie McMuffin) totally free on first come first served basis to 1000 Customers!!!!!!!!!!! The same is valid at all outlets that serve Breakfast, be it In-store, Take Away or Drive-Thru!

National Breakfast Day by McDonald’s

So, set your alarms early for Monday 18th March so that before office you could stop over to your nearest McDonald’s outlet Serving Breakfast and relish the McMuffin and be part of this historic Moment along with 5 Million McDonald’s Customers spanning Asia, Middle East and South Africa.

Isn’t this the best way to wade out Monday morning Blues? 🙂
And Yeah, Now onward Remember to Eat your Breakfast Like a KING!!

Written by Gurpreet Singh Tikku

Pictures Shot using a Nokia Lumia 800 by Shashank Aggarwal