Kashmiri wazwan in Bombay

I still remember how excited I was when I travelled to Kashmir ten years ago . It was my first trip to the valley and I had some great company too . Apart from spending a night on a houseboat , I was also very keen to taste the much talked about wazwan – a multi course feast . Unfortunately, a few hours before we were scheduled to experience this culinary delight, I lost my camera and it left me devastated . I was angry with myself for having been so careless and decided to stayed put in my room . The next day we were travlleing back to Bombay and that’s how I missed my chance of tasting an authentic wazwan.

Two weeks ago , as I entered Poush , a Kashmiri themed restaurant in Bombay , I knew what I was going to be ordering – wazwan 🙂

We opted for the half trammi for two and thank heavens it was a very late lunch cause one has to be super hungry to finish all that food !

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Fancy 

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We were first served a heap of rice with methi maaz ( mutton flavoured with fenugreek) , seekh kebab , nadier palak tikki ( spinach and lotus stem cutlets …super yum ) , kabargah ( lamb ribs cooked in milk with spices and ghee) and fried chicken .

Then came these ….

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Roti with Rogan josh ( how I love this curry !  ) , rista ( it said meat ball curry but there was a seekh kebab in the curry instead ) , nadier palak ( lotus stem  and spinach curry … something about this combination just works for me ..heavenly ) , safed kokur ( white chicken curry ) , and rajma ( kidney beans in a red thick curry ) .  So many meat dishes in one meal , unlike most thalis I’ve enjoyed across the country . Every curry was perfectly balanced .

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Phirni 

Then came the dessert , phirni ( rice pudding ), which was absolutely melt in the mouth 🙂

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The meal ended with  kahwah ( mildly spiced green tea with saffron and almonds ) . Our senses ,that had rock and rolled to the different flavours , now did a slow waltz with each sip and finally it was time to get out of our shikara ( boat setting …yes that’s the bonus ) and head home .

Poush , the name of the restaurant , comes from the  saffron flower that blooms in the Kashmir valley . Am glad this one bloomed in Bombay !

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Wonder Wall of Mumbai

This is the Tulsi pipe road  wall running along from Mahim to Dadar in Mumbai .

I am calling it the wonder wall cause it has once again become a canvas for artists and citizens to splash some colour and spread some love ! A long stretch of the white washed wall  still awaits happy paint brushes and I hope to go back in a month to check it out in its full glory , till then here’s what I saw a couple of days ago .

Enjoy !

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The Dabawalas of Mumbai !
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Kharokhar Majhi Satakli !
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Flying past Mumbai’s manic streets
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I want to break free !

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Would love to know which one caught your fancy ?

— that mishmash

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016 , Mumbai

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As you enter …..Love Mumbai

 

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Junk to Funk
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Colourful autos anyone ?
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Artist at work
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The Modern tower of Babel !

 

The annual multicultural festival is back and South Mumbai looks colourful again!

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Pulses beyond reach ??
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Made of plastic bags
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Some color , some vibe

 

 

These are a few shots even before the festival began in full swing . Stalls were still being put up and exhibits were getting their final touches.

I managed a few pictures . Hope you like them !

Chasing butterflies !

I have been chasing butterflies figuratively for a long time but today I did for real . I got back from a short trip last night but somehow was restless this morning so I  headed to the Maharashtra Nature Park , Mumbai.

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Some hits and some misses but it was fun to go about like a child while mum and Ry joined in the fun .

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Happiness is ….chasing butterflies !

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Which one did you like most? Would love to know .

Will post more later but I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures. Have a happy week !

— that mishmash