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3 Sikh Restaurateurs of Amritsar

Roads of Amritsar, the culinary capital of India flood with street vendors serving the best of food experiences. As the city homes to the Sikh community, most of these roadside foodpreneurs are also Sikh by origin. It’s indeed wonderful to see how the Sikhs are making money through food business in Amritsar. Most of their establishments, are tiny dhabas, devoid of geographical space yet the plates are sure to tempt your for a culinary drive.

A Sikh in front of the Golden Temple, Amritsar P.C.: https://goo.gl/MXpL7g

A Sikh in front of the Golden Temple, Amritsar
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Thus, BYT food experts lists few of the Sikh restaurateurs of Amritsar, whom you got to bid a ‘hi’and taste their culinary experiments when you reach here.

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Sikhs are great foodies
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Giani Tea Stall

Gurmit Singh has monopolized the tea business of Amritsar with the hot creamy glass of chai he serves. Don’t utter a mug or cup here, as glass is the standard term for ordering in this tea stall at Cooper Road. His breakfast menu has received appreciation from Bollywood celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor for the steaming hot kachoris or English style butter toasts he starts offering from 5 in the morning.

S. Surjan Singh Milk Bhandar

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Lassi making
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Drop in for a fresh glass of yoghurt lassi here and that is sure to make one of your meals. Located near Chowk Regent Cinema, here one gets the frothiest and one of the best lassi in Amritsar. This is counted as the ideal example of Punjabi Lassi. Flocks of tourists keep visiting the place not alone for the lassi, but to get a feel of his other milk products like curd, white butter, cream, milk cake or peda.

Surjit Food Plaza 

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Entrance of Surjit Food Plaza
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Another well-known Sikh food entrepreneur in the city is Surjit Singh, with his food outlet Surjit Food Plaza specializing in both vegetarian and non vegetarian grills and kebab. He serves it hot on the table, making it a lip smacking affair with salads and sauces. The red color tantalize your sight while the robust grill aroma is sure to make you fall in love with the Surjit restaurant.

6 Uses of Leftover Christmas Chocolate

Christmas is synonymous to cake and chocolate. One just can’t celebrate Christmas without either of them. Be it making at home or receiving it as gifts, chocolates are everyone’s favourite. Sugar addicts and chocoholics always find a way to escape in the world of chocolates. However, we all receive these choco gifts in bulk every Christmas where at end of the festival we have no clue how to use these chocolate leftovers.

No wonder chocolates never get wasted but we can also get creative and alter their form into something more interesting and savouring.

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Get Creative with leftover Christmas Chocolate
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Here take a quick look at how you can utilize your leftover Christmas chocolates.

Chocolate Cookies

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Sinfully Delicious Choco cookies
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The first thought that comes to our mind is cookies. You can chop down the leftover chocolates into small chips and add in to the dough before baking. Luscious cookies are ready to eat!

Baked Doughnuts

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Irresistible Crispy Doughnuts
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Heat the leftover chocolate in saucepan and add cream to it. Let it melt and smoothen. Turn the heat off and let the mixture thicken. Dip the previously prepared doughnuts in this mixture and serve when dry. Could serve a great morning treat!

Fudge Brownie Pops

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Delightful Fudge Brownie Pops
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Easy to make these pops are rich and moist and are incredibly tasty. All you need to do is prepare brownies, crumble them and prepare soft balls out of it using corn syrup. This is followed by dipping the balls in molten chocolate and then dredging them in nuts. Serve the dish once the chocolate is dry.

Choco Almond Tart

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Almond Choco Tart
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Roast almonds and add them to a batter of flour eggs, sugar, vanilla, cane syrup, butter and lots of chocolate. Baked the mixture in tart pan and cool it. Rich and chocolaty tart is ready to eat!

Chocolate Pudding

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Smooth and rich pudding
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Dark chocolates are usually leftover at the end of Christmas. This year you can put that leftover chocolates to use with this recipe. Add milk to a mixture of granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa, corn starch and salt and bring to boil. Let it thicken and then add dark chocolates to it followed by vanilla. Serve it in small bowls and wrap it up with plastic cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve chilled.

Baked Chocolate Mousse

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Chocolate Mousse
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The sinfully delicious mousse can be prepared just like any other mousse followed by addition of lots of chocolate to it. The best way to taste leftover chocolates in a more relishing way.

So, this year get creative with Christmas Chocolate leftovers and transform them into anything you like.

Christmas, New Year & Kolkata

Kolkata is gearing up yet again after the happy clamour of Durga Puja 2014, for Christmas and New Year. Kolkata’s most happening area, Park Street will dress once again in streamers of multi-coloured little bulbs while the mist and fog of the cold night will refract the rays into rainbows even more… In recalling memories of Derek O’Brien, Kolkata will have a Christmas Festival for the first time in so many years! Some popular veins of the city, like Park Street, Camac Street and Allen Gardens are going to get transformed into the arteries spreading the Christmas spirit through Kolkata! Are you ready for it too?

In the holidays, here are a couple of fine dining restaurants you can visit to have a hearty meal with your friends and family:

Flury's, Kolkata P.C.: http://goo.gl/FiSEY8

Flury’s, Kolkata
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Flury’s on Park Street, established in 1926, was once considered the best English bakery in Asia. The restaurant and bakery has beautiful colonial interiors which is not very decked up but the restaurant has a appetizing feel to it. The bakery is very inviting and enticing. The croissants, cakes and bakes are simply heavenly. The menu is mostly Continental and English cuisines. The food is very good, ade to perfection and the place is well-maintained. The English breakfast is very popular here ever since the British Raj!

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Eden Pavilion
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The Eden Pavilion in ITC Sonar, Kolkata, is yet another extremely beautiful fine dining venture, dressed in shades of golden and brown. The buffet spread is very impressive and food is always fresh, tasty and warm in the bowls. Choices are many. Eden Pavilion doles out North Indian, Asian, Continental and Italian cuisines and is open 24 hours! It is one of the best places to go for a family dinner or plan a gettogether. The service team is extremely efficient and attentive and will ensure that you have a great time.

Banana Split P.C.: http://goo.gl/4biJDH

Banana Split
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The third fine dining option in this blog is the grand restaurant called Mocambo, which is also one of the oldest F&B establishments on Park Street, Kolkata. Mocambo has Indian and Continental cuisines on offer but is known more for the Continental food they dish out. Be it chicken, mutton, fish or vegetarian food, Mocambo is the place with tasty options and a great ambiance. A sip of your drink and a bite of a delicacy like Fish Muniere, main course with Chicken A La Kiev and then ending it with an American Banana Split.

For reservation via BYT please 076767 76767.

Culinary Tour of Amritsar

Amritsar is one of the most vibrant cities of India, be it from the aspects of tradition, culture or food! The Golden City of India is undoubtedly a foodie’s haven! every nook and corner of the city is packed with some yummilicious Punjabi delicacy, be it a roadside little resto or a full-fledged restaurant!!

Golden Temple in Amritsar P.C.: http://goo.gl/Lxpiot

Golden Temple in Amritsar
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There are quite a few ‘must have’ dishes in Amritsar because Punjabi cuisine is so varied and so tasty that there are hardly people who talk against it. Yes, one thing is that, you really cannot concentrate on calorie counts once you’re into the world of Punjabi cuisine! But for the love of food, once in a while, who cares, right??

It is not surprising that Amritsar comes up with new recipes, new concoctions everyday alongside their already established amazing traditional dishes. The Amritsari cuisine is a perfect blend of contemporary and conventional palates!!

The best 7 dishes have been enlisted here for you and some suggestions as to where to find them in Amritsar are there, as follows:

1. Tandoori (Chicken / Fish/ Gobi or Cauliflower florets)

Usually well marinated with sharp and gusty masalas and then cooked over slow heat in deep ‘chullahs’ or clay ovens, the result is always juicy, tender meat or vegetables with a deep flavour. Amritsar does not believe in adding the red colour but rather the colour comes naturally from the blend of spices. This dish is just amazing and goes very well with chilled drinks!

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Tandoori Chicken
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2. Fish Fry

One of the most popular food, sold in every second shop on the roads of Amritsar, is fish fry. Fat, fresh fillets of fish are well marinated for a considerable amount of time before being deep fried and served hot. The fish feels juicy, crispy, hot and tangy, all at the same time, in every bite.

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Fish Fry
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3. Amritsari Kulcha

Amritsari Kulcha is one of the most sought-after Punjbi dish that you must have while in Amritsar. It is usually a kind of stuffed parantha and has a sweet and salty taste that is served with chhole masala and a tamarind based chutney. The freshly fried paranthas are served with a dollop of menting butter! The taste is unparalleled by any other Indian breads!

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Amritsari Kulcha
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4. Lassi

Punjab is all about thick, creamy and fresh milk products. Lassi is one of the most common coolers that all Punjabis love. It is generally so heavy that it suffices for a meal in itself. Made with fresh yogurt, milk, jaggery, sugar and topped with cream, a glass full of Lassi is almost more than a tummy’s stretch! A variant made with kesar / saffron is highly recommended as well.

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Lassi
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5. Paneer Bhujri

The most enticing, delicious and fresh paneer bhurji is found in Amritsar. Paneer or Cottage Cheese is a rather regular item to be made into various delectable dishes like palak paneer, paneer butter masala and kadai paneer. But paneer bhujri is an amazing stir fry that is simply made with well blended spices and garnished with generous amounts of finely chopped coriander and chillies and, of course, benevolent spoonfulls of butter!

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Paneer Bhurji
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6. Halwa

There are different sorts of sweets found in Amritsar but halwa, specially ‘gajar ka halwa’ or carrot and kheer halwa is the most dominant. Halwa is a type of dish made with milk, thickened to a creamy consistency, sugar, jaggery, cashews, raisins and lots of grated carrots, all mixed and cooked with clarified ghee! It is actually an awesome dish and definitely beguiles a sweets-lover!

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Halwa
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7. Rabri & Phirni

These two are both incredibly tasty and awesome dishes that you just cannot do without, post your complete Punjabi meal! Rabri is a form of thickened milk, by bloining it over slow heat for hours and sweetened with portions of jaggery and sugar. Phirni is another type of rice pudding made with little grains of broken rice, little saffron and left to set in mud bowls. later they are covered in edible silver foils, garnished with pista and cashew nuts! Yummmmm…!

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Rabri
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To find out the best places in Amritsar and try these culinary marvels, check out www.bookyourtable.com or call on 076767 76767 and get reservations in the most apt restaurant.