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Biryani – History & Types Of Biryani

The common people love it and any festival is incomplete without it – the delightful biryani is one of the favorite delicacies of India. Biryani is the world famous rice feast from India which is native to the city of Hyderabad. It is an authentic Hyderabadi non-vegetarian rice preparation that is a meal in itself. Immersed with flavorful spices and is blended delicately with chicken and rice, provides an aromatic flavor which is hard to resist.  The dish has two primary ingredients –basmati rice and chicken with an assortment of spice mix for creating this savory delight.

Brief History about Biryani

It originated from Persia and has taken several routes before arriving in India. The word Biryani is derived from a Farsi word ‘Birian’. Living to its name and the style of cooking, it can be concluded that the delicacy originated from Persia. It might have traveled from Persia to Afghanistan before reaching northern parts of India. The recipe might have also been carried by the traders from Arab through the Arabian Sea to Calicut.

In a homemade biryani, the meat marinated overnight together with some spices and is soaked in good quality yogurt before cooking. The meat is squeezed in between several layers of the long-grained fragrant basmati rice and is cooked on dum which basically means steaming over the charcoal. It is a tedious task as it requires careful attention to temperature and time for avoiding under or overcooking of the meat.

Types of Biryani you must try!

1. Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi biryani is the most popular biryani preparation in south India. Most of the chefs and home cooks consider this Mughlai cuisine a challenging task and everyone has their unique way of flavoring it. What makes this form of biryani stand out from the rest is the use of coconut and saffron. It is cooked in several layers which are the most perplexing thing while preparing. Where most of the biryani varieties are dominated by the presence of chicken and mutton gravy, the saffron flavored rice is the distinguishing feature of a Hyderabadi Biryani.

2. Dindigul Biryani

Dindigul Biryani is unarguably the favorite Biryani for Chennaites with several outlets dedicated to serving only Dindigul biryani. The basic difference in this Biryani form is the rice which is used in its preparation. Here instead of using the normal Basmati rice, jeera samba rice is used which gives the biryani an entirely distinctive flavor. Also, this biryani preparation uses cube-sized chicken or mutton pieces instead of large chunks. Pepper is used in heaps which are essential to Chettinad cuisine.

3. Ambur Biryani

It’s difficult to miss out on Ambur biryani in case you are in the state of Tamil Nadu. If you take a trip to the small town called Ambur, the first thing which will blow you away is the in uncountable stalls serving biryani over the Chennai-Bengaluru highway. You will find mutton, beef, chicken, prawn and several other options together with the flavor of coriander and mint.

4. Bhatkali Biryani

With a low on spice, this form of biryani offers the precise amount of flavor. This particular form of Biryani was invented by the Nawayath Muslim community of Bhatkal. Here, they use a large amount of green chilies and onions in their cooking in a layered format. Contrasting from the Hyderabadi or the Ambur biryani where the mutton or the chicken pieces are soaked in curd before cooking, the Bhatkali biryani requires cooking of the mutton or chicken chunks in the curd. Using this technique, the spiciness of the biryani is kept under control and is very calm for every palate.

 

5. Lucknowi Biryani

Based on the cooking style of the Persians, this Lucknowi biryani is prepared to employ a totally different approach known as the dum puki ht. Unique to most of the Persian norms, the gravy and the meat are cooked partially and are layered in dum pukht style. It is then served in a sealed container referred to as a “handi”, this traditional preparation of biryani is subtle on your palate and light on your stomach.

6. Kolkata Biryani

Kolkata biryani finds its roots from the Nawabi style of Biryani which is native to the city of Nawabs, Lucknow. The cooks from the Awadhi kitchens carried this signature recipe to Kolkata, which then got twisted into Kolkata biryani. This form of biryani is bit unique due to its delicate use of spices blended with Basmati rice, ghee and chicken or mutton. The adding of boiled eggs and potatoes also offers a distinct flavor to the Biryani. Application saffron, kewra, and nutmeg give this form of biryani its signature fragrance.

 

7. Malabar Biryani

Malabar or Kerala biryani is the famous variety of Biryani in Thalassery, Kozhikode, Malappuram and several other regions of Kerala. This Biryani is characterized by the generous use of raisins and cashew nuts, unique rice variety known as khyma rice and the rich assortment of spices. Home cook and chefs in Kerala use all of these ingredients big-heartedly in their Biryani. The basic dissimilarity is in the preparation method. Here, the rice is cooked individually from the chicken or the mutton gravy and is then mixed while serving.

8. Bombay Biryani

Bombay biryani is special due to the use of potatoes. Whether it is a vegetarian or non-vegetarian form, use of potato is a must. Here, the Biryani preparation employs a layered approach, where the cooked meat and the semi-cooked basmati rice are left on dum till it’s ready to be served.

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Top 10 Healthy & Delicious Breakfasts of India

Take it serious or not, but yes it’s true that “a good breakfast makes your day”. Everybody on this globe wants to eat not only yummy and healthy too. Many of us don’t listen to our inner shout of taste as it aids the fat to reside in our body. So, we always stick to our plain cum weight loss meal.

Indian food wins the top position when we poke a nutritional topic. Indian breakfast plays a significant role when one wants to be lighter. Healthy, doesn’t sound tasteless always. Yes, actually!! Come let’s talk about some tasty and mouth-watering healthy breakfasts in India. So, there is no need to suppress your craving any more.

While moving on weight loss plan you should focus on what you are having for your breakfast.  A perfect breakfast should include required proportion of carbohydrates. Preferably, it should have high calcium, whole grains and fruits. Below, you are going to read about some startling combinations of so.

1. Banana Apple Porridge

However, this option may be easiest of all the breakfasts but it is too overwhelmed with rich Vitamins and fiber.

Banana, rich in Vitamins A, B and E, is also quite healthy in potassium.  Potassium maintains the blood pressure of the beings so that it remains healthy and keeps his bones strong.

On a contrary, apple holds soluble fiber with vitamin A and C.

2. Sweet Browned Rice

Brown rice, one of the great sources of foods that are rich in fiber, is widely accepted as a complete energetic package for the morning beings. You may have it accompanying few raisins and honey. This great combination would really taste awesome.

3. Creamy Spinach Toast

Spinach, the cartoon lovers are going to remind Popeye hearing this. No doubt, spinach is an outstanding super food. Moreover, it is quite rich in magnesium and dietary potassium. It is too loaded with some essential meals, Vitamins A, K and fiber.

An excellent source from which you may get beta-carotene is spinach that makes the person get rid of asthma problem. The alpha-lipoic acid in it also acts as an antioxidant which reduces the glucose level and too enhances the sensitivity of insulin. This is how it prevents the oxidatively induced effects in a diabetic patient.

Akin to other veggies, spinach clutches chlorophyll which is responsible for lowering down the risk of cancer.

4. Oats Idli

Oats Idli, it may be quite boring hearing this option but you never know the amazing taste of it would make you go mad about it. Oats are healthy that too aids in making the food tasty. A special fiber named, beta glucan is found in oat bran.

Apart from this, when we talk about Urad Dal too known as Black Gram, we find it rich in minerals especially magnesium, iron and potassium, Vitamins and other dietary fibers. With it, you may just find yourself get treated against muscle and joint pains. Likewise, it makes the nervous system stronger, reduces hypertension and improves the digestive system.

5. Mixed Sprouts Poha

Well, whether you follow or don’t follow a strict veg diet, you should know that how beneficial sprouts are. For our digestive health, sprouts are much better. Similarly, these are also essential for maintaining health of the skin. Also, these regulate the sugar level by fastening the motion of the hydrolytic enzymes.

The beaten rice too named as Poha makes your day a little lazy, rest it is rich in fiber and iron.

6. Grilled Corn And Capsicum Sandwich

Corn, a starchy vegetable provides an enough amount of necessary carbohydrates that fuels up the morning hours of us. Noticeably, it is the complex crab, means it needs slow pace to get digested and offer a constant power for a long time. It is too strong to have manganese, a mineral trace which is good for connective tissues.

7. Chana Dal Pancakes

Chana dal, with low glycemic index, it has the caliber to use the blood sugar in an effective manner. This breakfast would be a good choice of yours for every morning. To make it more healthy and nutrient strongly, you may add-on some veggies. Besides, it is too eaten in other ways like in the form of sattu which is made by roasting and powdering it. Besan is also made by chana dal by grinding it to a powdered form.

8. Oats Mutter Dosa

Apart from its healthy feature, Oats Mutter Dosa sounds tasty also. It bestows all the healthy features of oats as mentioned above.  In addition to this, if you add boiled peas, carrots and split lentils to it, then it will raise up its nutritional value.

9. Cabbage Parathas

If you are the one who gets bored having more vegetables in your food then you are going to love this breakfast. It only contains cabbage in the name of vegetables. Parathas doesn’t always mean overloaded calories and fat as these parathas are not going to make you put on more weight. It contains low calories and high ranked Vitamins and fibers. Moreover, cabbage is good to have vitamin C.

10. Upma

Upma, another delicious breakfast which has its roots in the South India, but is eaten across India. Again, it may be cooked in various forms with distinctive ingredients depending upon one’s choice. It is a low calorie item too.

The bottom line is that it’s true that breakfast is must and should be a part of your meals. Additionally, it assists in cutting down your hunger, revives the metabolic rate of your build and helps in losing more calories. In turn, it results into healthier and quicker weight loss.

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7 Dishes to Definitely Retry These Winters

1. Butter Chicken:

Butter Chicken

The creation of Kundan Lal Gujral, the owner of Moti Mahal Delux, Butter chicken attracts foodies from India and abroad to Delhi, Made on traditional clay tandoor and then roasted or fried in the mouthwatering Indian spices with lots and lots butter, tastes like heaven in mouth.

2. Makke di Roti:

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Indian food is incomplete without breads, and makke di roti or corn bread is the delight of winters in Northen India. It’s a popular delicacy having roots in rural Punjab, where it is enjoyed with Jaggery, butter, butter milk and its alter ego Sarso da Saag, which typically complete this meal. Served hot by ladies to their husbands going to work hard whole day, makke di roti is very nutritious and healthy diet.

3. Biryani:

Biryani

Rich in ingredients and taste, The core ingredient of Biryani is Rice, the harmony of magical Indian spices, veggies, fruits, meat & herbs make it a lovely affair for foodies. Hyderabad (Present day Telangana) is considered as the epicenter of Biryani, including many other South Indian States because of their high affinity and capability for rice production. Although it is widely popular and made with precision in various parts of the country like Delhi and Lucknow.

4. Idli:

Idli Sambar

Again a South Indian dish, Idli is the lifeline of south Indian food lovers. Made with rice and de-husked black lentils, it is very soft to eat, Served with hot tangy Sambar and coconut sauce, it dissolves like cotton candy in mouth. Light on stomach and considered as one of the best breakfasts in the world. Many celebrities have claimed to eat Idli and butter milk in their breakfast.

5. Dum Aloo:

Dum Aloo

Dum Aloo is half Kashmiri and Half Bengali Dish according to a story, In 1784 Awadh was struck by food scarcity, in an ancient recipe found in “Ain-i-Akbari” where beef was stewed overnight in a “deg”, the technique was known as “Dum Pukht”, The Kashmiris introduced Turnip in place of Beef so that hundreds of hungry workers could be fed at a moment’s notice with warm food. After the British captured Awadh in 1856, Waji Ali Shah moved to Calcutta along with his “Nanbais” or Cooks. Where Bengalis started using Potato in place of Turnip.

6. Dal, Bati & Churma

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Rajasthan’s complete meal, Dal Bati Churma has all the flavours that you desire in a meal, Bati, bread hard from outside and soft from heart is soaked in warm ghee to add buttery taste to it. Its another avatar, Masala Bati is stuffed with mouth watering mixture potatoes, dry fruits and spices.

7. Chana Masala:

Chana Masala

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Chana Masala is evergreen. the mushy flavor of chickpeas goes well with all kind of breads. Mostly loved with Bhature or Kulche in North India, on other hand In Kerala, white appam and chana masala is one of the main dishes for breakfast.

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7 Thumbs Up for Our Indian Railway For 2016

2016 was a year of growth, hope and achievements for Indian Railway, below are 7 key steps that Indian Railway took in 2016 to improve the experience of Train Passengers in India.

1. Travel Cashless Way

To push Online payments Indian Railway incentivised the online transactions by rewarding 10 Lac accidental insurance cover on online booking of tickets. By taking this step ahead ministry gave 5 % off on online transactions on railway catering and accommodation.

Online booking key on computer

2. For Transgenders

A small gesture to stand for equality among all genders, Indian railway added an additional field of Transgenders in gender section of reservation ticket forms and cancellation form.

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3. Installation of Bio Toilets in All Trains

As a sustainable and the most efficient step towards making our railway cleaner, Indian railway has planned to install bio toilets in all trains till 2019. This big step will bring a big change in the sanitation system of Trains and the way we travel.

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4. New Trains and Talgo Trains

 

Indian Railway has introduced new members in the train family – Humsafar Express , Gatiman Express , Mahamana Express and Tiger Express . These new trains are from the same genre as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto. The railways has also decided to launch several Talgo trains in less than a year.

Humsafar Express Exterior
Image Courtesy: Jagran

5. Executive Lounges at Railway Stations

A new class of luxury, executive lounge has been developed at the New Delhi Railway Station and the same facility will be implemented on more than 49 Stations of the country, passengers of will be able to enjoy WiFi, buffet service, wash and change, and concierge service  pre-departure and post-arrival of trains.

executive lounge at delhi station

6. Giving More Power to Train Drivers

Every year hundreds of trains get delayed or get canceled due to weather issues, Railway is going to install a system called ‘Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers, Infrared Enhanced Optical and Radar Assisted (Tri-Netra)’ in all trains. This technology will also keep a record of track maintenance; currently this technology is used by Fighter Jets and Planes.

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7. Fare System for Special Trains

Just like Aviation sector, the railways have introduced a new pricing method in top tier trains Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi from September 9. Under the flexi fare system, passengers will have to pay 10 to 50 per cent more.

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a. The first 10 per cent of the seats will be sold at the normal fare.

b. The base fare will go up with every 10 per cent of the berths sold.

c. Once half of the train tickets are sold, the remaining will be sold at a price 1.5 times higher than the base fares for 2 AC and 2S sleeper coaches and 1.4 times higher for third AC coaches.

 

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Shakuntala Railway, History of India’s Only Privately Held Railway Line

The Greatest by product of colonial era that British rulers left for us is the Indian Railways. From Architecture of Railway stations to design of trains, everything has shadows of English rule.

It sounds surprising to many, but even after 70 years of independence, there is still one tiny part of Railway Network that our Indian Railway doesn’t owns.

Shakuntala Railway History
Old Lever from British Era Image Source: IRFCA

 

The Shakuntala Express, sounds so Indian but you can still see a ‘made in Liverpool’ tag on it.

Shakuntala Railway was founded by a British firm called Killick-Nixon, In 1910. This private firm in a joint venture with the colonial British government in India gave birth to the Central Province Railway Company (CPRC), for planning and assembling railway tracks to be used for transportation of cotton from Vidarbha, & finally to Manchester, England. The trains started running on tracks in 1916 and soon it was started for carrying passengers too.

During British rule The trains on this track were run by Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR) which operated in Central India till Independence. Shakuntala Railway is still owned by CPRC, presumably because the government of the day simply forgot to nationalise it, and CRPC is still owned by Killick-Nixon, a British firm. Even though Killick-Nixon has since transferred from British to Indian control, but still it runs privately on Indian Tracks without government’s intervention!

This Track is a part of Bhusaval Division of Central Railway but the Murtazapur – Yavatmal (113 km) and the Murtazapur – Achalpur (76 km) railway tracks are still owned by CPRC.

Shakuntala Railway
Image Source: IRFCA

Unlike most railway lines in India that uses broad gauge lines, the Shakuntala Railway route still uses narrow gauge lines and makes just one return journey every day. At present, the train takes runs with speed 20 Km/hr and covers the 190 KM distance between Yavatmal and Achalpur in Amravati district of Maharashtra. On other hand bus takes 6 hours for the same journey and costs Rs 150. Despite of the fact that this train is time taking, poor Villagers still prefer this train over bus because of its affordable tickets.

Central Railway which runs the trains on these tracks Pays royalty to its private partner and CPRC. Since Independence, this contract has been renewed 6 times (which means in every 10 years).

This legacy of colonial rule may soon be a part of history as Government of India is very soon going to take over Shakuntala Railway. Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has recently cleared a budget of Rs 1,500 crore for transforming the narrow gauge Yavatmal-Murtizapur-Achalpur railway line into broad gauge.

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7 Yummy Foods You Never Knew You Can Order In Train

1. Subway @ New Delhi

Subway, a legendary fast food chain known for its customized sandwiches and salads can be a part of your wake up snacks at New Delhi Railway Station. You can choose from a menu available on KhanaGaDi App and simply order with a single click.

Subway Food in Train

2. Moti Mahal Ahmedabad

Heaven for Non Veg Food lovers, Moti Mahal is the team behind the creation of Butter Chicken, So whenever your train is passing through Ahmedabad, your inner foodie can relish the taste of  desi tandoor, just order before an hour and get your meal delivered on your train seat at Ahmedabad Station.

moti mahal food in train

 

3. Haldiram’s, Howrah

Haldiram fans know what makes them 55th most trusted brand in India, that Indianness and purity of food makes haldiram a reliable food brand for everyone. So why not to opt for their ready to eat meals when you are craving for Veg Food and hot mouthwatering desserts like Moong Halwa. Get food delivery in train with KhanaGaDi App.

Haldiram Food in train

4. Mizaz e Bhopal

Mizaz e Bhopal is Your evergreen restaurant that serves wide variety of North Indian Veg and Chinese meals. Bhopalis love them as they serve a delicious and freshly cooked food that we all Indians look up to may be you cannot differentiate between Kadhai Paneer and Shahi Paneer, but you will remember the unique taste of Mizaz e Bhopal.

5. Gujarati Cuisine

Gujarati Cuisine is tangy, spicy, sweet and colourfull, as if it has all the tastes & happy colours of life, either you are Gujarati by origin or from any part of this world, KhanaGaDi gives you a choice to get Gujarati Food delivery in train.

Gujarati Food in Train

6. Chettinad Cuisine

Love for food doesn’t see the differences of cultures or traditions, all it sees is taste. If you plan to explore South Indian Chettinad meal. Then 2 states can fall in love anytime with KhanaGaDi App.

Chettinad food in Train

7. Bengali Cuisine

If you are Bengali, then Fish must be an integral part of your meal and now you don’t need to dream fishing while your train journey naps, all you need to do is download KhanaGaDi App to order your favorite meals

Bengali Cuisine in Train

About Humsafar Express – Train of A Better India Welcomes You

What would you like to sip during your next journey these winters? Soup, Tea or Coffee? Humsafar Express is equipped with a vending machine for all. Humsafar Express Train is in buzz since it is launched on 9 December by Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu.

Indian Railways is the lifeline of country and among the busiest in the world, it has pressure to perform in all aspects which include technology, capacity, facilities, speed and design. Of course the respective ministry announced cleanliness campaign called ‘Swachh rail, Swachh bharat’ and you can see a significant effect on Railway platforms but still the reality is not hidden from us, all stakeholders understand that we need to work harder on our railway system to meet global standards.

Humsafar Express Interior
Image Source: Financial Express

From time to time Indian Railways has come up with Trains in various segments which include Luxury Trains, Hospital Trains, High Speed Trains and Special Trains Between Specific Stations. Even we were very excited last year when railways launched the fastest train of India, Gatimaan Express.

Humsafar Express is again a breath of fresh air in this motive and the ‘Rail Budget Promise’ according to Mr. Prabhu; this train has many features that make it a special but fare is a bit on higher side.

If we look at the design of train, the aesthetics and interiors are designed in a futuristic manner and the vinyl sheet design gives a glimpse of future trains in India. To maintain the standards, this train will only have 3 Tier AC Coaches and the fare will be proportionally on higher side.

A small initiative that makes this train different from others is the use of Khadi linens which is used to promote the Khadi product speciality of India.

Every coach has dustbins that will add to the cleanliness of coaches, undoubtedly this is one of the most required features in context to support the Swachh rail campaign.

First train has 22 coaches of 3 Tier AC and will run between Gorakhpur and Anand Vihar, Similar trains Antyodaya and Uday will be launched soon.

The cost of a single coach of Humsafar is 2.6 crores.

Mr. Prabhu in his series of tweets, unveiled the following:

1. “Unveiling your “Humsafar”, inspected and unveiled the new rakes of Humsafar brand of trains to be run,”

2. Highlighting the facilities of the new train, Mr Prabhu said: “Humsafar train coaches will have pleasing and comfortable interiors and attractive exteriors.”

3. “Humsafar Express is new beginning for affordable luxury train travel in India. A new train product which is fully AC with optional catering,”

4. “GPS-based public information system, deodoriser, fire suppression system, pleasing and hygienic lavatories are just some of the features.”

5. “It will also be equipped with mini-pantry with oven/fridge, convenient berth identification, distinctive furnishing board and welcome boards,”

6. “Coming up with various new products to cater to different needs of our people,” Mr Prabhu added.

As per the authorities, fare structure of the new train will be unveiled soon.

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Food Culture in Indian Trains

There was a time when passengers were used to take home cooked food with them in trains, share with each other to enjoy journeys, this also gave rise to an exchange of culture through food, and train junctions became a junction of cultures too. As times changed, lives became faster than trains, people could hardly manage home cooked food in trains, we live in times when it becomes difficult for people to manage to take home cooked food at their workplace regularly.

India became liberal in early nineties and to fill the stomach of a family, the large no. of people started migrating from one town to another to make a living that led to an increase in solo travelers and loners wishing if someone can cook good food for them.

Mostly in such cases, today they have options to go restaurants and cafes that help them find food of their choice, and that also has evolved over the time as today we can find cafes and food joints serving wide variety of meal options supporting the need of a multicultural or diverse menu from all parts of the country.

Today a South Indian Person can easily find food of his taste at Borivali Station of Mumbai, a hard core Vegetarian can find Jain meal in Lucknow.

But something that was still a challenge was to get good food in train. Pantry of Indian Trains was lacking basic quality standards and passengers were deeply unsatisfied with the food. Then came players like KhanaGaDi who helped in solving the challenges of good food delivery in train. Through a strong vendor network and robust operations team, KhanaGaDi today serves at more than 250+ railway station across the nation. Passengers can simply order through Toll Free no., Whats App or Website. KG also has mobile applications for Android and iOS devices, features that make these apps more useful are predict PNR status and Track Train Status Online.

Even Indian Railways has plans to phase out the pantry car in trains to replace it with the official ecatering service, but still to serve the needs of millions of passengers it’s not practically possible through a single channel, and apps like KhanaGaDi are trying to help such travelers everyday that are not able to find food of their choice in Trains.

 

A Street Food Trip to Jodhpur

Jodhpur as a city has many names to its credit. It is known as “Sun City” because of its bright and sunny weather throughout the year. The houses in the old areas of the city are painted in blue, hence the name “Blue City”.  The Mehrangarh Fort being both historically and physically eminent watches over the city with good care. But, there is one more thing that makes Jodhpur an ideal tourist destination. Yes, with food one doesn’t need to guess much. Jodhpur cuisine is popular for its spicy, tasty and affordable treats. We take you on a refreshing food trip in Jodhpur with this post.

Although, one can find cuisines as varied as Continental, Mexican, Italian and Asian, the local cuisine is one to die for. The reason for its popularity can only be credited to heavy aroma, spices and rich taste. Onion is an integral element in all its delicacies.

Street Food –

1. Mirchi Bada

The hot and spicy MirchiBada with chilli and potato filling is a favourite among local people and the natives suggest visitors to definitely give it a try. It is served usually with tamarind or green chutney.

2. Pyaaz Kachori

Kachori stuffed with onions, potato and other spices make it a tasty treat.

3. Shahi Samosa

Ingredients like dry fruits, paneer chunks and green vegetables make it a royal lip smacking snack.

4. Dal Bati Churma

It is a traditional food of Rajasthan consisting of dal, roasted wheat ball and jaggery loaded with lots of pure ghee.

5. Dahi Chaat

Although spicy chaats are anyhow popular in Jodhpur, dahi (curd) chaat is the most desired one.

6. Pani Patashi

Small puris with potato filling are served with a variety of flavoured water.

7. Kadhi Kachori

A mixture of Jodhpuri Kachori with kadhi (condimented curd in a liquid form)

8. Makhaniya Lassi

Buttermilk with extra loaded processed butter on top makes it delicious and is a much liked drink locally

 

Curries –

1. Gulab Jamun Ki Sabji – Normally GulabJamun is consumed as a dessert but an innovative spicy curry of it is found in mostly all eateries of Jodhpur

2. Panch Kuta – Made of 5 ingredients (Desert beans, dried berries, dried seeds, red chillies and gum berry)this curry is a regional delicacy

Sweets

1. Makhan bada – A sweet dish made with butter and sugar syrup.

2. Mawa Kachori – A deep fried Cardamom spiced kachori dipped in sugar syrup.

3. Besan ki Chakki – Made of gram flour processed with ghee later cut into rectangular pieces for consumption

 

Non-Vegetarian

Laal Mans – This is a spicy and aromatic Mutton Curry prepared with authentic Rajasthani spices and loads of condiments to give that special flavour. The curry also consists of whole uncut onions and potatoes.

So, next time you happen to visit Jodhpur, don’t miss out any of these.

Luxury Trains of India – Travel As You Rule The World

Indian railways is as diverse as India and can give you a wide range of experiences, from scenic views to a unique royal treatment, Bholu has everything to offer. Indian Railways introduced the concept of luxury tourist trains to India in 1982 by associating with Rajasthan Tourism Department, the magnum opus ‘The Palace on Wheels’ was launched on tracks of Royal Land in 1982. It was then refurbished and reintroduced in August 2009 with new décor, itinerary and cuisine.

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“For me life is all about exploring, i am here to experience a royal life”, said Mike from California traveling on The Palace on Wheels, a luxury train that gives you a lifetime travel experience that you will not find in any ordinary train.

After the success of POW, Indian Railways launched similar trains in the other parts of the country, and now there are not just 1 or 2 such trains, but total 5 trains are conceptualised in this manner, apart from royal treatment these trains have been designed in a very innovative style presenting the essence of Royal India through interesting nomenclature, cuisine & decor.

Mentioned below are the trains:

1. The Palace on Wheels

2. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

3. Deccan Odyssey

4. Maharaja Express

5. The Golden Chariot

What mattered to you most last time when you visited your favourite restaurant? Ambience? Service? And most importantly Food? What could be a better ambience than these soothing lamps, classy chairs and a desert view through window, and authentic Indian food in train touching your taste buds.

POW inside

On other hand, serving staff’s attire goes with the style of train, they carry a very warm and welcoming mannerism to make you feel super comfortable and special.

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Tamanna from Amritsar said “My husband and i were planning to go out of India for honeymoon, but our visa got rejected due to some issue with documents, then Ashish my husband came up with the Idea that why not to  explore these special train journeys and trust me it is the most beautiful experience of my life till today”

Tour program of these trains has been designed in such a way that they take you through all the major sight seen locations and heritage sites. It stops at stations from where you can go to the particular location and then come back to continue your journey ahead.

Palace on Wheels Route
Itinerary of ‘The Palace on Wheels’

 

Trains have luxurious bedrooms and interiors reflecting the lifestyle of Indian Royal Families.

Inside Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

In just a single journey, these trains will take you through the panorama of Indian Royal & Cultural Heritage.

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