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People Behind Your Train Food Tray: Story of NPR, Jabalpur

Cafe’s and Restaurants have stories behind them, Stories of dreams and passion, Mr. Ashish Pawar, the owner of New Pawar Restaurant in Jabalpur inherited this passion for starting a family restaurant from his father Mr. Narendra Singh Pawar. He took out time from his busy schedule to talk to us, here is the story behind NPR, Jabalpur

Tell us the story behind your restaurant?

NPR was originally founded in 1964 by my uncle Late Shri Kapoor Singh Pawar ably supported by his two younger brothers ie my second uncle Mr Ram Singh Pawar and my father, Mr Narendra Singh Pawar. They put in their blood and sweat to make it a successful setup. Kapoor Singh supervised and managed overall business operations and strategies, Ram Singh handled market and vendor management and youngest brother Narendra Singh supervised kitchen and quality management. In 1983, due to a tragedy in family they shut down this unit.

In 2002, Narendra Singh Pawar’s elder son Ashish Pawar restarted this business. Since then, for last 14 years NPR is known and loved by both, locals as well as travellers and tourists

Tell us something about the founder?

Late Shri Kapoor Singh Pawar was a first generation entrepreneur. He started his journey as a young canteen boy ending up being a successful businessman who established multiple ventures, starting from a small bicycle rental shop to hotel, restaurants, shopping complex and other real estates projects in Jabalpur city.

He had deep interest in civil and mechanical engineering. Without any formal education he gained experience and excelled in construction business. He was in love with machines and made many innovative tools ahead of that era.

He passed away in 1995 and then I took the responsibility of carrying the baton forward on his young shoulders.

In 2002, Myself a Commerce graduate, re-opened the restaurant and re-established the brand NPR. I have keen interest in business systems, processes and management. I love travelling and spending time with family and close friends. I admire and follow Salman Khan and Arnold Schwarzenegger for fitness and body building.

Tell us what is your specialty ?

NPR is a fast paced pure veg restaurant serving homely cooked delicious Indian cuisines to families, students, travellers and office goers in a serene and hygienic ambience.

We are best known for our varieties of thalis delivering all 5 tastes in one plate.

In 1964, NPR introduced the people of Madhya Pradesh with South Indian cuisine and Chhaina sweets of Kolkata. No other place served these dishes before this in whole MP.

What are your learning?

I learnt that in hospitality business success mantra is ATITHI DEVO BHAVA. Guest delight is the prime focus. Nothing can beat the proud feeling when, happy and satisfied guests delightfully praise our preparations and services. I feel the idea is very simple, give the kind of service and experience to your guests as you would expect when you go out with your family to some world class restaurant or café. Also I learnt that it is a complete team work and our employees are the backbone of the system. If we keep them happy and stress free they will take care of the guests and business will flourish.

Biggest learning is that guests and employees have multiple options in market today, so the differentiating factor is how better your brand’s personal connect and repo is with your guests and staff.

 

Would you like to mention any key people behind it?

My father Shri Narendra Singh Pawar still actively participate in management and mentor the next generation. My younger brothers Ajeet and Atit are ensuring that NPR keep up with the fast paced and tech savvy new generation by adopting modern tools, technology and strategies.

 

NPR is among KhanaGaDi’s valueable vendors who provide wide variety of food in train

Enjoy Winter Delicacies In Your Next Train Travel

Travelling is an art. While performing it, being healthy is the first need yours. The cool attitude of cold winter leads to lack of minerals in the beings. It’s a no doubt thing, when we say, that winter is one of the favorite seasons of which everyone seems to crazy. But yes, to tie-up a friendly bond with it while traveling, we require having some healthy foods.
Winter is known for its awesomeness as it allows cool and open-air transactions, amazing transformation in apparel and enhanced green and healthy veggies growth. Moreover, a non-forgetting one is delicious seasonal delicacies as you get a chance to taste yummy foods that are in demand during this period only. Apart from an enchanting taste of these, these bestow various benefits that aid the beings to make their body stronger and warmer. During this particular season, the food in train holds a significant role as it balances the shortage of minerals in the people that arouse due to the winter chills, most often. Some special and mouth-watering dishes in India like “Sarson da saag with makki ki roti” and “gajar ka halwa” are one of the famous and full of nutrients foods.
Today, we will put a lime-light on few lip-smacking, irresistible, Indian, traditional and winter special eatables that should be the part of food in train guide. Indian delicacies of winter including snacks and sweets would surely leave you and your taste buds impatient if you don’t allow them to sit on your tongue. So, let’s get started:

1. Matar ki Kachori
Matar ki kachori, the most delicious winter food in train, which you would never have tried, encloses yummy fillings. You would notice some crushed and green peas, peeping outside from it. A prominent flavor that gets appended to it is due to an amazing addition of the variety of spicy spices.

2. Rasam
A light and tasty soupy dish, Rasam is spiced with yummy traditional spices, too known as masalas. It is South-India born. In fact, a rich protein, fibrous antioxidant, red lentil is used to prepare it. In addition to this, it clutches a tag of “a whole meal” as green veggies are added to it that makes it a complete food. So, to make your evenings fantastic you may try it as a food in train.

3. Paneer Tikka
A popular tandoori snack, Panner Tikka can easily be made even at home. The tandoor offers a hand of a little smoky flavor of charcoal to the panner. Mostly, this dish is served in the name of starter.

4. Moong Dal Pakodas
A hot and fantastic winter special food in train, pakodas made of moong ki dal tastes awesome when garnished with the fresh radish. One of the best seasonal delights, radish adds a long-lasting taste to the pakoras. A good source of potassium and iron, moong dal is the chief ingredient of this dish. It too holds Vitamin C, calcium, iron, manganese and potassium and all these enhances the immunity.

5. Sarson da Saag
One of the most alluring and widespread Punjabi foods, “Sarson ka saag” is cooked in this cool season and also in harvest period of the year. It becomes overflow with the beneficial nutrients when served with homemade butter and “makki ki roti”. The mustard leaves are an important player of this which is full of protein and iron. This vegetable grows in winter only.

6. Gajar ka Halwa
A legendary and special dish of winter, “Gajar ka halwa” always sounds mouth-watering and an obvious favorite of most of the people. The credit of its popularity goes to the cool winter season. This dish is cooked with lots of ghee and is loaded with various dry fruits. The carrot that is used to prepare it naturally tastes sweet. As we all know, the carrot is a famed sugar level regulator of the human’s body. Ghee that is too added is a fantastic assistant for keeping the body warmer and maintaining the mental and physical health of the being. Dry fruits act as a strong fighter against the cold.

7. Undhiyu
A popular and tasty vegetarian curry, Undhiyu is a Gujarati dish. It is generally served in the place of the main course that too consists of various veggies. As cooked with fresh garlic, ginger, spices and herbs, it leads to an awesome spicy and sweet taste. It is served with methi muthiyas, roti or puri. One of its ingredients, methi that is fenugreek, is usually eaten in winters as it keeps the cold away.

8. Nolen Gurer Sandesh & Rosogolla
Kolkata special dish, Sandesh, and Rosogulla is the main dish that is offered to the guests all the year around. On the contrary, nolen gurer flavored Bengali sweets are quite special in winter over here that you can’t afford to miss.

9. Litti with Brinjal Bharta or Potato Mash
On a journey towards Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar would prove to be incomplete if went without tasty bites of Litti. Littis are a traditional and unique food of India that is filled up with balls and served with spicy and hot brinjal bharta or potato mash. You may also find this snacky delicacy on the food guide of top street foods.
10. Stuffed Parathas with Curd
Food in train while moving towards Delhi might also be Parathas usually in winter. Parathas are well stuffed with different vegetables like radish, fenugreek leaves, mashed potatoes, peas, carrot, cauliflower, and spinach. Often served with curd, butter, and pickle, this fabulous dish tastes awesome. In winter it is a unique North Indian food.
Along with these, there are many other dishes too that are like shining and sparkling stars on the menus of food in train. While traveling to any state all over in India you will get introduced to various enchanting and distinctive tastes of our nation that would leave your fingers licking. So, this winter does’t let yourself be apart or distanced from the countless and famous winter delicacies in your next train travel.

Culinary Train from New Delhi to Ahmadabad

If you are hopping on to a Train from New Delhi to Ahmadabad, you would get a rare opportunity to unearth some real culinary stops along the way that will stand apart from your gastronomic experience so far, Yes its damn right as the entire Train Journey in between these two great cities would offer some of the finest culinary platter at the stations en route which you have not experienced ever.

This journey of around 15-16 hours is off course best advised to be undertaken in the day time to explore the sumptuous food in train which you will relish in times to come, The very first stop to tantalize your taste buds will come at Alwar in Rajasthan , famous for its Milk Cake or locally known as “Alwar ka Mawa”, This Milk Cake at Alwar Station is known for its unique taste, texture and for a fine balance in between the sweetness and the blend of milk cream and off course the aroma is something that you will not find in any milk cake across the globe.

There are certain families in Alwar known to be in possession of some secret recipe for these unique Milk Cakes, you can easily buy one of these delicacies at your Train Seat only as the vendors will come to your coach to show you the product, it is advisable to go for the light brown texture cake if you are up for buying, so what are you waiting for? Just grab the piece from the Cake pound and let is dissolve in your mouth as your Train marches ahead for your next stop.

After having savoured the soft and tendered Milk Cake, your taste buds would be looking forward to something spicy, minty and off course super chilly to take the edge off that sugar, your next Stop, The great City of Pink City Jaipur is the ideal destination ahead in your Train Journey to change the taste with some mouth watering and spicy “Pyaj ki Kachori “and “Moong Dal Kachori”.

These Kachori’s are awesome snacks and if served hot with either Mint Chutney or Kadhi can really make you day in Train, Jaipur Station have several vendors who serves Fresh Kachori’s with Kadhi and Minth Chutney, they can even pack some for you for your journey ahead. Jaipur is also globally famous for its local Dessert “Ghevar”, there are variety of Ghevars available at Stations which you can order and also can take them along for friends and family.The Ghevar is a traditional delicacy of Jaipur, it’s a round shaped dish prepared with flour, ghee, mawa, cardamom, saffron and almond, it is better served piping hot along with a glass of milk.

These heavenly food items will rock the foodie in you who can then look forward to very important towns of Rajasthan coming ahead –Ajmer and Jodhpur, your first stop after Jaipur’s culinary treat in this sojourn would be Ajmer, the land of Sufism and Prithviraj chouhan.Ajmer is famous for its Sohan halwa and the legend associated with it .In 1526 AD, when emperor Akbar visited Ajmer, he wished for a sweet which will have a shelf life of 15-20 days, a local halwai then made the Son halwa or Sohan halwa and the great Akbar approved its taste , Sohan halwa is made from flour, ghee, almonds  and sugar, the famous shop to get Sohan halwa is “Azad Sweets”, you can buy it easily from Ajmer Railway Station and there are many vendors of acclaimed brands that are selling Sohan halwa at platform, you be rest assured for the taste.

Your next food station at Jodhpur is equally rich in its culinary heritage as its predecessor stations, Jodhpur is known for its Marwari cuisine , Mirchi Bada , Gatta subji and off course Dal Bati , Churma, it is advised that you should taste the Mirchi Bada and order a Combo meal of Traditional Jodhpuri Thali, it will come with Dal , Bati ,Churma and Gatta subji.This is not all what Jodhpur has to offer to you foodies , well any trip to Jodhpur cannot be completed without “Mawa ki Kachori”, this princely menu has a long history , This kachori is filled with Mawa or Milk Cake Cream and served with sugar syrup , preferably hot.

Well after all these delicacies you may want to look for something refreshing and cool and thats what Abu Road Station has to offer – Its classic “Rabri”, Abu Road is based in the foothills of Mount Abu , the only Hill Station in Rajasthan and is very famous for its “Rabri”, a refreshing drink of milk cream and can be ordered as Take away also from Abu Road Station.

Your Food Train is almost closing in to Ahmadabad , your final stop but a cauldron of food items with age old history . Ahmadabad is known for its veg, kathiawadi food and also for its Mughlai cuisine with brands like “Moti Mahal” offering some age old recipes from the kitchen of Mughals.While at Ahmadabad Station you can enjoy a wide variety of snacks and meals like Dabeli, Vada pav, Farsan, Bakarwadi and can also indulge in real and authentic Kathiawadi food, In Non Veg food there is no dearth of cuisines either- start from kebabs and graduate your taste buds to Rogan josh, Butter Chicken, Mutton keema and many others from the bygone era of great culinary history and heritage.

Once in your lifetime, just hop on to any Train from New Delhi to Ahmadabad and experience the rich legacy of Indian Kitchen offering some heavenly food items which will leave the lasting taste on your taste buds that can be remembered and relished in times to come….

 

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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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