Monday, January 28, 2013

Middle Eastern Take-Away: Sufra

Sufra, the new Middle Eastern take-away on Carter Road Bandra, has a lot of vegan options. The Vegetable Shwarma, Traditional Falafels, Hummus Salad, Fattoush, Moutabal (aubergine, tahini, lime, olive oil), Muhamara (groundnuts with chili and red pepper) are all pretty okay. I wouldn't say they are amazing, but they are not bad for the price. I don't think I will go back there again but if you're craving fattoush or falafels, this is not an entirely worthless option. 

Recommended: The hot mint tea and fattoush! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY Pizza Sauce Bagel at Bagelwala, Bandra

So I went to Bagelwala with very high expectations of finding bagels with vegan toppings. One look at the menu shattered my hopes. Almost everything had cream cheese or some sort of cheese in it. My only options were peanut butter and jam and I was not particularly in the mood for a dessert bagel. I think there was some hummus somewhere in there too, but that was it. Just when I was reconciling myself to the idea of eating a plain onion bagel, I saw a staff member carrying a jar of pizza sauce to the kitchen. The nice man at the Bagelwala agreed to give me some of the pizza sauce as a topping for my bagel. 

I have to say the end result was very nice but it could have been so much better if there was at least one vegan bagel/ sandwich/ dessert to choose from! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Vegan Momos at BusaGo in Bandra

BusaGo is the latest in a line of quaint places to open up in Pali Naka in Bandra. It is a South-East Asian restaurant that serves everything from Burmese 'Kaukswe' to stir-fries and Green Curry. The place is quite vegan friendly as far as the choice of food goes. Nothing vegan in the dessert section though. Nor any soy milk smoothies. 

I ordered the vegan momos and was not bowled over by them. The momos itself tasted just about okay (perfectly sized though!) but the sauces didn't do anything for me. There was a green chilly sauce a red sweet chilli sauce- neither of which are anything like the spicy hot momo sauce of the north eastern states of India. 

But do try the fresh juices. I tried the Good Morning Bandra which is a mix of orange, sweet lime and guava. I asked them to replace the guava with pineapple (which they were very nice about doing) and the result was delicious! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Garlic Mushrooms on Toasties

What you'll need:
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped button mushrooms
  • Sliced bread- cut each slice into 4 pieces 
  • Finely chopped garlic- lots of it!
  • Fresh basil- finely chopped
  • Dried oregano
  • Chili flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
Heat olive oil. Add garlic. Cook till brown. Now add the mushrooms, salt, chili, pepper, salt, basil, oregano, and cook till the mushrooms are cooked and slightly brown. Toast the bread till golden. Spread the mushrooms over it, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on them and they're ready to serve!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Soy Milk vs. Dairy Milk

For all those who like to defend milk and praise it's nutrition value- here's a little chart to compare vegan milk with dairy milk.