Over the last few years, Cyber City at Gurgaon has emerged as a pioneer in the corporate world of India. The boom of indigenous and international businesses at Cyber City has made it a commercial hub of Delhi NCR. Cyber City is a home to know brands such as Dentsu, Amex, Regus, Expedia, Aircel, etc. The aim behind launching Nukkadwala at this location is to help in personalizing corporate culture beyond workspaces. The trend of eating out together with your co-workers is a great way to strengthen the professional bond.
Gujarat is famous for its number of dishes such thepla, dhokla, khandvi, puran poli, handvo, etc. But there is one dish of Gujarat that comes from Kutch region and has gained popularity all over India. This dish is known as Kutchi Dabeli. It is one of the most famous street foods of India.
About Kutchi Dabeli
The stuffing of boiled potatoes and masala is pressed between two buns hence it is called ‘Dabeli’ because Dabeli means ‘pressed’ in Gujarati language. Boiled potatoes are mashed with Dabeli masala, which is a mixture of several spices such as dried red-chillies, black-pepper powder, dried coconut, salt, clove, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, turmeric, elachi, , black-salt, Indian bay leaf (tej-patta) and other garam masalas. Kutchi Dabeli is most commonly served with dips/chutneys, which is prepared from tamarind, date, garlic, red chillies. Kutchi Dabeli is always garnished with pomegranate, roasted peanuts and sev that give it the authentic look as well as taste.
Not all dishes can evoke a childhood memory in their first bite. Sarson ka saag is one of those dishes that will make you homesick and will remind you of ‘maa ke haath ka khana’ if you are away from your home. Let’s take a look at the list of reasons that makes sarson ka saag the star dish of winter:
1. Winter ‘delight’ dish
Sarson ka saag also known as mustard greens is a winter ‘delight’ dish that is extremely popular in North India. These long and leafy greens are sold by every vegetable seller during winter.
2. Best of both worlds
Sarson ka saag is one of those rare dishes that not just tastes divine but also has several health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, which helps in improving cardio health by decreasing cholesterol level. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help to prevent cancer.
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Nukkad Wala, a chain of fast casual restaurants is unlike any other fast food chains in Delhi. The idea behind Nukkad Wala is to preserve the unparallel taste of Indian street food, which seems to have lost in the midst of giant multinational food corporations. They have recently opened their new outlet in Kamla Nagar market to spread out to more people with and redefining the street food experience in Delhi NCR.
Kamla Nagar market is already known for its evergreen campus life. It is an academia hub where students and teachers from different parts of India come together. Nukkad Wala aims to attract the attention of these people who feel homesick and miss the local cuisine of their hometown. The team of Nukkad Wala specialises in recreating the authentic taste of local street food and look forward to serve more love and food to the vibrant campus crowd of Delhi University. Nukkad Wala has a vast menu which consists of Benne dosa, rasam and pineapple kesari halwa of South, Kolkata’s mutton chop burger, Goan dessert Bebinca, Amritsari chicken burger, Kutchi dabeli, and Mumbai’s bhajiya and pav bhaji among other delicacies. With such a vast menu, everyone will get an opportunity to taste their favourite regional dish.
Winter brings with it not just chilly wind but also recipes of hot drinks that are a treat for our taste buds and also for our health.
Here’s a list of 5 most popular drinks during winter:
Let’s get the list started with everyone’s most favorite drink of the winter – tea. It wouldn’t be wrong to coronate tea with the queen of all drinks. With over ten unique flavours, tea is undoubtedly the most popular drink in every nook and corner of this country. Adrak chai (ginger), tulsi chai (basil), elaichi chai (cardamom), kesari chai (saffron), dalchini chai (cinnamon) are just a few examples of the family of tea flavours.
One certainly cannot enjoy winter season with runny nose and sore throat. Rasam is a well-known South Indian soup having tangy taste along with medicinal properties. Rasam is definitely the most exotic looking drink in this list. It is rich in antioxidants and helps in preventing constipation too.
May be you remember this drink from your childhood. All Indian mothers made their kids drink haldi doodh to make boost their immunity. It is the best remedy for cold and cough and also helps improves digestion. Haldi milk is not just about turmeric and milk; it needs other ingredients as well such as black pepper, ghee and honey.
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Gaajar ka halwa is the irreplaceable dessert in Indian cuisine and that is saying a lot considering the huge number of desserts that India has to offer. It has a special place in everyone’s hearts. So let’s take a look at the reasons that make this dish so special:
- Gaajar ka halwa was introduced to Indian kitchens by Mughals. Also, halwa is an Arabic term, which means sweet. Today, this all time favourite of the royal court is a favourite of common masses as well.
- Carrots are largely grown in Punjab as a winter harvest. However, carrots were originally white and purple in colour. It was the Dutch who cultivated the orange colour carrot to honour their prince – William of Orange, who led the struggle for Dutch independence. This historic fact indeed makes it a royal dish.
- The best part about desserts is that it is equally cherished by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. And when the dessert is none other than ‘gaajar ka halwa,’ it goes without saying that it is a traditional yet the most celebrated dessert in India.
- There are different variations (red velvet carrot halwa, carrot-papaya halwa, cheese gaajar ka halwa carrot and beetroot halwa) of gaajar ka halwa but nothing beats the original recipe.
- One of the specialties of this dessert is that it can be served either hot or cold, which makes it a perfect dish when you are struggling with pangs of hunger.
- It can be garnished with several dry fruits such as cashews, raisins, nuts, cardamom powder and almonds to enhance its taste.
- Gaajar ka halwa is certainly everyone’s favorite with all the amount of milk and carrots that are used for its preparation. People do not seem to care much about their weight when it comes to this spectacular dish. Gaajar ka halwa is also the perfect example of the importance of patience. It takes approximately one hour to prepare this dish and is definitely worth the wait.
Kaanji – Kaale Gajar Ki Kaanji, a fermented drink from North India, marks the end of winter in the Northern States. A great digestive booster and ideal for sluggish gut, this pro-biotic drink has a salty tangy taste. The purple or black carrots have extraordinary nutritional benefits due to the presence of anthocyanins which give it an intense deep hue and have anti-inflammatory properties. This spiced brew is flavoured with rai(mustard),pink salt and a tinge of red chilli powder. Traditionally prepared in ceramic jars, the purple carrots mixed with water and spices, is kept in the sun for 4-5 days.
Kaanji, the desi wine, is served during Holi. Come and savour your taste buds with naniji’s kaanji at the Nukkadwala till stock lasts.
The group photograph from our college days invariably brings a distant look in the eyes and a lump in the throat. The never-ending chats at the canteen tables, the frequent back slapping , the ongoing accounts with the canteen-wala, asking for treats from a friend just because his “crush” looked back and gave a smile, unknowingly all these moments end up making the “Canteen” an integral part of our college life.
College days tend to be one of the best days of one’s life, where,, an essential part of time was spent at the Canteen surviving on whatever snacks – pakoras, burgers variations the unkempt canteen wala would conjure up! Unconventional variations however they always tasted fantastic and were extremely pocket friendly!!
Everything associated with the time spent at the canteen table brings about a commotion of memories flooding to our brain and there appears a smile on our face that we are completely unaware of.
Nothing in this world compares to the joy of being lost in the wonderful moments of the past. Having a rendezvous with the best memories of our life – some call it daydreaming, we call it Nukkadwala Time.
With Nukkadwala introducing its range of Canteen Burgers, one is sure to travel back in time. And the best part will be to have a reunion with your mates and enjoy lip-smacking delights from different parts of India.
Nukkadwala is a place wherein you hang out and relax in not so formal surroundings to dig in to the regionally authentic delicacies. Call it a Gorge on hub – we will not mind till you leave with a great taste in your mouth.
With the assorted list of meals and snacks from across India under one roof, it makes it an ideal place for foodies to have a relaxed time and enjoy good food that fills up the belly. After all, at Nukkadwala it’s all about having a great time with friends over some truly authentic Indian foods and flavours that were handpicked from different regions of India.
The “Canteen Burgers” are called so just to take you back in time wherein you can reminiscence the good old days and the time spent in canteen along with endless hours chit-chatting. It’s all about being perfectly nostalgic.
Nukkadwala isn’t just a place to eat, it is an experience so diversified which will have you smitten with its lip-smacking delights. Every dish at Nukkadwala brings along with it a story behind it – a history worth mentioning and regional touch that you will find nowhere else. It gets you in the mood to experiment and intrigues you to explore the entire menu with enthusiasm.
The “Canteen Burgers“ at Nukkadwala is just the tip of an iceberg, there is just so much more to the Nukkadwala experience that sets one on an expedition of deliciously unique treats.