Thursday, September 20, 2007

Uppittu for Bangalore


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For Bangalore…
For the Bangali Mashima in Malleshwaram who would drag me along to get Fish from Yeshwantpura
For the Coorgi Aunty in Indiranagar who fed me delectable chicken biryani
For the cafeteria workers who very kindly served me sugar with my curd after laughing at my request for the first few days
For the same cafeteria, where I had delicious breakfasts of Uppittu and idli, if I managed to reach early enough.
For the 3’o clock tea time with madur vadas that helped me stay awake
For the house in Koramangala, where I first set up home after marriage and munched on idlis while sipping tea and perusing the Page 3 of Bangalore Times
For the Darshini right beside home in Koramangala, which provided steaming idlis and chutney wrapped in banana leaf for Saturday morning breakfasts
For Taj West End where D gave me the first ever decent birthday treat and where I in my search for exotic yet low priced appetizers had a dish which turned out to be tiny sabudana wafers with a crab dipping.
For Koshy’s where I loved eating appams and everything else
For Queens where we waited patiently for the warm, soft phulkas and baingan bharta
For Ebony where we had Balti cuisine at a height
For the Corner Café and its ice cream
For Lakeview on MG Road and more ice cream
For Karavalli where the ambience was splendid and the rasam hot
For Nagarjuna Savoy and its tomato soup followed by the tastiest Hyderabadi biryani
For MTR near Lalbagh and the Upma with huge dollops of ghee
For KC Dass and my Sunday fixes of Bangali Shingara and Kachuri
For Krishna Chinnai, a small place in Koramangala, a very spicy biryani and a minimal price
For Casa Picola and my first and best Pasta
For Sukhsagar and tiny orange Gobi Manchurians
For the Auntie across the street who fed us idlis and chutney on the morning we packed and left…
For Bangalore…


Uppittu Recipe from here. Sending to Asha for RCI-Karnatka, an event created by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine and hosted by Asha of FoodiesHope

I know Karnataka is much more beyond B'lore but this is just reliving my memories of my happy days there. This list is from many moons ago and things and menu might have changed, so swalpa adjust maadi




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61 comments:

  1. Bah, dekhte to bhishon yum lagche :) . As usual loved reading your blog entry :).

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  2. Very well written entry..:D loved reading it..:)

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  3. khoob bhalo laglo seeing your site.

    http://bangalorebuzzz.blogspot.com/

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  4. I also loved reading that. You paint a beautiful pictures with your words.

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  5. wow....you really remember all those restaurant names? I forgot almost every place I used to visit as an undergrad....

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  6. swalpa adjust maadi. lol. you slay me, sandeepa.

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  7. That was a lovely write up Sandeepa... and the uppittu is just perfect!!

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  8. swalpa adjust 'maadi'
    u said it rt san:) lovely post...

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  9. Sandeepa reading the names of all these places above....I am missing home at Blore terribly,Ohhh I want to scream.......!

    While I was doing my Masters in Blore,for food microbiology classes,we used to go to KC Das lab. Just below the lab, was where they used to prepare the sweets.They also used to make few savouries,out of which cutlet with a beetroot stuffing was my fav.

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  10. Lovely post and lovely memories, Sandeepa! It is the small things that we remember years later, right?

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  11. Lovely post Sandeepa!

    Mamatha

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  12. Sandeepa,

    Lovely blog...I lurk here often, but commenting for the first time. Your blog is my education in Bangla cuisine...
    Lovely post..the Bangalore memoir brings lots of memories...sounds like the Bangalore of the late late 90s??

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  13. It was lovely to read. I have been twice to Koshy's while visiting my sister in B'lore. Don't know if it is the same place u mentioned

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  14. Excellent entry! You know ,I was hoping somebody would cook Uppittu,I have one Avarakalu Uppittu entry before this.
    Thank you so much for taking time to cook Sandeepa.Hugs!:))
    You have eaten thru' almost all the famous places in B'lore! Good for you, West End is our fave too and Sukh Sagar!:))
    Have a great weekend sweetie.

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  15. Oh, what a nice tribute to BLR and the people you met there! I'd forgotten a few of the places- Ebony- what a nice view it had from the terrace and KC Das -loved their Mishti Doi and Chamchams. I don't think I ever tried appams at Koshy's. I had a nice trip down memory lane. Nice post, San! :)

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  16. sandeepa..nice walk thru memory lane girl....and those 3 words in kannada at the end..nice touch ;)

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  17. cool what a lovely post sandu, well said swalpa adjust loved it :)

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  18. Sandeepa, Lovely post as always buddy and that bowl of uppittu looks nice and I love that plate.

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  19. Sandeepa,
    I love how one of your labels is NON BONG. hahahahahaha

    Kanch

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  20. Swalpa adjust madi...u got me there:)))) How I wish I could listen to you saying that with your bangla accent :D A beautiful yet simple way of writing down the memories!! Now you had me thinking of all those places me and cjj used to wander at chennai :) I am getting good dose of nostalgia in the morning itself, due to some of you here :)

    Have a nice weekend...love to lil S!
    Shn

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  21. if not for the food, would we ever remember anything ;)

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  22. You really make me crave to go back to B'lore right now. Brings back real fond memories, especially being a 'pucca' B'lore girl! I miss every single one that you have mentioned. I miss KC Das rosgullas the most! Thanks for such a wonderful trip down memory lane.

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  23. Wonderful memories...btw, I wouldn't laugh if you asked for sugar with your curd ;)

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  24. Sandeepa,

    That is an excellent write up. I have been in b'lore just for a fortnight but this post made me all nostalgic about that stay. Loved the swalpa adjust maadi...

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  25. lovely write up Sandeepa. I too have something like this to post and similar memories of Bangalore too:)

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  26. Aye! Nice post Sandeepa! Swalpa adjust maadi!? Wokay!!
    I miss Bangalore!

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  27. I've been lurking for some time now..but *had* to de-lurk and post a comment after reading your entry about Bangalore (home for more than nine years and one of my favourite cities- *sob* I miss it)..
    I miss especially the benne masal dosa (butter masal dosa) in this tiny place in malleswaram called CTR..

    Loved your entry, by the way..:)

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  28. I miss, miss, miss B'lore...i have spent 6 of the greatest years of my life there ......

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  29. Lovely writeup and nice entry simple and delicious.

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  30. yes sandeepa thats one more thing in common :)
    My husband's a bengali from Bangalore...thats where i met him..and thats where we "courted"(I am being rather old-fashioned here, ain't I??) and thats where my acquired family lives.....it's a lovely city and i;m glad it has such happy memories for me (and for you) :)

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  31. lovely poetry of eateries in Bangalore, will try to remember it while visiting Bangalore. I have never tasted Uppittu before, will give this dish a try for sure.

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  32. Thanks Everyone. You all really did like "swalpa adjust maadi" didn't you :)What a phrase does to you.
    BTW do listen to that music and let me know, it really is good, goes well with the Uppittu ;-)

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  33. This brings back my own memories from childhood days in Karnataka (in my case, Mysore). Most people use Upma to refer to this dish; I guess only those in Karnataka know it by this name.

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  34. Hi Sandeepa, You brought back so many memories of Bangalore. Really really nostalgic. Have fun with friends.

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  35. Hey Sandeepa:

    that was quite an ode to Bangalore :). Queens and Corner House were quite a combo na! and i loved the Chung-Wah and Mainland China too :-D.

    first time when i saw this post, i just froze.....all those memories of Bangalore came alive.....i was totally in a different world, and couldn't even type a single sentence.....nostalgia, pure nostalgia! This post is a teasured one, dear!

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  36. Swalpa adjust madthani...I know very lil kannada and hat off to you, what a write up Sanss...lovely...Only restaturant I ever visited in Bglr was Nandini and I loved the Gobi Manchurian over there...that Uppittu ne mujhe apne baajuwali aunty ki yaad dila di

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  37. khyb bhalo lekha sandeepa, ami tomar blog ta koekta bandu der refer korechi recipeer jonne. Also thanks for asking ISG to send her recipe to JFI :) - Mandira

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  38. I had the peasure of watching Autorickshaw at the Victoria Jazzfest last summer, they were awsome. Love your writing and of course the recipes, haven't gone wrong once.

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  39. such a lovely write up on blore. i stayed there just for 4 months and i yearn for it more than hyd where i have been for the past two years!

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  40. Ok, what the heck... :) You have a great memory Sandeepa... I do remember very few, Koshi's, Queens, Ebony, Karavalli... and the late night dinners at Taj.... Hey, we might have been living in Bangalore at the same time... :)

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  41. Nice writeup on the memories of the past... It sure brings a smile on your face when u think abt some of the happy moments of the past.

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  42. lovely presentation Sandeepa:)

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  43. LOVELY presentation, Sandeepa. The colors, textures and composition are first rate. And your dedications are equally nuanced and pleasing.

    Why would anyone laugh at your request for sugar with your curd? Is that just not done? Is curd a soft, delicate paneer?

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  44. Hey, sorry yaar, while replying to the restaurant query, i totally forgot about anardana. I bought them from an Indian store in Boston long ago. They are available in Indian Stores usually, have seen them here too.

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  45. Even if I've never seen these places, Sandeepa, I enjoyed your post thoroughly :)

    Now I tried to look up swalpa adjust maadi. I didn't get far, but sounds a bit like "taking it all in stride" to me. Care to enlighten? :)

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  46. Lovely entry Sandeepa. I could relate to each and everything except the setting up home part of it. I am from Bangalore and can imagine what wonderful memories one has of that beautiful and exciting city.

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  47. Just trying to change up the template, and trying out various ones. Except I have no time to do it properly!

    Anyways, I'm sick of bloggers templates. They are all so boring! Im thinking of changing to wordpress....

    You guys have put a lot of effort to changing up the templates so they look good, and i'm lazy.

    thanks for dropping by :)

    Kanch

    ps. I'm on my moms butt to get her to write something for the DMC.

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  48. Linda

    It means "please adjust a little". This was the common refrain I would hear from auto-drivers (auto rickshaws are popular in India as they are less expensive than cabs) on my way back home from work.

    It would be late, there would be potholes, the fare would be hiked and for all of these the driver would say "swalpa adjust maadi"

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  49. Thanks for the explanation, Sandeepa. I really like that :)

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  50. what a fantastic write-up! S, sometimes I think you have been a writer :)

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  51. That is a lovely entry sandeepa. It looks yummy. the write up was interesting. Viji

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  52. Sandeepa, that touched a chord somewhere...I miss Bangalore so much...

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  53. Sandeepa this post is chanagidde! You actually listed out a few places I need to explore.

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  54. hey! i came across ur blog while lookin for old pics of bangalore... and after reading it, i miss blore even more... i used to be a big foody and im so happy i found ur site as i jus got married and im jus learnin to cook:) hey hv u ever made biryani like the one frm NAGARJUNA!!! OMG i miss tat the most lol

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  57. v well written indeed. but where is d recipe?

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  58. I completely related to everything you have written here. Been there, done that! Landed straight from Delhi in Blore and loved every bit of my life there! Our office cafeteria also had a Bong cook, who introduced fried mackerel in the evenings! And boy I would just work late to eat that.

    Did you miss out on the Hot Chips and NandHini's Biryani? And the mutton rolls from Lazeez (K'mangala and Commercial Street)?

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