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Wednesday, 30 March 2016


This is a cuisine from the hindus of the Kashmir region. The cuisine of Kashmir has actually developed over hundreds of years. The major and the first influence on the Kashmiri cuisine is the food of the Kashmiri Pandits. After that the Kashmiri cuisine was influenced by the culture of the people who reached Kashmir with the invasion of the region by Timur from Uzbekistan. The Kashmiri cuisine has also been influenced by other central Asian, Afghan and Persian cultures.

A one-of-a-kind cuisine, Kashmiri Pandit food is not as easily available across the country as Wazwan, the more widely known Kashmiri meal. In fact, there is hardly anyone of Kashmiri Pandit lineage who has ever showcased the cuisine to people outside the community.
The actual Kashmiri Pandit Cuisine uses a lot of turmeric and yoghurt. This cuisine traditionally does not use garlic and onion. Some of the typical foods included in this cuisine are, Veth Chaman, Chamani Qaliya, Nadeir Yakhean, Dama Oluv, Nadier Palak, Muji Chetein, Choek Vangan, Razmah Dal Aanchar, Razmah Goagji, etc

Kashmiris as a community are one of the wonderful hosts you may ever come across. Their consciousness for food preparations is incomparable. Hence, it is not a surprise that Kashmiri cuisine holds its distinction to other cuisines and probably one of the most sought after in India. Because of the complexity involved and long preparation hours, Kashmiri food is not available in normal restaurants. We , being lucky souls have found a special place to savour this valuable cucisine in our vicinity at MATAMAAL.

“Matamaal” just by its name has made a special impact on me, it means Nani’s House (Grandmas’ Place) which deserves a special mention in my case as I have lived at least half my life at my Nani’s . Starting to chat with the Lady par excellence Mrs. Nalini Moti Sadhu the brain and soul behind this lovely food place, we came to know about her passion for food and how her family encouraged and motivated her to live her dream and start a food venture. The best thing to note here is, she is not at all after money (being from a very well to do background), she primarily wants to showcase her passion for her cuisine to the people who have never tried it. I loved the way she entered the kitchen and cooked for us as she wanted to be sure about the way that particular dish is cooked. She has even been invited to Singapore and other countries by renowned 5 star hotels for doing pop ups and training classes on Kashmiri Cuisine.

We started with the Tabak Maaz (Qabargaah) slow braised in milk and spices then deep / shallow fried.This is one dish , I can always lean down to my knees for. Awesome texture and flavors, a MUST MUST HAVE.

For the main course you cannot ignore anything at all. Especially the Qaliyan (mildly spiced yellow curry mutton) , Dum Aloo (deep fried potatoes in red gravy), Lyadur Chaman (Paneer in red gravy), Rogan josh and the most authentic Nadru Yakhni (lotus stems cooked in curd based gravy) and Haak (a local green vegetable, collard greens). 

Amongst the whole fair, Dum Aloo is considered to be the ‘King of the Feast’. Prepared from the choicest of the potatoes, the cook’s dignity is at stake cooking this dish. It’s a MUST HAVE.
Every dish will have a distinct flavor of mild and fragrant spices like cinnamon, elaichi, fennel seeds, cloves, bay leaves, saffron and many more. The red colour in some gravy’s comes from the very famous Deggi Mirch or the Kashmiri Mirch which is high on colour but not too hot and spicy. Steamed rice is served with all the dishes as Kashmiris are not wheat lovers.

Matamaal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
One can wrap up the lovely meal by having a cup of Kahwa (homemade) or a portion of Phirni , though we had both.

I am for sure, going back again this week itself. I am addicted to “Matamaal” now…You know why !

MATAMAAL, 203, DLF City Court,  
Sikandarpur, Gurgaon

Matamaal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Monday, 28 March 2016


FMCG startup Nilgai Foods has launched its second F&B brand, COCOFLY, entering for the first time into India’s rapidly growing beverages market. Using only the freshest coconuts sourced directly from India's coconut growing heartland in Tamil Nadu, COCOFLY promises to present consumers with the only truly guilt-free option – 100% natural nariyalpaani with no added sugar and no preservatives. What other drink can customers buy that has none of the negative health implications linked to consuming sugar, preservatives or excess caffeine? 

COCOFLY is a low calorie, cholesterol free drink, bursting with natural goodness. Full of hydrating electrolytes, COCOFLY is an essential part of an active lifestyle, acting as nature’s very own sports drink. In addition to hydration, COCOFLY’s goodness can help boost concentration, bring down high blood pressure and improve your skin’s natural glow, moisturizing and rebuilding from within.

 Since soft launching into the HORECA segment in November 2015, COCOFLY has been picked up by Vistara airlines as a welcome drink for its business and premium economy passengers, and has already been taken on by reputed 5 star hotels and premium hospitals thanks to its winning combination of guilt-free goodness and convenient packaging.COCOFLY will officially launch in the retail market this summer, with a major ATL campaign kicking off at the start of April in Delhi. The Company has put together an ambitious roll out plan for COCOFLY, targeting 5000 retailers in its first summer alone. 

The consumer insight that underpins the campaign originated from primary research carried out by the Company. It revealed a consumer need for an all-natural, healthy drink that had no negatives such as added sugar, preservatives or caffeine. On the journey towards leading a healthy lifestyle, consumers inevitably deviate from their health goals and subsequently regret succumbing to weakness, whether it is skipping the gym, drinking a cola or eating an extra vadapao. The campaigns will centrearound the theme of COCOFLY as the only guilt-free beverage option, using the tagline “more joy, less guilt”. 

Price: INR. 30/- (Tetra Pack-200 ml) Availability: All retail stores across Delhi NCR



Goa is one of the most attractive places to visit in India. Popular for its beaches, night life, architecture and food, it is the most sought after tourist destinations. Goa is easily accessible by road, train and air from the entire country. Everyone's favourite beach destination has much more than sea, sand and seafood to keep one coming back for more. Goa's unique Portuguese heritage, natural beauty, buzzing nightlife and culinary scene makes for a heady mix that's known to have drawn people back, time and again.

Having become the country’s premier seaside destination, the hotels in Goa cater to tourists at any given time of the year, and there’s no dearth of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a frill-free beach-side shack, a midrange resort further inland, a luxurious property with all the trimmings of the city’s Indo-Portuguese heritage or a spiffy five star hotel perched on the beach—Goa promises to meet all your expectations. If you’re travelling to Goa during peak season, we suggest you book well in advance so you get exactly what you’re looking for.

 I was lucky to have stayed at a newly opened property this time at North Goa. The Hyatt Place, at Candolim is located amongst the busiest areas like Calangute and Baga just a stone throw away.
Hyatt Place is quite a big property with nice and open feel. As you enter the place you get a casual and relaxed feel of being at a holiday destination. The reception is a camouflaged by making it like just a counter which converts into a bar counter on the other side which opens up in the all day dining restaurant. 

Very well groomed staff and the place, I must say. It took just 5 minutes for allotting us a room, which by chance I did not like much as it was on ground floor; I like to stay in higher floors (personal choice). Without any tussle, I was allotted a nice room on the first floor facing the swimming pool.
Rooms are nice and spacious, though not too big. It had almost all the amenities like the wardrobe, iron, Safe, bathrobe, Tea/coffee maker with replenishment's, a big 40 inch LED TV with TATA SKY connection. I loved the couch inside the room which was quite big and can even serve as a bed for one person / child. Air conditioning was bang on chilling, though lighting in the room was not that bright. I asked them and got to know that they are already working on it and installing more lights. Bathroom was aesthetically done, with all the basic amenities in place.

House keeping people mostly came on demand to clean the room as well as bathroom. The In room service is good and the staff is very courteous and more than ready to help. I spoke to many staff members during my stay and was fully satisfied with their responses and behavior; each one of them had full knowledge about most of the hotel’s facilities and features. I also met the F & B Manager who had a good experience of working in hotels and it was really nice talking with him and discussing about the hotel and kitchen.

They have only one F & B outlet, Gallery Cafe 24/7  which is an all day dining restaurant as well in room dining is also catered from here only. We had a nice experience as far as the food is concerned. I cannot say everything was gourmet quality but yes it was fairly good. The breakfast buffet as per the Hyatt Place norms throughout the world comprises only of 4-5 dishes. But here in India , for us pampered souls they are doing a full fledged B/fast which includes North Indian, South Indian, Continental, Eggs Station, Health foods which spreads onto at least 12-15 dishes plus beverages. We also tried the in room service and the quality and taste of food was really nice, even the service was done well in time.

The Pool is beautiful with an arrangement of an Instructor who manages the Gym as well as the Pool. Everyone loves to be in the pool especially the children who enjoy it the most .In our case also, my daughter had loads of fun at the pool with other children.
Due to location advantage, one does not have to go far to get anything or experience the nightlife. Just move out of the hotel and you land up on the main road which is a big market full of eating joints and supermarkets. The vicinity is Calangute, which happens to be the most happening place and beach for the tourists. 

Overall, it is a beautiful property at an awesome location with awesome staff and hospitality. Next time, when heading to Goa, must stay at Hyatt Place for sure.

Hotel Features

  • Gallery Hosts available 24/7
  • Free Wi-Fi and remote printing everywhere
  • Free public computers with high-speed internet access in the Gallery
  • 24-hour StayFit Gym featuring cardio equipment with LCD touch screens
  •  Smoke-free hotel
  •  Free on-site parking area
  •  Outdoor pool
  •  Odds & Ends offers a menu of must-have items for guests to buy, borrow or enjoy for free 

Roomy Rooms

  • 147 guestrooms
  •  Hyatt Grand Bed
  •  Swiveling 42” flat screen HDTV
  •  Hyatt Plug Panel
  •  Cozy Corner is the perfect place to sit back and relax (sofa sleepers in all guestrooms)
  •  Individual control air-conditioning
  •  Separate work space
  •  Telephone with voicemail
  •  Hair dryer
  •  Iron/ironing board
  •  Mini Fridge
  •  Tea/coffee making facility
  •  In-room safe


 Anna Waddo, Main Candolim Road,
 Candolim, Goa

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