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According to a 2007 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day. The custom is not however, a phenomenom of modern times. Excavation of Pompeii and ancient Aztec ruins have shown evidence of street food vendors and the tradition of serving easy to access, affordable and flavorous dishes, has travelled through time.

The Niumers at EK Plate whose main focus is street food tell us about their favourite dishes and where the finest food is served.

1) How did you discover Niume?

We were looking for a site that could help our work get attention and during our research we found Niume. We thought it would be a great place to hang around.

2) Food is such a diverse topic, why did you choose to focus largely on street food?

Firstly we love street food!

Second everyone reviews / promotes restaurants but if you are traveling to any city and want to taste the true flavours, it’s the street food which does true justice. street food vendors are the true hero’s who are retaining the unique flavours and authentic traditions

3) For those that may not know, exactly what defines a street food?

Any food that is partially or fully prepared on the street or in a small shop facing a street is what we define as street food.

Food that is served quickly, is freshly cooked and you can eat on the go.

4) What are some of your favourite street food dishes?

Right now our focus in on promoting Indian street food so we would mention few of them : Pani Puri, also called golgappa,  is a common street snack in several regions of South Asia, but in particularly India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Vada Pav is a vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. Also Dosa, which is a fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils. It is a staple dish in the South Indian states of Tamil nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana.

5) Which countries can you find the best street food?

It would not be fair to name one country but from what we have learnt, South East Asia is the best place to go for your street food.

6) How do you think street food has changed and evolved over time?

Billions of people consume street food everyday, it has come a long way. With the influx of global influences and convergence of cultures, many authentic cultures and traditions are swept away in the avalanche of globalisation. We at ek Plate want to help people locate the street food jewels who have retained their authentic flavours and traditions so they are motivated and empowered to continue doing what they do best: Serve great street food!

7) Which food festivals would you most recommend for food lovers?

In India, Diwali is the number one festival where you can eat great food.

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Devil's Own Treat

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Devils own treat!

Our world is like a rainbow, made of different colours. Every colour not alike but still very beautiful in its own way.

This post will be about a rather strange but very popular snack from Scotland! It is surprisingly very tasty as well. It is popularly known as the deep fried Mars bar, yes I said, Mars bar the famous chocolate bar. This dish was not introduced nor endorsed by the company but originated at chip shops in Scotland.

The dish is prepared with a chocolate bar which is kept in the freezer until it is cold so that the bar does not melt while frying. A mixture of Flour and baking soda is prepared and then that batter is coated on the chocolate bar and then fried. The outcome of this process is a wonderfully hot sweet fried treat which for your information very unhealthy so don't have too much of them at any cost.

This snack is served with Fries or Fish sticks, but you can eat this devil treat with anything really, Pair it up with your coffee or just after dinner as sweet dish whatever you like.

For more about food and travel do check out my travel blog www.explorersedition.com 

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. Ekplate is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of ekplate and ekplate does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.
 

Two Shawarma places that will make you roll

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Shawarma is a lovely and rich meal. It is made of shredded lamb meat stacked on a vertical and long skewer. This skewer, when fully loaded with meat is place in front of a vertical grill. The meat revolves around itself, and gets cooked in its own fat. The cooked outside of the meat is carved and put in pocket bread sandwiches with garlic sauce, fries, beetroot, cabbage or lettuce and hot chilli sauce. It's fantastic. After the cooked meat is carved away, the new, uncooked meat comes to the surface and gets cooked too. This can also be made with cut up chicken pieces with no bones. And I did it… Finally I had Shawarma but the experience had its highs and lows… But in the end I liked it and will like it more with little changes… I visited two places and ill be giving my review on the following basis:
  1. Cost (one of the most important)
  2. Quality and Quantity
  3. Taste!!! (The most Important)
  4. How good is the meat cooked
  5. Overall Shawarma
I know I am no famous chef or most famous blogger but my review is my personal opinion and what thinking I go with in a restaurant. I feel most of you go with the same intension.  
  1. Mm Maroosh! Mahim.
DSCN0491 I went to the Mahim branch, which had a single table fan and No Ac :0… I have seen few branches of maroosh with no Ac and its mostly because the place is small. After placing my order for Spicy Chicken Shawarma (I love spicy food), I was watching him making my shawarma. He added their spicy sauce mixture and then added 3 fries just 3 fries seriously who does that... I asked him to add more and even then he added 2 more fries and then he added some beetroot, lattice, shredded chicken and garlic sauce (white sauce). He wrapped it quite neatly. giphy (This was his reaction when I asked for fries!!!) When he bought it to me it looked really good but there is a saying that holds true here “ All that glitters is not gold". The chicken could be better and the white sauce wasn't up-to the mark. The only plus point was that spicy sauce and the only reason I could eat the Shawarma. DSCN0492 I paid Rs. 145 for a Spicy Chicken Shawarma with a little improvement I think this can be better. The quality & quantity for me was up-to the mark but other than the fries :(  The taste could have been better but the spicy sauce made up for it . The chicken was tender . As Maroosh has so many branches maybe this was the one who are stringy with the fries lol .Overall worth a try . Price / Taste - 2.5/ 5 Cost - Rs. 145/-   2. Jaffer Bhai’s aka Delhi Darbar Mahim. DSCN0498 The second place I Visited was not even a minute walk from Maroosh. This place is really well known for its food all over Mahim. First I thought it might be expensive but it really wasn’t. DSCN0501 I placed the order and the cook was outside and he made the Shawarma right in front of your eyes :O  He grilled the chicken on the fire for few minutes and chopped few pieces and made it into smaller pieces. He took the pita bread added the white garlic sauce added the chicken, A LOT of fries, beetroot and some cabbage after which he added Tabasco sauce from top unevenly. Wrapped it and served it to me… The first bite was heavenly as I got all the flavours and textures at once the crunch of the beetroot and cabbage the tang of the garlic sauce and the creaminess of the shredded chicken and fries! It missed out a little in the spice in my opinion. DSCN0502 I paid Rs 116, which was  totally worth it. The quality of the chicken and veggies was good and quantity was enough to fill my tummy. It didn’t look that great but tasted worth every penny. You should really try this place. Price / Taste - 4 / 5 Cost - Rs.116/- After visiting both the places I would love to use the peta bread and spicy sauce from Mm maroosh + other ingredients like the garlic sauce, fries etc from Jaffer Bhai's combine it together = PERFECT SHAWARMA Price / Taste - 5/5 :P Below is the location of both the places.   Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. Ekplate is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of ekplate and ekplate does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

You will stop eating french fries after reading this !

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I just graduated a few months back and to celebrate that, my friends and I planned a trip. But from the beginning we knew we wanted to go to some place different thats when we read about Kolad . Kolad is a village, in Raigad district, Maharashtra it is famous for water rafting and trekking. The bungalow we had rented was amazing ! So amazing that few of my friends decided to just stay indoors !  This was the pool at the bungalow. IMG_20150429_181230 We ate at small dhabas all around the bungalow, they all had their unique flavours and dishes.But one dish that really stood out for me was FRIED IDLI . At first I was surprised and confused how is that even possible for one, I thought the idli would absorb all the oil ! But when I had it it blew my mind ! IMG_1180 It looked like golden brown potatoes wedges but with breadcrumbs coating served with ketchup on the side… When I took the first bite it was like heaven ! Soft idli inside and crisp bread coating on the outside I could literally hear the crunch as I chomped away ! Even the ketchup was not the regular it had a mint taste that instantly went well with the crisp idli coat . I totally think you can replace regular fries with this its way better in my opinion cc45ee744366be5308106144f982cfde Versus fff2bad77b093e9d7dc5334102e7b0fd I couldn’t find many places that serve fried idli… So tomorrow I am going to try making it at home and share how did it turn out so come back tomorrow to know how things went… IMAGE CREDIT: Image1, Image2, Image3, Image 4,  Image5. Featured Image Like and Share the post… Comment down below with what you would like us to do next… Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. Ekplate is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of ekplate and ekplate does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

Does the 'HOT & COLD' combination work for you...???

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Yesterday was the most tiring day... I was travelling all day… Morning I got up around 10:30 by the screaming of my one and only sister (That annoying little devil)... So I was like lets just wake up now… After which I did some work and then went out to meet my friend who I had to teach Accounts… (Yes, I am good at Accounts). ccd-sizzle-dazzle-brownie We sat at CCD (Cafe Coffee Day) and I ordered my favourite thing ‘Sizzle Dazzle Brownie’. It’s basically a sizzling platter, which has Brownie, with vanilla ice cream and Chocolate Sauce. The hot chocolate sauce with cold ice cream and the brownie taste makes it perfect. IMG-20151002-WA0020 After that awesome desert I wanted to have some savoury combination of ‘hot and cold. So giving my awesome mind some stress I gave up. I know, I gave up I was tired I couldn’t think. My friend wanted to have chat, so I didn’t have a problem because I am always ready for chat. When we reached I saw this family eating Dahi Puri and then after few seconds, like a tube light it struck my mind. Dahi Puri is a ‘hot and cold’ combination. So I order one for myself. DSCN0423     IMG-20151002-WA0027   It was amazing, I have had Dahi puri before but this time I was not randomly eating it. I had a thought this time, which made it taste so different and I could clearly taste the different favors on my palate… sweet and spicy taste of the chatni, hot ragda, cold dahi, crispiness of the shev and puri, all together in one bite was really good. Snapchat-6902065702221542645 After that I had to take my relatives for a Mumbai Darshan (Tour). It was really tiring, so for dinner we went to this place Sri Krishna Veg Restaurant, Tardeo. DSCN0436 We ordered for a Paneer Makhanwala and Veg Kolapuri with roti and Jeera rice. The makhani was bland and not that great but the veg kolapuri it was spicy and I like spicy food. So it was good for me. IMG-20151002-WA0023 I couldn’t forget the Dahi Puri I had in the evening so I thought about trying few places and see how they serve their Dahi Puri… Anyway you should come back tomorrow to find out more about it… IMAGE CREDIT: Image1. Featured Image. Like and Share the post… Comment down below with what you would like us to do next… Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. Ekplate is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of ekplate and ekplate does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

Spike your Chai with some spices to get high

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  Masala Chai… you must have had this classic type of Chai made by the nukkad chaiwala near your home / office / college or your made by your loved one on a rainy day. It’s basically our good old chai blend with spices to give that extra kick. If you are not a chai addict you might think adding spices to tea is a crazy combination. This was my belief too and refused to venture trying this blend with a fear that the spices would ruin the flavour of my favourite tea. Some time but not long ago I was at my aunt's place on a rainy day when she asked if I wanted to have masala chai and my instant reaction was "NO". She smiled, did not argue and started making tea for us. Waiting out in the hall for my hot cup of tea I could get the fragrance of boiling tea leaves which got me all excited for my cup of regular tea. But in a bit there was a sudden change in the aroma which was so inviting that it blew my mind. Curiously I asked my aunt what was she making? and she mentioned it was her cup of masala chai. She got two cups of tea and handed over one cup to me and said this is "your tea". She saw me staring at her cup and offered me to have a sip. Not only the aroma but the flavours that hit my palate were fantastic and it was love at first sip. I just would not let go that cup of chai. My aunt smiled and said that both the cups were masala chai as she knew that I would love the masala chai .... she was so right. It was a explosion of flavours in my mouth… So I thought of sharing this explosive masala chai recipe with you… I would love it if you tried this masala… It’s a little hard work but the results are amazing…   # INGREDIENTS: e1c23e2e35077bcb7fe3c97fd699cf74 For Masala Powder: Cardamom/ Elaichi - 5 Pods Cinnamon/ Dalachini - 2 short stick Cloves/ Laung - 6 pieces Ginger/ Adarakh - 2 tbsp minced Pepper/Kali Mirch - 1 tsp   #Method: 5e37b61587a53b381066e0f9995a2e35 # In a dry pan add all the masala powder ingredients and start roasting. # Roast till you get nice aroma from it. # Now transfer this to a bowl and let it cool down completely. Add this to a blender and grind it to a fine powder. # Transfer it to an airtight container. # You can store it for more than a month. # After adding milk to your tea, add a pinch of the powder to it... And then enjoy your amazing masala tea… NOTE: Masala Chai works really well for sore throat...   Image Credit: Image1, Image2. Featured Image.   # Below is a video of Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's style Chai Masala Powder...   Do try this recipe you won't regret and let us know how did it turn out.... Tag us with the picture and  Like, Share and comment down below which recipe you would like me to share... Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. Ekplate is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of ekplate and ekplate does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

ek plate team day out @blogadda 20Sept15

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#WIN15 Bloggers Award at JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai Quick Registration registration desk The power breakfast power breakfast Wooom it got us Super Charged! super man has arrived Our thoughts on the blog wall pooja wall Event started event starts The moment we discovered the hidden star of our team "Aliaa of the blogging world" :) the aliaa moment Got to meet & learn from the best of the blogging world... Anaggh Desai @anaggh http://anaggh.com with the king Archana Doshi @archanaskitchen http://www.archanaskitchen.com/ with archana   Had to compete to woo Priya Adivarekar @priyaadivarekar http://www.priyaadivarekar.com/ woo priya   Rejected going back home! But not given up! rejected All in all a great day!            

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