Foodie’s guide to Darjeeling- the cult favorites

Come whatever may, a normal regular Kolkattan will visit three places in his / her life. And, surprisingly, the place’s name is “Di-pu-Da”- now don’t get me wrong. They are basically, Digha Puri and Darjeeling- the three mascots of tourism in and around West Bengal. So, if it’s a one night or two night holiday,…

Foodies guide to Darjeeling- the hidden gems

Come whatever may, a normal regular Kolkattan will visit three places in his / her life. And, surprisingly, the place’s name is “Di-pu-Da”- now don’t get me wrong. They are basically, Digha Puri and Darjeeling- the three mascots of tourism in and around West Bengal. So, if it’s a one night or two nights holiday,…

The story of sizzlers … and Mohamushkil

Who doesn’t love sizzlers ? That hissing sound, that sizzling effect and some super hot meat on a rustic , wooden plate- just who doesn’t love them ? In kolkata, from my childhood, apart from Skyroom as I don’t recall much except for their star-lit ceiling and cold cabbage salad and being a fanboy to…

Saraswati puja bhog at a middle class bengali family

Saraswati puja always always claims a special place in the heart of any bengali. It is popularly considered as the bong valentines day. But, for a atheist bong like me, bhog was always the point of interest for me (besides the yellow saree lad clan from the the fairer sex) and here’s my story. My…

2017- a lookback on Mohamushkil’s experience

Ahhh, 2017 is coming to an end and what a year it has been. It was an year, where my blogging journey took a new turn and definitely, I experienced few new things. So, this blogpost is dedicated as a lookback on my learning journey. Foodka: “Good morning, this is Mir Afsar Ali” the phone came…

Cake mixing season 2017

Christmas- for a foodie like me, the term itself has got a separate smell, a separate taste. The smell of cakes roam around freely in Calcutta streets and the preparation starts some 1-2 months back with the cake mixing session and my story starts from this time of the year. You think you know Kolkata…

Durgapuja 2017 and moha-mushkil …

The sound of dhaki, sky changing it’s colour and wearing the cloudscape and the smell of durgapuja in the air. Let’s call them Mr Moha and Mrs Mushkil. Age has got upon them, in all senses. Maturity had replaced youth and small talk (or rather just sitting together) had replaced the madness. And, after a…

Marwar- Rajasthan…. two states pop-up at ITC Sonar

Let us listen to a fable. Once upon a time, there were 2 states, geographically lying side by side and off course having the same border. And, each state was having their heir and heiress. Let us name the heir and heiress as Marwar and Gujrat. Now, both had their own individuality, and as this…

Karavalli food festival at Sonargaon, Taj Bengal

Karavalli food comprises of the south-western region of India and it’s primarily a non-vegetarian cuisine. Meat along with seafood rules there. And, just like Bukhara is an epitome of north-Indian cuisine, Karavalli in Taj Gateway Bangalore is considered as the Mecca of south Indian, or rather Karavalli cuisine in India. Chef Naren Thimmaiah (executive chef…

Mohamushkil at Hilsa Festival – Sonargaon, Taj Bengal

ইলিশ নিয়ে বাঙালির বরাবরই একটা কেমন যেন আদেখলামো আছে – মানে ইলিশ না খেলে জীবন বৃথা (অবশ্যই এখানে আমি গোদা ডিমভরা ১ কেজি + মালের কথা বলছি ) . মানে একটি সাধারণ মধ্যবিত্তর জীবনের অনেক অনেক ছোট ছোট না পাওয়া কে ঢেকে দিতে পারে সেই গর্ব যখন বাড়ির কর্তা সাপ্তাহিক বাজারের থেকে এক পিস ইলিশ…

Bohri foodfestival at Eden Pavillion, ITC Sonar

Bohri cuisine is one of the most underrated and less available cuisines. AS per my knowledge goes, it originated from the Shia muslim community in Yemen, who later traveled largely to western India and Pakistan. Thus there is a strong gujrati confluence in it as well as an overdose of meat, it’s not that we…

Mohamushkil at Dhaba-styled punjabi food festival at Durbari

There is a common trait which is found among all the dhabas in India…. The hot crispy roti (and even that crispiness can be customized) , the butter ladden, heavily spiced dal and those heavenly tandoori chicken. If we forget those classy fine-dining variety of kebabs, any day, those earthy tandoori chicken is drool-worthy. Now,…