If you are from Bengaluru, you would know what a bun masala is. Many would know where to feed on one of the best bun masala. If not, its time you know! Bun masala is nothing a bun, slit into two, filled with a drizzle of sweet imli chutney and spicy green chutney, fresh chopped vegetables like onion, tomato, cucumber, cabbage or beetroot.
What`s so special about bread filled with raw vegetables??? Read on to know…!
PART 2 – A TRYST WITH JOLA ROTTI
The search for a perfect GIRMIT continues. We make a stop at Dharwad which is about 20 kms from Hubli. It was a hot sunny day. We set about to finish our task and eagerly awaited lunch time. Our driver Manju suggested a hotel nearby for a typical North Karnataka style meal. And of course we decided to go by his suggestion!
The name of the place was ‘Shree Prabhu Khanavadi‘ located near Court Circle, Dharwad. As we entered the place we found a queue of people waiting to collect meal coupons. The rush was the first sign of how popular the place was. We finally found a table for ourselves and got seated, ready to dig in to some sumptuous yet rustic local meal. First a thali was placed before us and one by one it was filled with the mouthwatering dishes – Onion cucumber salad, coconut chutney, red chilli chutney, shenga chutney podi, badane ennegai, kalu huli. And then came piping hot jola rottis to mop up and relish all the chutneys and subzis! Then followed steaming hot rice and sambhar and a bowl of curd to end this healthy meal.
PART 1 – MIRCHI MANIA
It all started with our curiosity to experience new tastes and cuisine. To explore new dishes and capture tastes of regional dishes. That was the intention when we set out to track down popular eateries in Hubli. But exciting events do not usually happen in smaller towns, or so they say. With the sight of roads busy with people going on about their daily shopping or the large crowd sampling the local delicacies, this assumption was far from true. Intriguing and stimulating things do happen everywhere, in their own way and their own pace.
The sight of crowd beckoned us to explore the area. We walked in the direction of crowd and aroma! Yes, the spicy and pungent aroma of something being deep fried drew us to that narrow lane. At the turn we asked a local to suggest a good place to gorge on local street food, girmit in particular, and he pointed in the direction of the aroma! And without a second thought we proceeded in that direction. There we encountered an eatery selling another much talked about street food of Hubli – ‘mirchi bajji’ and decided to give it a shot!
The word ‘street food’ never fails to capture your attention, divert your mind from your current thoughts to images of puris being dunked in a spicy concoction or piping hot samosas being fried, drizzled with hot, tangy & sweet chutneys. ‘Street food’ is one of those timeless food categories that has stood the test of time and dominance of gourmet food. Street food has now even been introduced in a fine dine restaurant! Such is the adoration for the humble street food! Today we bring to you the review of a street food ‘cart’ on the footpath of 36th cross, 5th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore. The unassuming ‘cart’ is run by Sharath. The place opens at 6 in the evening and closes at 9 pm. He offers four items on the menu – Masala puri, Pani puri, Bhel puri and Aloo puri. This may look too simple or not impressive enough for some. But no harm in still visiting the place and giving it a try. On tasting you are sure to be impressed, with just a spoonful! The taste is hypnotic!
Assembling the delectable Masala Puri