Gau Mutra (cow pee) is known as a super drink in India. On its own gau mutra has a foul acidic taste, so I thought what better to balance it out than by mixing it with sweet lassi. Introducing Karl’s Yellow Happiness Yoghurt Drink.
Photo by Joey https://flic.kr/p/7j3Drh.
Ingredients (makes 1 litre)
700ml thick cold yoghurt
200ml cold water
100ml gau mutra
4 tsp rose water
5 tbsp sugar (or use powdered sugar, it dissolves faster)
Take a 1-litre lota (bowl), add all ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth (Alternatively you can use a blender).
Medical Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and I don’t recommend you drink gau mutra! Do it at your own risk.
I wasn’t aware of Indore being a foodaholic city until the moment I reached there and saw Sev-Poha-Jalebi shops all around the city. The people of Indore are known as “Indoris” and they call themselves “Khawda” – a term that means they can eat a lot and at any time of the day, as you can literally get food at any time of the day.
A Little on Indore
A city that hones pride for different food varieties, and cleanliness. It was ranked first in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Survey – 2017 for amazing waste management, and cleanliness initiatives. Recently it also topped the airport service quality ranking in Asia Pacific region.
It is the only city in India that’s home to both an IIM (established in 1996) and an IIT (2009) that makes it lively because of the young crowd being in majority. It is also the commercial, and booming IT capital of Madhya Pradesh.
56 Dukaan (Shops)
As the name suggests, it is a street consisting of 56 food shops (obviously more than that) where you will find cuisines from every part of India.
I’ve made this zesty Indian dry mutton fry recipe many times now! It’s a staple at my apartment and everyone who tries it loves it. It’s healthy and goes perfectly with roti – but not so much with rice because this is a dry curry.
I initially found the recipe on YouTube, but it’s in Hindi, so I’ve translated it for you below.
I love Iranian food. When I worked in IT, my 2 Iranian colleagues and I would order from an Iranian families home delivery service once a week.
During my last week at the office, I told the guys, “We’re ordering Iranian every day this week!” That was a tasty week.
The Iranian Cafe in Pune isn’t strictly Iranian though. It’s more a Parsi Cafe (the Parsis came to India from Iran). I’m a sucker for Parsi food too because it’s very similar to Iranian but with a slight Indian twist.
The area I was staying in Pune was close to the NH7 Weekender Music Festival I was attending. Within walking distance there were very few clean places to eat though. But there were not one but two Irani Cafes. So I ended up having breakfast at both.
I first stepped foot in Britannia & Co. in Mumbai’s historical and beautiful Fort area with two Parsi friends the very first time I visited India. Back then, I had no idea what Parsi food was, but I was about to find out.
Read on to find out what makes this my favourite restaurant in all of India.
The Parsi people came to India from Iran over 300 years ago. They initially settled in the little-visited, but incredibly charming, Portuguese Union Territory of Daman & Diu at the bottom of Gujarat. Hence why Parsis around India and the world still speak Gujarati.
Many continued onto Mumbai, settled there, and some started Parsi cafes. Mumbai was once buzzing with 500 Parsi cafes, but the majority have now closed due to increasing rent.
These days, Parsi food is hard to come by but has been rejuvenated recently by the very good, but not as good as Brittania & Co., SodaBottleopenerWala chain in India. If you can’t get to Mumbai, go there for a similar experience.
Parsi Trivia: The most famous Parsi outside of India is… Freddy Mercury from Queen. He studied in Mumbai, before moving to England.
When you dine at Britannia, the charismatic owner Boman Kohinoor will likely introduce himself to your table. When I first met him he was 91 years old, now, on my latest trip, he’s 96 and telling me he’s going to beat the current record holder to 150 years.
His secret? Not retiring! You’ll find him there during their opening hours (only Mon-Sat 12-4pm) telling stories to customers about his food, life, and long relationship with the Royal Family of England – photo evidence included. Chatting with him is a treat.
Parsi food is closer to Iranian food than Indian. Parsi cooking doesn’t require 10 different spices, they use more straightforward flavours but pair them with original accompaniments. Like Palau and berries, chicken curry and fried potatoes, or rose syrup, vermicelli, and sweet basil seeds.
These are three Parsi delicacies you cannot leave Britannia without devouring:
Chicken or Mutton Berry Palau: Fragrant saffron rice with a large helping of thick and sweet chicken curry in the middle, topped with dried sweet berries, fried onion, and cashews. If you’re thinking “why berries?” You just have to trust me and try it, the combination is something special.
Sali Chicken: A light meaty flavoured chicken curry topped with a ton of fried potato sticks.
Bombay Duck: It has nothing to do with duck! It’s a small local lizardfish that is crumbed then deep fried. They’re cooked bone-in, but the bones are soft and edible.
You’re going to need to take 2 friends to finish all that food.
Price wise it’s expensive for India, but for the quality, taste, and quantity you will not be disappointed. The service and the unique food will have to return every time you visit Mumbai, I guarantee it!
If you’re craving to make Sali Chicken at home, the good news is Boman Kohinoor has shared the recipe.