Introducing Berfu to the wonders of Indian cuisine at Nilgiri’s

People who know us really well know darn well that we are a huge fan Nilgiri’s. This is the place I write about excessively on my food blog VegFusion and this is the place we take our guests and friends because we know that we’ll be looked after very well by Ajoy Joshi and his lovely wife Meera.

This time round, we took Berfu there for an exquisite meal and it was her first time at an Indian restaurant at this caliber. We asked if there was a favourite dish that stood out during the night, she said “They were all fantastic dishes, I can’t really pick one!” She loved them all basically.

Here’s what we had on the night:

Starters

Pappadums and Dips (lemon pickles, raita of the day, sweet mango & nigella marmalade)

Cauliflower and Broccoli Pakoda

Bharwan Mirch (paneer-filled banana chilli, spinach batter, garlic chutney)

Moong Dal Samosa (pepper-flavoured pastry, spiced mung lentils, mashed potatoes, tamarind chutney)

Vegetarian Mains

Zeera Aloo (chat potatoes, cumin & green chillies)

Achari Gobhi (cauliflower florettes, ‘pickling spices’ nigella & cumin, mustard oil & fresh ginger)

Sukhe Baingan Tamata Tari (baby eggplant, coriander tamarind and dry coconut sauce)

Desserts

Gulabi Jamoon

Coconut Kulfi

Mango Kulfi

A Day Out with Berfu

Berfu is the daughter of a very good friend of mine. She’s staying with us at the moment, attending English classes and most of all enjoying Sydney to the fullest.

On one of those days we decided to go out and do some shopping, have lunch at Bodhi in the Park and visit Hyde Park. Sydney has a lot to offer. Here’s some of the photos…

We asked a nice lady to take our photo. She was quite creative with it as we have many photos to prove it.

Sydney Hyde Park

Bodhi at the Park. This is where we had vegan yum cha.

I am definitely J. J. Abrams of food photography. Look at the lensflare. I mean add a few spaceships, you have sci fi movie. He would’ve been so proud of me.

These apple pies were awesome.

St Mary’s Cathedral

Berfu, outside St Mary’s Cathedral.

Chatkazz, Harris Park with Madhu and Kushal

Our friends, Madhu and Kushal, took us to Chatkazz last night for a night of Indian street food. It was fantastic! We are thinking of bringing Dad here. He would love it.

It is such a busy place. With all the hustle and bustle it actually feels like you are in India!

They have chairs, menus, pens and order slips outside where you wait for a table. While you’re waiting, you choose what you want from the menu and then scribble it down on the order slip.

Once you are inside, food just keeps coming so fast; you wouldn’t believe. Here we are, just before having incredible street food…

And, here’s what we had:

Sabudana Vada (above)

Chhole Bhatura (above)

Pani Puri (above) They are one of my old time favourites.

Dahi Puri (above)

Khaman-Dhokla (above). Another old-time favourites of mine.

Chinese Bhel (above): This was everyone’s favourite. I have just tracked down the recipe this morning. I will make it.

Chatkazz has a separate sweet shop. Those colourful sweets were so inviting when we popped in before dinner. I mean, look at them.

So, we bought some sweets after dinner but Kushal had already picked up some jalebi before dinner. He says jalebi is the first one they run out at the shop. Jalebi is one of my favourite Indian sweets. Thanks to Kushal I came home with some.

 

Miscellaneous Sydney

Birds of Sydney

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Sydney Habour Bridge

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Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House

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Darling Harbour, Sydney

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The Gap, Sydney

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The Gap is basically the mouth of Sydney Harbour with its sandstone cliffs on both sides and spectacular views of Tasman Sea, the city and surrounding bays. The area was used in Mission Impossible II. Remember that scene when Tom Cruise was climbing a cliff? That’s what I’m talking about. Every time we have visitors staying with us, we take them to The Gap. Hoping to spot a southern right whale or a humpback whale one day as the coastal waters around The Gap are a migration route for these majestic animals.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

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