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Mumbai food: Bandra bagel joint's culinary ode to East Indian cuisine

From Pickled Chicken to Mutton Khuddi, a traditional East Indian feast sneaks into a Bandra bagel joint's menu

The next time you drop by for dinner at The Bagel Shop, which recently reopened post renovations, in Bandra, we suggest you go beyond their usual bagels and try dishes from a special menu titled, Queimada.

Vegetable Potato Chops
Vegetable Potato Chops

Named after a spiced Portuguese country liquor that’s made at home by the East Indians, the menu, launched yesterday, packs in over 20 dishes from the community’s cuisine (no Quei-mada, unfortunately). “Born and brought up in Bandra, I wanted to bring out a menu that was representative of the East Indian community in the city, and especially in this suburb,” says owner Anil Kably.

Pork Vianda D'Alho (Vindaloo)
Pork Vianda D'Alho (Vindaloo)

Helmed by chef Lester Pereira (Bandra boy too), the dishes, priced between Rs 150 and Rs 400, feature typical East Indian cooking techniques and ingredients like the Bottle Masala and hints of Khimad (a coconut-based spiced, sweetened liquor).

Coconut Pancakes With Ice Cream
Coconut Pancakes With Ice Cream

From the soups and sides sections, you can relish Calde Frange (clear chicken soup with juliennes of French bean, carrot, potato and chicken), Vegetable Potato Chops, Beef Pan Rolls, Chitiap (East Indian rice flour pancake) and Wedding Rice (a traditional East Indian rice served on special occasions).

Beef Pan Rolls
Beef Pan Rolls

While vegetarians can opt for Pourish (assorted vegetables cooked in a thick, green coconut gravy, served on a bed of noodles), non-veggies can tuck into Pickled Chicken (cooked in cashew and raisin paste), Chicken Lonvas (cooked in Bottle Masala), Mutton Khuddi and pork varieties like Sorpotel and Vindaloo. For desserts, try Sweet Potato Chach (sweet potato served in jaggery sweetened coconut juice).

On: Daily, 7.30 pm onwards
At: No 30, Pali Mala Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (W). 
Call: 26050178

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