Karwar to Kanyakumari – A Seaside Sojourn – Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi, Pune — Reviewed!

Monsoons are an integral part of Western ghats. There are so many memories related to the rains, especially the food of coastal areas. Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi has come up with a distinctive food festival - Karwar to Kanyakumari. The 11-day festival covers five areas around Southern coast - Karwar, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Alleppy and Kanyakumari. Each day traditional recipes from single region are offered.Chef Raja Hegde and Chef Vikram has skillfully designed the menu. "The festival aims to breakthrough the mindset of people who think Southindian food is just about dosas and idlis" says Chef Raja.

When I went there, the region of the day was Kozhikode, and I was so happy to see my favourite Appam and Veg Stew. Apart from the regular buffet, including the live counter, one can relish scrumptious feast of traditional and fragrant dishes.
Below were the dishes..
Kittale Rasam
Parappu Vada
Karwari Meen Rawa Fry
Aila Varuval
Kozhi Malaggu Roast
Urulai Roast
Kadala Kappa Curry
Ada Pradhanam

Treat for belly started with kulhad served Kittale Rasam, an orange based appetizer with a strong hint of peppercorn and a slice of orange for the tangyness. The after taste of pepper was spicy and it really helped in increasing the hunger pangs.

Kappa was next, a tapioca preparation, had chunks of it and tossed with dried red chilli, green chilli, mustard seeds, chilli flakes, coconut and traditional dried masala. The health packed dish was one of my favourite.

Karwari Meen Rawa Fry, though I didn't eat it but for those who are curious to see what was special for the day.

Parippu Vada or Chana Dal Vada or fritters with dill leaves was crunchy, spicy and yummy. The flavour of dill leaves was mild and coarsely crushed dal was adding crunch to it. This is the traditional evening snack food in Kerala. I bet you won't be able to stop from eating more than one. Highly Recommended! 

Kozhi Malaggu Roast
, a chicken preparation, for people opting for non-veg.

Manjhi, a mangalore dish is an attractive Pompfret masala fry with chilli tamarind paste and dash of coconut masala.

Monsoon and chips go hand in hand. Bappakai, a raw papaya deep fried chips, from Karwar, was super addictive. I just couldn't stop munching!

Urulai roast is chettinad urulai or potato roast are baby potatoes sauted in freshly ground spices. A very simple and quick meal. Loved it with the sambhar rice.
Veg Stew and Appam were made fresh from the live counter. Appam was nice, crisp though stew was thick and creamy, but I wish it had more of coconut flavour to it. Loved the taste though!
With all these scrumptious food, now was the time for some desserts. I was having Ada Pradhaman and Manni for the first time. 

Ada Pradhaman is a traditional classic dessert of Kerala made with Jaggery and Coconut milk. Rich, thick and creamy textured delicious pudding with tropical coconut flavour. 
Manni is almost an extinct sweet preparation from Mangalore. Looked like a small cake, ingredients were basic - rice, coconut and jaggery, served in cubes. It had crumbly and gooey texture with balanced sweetness. 
What: Karwar to Kanyakumari Food Festival
Where: MoMo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi, Pune
When: 19th September 2016- 30th September 2016
Time: Lunch and Dinner Buffet
Cost: Rs.749+taxes for lunch and Rs. 999+taxes for dinner.

Do try the less explored recipes and enjoy the scrumptious food. Servers dressed in traditional attire and the wonderful food will surely take you down the memory lanes. Do see more of the photos from the festival...

MoMo Cafe - Courtyard By Marriott Pune Hinjawadi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Happy Belly – Eat your heart out!- Healthy Snack Boxes — Reviewed!

'Chhoti si Bhookh' - no need to mention small hunger pangs we get occasionally while at work, shoots, or travel or even at home. How good it would be if we have a variety of healthy snack box to munch on anytime. Happy Belly is one saviour to provide people with a service that helps them with their daily challenge of healthy snacking.

The name "Happy Belly" is very interesting and apt for the concept they have come up with. Tag line, 'Eat your heart out' is just suitable. The team behind the idea is of two young and multi-talented women - Neha and Mahima who want to take the snacking to a different level. When I went through their website, I found an extensive range of delish snack boxes and also subscription plans. My vote goes for Happy Belly because of the following reasons...
  • Doorstep delivery
  • Scrumptious and healthy snacks
  • Energizing nutrients
  • Loaded vital vitamins and powerful proteins. 
  • Wholesome Food
  • Preservative free balanced diet
  • Easy to carry
  • Kids favourite
  • Party snacks
The Snack boxes are covered under 7 categories..
  • Nutrilicious - The ‘go-to’ box for the health conscious. The box of goodies are jam-packed with antioxidants, high-fibre whole grains, muscle building proteins, dietary minerals and other nutrients.
  • Munchkins - Kids favourite box punched with health and goodness. 
  • Party Packs - Need not to worry about hosting a party when you have a snack partner like Happy Belly. The chic bites will make your party a memorable one.
  • Super Stars - Confused, what to order? Go for Superstars as it has all the best sellers and popular snacks in one box. 
  • Satvik - Want to go for traditional food with contemporary twist, I would suggest this choice. Puranpolis and Fun in a bun is my favourite!
  • Starburst - Mix of snacks with sweet and savoury taste.
  • Magical Mystery - Ready to be surprised by this option. Experts from HB will amaze you with their choice of goodies. 
Happy Belly was kind enough to send me some delish products to review. The packaging is so attractive and items are intact and spill free.
Choco Biscotti - Freshly baked Cranberry & pistachio baked biscuits dipped in dark chocolate are super addictive. The power packed biscuits are best paired with coffee. Its crumbly texture and melt-in-mouth preparation makes it one of my favourite.

Fine Praline - Nuts and Chocolate are the best combination and the sound of crackling butter bite of praline is music to ears!

Choco Stars - Twist of Shankarpali with chocolate is attraction for not only kids but also adults. So cute looking chocolate dipped traditional fritters are choice for all in family.

Fun in a Bun - This was a surprise element for me. I thought it would be a sweet bun, but, with first bite, oh that savoury filling was just so awesome. Best part was it was a wholewheat bun. Healthy and Tasty!

Beet Eat - I am really fussy about eating beetroot, but when I get in this form, I am ready. The thin crisps were baked and preservative free. I found it bit chewy sometime but taste wise it was balanced with salt and chilli flakes.

Soy Story - Again, a healthy choice for snack lovers. Soy Katoris were wiped in few minutes! Light on tummy and perfectly spiced, I could not resist this!

Onion Sesame Crisps were also one of my favourite because of the mild onion flavour and crumbly texture. The crunch of sesame can be felt in between. Loved it!

Overall, a nice concept of delivering snack boxes across Pune. For more details, you can visit their website...HappyBelly.me