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A lunch at Majlis



Majlis is a newly opened restaurant in Bangalore which serves Arabian food and Mughal influenced dishes from Lucknow and Rampur. Here's a photo tour...


The place is neat and beautifully decorated....


I really liked the reclaimed wood furniture...

The menu is a combination of many interesting Arabian and Awadhi dishes...


The menu at Majlis has been specially designed by the celebrity chef brothers - chef Ashfaque Quereshi and  Chef Irfan Quereshi. I was lucky enough to meet and interact with them...


They are the sons of the 87 year old masterchef Imtiaz Quereshi. The Quereshis are descendants of the family of legendary chefs to the Mughal emperors of India. The new generation of Quereshis have been keeping alive the age old recipes quite remarkably with their numerous restaurants around the world...
Chef Imtiaz Quereshi
Don't forget to watch the 3 part video series of  Gordon Ramsay's encounter with Chef Imtiaz Quereshi, at the end of this post.

Over to my lunch. We started with the Rooh Afza. For the uninitiated, Rooh Afza is a syrup which smells of roses and many other things and is often mixed with water or milk. Here it was mixed with milk and it had the fabulous basil seeds floating on top...


Mezzeh platter...



Baba Ganoush - Dip of roasted eggplant...


Classic Hummus - Silky puree of chickpeas with tahina sauce and olive oil...


Pita...


Hummus Beiruti - spiked with Garlic and parsley...


Tabbouleh with chopped parsley, bulgur, mint and tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. 


Fattoush - a Lebanese salad with cucumber, tomatoes, capsicum, olive oil and vinegar topped with crispy slices of pita bread. This remains one of my favorites...


Dahi Ke Kabab - Hung curd spiced and rolled in soft bread and deep fried...


Cheese Sambousek...


Rajma Galouti Kabab. Although they were not bad, they did not tempt me as much as the other things...


Murgh Malai Kabab - The divinely soft pieces of chicken coated with cream and mild spices just melts in your mouth...


Fresh lime soda...


For the main course there was Murgh Bemisal... 


I paired it with khameeri naan which was soft, fluffy, warm and inviting...


Mutton Rogan Josh was spectacular...


The Dal Tadka served here was excellent...


Zar-e-bariyan biryani...




Goan Fish Curry. This is one dish I wasn't looking forward to but I was pleasantly surprised by its inclusion in an Indo-Arabic menu...


The coconut based curry tastes best with rice...


I am glad I saved room for dessert. Phirnee, a rice and milk pudding was perfectly set. The flavors of saffron and cardomom with a sprinkling of chopped almonds and pistachios made the spoonfuls of creamy phirnee quite addictive... 


Leaving you with three videos of MasterChef Imtiaz Quereshi making the exotic Goat Biryani with Gordon Ramsay...

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

Weekend trip to Bannerghatta National Park

Last Saturday, we drove to Bannerghatta National Park. Here's a photo tour... 

The overcast conditions made the walk to the Butterfly Park quite pleasant...


The Butterfly Park is a temperature controlled glass house with butterfly friendly flowering plants...



Mexican butterfly weed...


A closer look under the leaves reveal tiny butterfly eggs...


Blue Mormon butterfly...


Caterpillar of Blue Mormon...



Common Castor Butterfly...


Lime Butterfly...



Pupa of Common Mormon Butterfly...


Caterpillar of Common Mormon butterfly. It prefers to feed on Indian Curry Leaves...


Common Mormon Butterfly. I wondered why many of the large butterflies had injured wings. In this controlled environment the butterflies have no predators to fear other than little humans...


Common Grass Yellow Butterfly...



Caterpillar of Striped Tiger Butterfly...


Striped Tiger Butterfly...


Next, we went for a Special Jeep Safari in the jungle and spotted a variety of animal in their natural habitat.
A curious female Sambar deer was all ears while the Cheetal spotted deer were all tails...



The male Sambar deer with his beautiful horns...



A pair of juvenile Black Bucks... 


A baby elephant walking alongside its mother...


The sloth bear looked relaxed and comfortable resting on the road...


The safari trail...


The lions were sleepy but it was nice getting close to them...



The White Tiger was in deep siesta...


Rohan also was in deep slumber all through the safari..


As we were entering the Tiger safari area, we saw a rogue tiger chasing a Jeep. He looked really agitated... 


He gave me an angry stare before vanishing away...


There were other moderate ones lying peacefully on the track...



The confident walk of a tiger is so amazing to watch...



 There were some monkeys too...


Russell's viper...



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