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Crushed Bhurji / Paneer Bhurji AED 14.00

“I want egg for dinner.”, sabi ng anak ko nung 3 years old siya. I said, “Egg is for breakfast”. “But why?”, she asked. I cannot think of an answer so I responded, “Just finish what is on your plate”. Natuyo utak ko dun ah… kaya after dinner, I consulted Google. 🙂

I thought of reasons why egg is associated with breakfast. Historically, breakfast took off in the 1800s during the Industrial Revolution. Workers need protein and fat to nourish them throughout the day and egg is the cheaper alternative to meat. So for those who could afford can eat more lavishly. But now, some of the reasons would be is its full of vitamins and minerals, light, easy to prepare, and fast to eat. Perfect for people on the go… this sounds perfect for dinner too doesn’t it? Well I only know few ways how to prepare egg and it’s the breakfastish type, until I had Raju Omlet’s Crush Bhurji .

What is Crush Bhurji?

Crush Bhurji is another popular street food in India. It is a tomato gravy with grated boiled egg, chili powder, ginger and garlic. Vegetarian version of this is the Paneer Bhurji.

The Experience.

I have never mixed egg with tomato gravy so this is new to me. Incomparable to any Filipino dish since we use tomato gravy on meat. On that note, it is definitely worth to try. Its something you will crave for because the taste is perfect to the Filipino taste buds. Tangy, savory, a little bit sweet and spicy. As pictured above, they both look similar but taste different. I like both but for me Paneer Bhurji is tastier. I think I can survive in the streets of India with all of these tasty street foods!

To know more about Raju Omlet Karama, click this Raju Omlet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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PANI PURI AED 6.00

As promised, I will try the authentic way of eating the Pani Puri or what I call the “Bursting Crispy Balls”. Nasa Little India kami A.K.A Bur Dubai, one of the chaat places there which has people lining up for their turn is Mini Punjab. I patiently waited for my turn.

The Experience.

I was so excited to try Pani Puri. My friend was explaining the do’s and don’ts of eating chaat in a chaat place.

  1. Fall in line, wag sumingit.
  2. Eat the pani puri fast, because the water will make the puri soft and people are waiting behind you for their turn.
  3. When you ordered a chaat other than pani puri, you can eat it on the tables not on the chaat counter.

Keeping this in mind, he ordered our pani puri saying the magic words tikkha cum. My first pani puri was served, eat fast! I shoved the whole puri in my mouth. The green and cold water with the sweet spicy chutney, soft potatoes and beans exploded in my mouth with the crackling sound of the puri. Once I put it in my mouth they will make a new one and put it on your small bowl. They usually serve 5-6 puri so its around AED 1.00 per puri. We shared 1 order of puri so we had 3 each. Before my last puri I took this picture.

Kuya Chaat making my Pani Puri

2 batches of pani puri for one person is filling. But we had a better idea, we only had one order of pani puri and we ordered another chaat. Bhel Puri also for AED 6.00. Mini Punjab’s bhel puri is so-so for me… it was a bit spicy. My friend might have forgot to say the magic words.

Bhel Puri

Our target was AED 20.00 for both of us, we still have AED 8.00 left. So we ordered another chaat. We got samosa for AED 2.00 each. I’ve had samosa before. Its like a spicy vegetarian empanada. This one was above my spicy tolerance. I thought I was strong enough, but I wasn’t. I bought water.

Samosa

The experience is definitely more than my money’s worth. I would be back and will not forget to say the magic words.

To know more about this restaurant, click this Mini Punjab Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Masala Dosa AED 10.25

My first weekend in Dubai after a fattening holiday in the Philippines, I am craving for a breakfast I have not tried. Something as filling as rice but not heavy. Something as tasty as longganisa but not oily. So I consulted my friends and asked, I got a lot of suggestions but one struck me the most is Masala Dosa. It looks like a big barquillos which brings back childhood memories as this is one of the things I am excited about when I go to church with my family. Being away from home in just few days makes me homesick and maybe this Masala Dosa will cure that.

What is Masala Dosa?

Masala dosa is one of the popular breakfast in South India. The dosa or the big barquillos/crepe has a potato filling served with chutney and sambar. Chutney and samabar are those sauce served in little cute bowls. Kakaiba diba? Sa Pinas for ice cream and toppings nito. 🙂

The Experience

One of the famous restaurants that  serves the best Masala Dosa here in Dubai is Saravanaa Bhavan After taking pictures as shown below, I gobbled on my masala dosa. The dosa does really look like a giant barquillos, even the feel is the same. When i cracked it open, I saw the yellow potato filling inside. The steam from the hot filling immediately fill my nostrils with the scent of the spices they used. I ate the dosa first without the filling, texture is like barquillos but doesn’t taste like it. It’s not sweet. There is a little saltiness to it. So I had another bite, this time with the potato filling. First bite explains why the dosa tastes simple because the potato filling is the bomb! Next bite, with the chutneys and sambar… All are good, and not spicy. There is a lot of taste going on. My favorite is the white chutney which is made of coconut milk. It really goes well with the simple taste of dosa and adds more flavor to the filling.

Masala dosa

 

It definitely satisfied my cravings and cured my homesickness by letting me experience that there is a warm, welcoming but different home away from home.
To know more about this restaurant, click this Saravanaa Bhavan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato