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‘Introducing “RedCooker” of Bengaluru’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

What does a brilliant IIT Mumbai & IIM Lucknow alumni Rohan Patnaik, who loves pure mathematics, squash and is a food connoisseur, do when he wants a change? Convinces his equally brilliant friends Raghunandan B. & Amol Patil and the three get into the business of food (https://www.redcooker.com/redcooker-story/)

Thus was born RedCooker: logoIt is an ap that lists out dishes from domestic kitchens and makes them reach its customers.

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12186290_1665670177041631_5411150181968841284_o 580 50Traditional Rajasthani style Gatte ki Sabzi served with Phulkas (3nos).

These people at RedCooker share with us what a wise guy once said “There is no love more sincere than love for food”. And RedCooker agrees to this. Not only does RedCooker love food, it also likes to share that love too. It was this love that prompted this troika to start cookin’ with RedCooker.

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07b1f990a3114656ba83f0689dd55cf5-720x480 580 50Coq Au Vin : Chicken braised with Mushrooms and Onions in Port Sauce.

Their website (https://www.redcooker.com/) explains: “We bring gourmet & home food to your doorstep through our android app and website. Our gourmet meals are prepared by experienced Chefs in FSSAI licensed kitchens. Our home food, though prepared in our HomeChef’s kitchen carries an authentic taste and a commitment to quality. All our food is prepared under strict quality control with the right balance of taste and nutrition.”

I have not yet had the chance of trying out the dishes of RedCooker, but if the photos above are any indication, I am going to love the RedCooker. Alas presently this privilege is limited to residents of some areas of Bengaluru only! Check up the website to see if your area falls within the lucky zone.

Give it a try.

Bon apetit!

(Text based on inputs from the website of RedCooker. Source of photos: RedCooker’s website)

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‘Bangalore Palace, Bengaluru, India, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Bangalore Palace is situated in Bengaluru, India. It was built by Rev. Garret, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, presently called the Central College. It is near Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Palace Cross Road, Vasant Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560052. It was opened in 1944. Kempe Gowda was the architect.

The upkeep of the gardens was the responsibility of the famous  horticulturist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel.

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 The palace grounds have convention hall which can be hired by any private citizens for marriages and functions. Within the huge campus there is also a horse riding school.

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The British presented this Coat of Arms to the Mysore Maharaja Chamaraja Wadiyar X. In the center is the mythological two headed bird Ganda Bherunda which was the emblem of the Wadiyar’s. This emblem is flanked by another mythological animal which has the head of an Elephant and of  Lion which symbolizes power and royalty.

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800px-VTHROB-Bangalore_PalaceSource of this photo: Wikipedia

Entry ticket has been priced at an expensive Rs. 225/- for Indian visitors and Rs.450 for foreign visitors. Fee for taking an ordinary camera is a whopping Rs.675/- and Rs.1405/- for a camcorder, the highest I have ever paid in India or abroad. The management must be really in need of money as after having visited this Palace I can say that both those  tickets are highly over priced.

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Nisarga Garden – Excellent Karnataka food restaurant in Bengaluru’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I had ruefully put up a photo article some time back on what I personally perceive to be a downhill  slipping in the food quality at Bengaluru’s iconic M.T.R. (http://traveltalk.co.in/?p=674).  While in the town, I tried a number of other eating places. I was pleasantly surprised to find an excellent one quite near to where I was staying. It is placed called ‘Nisarga’ which in Kannada means nature or prakriti.

Here I saw greenery, garden, cooking in front of you, cleanliness, self-help standing or sitting and an enclosure where one can order  and be served at the table and of course excellent food sensibly priced.



The standard one vada and two idlees. The mint/curd chutney was excellent and so was the sambar- thick sharp with a dash of sweetness.


I had to order an encore.


I stood  mesmerized  seeing dosas being prepared.




 Dosas were in two forms.


The dosachutney and sambar were just sublime.


The thali meal was nice to look at, tasty and substantial.


And to end, an ultimate in coffee taste – a little glass of pure filter coffee. What? Did you say ‘Starbucks’?  Don’t be ‘dumb’ and irreverent to the best coffee in the world – the South Indian Filter Coffee! The Americans just do not know what real coffee is!

By the way, I was a full paying customer when I visited this restaurant last month.

Useful Information:

Nisarga Garden Veg Restaurant, Opposite Police Commissioner’s Office,  Infantry Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Phone: 080 2228 9563.

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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