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Pukka Toronto’s Winter Menu

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A meal at Pukka is always a good idea. It’s my favourite Indian restaurant in the city, and one that I repeatedly return to with family and friends to celebrate special occasions! I was invited to check out their winter menu, and I did so gladly.

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We started with some of their cocktail creations. My favourite was the Varnassis Sling, in the tall glass topped with foam. It’s rum mixed with tropical flavours of mango, orange and cherry, and then topped with flower petals. Very fruity and delicious. Pukka also has an impressive wine selection, hand chosen by Peter Boyd, their talented Sommelier. (more…)

Enjoy a Modern Take on Indian Dishes at Pukka

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Pukka is my go to restaurant when I’m looking for delicious upscale Indian food. Pukka’s menu highlights a creative and inventive reprise of Indian dishes with a contemporary twist.

Although Pukka is only a year and a half old, and they are always busy. They are currently looking for a second location! Here’s hoping that it’s in the east end! (more…)

Jaswant’s Kitchen

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Jaswant’s Kitchen
is a family run business, run by a mother (Jaswant) and her three daughters. I met with one of the daughters Simi and she explained that when she moved out on her own she was always calling her mother asking her what she used to put in a specific dish, and it was hard to replicate. Her mother (Jaswant) started to make spice blends for her daughters and it’s all history from there! Did I mention that Jaswant is also a nutritionist?

All of our products are hand-crafted and produced in Canada. We source great quality whole and ground spices. The whole spices are inspected, sifted, dry-roasted and then ground. We then blend the various ground spices together in the right proportions to make the Jaswant’s Kitchen signature spice blends.

These spice blends make it super easy for a cook from any level to make tantalizing, authentic Indian recipes! The spices are available in a variety of forms, from jars to full kits.

 
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The starter kit is in a pretty gift box and includes the following:

70g Tadka Masala
70g Tandoori Masala
20g Garam Masala
20g Curry Powder
20g Chai Masala
1 cup of black lentils
1 cup of red lentils
1 packet of whole spices

I love this kit! The fact that you have everything that you need at your fingertips is perfect for when you don’t have enough time. The kit also comes with 14 fast & easy recipe cards that include recipes like Grilled Curry Shrimp, Butter Chicken, Grilled Salmon Tadka and more.!

I’ll be making a couple of recipes so stayed tuned! In the meantime, visit http://www.jaswantskitchen.com

The best Indian buffet in the GTA

The Indian Kitchen is in Thornhill, and it’s the best Indian food that I’ve had in Toronto. (Miles better than that other place.) It’s my favourite place to go when I want high quality Indian food…for cheap! The lunch buffet is only $9.99 and includes the best naan you might ever taste.

For reals.

The buffet includes boneless chicken breast butter chicken, vegetable samosas, tandoori chicken, pakoras, salad, daal and a small selection of desserts. Their regular menu is also outstanding! I always have the chicken tikka.

The Indian Kitchen is at 7330 Yonge Street  Vaughan, ON. A second location is at 394 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON.

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Summerlicious at The Host Fine Indian Food

This was my first time going to an Indian restaurant for Summerlicious. I love naan and samosas, so I was pretty excited. Sadly, the experience left me not so happy.

We went for the $25 dinner menu. The restaurant is pretty with lots of natural light. We were given some light and cripsy papadum with a mango chutney.

I started with the vegetable samosas for my appetizer, and my friend had the Host salad with mango, papaya, guava & pineapple. The samosas were quite good, if not a little small. The potato and veggies were well mixed, and I enjoyed the light crust.

For my main, I chose the Murgh Mirch Tikka, boneless pieces of chicken marinated in green chili paste. My friend had the Murgh Makhin Butter chicken: Tender pieces of chicken tikka cooked in creamy tomato sauce. There were 13 different dishes to choose from for the main, which I appreciated. We had garlic naan with our meal, and we were also served rice and daal.

Here is the butter chicken dish:

Here is mine:

I got three pieces of chicken! For my dinner! I don’t understand how they thought they could get away with serving such a small portion.  I understand that it’s Summerlicious, but really? I feel that that is way too small. Yes, it was chicken breast, and yes it did taste good. But to serve such a small portion…I felt a bit ripped off. My friend had a good portion of butter chicken (and it was good!) so I didn’t really get why it was so small. It put a damper on my meal because I had been starving. I forgot to take a picture of the garlic naan, which was my favourite part of the meal. What do you think? Am I right that it’s a small portion, or was I just being greedy?

After that, we were brought our pistachio kulfi. It was kind of underwhelming and a bit plastic-y. Glancing at the regular menu and seeing the high prices, I don’t think I’ll be returning here for such a mediocre and unsatisfying meal.

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