Sweet Bombay

Today was one of the rare Sundays where we didn't go out for breakfast. Our weekend breakfasts are pretty central to Kainaz and my lives. You would normally find us there at Candies and occasionally at Bagel Shop. Earlier we used to go to Just Around the Corner too.

Today I was at bit of a loose end (Kainaz was fast alseep and I was hungry!). I felt like a poori bhaaji. Then a flash of inspiration struck me and I went over to Sweet Bengal ahead of Pali Naka.

Thankfully, the breakfast stuff came even though it was just ten in the morning.

I picked up:
  • Two koraishuti (peas) kochuri. Kochuri is like a paratha which is made with flour, fried in oil and stuffed with crushed peas. It is served a potato curry
  • a vegetable chop (mashed beetroot, potatoes, and peanuts, coated with bread crumbs and deep fried)
  • 100 grammes bonde (called boondi in Hindi). This is a favoured Bengali breakfast dessert which I had with coffee

I got this home and had it while reading the Sunday papers. All of this cost me about 55 Rs or one USD. In Calcutta it would cost me a third of that.

I felt really good after breakfast and then went to the Khar market and bought sweet water fish which Bengalis are fond of - rui (river carp) and parshe. Kainaz, my Parsi wife is fond of both, especially parshe which they call boi.

A lot has been written about the city of Mumbai in the last few days after the terror attack. Well this is a perfect example of why I love the city. I am a Bengali from the other end of India. And yet one feels so at home here. That, to me, is what Bombay is all about.

Can Mumbai top that?


I hope you brought Kainaz some of that yummy looking breakfast.
Manasi said…
Bombay belongs to me(an nth generation Maharashtrian) just as much as it belongs to you(who calls it home). To hell with Raj Thackerey and his ilk. It seems increasingly impossible to write anything these days that doesn't smack of righteous anger for Bombay. One of the reasons I haven't been able to update the blog. Atleast I have others to keep me entertained :)
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Jessica: psst Kainaz doesn't approve of me eating fried stuff. Actually she likes a light breakfast and stays away from indian food in the morning. So she woke up and had the smoked chicken pasta in cream sauce which I made for dinner last night
@Mansi: and it is because of Mumbaikars like you that Bombay seems so wonderful. Check out an interesting discussion here http://fingerrhoea.blogspot.com/2008/12/priy-raj-thackeray-me-tumhaala-priy.html
Manasi said…
Not a Mumbaikar Knife, a Punekar with close ties to Mumbai :)
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Manasi...Pune has a lot of interesting memories. I went there on work on Friday. Very disappointed by German Bakery. Wrote about it on my travel blog www.farawaydiaries.blogspot.com
Unknown said…
This is torture of a sweet kind. I am hungry and saw this post of yours. The alu'r tarkari looks so yummy. Reminds me of my childhood breakfasts @ my parents' place - kochuri-tarkari and jilipi. Yummmm. Have you ever tried bonde with doi?
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Pree: let me assure you that the alur torkari is not one of Sweet Bengal's strengths :)
They have the same owner as Oh Calcutta

Doi Bonde? Does doi korma qualify? Big fan