Where to find Christmas sweets across the city

Christmas is finally around the corner, and there could be nothing better than celebrating it with some delicious food! This festive season calls for binging on some heavenly Christmas special food. That is precisely why we have rounded up some of the best places in Mumbai where you can indulge in excellent specialities this Christmas:

1. Nordic Kandie

Location: 1, Vasant Villa, Peddar Road, Mumbai

Timings: 11AM to 8PM

Contact Details: +91 7666122211/+91 9699641112

Nordic Kandie is a luxury dessert store where you can relish some blissful sweets. Their highlight is the marzipan that’s available in unique flavours like Nutella, Green apple, cherry, lemon, etc. and it’s amazing how they have also blended in Indian flavours like meetha paan. It’s on the pricier side but totally worth the delicious experience.

Did you know that Nordic Kandie is run by fellow expat Thea Tammeleht from Estonia?

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2. Spring Street Bakery

Location: Unit 19, Swastik Industrial Estate, CST Vidyanagari Road, Kalina, Santacruz East

Timings: 10AM to 6PM

Contact Details: 088280 06565/+91 9323166963

Spring Street Bakery has made all preparations to make sure you enjoy every bit of this festive season! Not only are their cakes, cookies, cupcakes and brownies absolutely delectable, but they are also a work of art. They are so intricately designed, and especially for Christmas, they have come up with lovely patterns and shapes such as Christmas wreaths, trees, snowflakes, plaid-patterns and much more. To view and order their amazing Christmas special goodies, click here.

Did you know that Spring Street Bakery is a social enterprise run by fellow expat Bernie David from the United States and her husband?

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3. Venus Cake Shop

Location: Shop No 3, Luminus Apartment, Near Mount Carmel Church, Chapel Road, Bandra West

Timing: 7:30AM to 10PM

Contact Details: 022 2642 5306

For all you sweet toothed people, Venus Cake Shop is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of local Indian Christmas delights such as jujubes, kulkuls (traditional Goan sugar glazed curls), deep-fried nevris (also known as karanjis) and crunchy rice guliyos (Sweet Rice Marbles), marshmallows, plum cakes and fudges. You should definitely not miss going here.

4. Vienna Bakery

Location: 125, Vakola Pipe Lane, Behind St. Anthony Church, Siddharth Nagar, Santacruz East

Timing: 8AM to 8:30PM

Contact Details: 022 2667 2811

Vienna Bakery is so famous for their rich Christmas plum cake, that there is usually a long line of people waiting to get their hands on it! Apart from that, they have soft and delicious guava cheese which also gets sold out very fast.

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5. Hearsch Bakery

Location: 90/ A, Near Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra West

Timing: 7AM to 10PM

Contact Details:  022 2643 5361

Hearsch Bakery has been one of most preferred sweet shops during festive season, especially around Christmas. Some of their speciality items are Marzipan, milk cream, walnut fudge and chocolate cakes.

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Things to do this week in Mumbai (11 December – 17 December, 2017)

11 December, Monday

Gateway Taproom, BKC is making sure that your monday goes right! They have organised Beer-o-logy Monday wherein you can get to taste four of their best beers, a glass of beer of your choice and two lip-smacking appetizers – all this at just INR 750/- (all inclusive) from 7 PM to 9 PM. Since the event is RSVP only, call 9819957942 to book your spot at the earliest.

12 December, Tuesday

Get high on spirits and life this Tuesday as JLWA, Bandra is hosting a ‘Buy 1 Get 1 on all alcohol’ Happy Hour session all day and night. You can contact them for reservations at 082911 62951. Click here to know more about the event.

13 December, Wednesday

Gwenda Glocalista’s favourite team, Bombay Daredevils are playing their last game of the season against Django Unchained this Wednesday. Join in to cheer for them at 9:45 PM at St. Andrews in Bandra. It will be an amazing match to watch for sure!  

14 December, Thursday

Join Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Fort from 6 PM to 8 PM for a keynote lecture by Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, CSMVS, Mumbai, and learn about the process of conceptualization and the many challenges of making the landmark exhibition ‘India and the World: a History in Nine Stories’.  

15 December, Friday

Are you a Bollywood lover? Then this event is tailormade just for you! Enjoy watching superhit Bollywood music, amazing dances and dazzling costumes at Balle Balle – A Bollywood Musical Play. A fun event starting from 8 PM which you definitely should not miss! Click here to know more about the event.

16 December, Saturday

Lil Flea is back in Bombay for the weekend at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, wherein they will host 300 of India’s best up & coming pop-up shops, over 60 home chefs & bakers, some really awesome Indie musicians, and also organise book exchanges, outdoor movies, story telling sessions, marathon open mics and much more. So make a plan with your friends now! For event details, click here.  

17 December, Sunday

This Sunday, pledge to eat healthy and go shopping for organic and fresh fruits and vegetables, health beverages, clean snacks, and some soulful food at the Versova Organic Farmers Market in Little HOUSE. You will get to meet the makers of organic food and attend talks and demos to learn more about eating right. Sounds great, right? Click here to know more about the event.

Weekend Getaway: Chennai-Auroville-Pondicherry

South India has always been on the travel bucket list of many! Today we are going to reveal three places on the east coast of India to visit if you’re planning a quick or long weekend trip!

We are talking about Chennai, Auroville and Pondicherry. There is something for everybody here – be it the delicious local food, diverse culture, relaxed vibe, scenic beauty, lovely beaches, age-old heritage monuments and holy places of worship. One of the best holidays that you could think of during this winter season is to travel to Chennai-Auroville-Pondicherry.

CHENNAI:

Places to visit in Chennai:

  • Marina Beach

The Marina Beach is highly famous for being the second longest beach in the world, and ranks first in Asia. It is definitely one the finest beaches in India – a must-visit for all beach lovers. Soak up in the salty breeze and clear blue water, and watch the beautiful sun set into the sea.

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  • Sri Parthasarathy Temple (Singarachari Street)

You will get to see one of the best architectural works here at this 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is close to the Marina beach and its pyramid architectural shape will amaze you with its beauty.

  • T Nagar-

Authentic silk sarees from Chennai are very popular, and if you wish to buy a few, then you should surely visit T Nagar. In this neighbourhood, you will find sarees in all colours and materials. However, we recommend to go there in the odd hours since it can get very crowded in the evenings.

  • Mylapore

This cultural hub is located in the southern part of Chennai, and is famous for being home to the 17th-century Kapaleeshwarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Dravidian style of architecture, intricate sculptures and vibrant colours emanate a peaceful atmosphere.

Where to eat in Chennai:

It would be a mistake to come to Chennai and not taste some traditional Chettinad style food. Ponnusamy Restaurant is a great place to satisfy your meat cravings. With delicious dishes like Crab Masala, Fish curry and Fish fry, you’ll definitely have an excellent meal. For some authentic South Indian food like Dosa and Idli Sambar, you can visit Ratna Cafe.

 

AUROVILLE:

Auroville, a universal city built on the prime value – Peace for everyone, is a beautiful and futuristic place located just 3 hours away from Chennai. There are many local buses that you can take from the city to reach here.

Places to visit in Auroville:

  • Matrimandir

It is a spherical temple located in the centre of the city covering a wide area, where people come to seek physical and mental peace. The beauty of the temple with its gold discs and the beautiful Auroville Botanical Garden area is sure to mesmerize you.

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  • Auroville Beach (situated at the right side of the ECR, located about 12 kms from the main Pondicherry town)

This beach creates a picturesque scene with its yellow sand and lovely blue tides of water. Here you can perform lot of recreational activities on the beach. On weekends, although it attracts lots of tourists, the beach in not dirty, and people visiting there follow strict rules of cleanliness.

  • Cultural activities

There are lot of places for cultural activities like Africa Pavilion , Pitanga Culture centre, Mohanam, Pyramid art centre, Gallery Square Circle – Kala Kendra, Bharat Bhawan where everyone can learn about different cultures in the world.

Where to eat in Auroville:

Head to Tantos for some delicious pizzas and iced tea. It is also a great place to relax with your friends in the evening. You can also eat at cafes like Aurelec Cafeteria, Auroville Bakery, Happy Food Restaurant & Market, Jolly Kimbap, Ganesh Bakery & Cafe, Dreamer’s Cafe, Farm Fresh Cafe, Eateries Frites Corner, Kipaak Farmer’s Cafe and much more.

 

PONDICHERRY:

Pondicherry, one of India’s union territories, was previously a French colonial settlement. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. It would take you almost thirty minutes to an hour to reach Pondicherry from Auroville via NH32. You can opt for buses or private cabs to reach there.

Places to visit in Pondicherry:

  • The French Quarter

Tucked away in a part of the town in this absolutely pretty little area called The French Quarter. Hire a bicycle amd tour around the colony filled with bright coloured walls, lovely villas and cobbled streets. Also, this place is totally Instagram worthy, hence a must-visit for photographers!

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  • The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Mahatma Gandhi Road | Sacred Heart Square)

This church is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church. It is located close to railway station and it also houses a small bird sanctuary. Entry here is free of cost and people of all religions and customs are welcome.

  • Rock Beach (White Town, Pondicherry)

The light-blue tides and clear air make the Rock beach popular among tourists. This beach isn’t very crowded as it is widely spread over a large area, hence allowing everyone to enjoy some precious time with themselves or with a loved one!

Where to eat in Pondicherry:

There are a lot of good restaurants in Pondicherry where you will always get some amazing food. Some of its top rated restaurants include Le Chateau (0.2 km away from rock beach), Palais de Mahe (0.1 km away from rock beach), Surguru (near Aurobindo Ashram – famous for Indian and Asian food, and is vegetarian), Café Xtasi (serves the best pizzas and Italian food), and the list of bars include Kofi Bar, Toxic, Poudou Poudou, Pub Zipper, L’Aqua.

Inside Phoenix Marketcity – Part 1: Food

Phoenix Marketcity is our favourite mall, and it’s such a great place to shop, hangout with friends and have delicious food. We love it so much that we thought of making a 3 part series for you all! This is the first part in which we reveal the best places to eat in this mall: 

  • Starbucks

Starbucks is our go-to place for casual business meetings, catching up with friends or even hanging out alone. This place is for coffee and non-coffee drinkers, since you don’t just get delicious coffee options, but you are also offered some great snacks, teas and non-caffeine frappuccinos.

What we love: Our favourites are the Red Velvet cake, Strawberry Frappuccino with java chocolate chips and a simple yet delicious Mint Citrus Green Tea.

Where: First floor, Near PVR.

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  • Coffee Culture

The Coffee Culture menu is has plenty of options and is a great casual place to hang out after shopping. Enjoy delicious finger food, shakes and dessert options.

What we love: Chinese Maggi

Where: Second Floor, Near Food Court

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  • Punjab Grill

Punjab Grill is a great place to to enjoy an Indian fine dining experience in the mall. They offer some mouthwatering North Indian and Mughlai dishes.

What we love: “Outdoor” seating area

Where: First Floor, Opposite Amoeba

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  • Indigo Deli

Another classic fine dining restaurant, Indigo Deli recently opened at Phoenix Marketcity and we love their delicious food. Perfect place for a relaxed family meal or a lunch catch-up with your friends.

What we love: Pizzas

Where: First Floor, Opposite Hamleys

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  • Khiva

Khiva serves Central Asian food. This restaurant is a perfect place to enjoy some heavenly non-vegetarian dishes.

What we love: Nalli Nihari

Where: F-32, First Floor, Near Amoeba

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  • 212 All Day Cafe & Bar

212 All Day Cafe & Bar is a lovely place to chill with friends and family. They serve mainly Italian and American cuisine.

What we love: Gambas Caliente

Where: F-97, First Floor

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  • Rajdhani

Craving some authentic thalis? Well then look no further! Rajdhani offers some amazing varieties of thalis that everyone will love for sure! It’s a great place to try out Indian food with your friends and family to visit you in Mumbai. Note – this restaurant serves vegetarian food only.

What we love: Rajasthani Thali – try everything and ask the waiter to refill what you love.

Where: Level 2, Next to the Food Court

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  • Naturals Ice Cream

Simple and classic! Naturals Ice Cream has some delicious 100% milk based ice-creams with yum flavours ranging from seasonal fruits like sitaphal (Custard apple) to all time favourites like chocolate.

What we love: Tender coconut, sitaphal and jamun ice cream  

Where: Level 2, At the Food Court

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  • Auntie Anne’s

Auntie Anne’s is a great place to go to if you love sweet and savoury food mixed together. Their specialities like pretzels and cinnamon nuggets are super famous. A must-try!   

What we love: Cinnamon nuggets, pretzel sticks

Where: Shop UG -71, Ground Floor

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  • Food Court

The food court has pocket-friendly and quick meal options. McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut, M.O.D, etc. are all here.

Where: Level 2

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Churches to visit this Christmas in Bandra

  • Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Mount

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Church located in Bandra West, Mumbai. This splendid church was first built in 1640, and then rebuilt in 1761. The most beautiful part about this church is that it is located on the top of a hill, overlooking the vast and mighty Arabian Sea. You can stand on the iconic steps of the Mount Mary to soak into the fresh sea breeze.

The highly popular ‘Bandra Fair’ or the ‘Feast of Mount Mary’ is an eight-day celebration held every September at the Mount Mary Church. The “octave” as they call these eight days, are preceded by nine days of Novena or prayers, which makes the Bandra Feast last a total of 17 days! During this feast, a sea of humanity is seen coming to the church to offer their prayers and also take part in the great celebrations.

Christmas special: Mount Mary Church holds one of the most famous midnight Christmas masses in the city, with carol singing beginning at 11:30 PM. The church glitters with festive lights and lanterns. Soak into the holiday spirit and the melodious chimes northern tower bell this Christmas Eve. It is truly a sight to immerse in.

Address:  Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400 050.

For Google Map link, click here.  

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number:  022 2642 3152

Website: www.mountmarybasilicabandra.in/

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  • Mount Carmel Church

The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a historic church located in one of the peaceful Bandra lanes, was built 123 years ago in 1894 by Jesuit missionaries. As the catholic population in Bandra increased in the latter half of the 20th century, a new modern structure was constructed in its place in 1981. What we see today is a unique amalgamation of the old and new structures.

Christmas special: The Church holds a midnight mass wherein everyone comes together to pray, to sing carols and wish each other. The Church beautifully lit up, and creative mangers depicting the birth of Jesus are also up for display.

Address: 81A, Chapel Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050.

For Google Map link, click here.  

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number:  26421589/26434695

Website: http://www.mountcarmel.co/

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  • St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church is a Romanesque style church situated in the heart of Bandra. It is located on the busy shopping streets of Hill Road. The foundation of the original St Peter’s Church was laid in 1852. It was soon realised that more space was needed to accomodate the worshippers. Hence, the foundation for a new Church was laid on the site of the old one in 1938. St Peter’s Church is very capacious and can accommodate a thousand people easily.

Christmas special: St. Peter’s is a must visit for Midnight masses. The service begins at 10.00 PM with carol singing. They will be holding an Annual Christmas tree ceremony on 14th December and the entry passes for the same will be available at YSS office. They also decorate the Church every year at this time with beautiful lights and lanterns. The interiors of the church are decorated with snowflake cuttings and lamps that make the intricate stained glasses shine, emanating a colorful glow – a sight you should not miss!

Address: St. Peter’s Church, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400 050.

For Google Map link, click here.  

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number:  +91 22 2642 3098

Website: www.stpetersbandra.org/

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  • St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew is one of the oldest churches in Mumbai and was in the news for turning 400 years old a couple of years ago.Built near the sea shore in 1575, it was the first church in Bandra until 1620.  It was constructed as one of the biggest cathedrals on the Island of Salsette then under Portuguese control.  It has a distinctive Portuguese-style white facade with bell towers.

Christmas special: Bright lights over the bell towers, lanterns, red and green garlands, and little star shaped decorations adorn the church during this festive month. On Christmas Eve, carol singing followed by mass starts at 10:30 PM.

Address: 115, Hill Road, Near Holy Family Hospital, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400 050.

For Google Map link, click here.  

Mass Timings: To know about Mass Timings in detail, click here.

Contact Number: +91-22-  2642 3680/26427840/26415252

Website: https://standrewchurch.in/

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Where to buy Christmas decoration in Mumbai

Christmas is less than a month away and each one of you will soon begin scouting for brand new Christmas decorations that will adorn your homes on the day of the much-awaited festival of the year! But if you’re new to Mumbai, and don’t really have an idea of the special pockets in the city where you can buy all sorts of Christmassy stuff, then this article is totally for you!

Here’s where you can shop for some amazing traditional as well as trending decorations for Christmas this year:

Hill Road, Bandra West

Hill Road in Bandra West has to be your go-to destinations to shop this Christmas! Its one of the best places where you can find all sorts of decoration material – from beautiful star lanterns to dainty Christmas tree hangings, you will find it all here!

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/WtFJ73araBM2

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Abdul Rehman Street, Crawford market

Crawford Market has always been a classic place to buy decorations for Christmas. You will find this festive material either on the roadside or in famous stores like Novelty Stores and Party Shop. Either way, it’s the best place to buy Christmas baubles at an economical rate.

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/pjuYGZSPwm92

Colaba, Churchgate

You should definitely visit the streets of Colaba during Christmas time! The fairy lights, stained-glass lanterns and sparkly adornments is sure to get you into the festive mood. Some stores also sell some authentic Goan sweets during that time, so make sure not to miss it!

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/r1HTVZbvtJQ2

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Khar West

You can find Christmas decorations at wholesale and cheap rates in Khar West since it’s a mini wholesale market. This place boasts a wide range of Christmas products, and one thing is for sure – you will love everything you see!

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/oL4NZ7DaVpJ2

Orlem, Malad West

Orlem in Malad West is one of the most popular destinations in Malad for Christmas shopping. You will not only find amazing decoration items but also beautiful statues of Jesus, wall arts, posters, pictures and practically everything related to Christmas.

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/zUzsTqXK4qt

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Church Road, Santacruz

Church Road in Santacruz is the place where you will get to buy not only baubles, but delicious Christmas special sweets as well. So this is the place where you should be if you have a sweet tooth.

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/UB6qK4DKCFG2

IC Colony, Borivali West

IC Colony is a very Christian-dominated area, and therefore it’s given that it is a great place to buy Christmas material from. Many shops have sprung up here in the past couple of years that offer you better deals at a cheap rate. So if you’re living in the suburban area, this is the place for you to get all your festive decoration from.

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/24FEo4Vx66y

Off Prarthana Samaj and Park road, Vile Parle East

You can find Santa Claus dresses, tiny Santa idols, Santa caps & LED candles here. Aesthetics India can be a really great place to shop if you’re in Vile Parle. If you want to shop for Christmas without burning a hole in your pocket, then this is where you should go.

Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/XQD1GYSsvcP2

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Party Hunterz and Lucky Stores, Powai

This place has everything that can say that it is a party shopping destination. Funky props for Christmas parties, beautiful decorations and much more can be bought here!

Lucky Stores in Powai too has big trees and lovely decorations for sale. They have a lot of stock which starts getting sold more than a month prior to Christmas. So if you still wish to get your hands on some good baubles, you should head there soon! Galleria area in Powai also has a couple of shops for decorations.

Google Map link for Party Hunterz: https://goo.gl/maps/LFLBYbfSwPR2

Google Map link for Lucky Stores: https://goo.gl/maps/AgQqk7V6iXy

Online stores to buy decorations

Christmas Tree Shops-

Christmas Tree Shops is a great online website to buy Christmas decorations from since it particularly caters to the need to buy different varieties of decoration material. You can buy from Christmas Tree Shops here.

Amazon India-

Amazon India offers a huge array of tree ornaments, baubles, bells and much more at discounted rates.  They provide free delivery above Rs.500 and hassle-free returns. To buy Christmas decorations from Amazon India, click here.

Flipkart-

You can find a wide variety of decorations on Flipkart, an Indian online shopping website. They too provide free delivery above Rs.500 and easy returns. Christmas decorations on Flipkart can be bought here. 

 

Things to do this week in Mumbai (04 December – 10 December, 2017)

04 December, Monday

Are you fond of cocktails or would you fancy exotic flavors in your drink? If yes, then you will definitely enjoy this event called Happy Hour All Day-All Night Long at JLWA, Bandra where they have an amazing offer of Buy 1, Get 1 on all kinds of alcohol. Kick-off your week with a great night. To know more, click here.

05 December, Tuesday

Tuesday calls for Comically Unstable: Comedy Nights! Comedians like Mayank Parak, Anand Reghu and many more will be performing. The timings are from 8 PM onwards. For more information, check out their official Facebook event page.

06 December, Wednesday

Bonobo and Randolph Correia are bringing to you Mumbai’s first ever live funk night. Attend this amazing ‘Funk’emall’ which starts at 9PM. To know more about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

07 December, Thursday

Get ready to spend an amazing Thursday night at The Quarter. Watch ERIK TRUFFAZ and a band made up of faculty members from True School of Music perform live. They will be performing a mix of Truffaz’ electric compositions and jazz rearranged in their own unique style. The timings for the event are from 9PM to midnight 12AM. Check out their official Facebook event page for more details.

08 December, Friday

Ready to be a rapper this Friday night? Have an awesome time at the Hip-Hop Party in Khar Social. The entry to the party is free. The timings for this event are from 10:00 PM to 01:00 AM. To know more, check out their official Facebook event page.

09 December, Saturday

A unique participatory Festival, We the Women comes to Mumbai on Saturday. The festival will be conducted at Mehboob Studio and the entry is free. The festival will last for two days and will feature inspiring conversations, smacking food, music and amazing performances. The event timings are from 10:30 AM to 10:00 pm. To know how to register for the same, check their official Facebook event page.

10 December, Sunday

Have a peaceful Sunday with your friends and families by enjoying a night bicycle ride across the different pockets of Mumbai including Colaba, Malabar Hill, Worli Koliwada and many more. Snacks, tea and small breakfast will be provided and guiders will be there to provide you information about the sites. Come, enroll yourself for this Midnight Bicycle Tour. The timings for this event are from the midnight of 9th to 10th morning 7 AM. To know more, check out their official Facebook event page.

Special Dish 2 – Prawns Pulao recipe

Prawns Pulao or rice is one of the most delicious Maharashtrian recipes that is commonly found on the menu of every Malvani restaurant, and you’ll find that it’s also really easy to make. Here’s presenting to you the second special dish of Sujata Karmarkar, our intern Ruta’s mother.

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Ingredients:

1 cup prawns (15-20), shelled and deveined

1 cup long-grain Basmati rice

2-3 onions, vertically sliced

2 tsp cumin and coriander powder

2 tsp garam masala powder

2 tsp biryani masala powder

2 tbsp green masala (for recipe, check our Crispy Bombil Fry article)

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp chilli powder

½ cup freshly grated coconut

½ cup finely chopped coriander leaves

Salt (as per taste)

2-3 tbsp oil for cooking

2-3 cups of water

Method:

Firstly, start off by adding a pinch of turmeric, chilli powder and salt to the prawns, mix it all together and set them aside to marinate. Then, put the basmati rice and 2 cups of water in a pot, and bring it to a boil (remember, the rice has to be par-boiled, not completely cooked). While you’re at this, on a separate stove, take a cooking pot and pour the cooking oil in. When the oil becomes adequately hot, add the onion. Cook the onion till its colour changes to pink, and it starts releasing oil from the sides. When this happens, it means that it’s cooked. Next, add in all the dry spices – turmeric, chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder, garam masala powder and biryani masala powder. Roast all the spices till they all blend together into a thick paste-like consistency. Then, put the green masala and the prawns in and mix very well. Sauté everything for 2 minutes. Then add in the par-boiled rice, grated coconut and salt, and let everything simmer for 5-7 minutes. Since the onions and prawns release their own juices, there is no need to add in extra water. The rice will cook in the juices itself. Once this is done, turn off the gas, garnish the pulao with some coriander and serve it hot!