The Mythical Origin of Pani Puri

Pani Puri, Gol Gappa, Puchka, Gup Chup, Phulki – One delicacy with so many names. This Indian Street food will always leave you craving for more because of its low satiety quotient. Pani Puri is the tantalizing culinary chaos of flavours that tickles your taste buds. The puri is a crispy hollow ball made of semolina or wheat and filled with spicy potatoes. The puri is then filled with Pani – a tangy, spicy combination of tamarind water made fragrant by mint leaves and black salt. No one can actually pinpoint the origin of this lip-smacking delight but two stories always come to surface when spoken about the history of this heavenly spice affair.

Story 1 

It is believed that Pani Puri is the successor of Phulkis which first originated in Magadh. One of the 16 great ancient Indian kingdoms in Sanskrit, the kingdom of Magadh was situated on the banks of the holy Ganga river which is now what we call west-central Bihar.

Story 2

Here’s another story that comes from the legend of Mahabharata. This epic tale tells us that when the new-wedded bride Draupadi came home, Kunti wanted to test her daughter-in-law. She wanted to know if her daughter-in-law could manage the household with scarce resources as Pandavas were on exile at that time. Kunti gave Draupadi a few vegetables and leftover potatoes along with very little dough. 

Draupadi made round bread which was known as Puri with the help of that little dough and filled the vegetables and leftover potatoes in them. The Pandavas loved the dish and mother Kunti was happy to see her daughter-in-law succeed in the given task. 

This Indian delicacy has many names but has never seen even the slightest decrease in its popularity. Head over to Lala’s Kitchen now to have a blast of flavours by ordering the lip-smacking Pani Puris.

The Magic of Vegetarian Diet

Did you know processed meat including ham and bacon can cause cancer? Well, we are not saying this but it has been reported by the World Health Organisation. The study also suggests that even 50g of processed meat a day which is even less than two slices of bacon increases the chances of bowel cancer by 18%. We understand a vegetarian diet can be boring and has no variety like the choice of meat but there are ample reasons to go vegetarian.

Vegetarian diets not only help in weight loss and weight management but also combat many forms of chronic diseases and provide a healthy glow to your skin. A vegetarian diet is a perfect way to stay healthy and happy. A vegetarian diet is a complete balanced diet. It consists of fibre, vitamins C and E, folic acid, magnesium, unsaturated fat, and numerous phytochemicals. Many meat lovers would be surprised to know this but a vegetarian diet is considered to be more healthy than the non-vegetarian one.

Vegetarian food gets easily digested and vegetarians have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and also there is a reduction in heart diseases. Here are some of the reasons proving the magical power of vegetarian food that might make you swap your beef burger for a beet burger.

Gut Health

We are what we eat. We know about the bacteria in our digestive system but very few of us actually notice the great relationship shared between good bacteria and a healthy diet. Plant-based foods support a diverse microbiome which is associated with good health. The vegetarian diet provides us with the bacteria that support our immune system, reduce inflammation, regulate ghrelin and the hunger hormone.

Glowing Skin

Vegetarian diet not only improves internal but also external health. If you swap your dairy products, sugar, and high-glycemic foods for carotenoid-packed vegetables, it will work wonders for your skin. The dark green, red and orange hue veggies are known to have vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that give you healthy hair, glowing skin and rich nails.

For rich and healthy scrumptious vegetarian options visit Lala’s Kitchen – the Indian restaurant in Australia.

Naan

The Curious History of Classy, Soft and Pillowy Indian-Style Flatbread- Naan

Whether it’s a cheese,  garlic-scented fluffy naan to the minced-meat-stuffed keema, for many, an Indian meal isn’t complete without a fresh naan bread.  It is a bread with an illustrious history and one that has seen a great deal of change over the years.

Here are some reasons why Naan bread is one of the most popular Indian foods:

  • The naan dough is composed of flour, water, yoghurt, and yeast, then traditionally cooked in the tandoor oven. It’s served warm with any Indian curry. The hotter the naan, the fresher it is.
  • It’s gooey, which is the best texture for any doughy bread.
  • It’s versatile. It is just one among plenty of delicious Asian bread.
  • Some examples are:

Chapati: This Indian flatbread is made combining the same flour for Naan with water and salt, but without yeast.

Paratha: It is a traditional bread famous in many regions of South-East Asia. The dough is made with flour, water, and vegetable oil, then cooked in Tawa, the Indian cast iron skillet.

At Lala’s Kitchen, we serve a variety of naan with authentic Indian cuisine. We serve laccha paratha, plain naan, butter and garlic naan, chilli cheese naan and more.  Visit our restaurant, order our authentic Indian gravy and have our naan your way!

  • You definitely won’t be hungry after eating a meal with naan, or even on its own.
  • It’s perfect for dipping. Indian cuisine is all about varieties and naan is the perfect food to soak up delicious sauces, curries, and those last few flavours on your plate.
  • It’s for everyone. Whether you’re an adventurous or picky eater, naan caters to every type of diner. Kids love it, too!
  • It’s authentic. Naan is a cultural Indian staple cuisine. It is traditionally cooked in a clay tandoor oven, as with many other meats and dishes.
  • It’s delicious. This bubbly flatbread tastes oh so good! Between the cooking technique, the preparation, and the fixings, naan is one of those foods you can’t resist.

Looking for authentic Indian curries and dishes to accompany your curry and naan? Visit Lala’s Kitchen.

Recipe: Lip Smacking Chicken Tikka

Ingredients

  • 1kg chicken fillets, cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup yoghurt
  • 2½ teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 2½ teaspoons fresh garlic, crushed
  • vegetable oil
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons Indian spice mix
  • ½ teaspoon hot chilli powder
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2-3 pinches of turmeric powder

To Garnish:

  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • onion rings
  • fresh coriander, chopped

Method

  • First, blend the natural yoghurt and add all the Indian spices including cumin seeds, ginger and garlic paste, salt, hot chilli powder, turmeric powder. Mix well and add some vegetable oil with other marinade ingredients.
  • Now add the chicken fillets and ensure that they get well covered with the marinade. Take this mixture into a bowl and cover it. Put this into the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Prepare an oven to 180° C. Place a couple of charcoal pieces on a metal plate at the bottom of the oven. It will give you a little smokey flavour.
  • Place the chicken fillets on a rack with a drip tray underneath and slide onto the middle shelf of the oven.
  • Cook for at least 15-20 minutes till it became brown in texture. Now your chicken tikkas are ready to serve. Sprinkle with lemon juice and black pepper. Garnished it with onion rings and fresh coriander.

Authentic Tandoori Dishes to Try at Lala’s Kitchen

So are you craving for authentic and delicious tandoori dishes? At Lala’s Kitchen in Melbourne, we bring you the different types of tandoori dishes that you will like to try. These dishes are cooked with Authentic Indian recipes and style.

Lala’s Kitchen has established a reputation of excellence in providing delicious food since our inception.

We have various types of Tandoori dishes are present in our menu.

Authentic-Tandoori-Dishes

1. Sizzling Tandoori Platter


Love fish tikka, Seekh kebab and chicken tikka? Then you must try our sizzling tandoori platter dish. Fish pieces, chicken pieces, Seekh kebabs are grilled on tandoor, and then it is marinated with authentic spices. Also, we can customise our meals according to our customer’s taste.

2. Tandoori Paneer Tikka


Who doesn’t love this bite-size deliciousness? Indian cottage cheese perfectly grilled and marinated with Delicious, soft, juicy chunks of paneer marinated in tandoori masala and then cooked with veggies.

3. Tandoori Chicken

This heavenly delicious curried chicken is everyone’s favourite.

4. Tandoori Chicken Tikka

It is also known as “the king of all tikas”. Everyone loves the smoky flavour of barbecued chicken which is marinated in yoghurt, garlic and ginger chilli, butter and cumin.

All Tandoori dishes are served in Indian style. You can also order rice, vegetables, curry, naan and a green salad. Despite this, our menu also includes a variety of dishes.

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Do You know Why Indian Food is So Delicious? Here’s the Answer.

Indian food is famous all over the world including in Australia. Plenty of fine dining Indian restaurants in Melbourne and Boronia are serving authentic Indian cuisine.  But do you know what makes them so delicious and mouth-watering? 

It’s a fact that Indian kitchen taste is exclusive than others.

Widely loved for its curries, mouth-watering street food and savoury mix of spices, Indian food is much loved around the world. Its flavours are complex, oscillating between sweet, tangy and spicy; its textures meld creamy sauces with doughy pieces of bread and tender meat and vegetables to make the slope of dreams. It’s divine.

What about the perfect blend of sweet, tangy and spicy flavours in Indian food?

But you must have a question that what’s that magical ingredient that makes Indian food delicious and so tasty at all the time? The scientists were wondering too about this question, and they do have the answers.

According to the researchers, 2500 Indian recipes helped to extract 194 different ingredients. The researchers further created a network. Under this network, all the ingredients were categorised as positive or negative, depending upon their usage and taste in the recipe. If more ingredients have shared flavour compounds, they were classified as positive, while others were mentioned in the negative category.

They analysed each of the recipe ingredients by ingredient and then compared how often and heavily those ingredients influenced the flavour.

Here is what the researchers said on why Indian food taste so uniquely good – opposites attract!

“When it comes to food, it is believed that it tastes best when made with ingredients that have common overlapping flavour compounds.

Visit Lala’s Kitchen and try our authentic Indian dishes prepared with traditional recipes. Contact us for more information.

Top 4 Indian Dishes that Every Vegetarian Loves!

Indian cuisine is diverse; it has something for every taste palate. It does not matter whether you are a non-vegetarian, pescetarian, vegetarian or a vegan; you will always get a delicious option that suits your eating preferences. And as far as vegetarian options are concerned, Indian cuisine leaves everything behind. Loaded with exquisite flavours, and exotic spices, the Indian meatless meals are second to none! Here, we have listed down the top 4 dishes that are popular among the vegetarians visiting our restaurant:

1. Dal Tadka

Delicious and nutritious, Dal Tadka is a classic example of how a combination of flavoursome ingredients and spices can turn a pot of lentils into a culinary delight. Assorted lentils are cooked in spicy and tangy onion-tomato curry. The tempering of clarified butter, cumin seeds and a dash of Asofetida gives dal tadka a distinctive flavour. Simple and easy on the stomach, this dish is served with piping hot cumin-flavoured rice.

2. Malai Kofta
A popular choice among the vegetarians, Malai Kofta, is a delicious alternative for meatballs. Crumbled cottage cheese (paneer) and potato seasoned with herbs are rolled into medium balls and then deep fried. A tangy, spicy, creamy and slightly sweet curry is poured on these balls and served hot with a variety of Indian bread.
Malai Kofta
3. Aloo Paratha

A typical breakfast in the Northern parts of India, this stuffed flatbread is every vegetarian’s delight! A mixture of potato, onion, finely chopped green chillies seasoned with a variety of Indian spices is stuffed in a flatbread. It tastes best when served with a knob of home-made butter, chilled yogurt and peppery green chutney.

4. Dal Makhani

Tangy, creamy and rich in flavours; Dal Makhani is one of the most popular dishes among many vegetarians. Black lentils and kidney beans are cooked in an aromatic curry made from tomato, onion and other Indian herbs. A generous amount of thick, fresh cream is added to the mixture which gives this dish its distinctive flavour and texture! Whenever someone says Indian food, the first image that comes is of Butter Chicken or Tandoori Chicken. However, it is not always about chicken.

There are a variety of scrumptious vegetarian meals that will leave you with an unforgettable culinary experience.
So, next time when you have a strong craving for a delicious vegetarian meal, you know where to stop by!

These 4 Gujarati dishes are popular on the Indian wedding catering menu!

Gujarati cuisine needs no introduction. Sweet, savoury, tangy and spicy – Gujarati dishes bring different flavours on one platter. Typically consisting of vegetarian dishes, Gujarati dishes are favourite among the growing Indian community in Melbourne. Many Indian wedding catering services in Melbourne now includes the delicious recipes from Gujarat on their menu. Let’s see some of the most popular Gujarati dishes that have found a place in the menu of Indian catering services.

1.  Undhiyu Puri

Undhiyu Puri has become synonymous with Gujarat. Delicious and flavoursome, this winter delicacy is prepared from assorted vegetables, stuffed with a mixture of coarse groundnut powder, ginger-garlic and spices. Served with piping hot puris (Indian deep-fried bread), Undhiyu will make you forget everything and relish its sweet, spicy and savoury flavours.


2. Gujarati Kadhi

Every Gujarati will vouch for this thick-soup like curry. Prepared from gram flour mixed with sour card, this curry gets its sweetness from jaggery, its savoury flavour from whole spices like cinnamon, cloves and cumin, and the spicy taste from green chillies. Popular as comfort food, Kadhi is usually served with piping hot khichdi or rice.


3. Lilva Kachori

This crunchy snack is perfect for a rainy evening. Lilva kachori is a favourite dish among the Gujarati residing in Melbourne. Stuffed with pigeon peas and mixed with freshly ground spices, these dumplings are deep fried and served with tangy chutney or tomato ketchup.


4. Sev Tameta Nu Shaak

Quintessentially a Kathiyawadi (a region in the state of Gujarat) dish, this sweet, tangy and spicy curry is made from tomatoes and sev – crispy Indian noodles. Simple to prepare and delicious to eat, this dish ticks all the checkboxes – flavour, texture, crunch. It tastes best when served with any Indian bread – roti, paratha or thepla.

The Indian community in Melbourne is growing fast. And Indians, especially Gujaratis have distinctive eating habits than others groups in Melbourne. We offer exclusive catering services that include authentic Gujarati food to suit the taste-buds of growing Gujarati population in Melbourne.

If you’re looking for an experienced Indian caterer in Melbourne, call us 03 9532 1579!

Birthday Party Catering

Birthday Party Catering and Decoration Service in Melbourne

Birthdays are the most exciting time of the year for many of us. Whether it is the first birthday of your toddler, a milestone celebration, birthday of your partner or the 30th birthday of your best friend – having a good venue and food to celebrate is the most important requirement. At Lala’s Kitchen, we can transform our function room to an old fashioned party theme for the adults to a trending modern theme for the kids. Giving immense happiness and nostalgia of birthday emotions, we ensure that every birthday party at Lala’s Kitchen has a lot of memories to cherish.

With customised packages and as per special themes, Lala’s Kitchen provides the leading services in birthday party catering and decoration service in Melbourne. We are always passionate about being a part of every birthday celebration with services at high industry standards and affordable prices.

BIRTHDAY PARTY CATERING MELBOURNE : We are the right place to choose if you are looking for a wide range of options in gourmet or customised menu. With each delicacy, we strive to make the birthday party catering fun, healthy, interesting and fancy. Specialising in Indian catering, we serve the most sumptuous and traditionally prepared dishes for your guests. With our services, we ensure that each guest has fond memories of your birthday celebration through our food.

BIRTHDAY PARTY DECORATION SERVICE MELBOURNE : Whether you are looking for theme based birthday party decorations, balloon art or costumes – we have you covered at Lala’s Kitchen. We have the best team to handle your customised needs and decorate the function room according to your personal taste.

If you are looking for great birthday party catering Melbourne or customised services in decoration, call us to discuss your needs. Our services are available in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs – more to all the birthday parties and celebrations.

Corporate Party Venue

Choose the Best Corporate Party Venue in Melbourne

Melbourne is a hub of few outstanding corporate party venues, reflecting on the fact that Melbourne is a popular city for business. Considering the impression, any exceptional corporate party venue in the city needs to deliver a lot for the corporate events, parties or meetings. On the other hand, there are various reasons behind getting a ‘good’ venue for the corporate functions. Whether you are hosting stiffest of the corporate crowd or your own employees – a great corporate function venue will have everything from catering services, presentation, concept, professionalism, and additional assistance.

Lala’s Kitchen is a leader in the industry with services exceeding the expectations. As a leading corporate party venue in Melbourne, we have been favourites for the most elite and demanding corporate clientele. Our venue offers a sophisticated atmosphere, refined views of the city, competitive pricing and consistent services. We are a perfect venue to choose if you intend to impress the CEOs, clients, partners, employees and other stakeholders. We serve to the needs of corporate events, black tie galas, brand launches, promotion parties, and more.

BENEFITS OF CHOOSING OUR CORPORATE PARTY VENUE MELBOURNE :

  • Ensured stress-free planning with a full-service corporate event venue
  • We have everything covered from food to drinks
  • Our venue can host every type of corporate gathering imaginable
  • Customisable space, available for every season
  • Experienced and professionally trained staff

Fortunately, it is much simpler to organise a corporate event by hiring corporate party venue in Melbourne. The venue will seem more enjoyable once the event day arrives – letting you reap all the benefits of hiring a full-service corporate event venue like Lala’s Kitchen!

How to choose a perfect corporate party venue in Melbourne? Call our experts now!