Tuesday 25th February, 2014, afternoon, saw Superstar Upendra visit Khandani Rajdhani for a hearty vegetarian thali meal with his fans. Khandani Rajdhani has associated with Upendra's recently released feature film - Brahma. 


As a part of this association,  Khandani Rajdhani gave its patrons a chance to meet Superstar Upendra with their "Rajdhani - Bramha Contest". Lucky winners got a chance to meet and dine with Upendra and other members of the hit production at Khandani Rajdhani's Indiranagar outlet.



Bramha, a romantic drama film is directed by R. Chandru and produced by Mr. P. V. Manjunath Babu. The film stars Upendra and Pranitha Subhash in the lead roles. The movie which released on 7th February is slated to become the highest grossing Kannada film of all times with fans lapping up the flick across the state.




Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Aji Nair, Vice President, F&B Division Mirah Hospitatlity said, "We are happy to be associated with Brahma the movie. Brahma is a complete family entertainer and being a part of this film allows us to instantly connect with a family audience. Moreover we are delighted to have Upendra meet our guests today. Upendra is undoubtedly one of the most loved Superstars and its indeed an honor to partner with a film that he is associated with."


Director R. Chandru further added , "Associating with Khandani Rajdhani has been an exciting experience for us and moreover having Upendra meet his fans is really special. Its nice to see him get a chance to interact with his audiences over a meal at Khandani Rajdhani after the great success of Brahma." The movie is running successfully across the state and is fast approaching the 25 day mark with the collections still going strong.





Khandani Rajdhani had organized Kachi Ghodhi Dance performance, which added to the excitement and buzz during Upendra's visit. Guests were seen having a great time as he happily interacted with all of them.


Khandani Rajdhani serves pure vegetarian  Thalis with authentic Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisine and has been in existence for over 5 decades. 


Khandani Rajdhani serves 22,464 traditional delicacies in 72 rotating menus specifically created keeping in mind rare delicacies from Rajasthan and Gujarat like - Dal Bati Churma, Ker Sangri, Khandvi, Ringna no ollo, Dal Dhokli, Undhiyu, etc. 


The food at Rajdhani is cooked using the traditional slow cooking methodology to retain the flavor, texture and nutritional value of the food being cooked. This one of its kind in the vegetarian food segment is committed to authentic and hygienic food with excellent service. 


Khandani Rajdhani - the flagship brand of Mirah Hospitality has a strong foothold across the country with 35 units and Bengaluru alone has 9 units.

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Khandani Rajdhani adheres to the true spirit of "Atithi Devo Bhava".

If you really want to a taste of authentic crispy ghee dosa, Vidhyarthi Bavan is the must place to visit. Tucked into the busy market on the main road of Gandhi Bazar, we waited in a long queue before we could get a seat. The smell of the fresh flowers from the opposite flower stalls and the ghee dosa from inside the restaurant was surely increasing our appetite.


Once inside, the ambience was very 1940’s. Needless to say, they are there since 1943, and not much has changed from then to now. The wooden bench seating, long ceiling fans, and the walls adorned by celebrities who have visited this place in the years, it really takes you back in time.


Vidhyrathi Bhavan is famous for its crispy ghee dosa’s served hot from the tawa alongside a generous dose of coconut chutney. The fresh ghee immersed dosa is truly divine. Do not watch your weight when in Vidhyarthi Bhavan. Just indulge! It is sinful!



The best part about the whole experience is the way the dosa’s are served. The staff dressed in blue shirt and dhoti, carry atleast 20-25 plates of hot doas’s in their hand, each plate rested on the previous one. The balance is amazing and not one plate is out of line. The staff is ever smiling and always wait to pose for photographs :-)



They do serve other things like vada sambar, idli sambar, and kesari bhath along with hot filter kaapi's.




This is my third visit to this place and never found an empty table. There is always a long queue of people waiting outside and that ensures that the tables are always filled.

For someone who is new to Bangalore, getting to Gandhi Bazar could be slightly difficult. Also, don’t plan for a visit to this place at the nick of the moment when you are hungry. The wait is long, so budget in atleast 30-45 mins of lead time before you can actually grab a bite. Also, they are particular about the timings and the doors close sharp at 11:30 am and reopen sharp at 2 pm.




Rating: (1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Food: 4
Ambience: 4
Service: 3.5
Cleanliness and Hygiene: 3.5 
Value for Money: 5
Must Try: Ghee Masala Dosa
Must Miss: Kesari Bhaat

Verdict: 

When in Bangalore, this place is surely a must visit.


Location In Bangalore: 

VIDHYARTHI BHAVAN – BASAVANGUDI
32, Gandhi Bazaar,
Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle,
Basavangudi,
Bangalore

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. I visited Vidhyarthi Bhavan in Basavangudi and personally tasted the items listed above. All pictures are clicked by me. Please ask first.
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much love.....
So, today a month has passed since the New Year was born. Wow! Time passes by so soon. January was a super hectic month and I was zipping in and out of town. February also looks chocobloc already and I have some exciting things lined up for the readers.

I have also announced the Baking classes in February. You can get more details on my Facebook page. I will be adding a few more courses soon. Stay tuned on that one!!!

A few days back my BFF Arundati posted a picture of a gorgeous Chocochip Chocolate Cake, and I knew right away I had to make it.



I mean look at it, its so drop dead gorgeous. The first time I made it, I felt that the cake can be made a little more moist. So the second time I made it, I made a slight teeny weeny change to her recipe. I replaced the butter with oil. Rest was just straight out of her blog, this is what I got.

Its totally free of mess and its just so quick to make.


Serves 8
Ingredients:
1 cup flour,
1/4 cup oil + 2 tbsp butter,
1/2 cup sugar,
1/2 cup milk,
1 egg,
1 tsp vanilla essence,
1 1/2 tsp baking powder,
A pinch of salt,
2 tbsp cocoa powder,
1/2 cup choco chips,


 Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 8″ round cake tin with butter paper and brush with oil.
  2. Sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl. Add the egg and beat again. Add the vanilla essence.
  4. Now add the milk alternating with the flour mix and gently mix using a whisk. Add the choco chips and mix, reserving a few to sprinkle on top.
  5. Pour this batter into the prepared cake tin. Sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips on the top.
  6. Bake for 30 mins or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  7. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and cut into 8 wedges.


Its the most delicious cake, fast and easy.
Enjoy :-)