A Bihari by birth, Dolly Singh's culinary skills are a result of the traditional home-cooked Bihari cuisine she has grown up eating. Her's was the first Bihari cuisine pop-up in Mumbai. Bihari food is usually cooked over fire and the dishes are heavy on meat, pulses and flours of different kinds. Since the state shares borders with West Bengal, many dishes are similar to Bengali food. “Sometimes, the masalas and ingredients are the same, we might just tweak the way of cooking slightly. For instance, Biharis too eat their fish in mustard gravy but we don’t add sugar.” she explains.
Dolly quit a successful media career to take to cooking. "It began with my friends coming home for a stay over. After eating my food, they suggested that I should get more people to come over and eat my food. One thing led to another, and the next thing I know, an event was set up on Facebook, " she says. You can either book an appointment and enjoy a meal at Dolly's Bandra home or pre-order and pick up your meal from her.
Cost: ₹1200 for a 8 course meal for non vegetarian food, ₹800 for a vegetarian meal
Standout dishes: Sattu (flour made from roasted Bengal gram, sattu is integral to Bihari cooking), Litti Chokha (a stuffed dough ball made from wheat flour, filled with sattu. These are fried or roasted and served with Chokha, which literally means mash), Bajka (an assortment of fried fritters made using cauliflower, brinjal, bottle gourd and coriander leaves that are coated with besan (gram flour) batter and deep fried, Khada Masala Chicken (slow-cooked chicken with whole spices and pods of garlic along with their covering), Matar Daal (a curry made from boiled green peas, traditionally slow cooked on fire), Malpua (this variation of the Bengali dessert, is made from refined flour, and is coated in sugar syrup), Suran chutney (yam boiled and mashed into a paste and fermented in mustard oil along with garlic and green chillies for three to four days), Thekua (a fried sweet with a hard upper crust and a soft filling. A dough consisting of wheat flour, dry fruits and ghee is prepared and then shaped into cookies using moulds.)
(Check with Dolly Singh for the next available date for her home dining experience or availability of delivery services.)
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