Cox & Kings had a Twitter Contest in which we had to share which place we consider as #FoodieMagnet. A Foodie like me had to take part!
I sent tweets about the twin-cities- Cuttack & Bhubaneswar. Cuttack was the erstwhile capital of Odisha while Bhubaneswar is the present capital. Both are separated by just half-an-hour of drive! Both are a Foodie’s delight! The amazing lip-smacking variety of foods available there, make the twin-cities a ‘Foodie Magnet’ for sure!
I shared some pictures of my favourite food- DahiVada-Aloodum for the contest. The dish has a great importance in my life as it has nostalgic memories associated with it! So much so that even now when I see Curd, I think of the mouth-watering DahiVada that my Maternal Grandfather brought and Papa still brings! And once I think of DahiVada, can Aloodum be far behind?!
You can read about my memories in A SMELLIONAIRE’S TREASURE TROVE.
My Maternal Grandfather’s favorite was the DahiVada-Aloodum from Raghu, a skilled vendor, who is still very famous. My Papa often visits Cuttack and Raghu’s place is a must! Papa must have treated us to hundreds of plates by now! But, still the craze continues! Oh the lure of those soft Vadas (made of Urad Dal) soaked in curd, a heavenly treat along with the spicy-hot Aloodum! What a combination!
When I accompanied Papa to Cuttack a few months ago, I found Raghu seated & watching his grandsons who now manage the business.
Cuttack and Bhubaneswar also boast of mouth-watering Chaat & Gupchup (Odia term for Paanipuri/Golgappa)
All Cricket-fans must be aware of the famous Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Raghu used to sell his treasure in front of it earlier. But, now though Raghu has moved to another location in Cuttack, there are many vendors selling there. But, in both Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, you can easily spot the vendors at all places- in front of offices/colleges/markets, under the trees, on the roadsides… Some sell on their cycles! You can't miss the vendors!
If you happen to visit the twin-cities, my Foodie Magnet!, do have platefuls of DahiVada-Aloodum, Chaat & Gupchup!
Delighted to receive my #FoodieMagnet PRIZE- an awesome DVD Collection today! It means a lot for a HUGE Hindi-Movie-Fan like me! Will watch the cool collection of classic and modern movies! Thanks Cox & Kings!