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IPL Special Food battle: Mumbai vs. Chennai

Indian Premiere League (IPL) is back with a bang and like all other years, the excitement and enthusiasm is at its peak. The only difference this year is that we all need to enjoy it on our television screens instead of the jam-packed stadiums. Sounds fun and safe, given the current scenario. Apart from the other pros of enjoying the cricket season in our homes, the best thing is that you can eat unlimited munchies without burning a hole in your pocket. C’mon, watching cricket without loads of food is no fun! And rather than buying the overpriced and unhealthy junkies from outside, you can make some fabulous snacks at home and eat as much as you want.

But, but, but, there’s another interesting twist to it. We’ve got some interesting snacks from both the competing teams to let you decide Kis team ka khana hai best? Kehte hai na, ‘dil ka raasta pet se hokar jaata hai!’ So, whichever city wins us with their food has our hearts! Let’s see which team can convince us to cheer for them, hip, hip, hooray!

Let that food muqabla begin…

Cutting Chai or Filter Coffee?

The city that never sleeps has something to keep it running all the time which is ‘cutting chai.’ While Mumbaikars can’t stop thinking about their glass of cutting chai, similarly, Chennai has their special filter coffee which is enough to bring a smile on everyone’s face. The ultimate question which even experts have failed to answer – chai or coffee? Now, let’s see who gets to be the ‘opener’ in this match between the best of both worlds!

 ‘Vadaaa’ chauka!

Who doesn’t crave for some fried delights while watching their favourite sport? Not sure about others, but we Indians do! Well, to satiate those cravings, these 2 cities have their own favourite recipes. Chennaites can’t stop munching on crunchy medu vadas dipped in hot sambhar and Mumbaikars have always taken pride over the delicious and fiery vada pavs. Now, it’s going to be difficult to choose between these but we all know, there can only be one winner!???????

See you at the streets!  

As we all know, India has so many popular street foods from all the regions and it would be unfair to not talk about the special ones from both these cities. While Mumbai has its raste wali bhelpuri, Chennai takes pride in its beach buddy sundal, a light snack to munch on anytime of the day. The snacking game is on fire! So, choose your favourite because this ‘game’ just got better!

Rice or pulao, koi toh wicket girao!

People in Chennai are such die-hard fans of rice that they literally add it to every dish of theirs. But, recipes like lemon and tamarind rice are the favourites with a tangy and sour flavour suited best for a hearty lunch or dinner. Not much behind, Mumbai streets too have been serving a special, spicy and masaledar rice preparation called tawa pulao. Which reminds us, ab tak ka food battle score kya hai?

Winner winner, what’s for dinner?

You must know, not just the South Indians but the whole country loves the dosa-sambhar-chutney trio. But that doesn’t mean Mumbai doesn’t enjoy the popular anda bhurji-pav duo. Whether it’s the middle of the night or early morning, you will definitely find these 2 popular eats on Mumbai and Chennai streets. Cheer for your favourite team with your personal pick between the 2 because we’ve got both the recipes here!

Who’s the sweet sikandar?

A very interesting fact about the sweet, Mysore Pak, that is believed to have originated in Mysore, is more popular in Chennai and has a different fan base there. Mumbai has a lot of sweets to offer, but people are crazy about faloodas. Enjoying a chilled and delish falooda is all a Mumbaikar looks forward to, whether it’s a dull day or a happy occasion. Would you be able to choose your favourite amongst these?

Don’t forget to comment about your picks and tell us which team you are supporting today.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.