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Chandana hails from an Aristocratic Bihari family, the Nandkeolyars, who are known to be connoisseurs of good food. She started learning to cook from a very young age, guided by my mother, who was an excellent cook herself and a bawarchi by the name of Maqbool. Her husband has served in the Merchant Navy for past 32 years and both of them are animal lovers, enjoy hosting people at home.
Delicious food, amazing hosts and great company made for a memorable meal. This was our first Authenticook dining experience and it was fun. Chandana's food was superb: the melt-in-your-mouth Gular Kebab, flavourful Litti Chokha and crispy Matar Bhara Kachori were the stars of our meal.
My first Authenticook experience today, and also a very first home food experience in life was amazing. We, a family of 3 (including a 7 year old child) chose to book an experience of Maghaii Chulhaa cusiene. Though belonging to Uttar Pradesh, a neighbouring state of Bihar, this was a cuisine which we had not had earlier. I booked this experience for my wife as a surprise in terms of the cuisine which I revealed only a few hours before the scheduled time (she is also a food lover like me and loves to plan her meals experience unfold in her mind before actually reaching the battlefield) As it was our first such experience, we were going with an open mind and no great expectations. We actually reached few minutes before time which I felt that I could have avoided (but the home was very close to my own house). The experience began with a warm welcome by the joyful hosts serving a refreshing Chaas (flavoured with green chillies and corriander), followed by mouth watering snacks of which my favorite was the chicken Ghullar kebab and the famous litti chokha. The main course speciality was the succulent smoky flavoured mutton and the crisp matar ki kachori. The ghugni and rendua acommpanied this perfectly. The desert (makhana kheer) was very nice and not that heavy on the stomach, but I so wish I could have requested for a 'maalpua' instead. Maybe some other time. Food being served on pattal made for an earthen feel to the whole experience. Lovely pets whom we met only on our request, and lots of them (including cute dogs, cats, squirrels and parrot, all rescued ones i was told) in the house balcony was a fun experience. We had a very open and friendly conversation with the hosts, and got to know many life experiences. I had not expected that the experience would go on for about 3 hours but time just flew.... The hosts were very kind to acquaint us with some of their pets. I hope the organisers allow for options in menu to select from so that there is a change if you go for a second visit. Authenticook......Thank you very much for a lovely experience.
Fantastic hosts + yummy, delicious food + super conversations = a super duper afternoon. The hero if this meal, for me, undoubtedly is the liti chokha.... it is to die for... the ghosht follows a close second... for a non mutton eater like me, this says a lot...i highly recommend this meal...