Mowgli

Since I went to India in 2012, I’ve been searching for something that can compare to the food I had there. As much as I enjoy a British curry, it’s great to have something a bit more authentic.

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Mowgli is an Indian street food restaurant that is in both Manchester and Liverpool. First off, it’s refreshing to see something start in the North – I was pleasantly surprised to find out that London doesn’t have a branch. As much as I love London, the UK doesn’t start and end there.

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My favourite thing about street food, whatever country it originates from, is that you get to try everything! Being someone who’s eyes are generally bigger than their stomach, I often find that the portion sizes of regular meals are too big for me and a lot of the time I like the look of other people’s food. Therefore street food is perfect to get a little taste of everything.

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So, to Mowgli’s menu. We actually went twice within a few days because we enjoyed it so much the first time. Topher and I first tried Mowgli on my birthday and then when my parents passed through Manchester two days later, we brought them to try it since they love Indian food. So what I’m showing in this post is a mix of the two visits we made.

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The very first things we tried were the Yoghurt Chat Bombs. They were essentially crispy bread puffs filled with yoghurt. Top tip – just shove the whole thing in your mouth unless you want to cover your front with yoghurt. These are not made to take bites out of! Topher and I thought they were tasty and something a bit different.

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When it came to ordering dishes, Topher and I skipped the rice and just ordered a load of different curries with some puri (flat breads) on the side. We were glad we did that as it saved us room in our bellies to try more curries. However, when my parents joined us, we got rice, as they prefer to pair their curries with it. It all depends on how much you like to eat.

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Things that we loved and had both times: Gunpowder chicken, Temple Dahl, Agra Ginger Chicken, Mother Butter Chicken and the Goan Fish Curry.

Things we tried that I definitely recommend: The Bombay Chip Butty, Maa’s Lamb Chops and turmeric chips and the Mowgli House Keema (this was my mums favourite!).

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For dessert, which I always make sure to save room for, when it was just Topher and I, we both had the Pink Himalayan Salted Caramel ice cream. Tasty! And then with my parent’s Topher and I shared the Chocolate Mowgli Cake and they had Mango ice cream. Also very tasty. When we go back I want to try the Gulab Jamun!

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If you’re gluten free or vegan, Mowgli have loads of options for you as well. It’s been such a long time that Topher and I have been to a place that we like this much. Here’s to the next time. I want to try the whole menu!

Have you ever been to Mowgli? What’s your favourite type of street food?

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#BEDM Day 15: Photography

Now I’m by no means a photographer. I just like to point and shoot. But every so often I get a picture that every time I look at it makes me smile & transports me right back to the moment I took it. So here are a few of my favourites.

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My cousin’s wedding in Jordan. This shot is of my parents, my auntie & uncle and my cousin and her husband.
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Cousin & husband’s first dance taken with my trusty iPhone
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Petra, Jordan
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Agra, India
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Agra, India
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Jaipur, India
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Cornwall
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Japanese Garden, Cornwall
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Japanese Garden, Cornwall
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Japanese Garden, Cornwall
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Chester Zoo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Manchester, UK
Do you like taking photos?

 

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Outfit post: Just another day

A bit of a plain every day outfit, jazzed up with a scarf.

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T-shirt: Primark then hand painted, Cardigan: New Look, Scarf: India, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, Leggings: Primark, Boots: Office
I’m not much of a scarf wearer but I make an exception for this lovely I got from India in October. I just love the colours. It gives an otherwise plain outfit a fun kick of colour. The rest of the outfit are bits I’ve had for a few years and have served me well. The boots I got for £90 about 4 years ago and have been my go to winter boots. I actually love them! Money well spent. And the cardigan is so easy just to throw over a t-shirt or dress all year round. 
 
The t-shirt was originally from Primark but I hand painted it during one of my customising phases with a pair of love owls holding wings. I’m really pleased to find that the paint hasn’t faded after so many washes over the couple of years I’ve owned it. And the fact that it’s a Primark t-shirt impresses me that it’s still in one piece!
 
What are your go to wardrobe essentials for an every day outfit?
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India haul: what I bought

Did a bit of shopping while I was in India. Oh the pretty things. 

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I love this scarf! I didn’t take a picture of it on its own so you’ll have to put up with a pic of it on me. It was so bright and colourful I had to have it. I’m not much of a scarf wearer but I jumped on the scarf wearing band wagon while I was over there. 
I also got some bed sheets and a quilt cover but didn’t get a chance to take a photo. Shopping is fun!
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Korma girl has a curry: What I ate in India

I’m quite proud to say that we lasted about half the holiday eating purely Indian food. By the time Wednesday evening rolled around we gave up and had pizza! Too much of a good thing and all that. 

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This was our first meal on the first day. It was at a vegetarian restaurant and with some help from the very kind waiter we picked out a variety of dishes which kind of worked out like tapas – Indian style.

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They were a mix of savoury and sweet which was a bit of a surprise but very fun! It was a good way to ease our jet-lagged selves in.

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On the way to Jaipur we stopped at a restaurant for lunch which had a gift shop attached and was full of tourists. Something I noticed though was that it was just us and the locals in the restaurant. 
 
 “The tourists seem to just be buying Pringles and running away!”

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They were definitely missing out as I loved this meal. We shared all the dishes again which were saag (potatoes), daal (lentil type sauce) and I forget it’s name but it was vegetables and cheese in a sauce. All picked up with naan bread. Delicious!

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Our dessert that evening was yummy! We decided to share some ice cream cake, kulfi (kind of like ice cream which was amazing!) and gulab jamun which is like balls of sponge with syrup. 

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For lunch my parents unknowingly ordered special dosas (rice pancake with potato filling) not realising how HUGE they would be. Challenge accepted. 

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Meanwhile, my dosa was a lot more managable. Yum!
 
It was a fun new experience as I had only tried gulab jamun before going to India. 
 
Have you ever tried any of these dishes? 
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