Mahabaleshwar diaries. #FlavoursomeTuesdays

Last week, on the 13th of December, hubby and I visited Mahabaleshwar, to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. 20 YEARS! That deserves a post, I guess!

We stayed at The Glenogle Bungalow, at Mahabaleshwar, which is a hill station near Mumbai, It takes about 4 hours by car for us as we stay in Navi Mumbai (It could take longer for those staying in Mumbai and its suburbs). The weather is just superb. We could enjoy the winter in its truest sense.

Lush green trees that are home to birds of varied species and squirrels are all around the property. it’s a haven for us city folks who search for some peace far away from the maddening crowd. You can actually see the inky blue, velvety night sky, studded with diamonds that we, the city dwellers seldom do, what with the purple lights that mar the beauty of it all.

The memorable part of our stay was the food. Simple, homely and divine are the three words I would use for the food the maharaj (the cook, not the king!) prepared for us. We being the only tourists there, and, it being a bungalow from the colonial times, it felt like we owned the royal dwelling! The cook prepared whatever we asked for.

I so dislike the typical gravy dishes and the roti and the naan prepared out of maida,  (the all purpose flour). I like simple, ghar ka khaana (home made food) where the gravy is absent and the phulka (Indian flat bread ) accompanies the veggie dishes.

Sabzi, chapati, dal, rice and salad, along with the finger-licking mango pickle was all we had for lunch and dinner. But, even with this simple food we felt satiated. In Marathi – my mother tongue – we have a word for satiated – Trupt. It’s what you feel when you have food made by mother. Even the humble dal-chawal (dal-rice)  prepared by mum leaves you feeling full and gratified.

Sharing with you all a picture I clicked when the food arrived at our table. I could click just this one as I was too mesmerised by it, and, of course, drooling at its sight!

This was our lunch the day we reached the place.  We had masala bhindi (ladyfingers), phulkas, rice and dal, salad and our favourite pickle. Just look at the phulkas…the way they stayed puffed out even as they arrived at the table! I just couldn’t take my eyes off them!

The masala bhindi was heavenly, as was the dal-rice-pickle combo. As was the dinner that night, and the breakfast the following morning. I am so sorry I forgot to click  more pictures – I was too busy relishing the food served  in my plate!

Mahabaleshwar is famous for its strawberries. Frankly, I am not fond of the fruit, at all. I do like to gaze at its beauty, for sure. But, I can never have a bite of it. Hubby loves it, though. Sharing this bowlful of the red beauties with you…

These strawberries remind me of the time when hubby and I had been to Mahabaleshwar 20 years ago, for our honeymoon. We had just begun our journey as a couple and,therefore, on a shoestring budget for our stay there. As we were walking along the market place, we spotted a sign, “Strawberry with cream”. Eager to enjoy the drink together, we asked for a glass of the same. When hubby enquired about its price, the shop owner said, “Saath rupaiya (Rs. 60/-)” and we mistook it for ‘Saat rupaiya (Rs. 7). 

Imagine our horror when after enjoying the creamy, sweet and tangy delight, we had to shell out Rs. 60 – and feel our pockets lighten considerably! Ah, well, that’s life, like the mirage – you see something and it turns out to be something unimagined!

Here is the picture of the 180 year old colonial Edwardian house, The Glenogle. It’s charming, spacious, richly furnished and carpeted, and also homely and intimate, far away from the crowded market place. Surrounded with lush greenery, it’s serenity will  take your breath away.

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The Glenogle Bungalow.

And, here’s the address of the place, in case you would like to visit  some time.

Near Green (Glass) Houses, 

Sassoon Road, Mahabaleshwar,

Maharashtra. 412806.

So, that’s all from me for #FlavoursomeTuesdays.  Do join us with your own foodie tales and memories and recipes, every Tuesday.

Here are some more posts for #FlavoursomeTuesdays  by –

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Alana Mautone

Do visit her blog, and share some love.

Love,

SHILPA…

15 Replies to “Mahabaleshwar diaries. #FlavoursomeTuesdays”

  1. Mahabaleshwar – that’s one place I will remember forever. We used to holiday there as children and I remember the walks to the market, the different ‘points’ and the boat rides. Today Mahabaleshwar is quite a mess and I can’t imagine doing the 5 hour trip by road. But I’m sure once you’re up on the mountains you get carried away to a different land of mists. Twenty years will pass soon enough and I’m sure you’ll go once again to celebrate your 40th! Congratulations and thanks for sharing these precious memories. Those phulkas look amazingly hot and tempting and I can imagine how wonderful it is to stay in a home away from home.

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  2. Oh I love Mahabaleshwar. It’s closer from Pune. On a good day we can get there in 2.5 hours. Which is why we keep going there over and over again. I love the sound of the simple food you had – dal chawal bhindi roti – yum.
    It has a lot of beautiful small places to stay which are way better than the overpriced hotel chains.
    Oh you don’t like strawberries? That just means you haven’t had the right ones.

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    1. Tulika, this wasn’t overpriced and the food worked in our favour, so it has become a favourite!
      And, the strawberries I pick are often sour, which puts me off instantly.Rarely do I find the sweet ones! 😦

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  3. I have been meaning to go to Mahabaleshwar largely due to the strawberry for I am in love with this fruit 😉
    Loved your recap of this trip, especially the food and yes the home made food is just divine. I find that when I am on a trip, I start missing this food after a couple of days of eating the “richer” food. Thats why I try and eat local and in small eateries to satiate my tummy.
    Trupt is like the hindi word Tript!!!

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    1. Thank you, Soumya! 🙂
      Yeah, those phulkas were too good, and I enjoyed it all because seldom do I get served hot phulkas! I make them myself at home, so by the time I sit down for lunch/dinner, they cool down and lose their charm! 😛

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  4. I love simple food. I am most satisfied with dal roti or dal chawal with ghee and nimbu. I think there is so much santushti in eating home cooked food. That is why we long for it so much. 20 years! Yes, that called for a celebration for sure. I have been to Mahabaleshwar a long time ago when I was in school. I was in Mumbai back then. I love strawberries. My husband also does not like them mostly because they are tart but when they are sweet they are delicious. Also, I remember buying some leather shoes which were a specialty which we bought back then.

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    1. Yes, Rachna, the leather footwear there is a speciality, just like the strawberries.
      True, simple dal-chawal with ghee and nimbu is something I too relish. And, nowhere but at home will we get that kind of food that gives us comfort. So, I was glad we got it at Mahabaleshwar.

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