Anurag Agarwal is a student and a CFA-trainee who is a big fan of food and doesn’t hesistate in indulging his interest wherever possible. He recounts two instances when his curiosity about food was well-rewarded.
The most memorable food experience that I can recount happened in a city called Hupari,which is about 20 kilometers away from Kolhapur. I had gone there on business. After a long day at work,we headed out in the evening,and found a small,road-side restaurant called Apeksha. There we had Paneer Burji that was really,really tasty. It was cooked in coconut oil,and had dessicated coconut in it as well. It was made with home-made paneer,which was porous and broke apart easily,and the dish had a distinct curry flavour to it. It was mixed in with an onion and tomoto gravy which tasted great,and was served with jowar ki roti,some awesome thecha,with loni (butter) on it. What we had the following day was interesting as well. In the middle of Kolhapur there is a lake called Rankala Talav. A kilometer away from this place is a person called Phadtare,and he sells one of the best misal in the whole of Kolhapur. He starts selling at 6 am,and goes on till maybe 8:30 am or 9 am,and his concoction is a little less oily than the regular misal. The customers also have the option of making it less,or more,spicy. In spite of this,the flavour of the misal is never lost.The place is basically pangat-style eatery,with some 30 people sitting and eating on benches laid out across a narrow corridor. It is the best thing to have on a chilly morning. He also serves excellent home-made taak (buttermilk),with some spicy garam masala added to it.