It was Mumbai on the menu at BKC restaurant SodaBottleOpenerWala on Saturday, as chefs Danesh Vaksoor and Akshata Karkaria demonstrated how to make four of their most popular items — Eggs Kejriwal, Awesome Okra, Naankhatai and Matunga Coffee Cake.
The sessions were organised as part of HT’s No TV weekend LG Hing food festival.
The setting was nostalgic, as is most of the décor is at this Irani-style café with a modern twist. An old postbox stood in a corner, the menu looked typewritten and vintage cutlery sat atop wooden tables.
Chef Vaksoor started with the most-ordered dish at SBOW, the cheesy Eggs Kejriwal, named because it’s what a member with that name (not the Delhi CM) would always order at South Mumbai’s Willingdon Club.
“We have given each dish a twist of our own, and these are the tips we’re sharing today,” said Vaksoor. “The Awesome Okra, for instance, is inspired by a dish at the Breach Candy Club and our version adds some delicious flavoured onion and tomato masala.”
Next, chef Karkaria took the stage with her recipe for naankhatai and a flourless Matunga Coffee Cake.
“You can use oats make the naankhatai a healthier dessert — and one that tastes better,” she said, as a teenaged participant volunteered to mould the dough.
In the audience was 75-year-old Pammi Chaudhary, a homemaker from Worli who signed up four days in advance because she was so keen to attend.
“I enjoy cooking and have signed up for two more workshops scheduled for tomorrow. I love that the recipes are simple, using ingredient easily available at home,” she said.
Fashion merchandiser Megha Sohani, 36, a resident of Bandra and a frequent visitor to SBOW, added: “I love the food here and this was a great opportunity to learn how to make some of their dishes. Most interesting for me was the Matunga cake, which I have always wanted to make at home.”