It’s an unsaid tradition to carry a bowl of hot golden butter-glazed popcorn to the movies. Whether it is an action movie or a romantic one, we always have the continuous urge to dig in. And that’s not all, we tend to drift to the nearest eatery to satisfy our after-movie hunger pangs. That’s because our lives revolve around good food.
Aren’t we all familiar with Willly Wonka’s whipped scrumptious fudge mallow delight from the 2005 flick Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Or the succulent ratatouille from the 2007 hit Ratatouille? These movies certainly tickled our taste buds.
When it comes to the delectable Indian cuisines, we have our own list of mouth-watering movies–based on Indian food–to keep you glued to the silver screen. For all those with an eternal love for food and movies, here is a list of some Indian food-inspired movies and where to find their signature dish.
1. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurrana – Butter Chicken
This flick is for the true Punjabi in you whose meal is incomplete without the dhaba-style butter chicken. Set in the backdrop of an Indian village, this movie revolves around the protagonist’s search for his grandfather’s secret family recipe–“Chicken Khurrana”.
A warm and fuzzy comedy–a must watch for the desi North Indian. It is Bollywood’s first food-inspired movie.
If you are looking for the best finger licking chicken dishes, Punjabi By Nature is the place to be. Their Murgh Punjabi Masala is a must-try and while you are at it, do try their Golgappa Shots served with tamarind sauce and vodka.
2. Cheeni Kum – Hyderabadi Zaffrani Pulaao
“This is the finest Hyderabadi Zaffrani Pulao in the world. Only a dead tongue can reject it.”
When Amitabh Bachchan, in his eloquent style, dictates the ingredients of his signature dish, it is but natural for one to fall for it. The Amitabh Bachchan-Tabu starrer movie is a bitter-sweet tale of love, food and culture. The dedication with which Mr. Bachchan tries to win his lady love by treating her to authentic Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao will surely keep you smiling for days.
For a taste of the authentic Hyderabadi Pulao look up the menu of Dawat-E-Nawabi and get the taste of the original.
3. Daawat-e-Ishq – Kebab
Bring a handsome Lucknawi cook with a heart of gold and a chirpy Hyderabadi girl with a weakness for kebabs and you have a gastronomical love story. True to its name, this movie promises to feast you to Hyderabad and Lucknow’s best–ranging from biryani and kebabs to shahi tukda for that sweet tooth of yours.
Hyderabadi Biryani House is the go-to place for some scrumptious biryani (make sure you eat with your hands to get the real taste).
The Great Kebab Factory serves the best of Lucknow with lip smacking galauti kebabs and shahi tukda.
4. The Lunch Box – Homemade Food
“Dear Ila, the salt was fine today but the chilli was on a higher side.”
Nothing beats home-cooked food, especially when it is induced with love and warmth–from a wife for her husband. In this tale of mistaken identities, the delicious food from the domestic kitchen adds flavour to the lives of the protagonists. The elaborate paneer curries and fragrant dal will make you nostalgic and remind you of maa ke haath ka khaana.
The Legacy Of Sasuraal will definitely take you down the memory lane.
5. Paranthe Waali Gali – Paranthe
Take a romantic middle class love story set in the backdrop of the oldest lane of Delhi thronged with delicious paranthas, and voila–a perfect treat for today’s audience. This movie is not only a treat for the eyes but also for your taste buds. It’s a delicious journey through the oldest and most renowned lane of Old Delhi.
You know where to look!
6. The Hundred Foot Journey – Murgh Masala
“The cuisine is not an old, tired marriage. It is a passionate affair.”
The rich aroma of Indian spices managed to attract Hollywood as well, with the latest being the 2014 Om Puri starrer The Hundred Foot Journey.
Through the battle between the Michelin starred French restaurant and the newly opened Indian restaurant, the movie takes you on a culinary expedition (with the perfect knife technique).
It treats you to the best of both worlds with the Plateau de fruit de mer (seafood platter) and our very own murgh masala perfectly blending the east and the west. You wouldn’t have come across a battle so tempting before.
Le Bistro Du Parc is the best place to experiment with French cuisine.
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