Roni Mazumdar (of MasalaWala) and wife Sreoshy Banerjea.
The 4th annual New York Travel Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from April 14-17, offers a range of travel-focused experiences—from panel sessions to workshops to culinary adventures. Today, “Real Chefs in Action” featured cooking demonstrations from New York vendors. Chicks To Go, a Peruvian rotisserie (Rockaway Beach, NY), served a salmon and shrimp ceviche with Peruvian corn. KAS Krupnikas (Mahopac, NY) featured a cocktail with an 80-proof spiced honey liqueur derived from a Lithuanian family recipe.
MasalaWala (Lower East Side, Manhattan) serves South Asian street-style cuisine and purchases their raw ingredients from the same purveyors Michelin-starred restaurants purchase from. They demonstrated how to make bhel puri, a bite-size deep-fried dough shell filled with curry chickpeas, spices and yogurt. Bhel puri, a type of chaat (or street food snack), originated in the middle of India. “Chaat means ‘to lick,’ and you lick it off your entire plate,” said MasalaWala proprietor Roni Mazumdar. “You have to eat it in one bite or it will spill all over!”
(That’s me eating bhel puri in one bite @NYTravFest. Yum.)
Stay tuned for exciting news about a new venture from the owners of MasalaWala next month!