Friday, 31 August 2012

Jigarthanda Drink @ Murugan Idli Shop - Madurai

It was my first visit to Madurai, the city of temples, and a fantastic discovery - 'Jil Jil Jigarthanda.' Sounded musical!

On the West Masi street, there is the famous Murugan IdliShop. We met our friend (Sethu) and his family for dinner. After dinner, when we walked out of the shop, Sethu wanted us to try Jigarthanda – a drink that means ‘Cool Heart.’ We stood on the payment, and drank the interest looking drink. Tasted divine!

What's the drink made of, you ask? Jigarthanda is made of milk, China grass, sarsaparilla syrup, ice cream, and sabudana. The combination helps beat the heat especially during scorching summers. Watch the video – The Making of "Madurai Jigarthanda” – on

Funny part was that when we visited the shop the next day, the quality of the drink had decreased. The thick and creamy Jigarthanda became watery and foamy, and of course, the size of the glass had shrunk. Why, oh, why? Well, I gave the steward one look to question about the deteriorated quality of the drink. Sigh... My look was obviously avoided.

Ah, several people were shopping at stores that had announced discount sales (the December holiday season sale), and those people had flocked the Idli shop. Was difficult to even place an order for the drink! When we managed to get the drink, we had to be careful not to spill it on ourselves. Flimsy cups and crazy crowd!

This is our rating for the Jigarthanda drink @ Murugan Idli Shop, Madurai:
  • Taste - Divine 
  • Quality - Thick and Creamy (during non-peak season!)
  • Quantity - Can be a little more!
  • Served in - Flimsy Plastic Cups
  • Entertaining Factor - Fun to watch them make the drink
  • Value of Money - Of course!

You can find our Madurai travelogues at:


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Imli - Indiranagar, Bangalore

After visiting the temple, we decided to explore eateries in and around Indiranagar, Bangalore. Our first choice was Kund; will write about it later. As we walked down that road, at the corner, stood Imli; colored in earthen colors - Brown and Mustard. Well, that's new, we thought, and wanted to try the cuisine.

As we entered, we were greeted by the wall-unit showcasing artifacts, painting on the wall, and neatly placed pickle jars, and an umbrella. Another wall-unit had a few coffee table books. One interesting book was Mumbai's Footpaths. The kitchen looked spic and span. Wow... Everything was falling in place for a lovely evening.

A broad stairway leads us to the root-top dining area. The neat tiled ceiling and wooden furniture radiated warmth. The whole place was clean and inviting. The ceiling was covered with wooden beams and pretty lamps. Lovely ambience; couldn't wait to be seated! We took a table facing the road. Was nice to watch the vehicles and people pass by.

The menu had interesting dishes. We were early for dinner, and therefore, ordered Besan Ka Cheela Stuffed, which was accompanied with Green chutney. I also ordered Ghar Jaisi Chai (Masala); strong and refreshing tea. And then... the conversation started. After all I was with the pretty enterprising guy!

You know... it's not easy to keep track of time when you are in the company of good food and a great guy. We couldn't just end the evening, could we? Ordered dinner - one Phulka aur Chawal Combo. The vegetables for the day was Paneer and Methi curry, and Mixed Vegetable semi-dry dish. Of course, Rajma curry was served for the rice. The dessert was a small quantity of Aata Ka Halwa (Wheat Halwa). We ordered a few extra phulkas; the portions of accompaniments were sufficient for both of us. The phulkas were hot and soft; went down easily. I absolutely loved the mixed pickle.

This is how we rate Imli:
  • Ambience - Neat, Clean, and Earthy 
  • Restroom - Neat and Clean
  • Service - Courteous and Efficient
  • Food - Awesome 
  • Cuisine - North Indian, Vegetarian
  • Smoking Allowed - Yes (somehow, I prefer if they had a separate smoking area.)
  • Value for Money - Absolutely! (At least the dishes we ordered.)
  • Home Delivery - Yes (but check the radius/area in which they delivery.)
  • Alcohol-Not served
  • Parking- Not within the premises, but ample available in the surrounding area. 
  • Valet Parking- Not available

Drop a line, if you visit Imli, and let us know your experience.

Asha, The Pig

Peg & Pig... Eh?

I know... It isn't self-explanatory, and it isn't what you think. The Peg & Pig, I mean. :-)

What's it, you ask? Ah ha... One big world. A pretty enterprising guy, Peg, and a pretty Indian girl, Pig, and their quest for good food and drink. That's what the Peg & Pig blog site is about.

As you already know, we love to travel and observe different cultures, cuisines, and places. We have lost count of the restaurants visited, and dishes that we have tasted. Some eat-outs have converted us in to their loyal fans or have attracted us more than once; others have ensured that our first visit is the last.

Well, one evening, we asked ourselves - "Why not share our experiences with our friends?" And that's when the Peg & Pig was born. Hopefully, our reviews will help you discover some gastronomical delights.

Psst... No; we don't get paid to review any restaurants! 

Asha, The Pig

Our other blog sites: Rake and Spade Terrace (Container) Garden and Let's Go On a Holiday