A Taste of the Himalayas: Naara Aaba, India's First Organic Kiwi Wine

A Taste of the Himalayas: Naara Aaba, India's First Organic Kiwi Wine

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 30, 2024

Nestled amidst the breathtaking Himalayan foothills of Arunachal Pradesh lies a story of innovation and local pride. Here, in the village of Hong, amidst the Apatani tribe, flourishes a unique winery – Naara Aaba, the producer of India's first-ever organic kiwi wine.

The Apatani people have a long history of cultivating kiwi fruit, contributing significantly to India's overall production. In 2016, Arunachal Pradesh boasted a remarkable 26% share of the country's total kiwi output. So, when faced with a surplus of this delicious fruit, agricultural engineer Tage Rita Takhe saw an opportunity.  Why not transform this local bounty into a product that could not only benefit the community but also put Arunachal Pradesh on the map?

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Naara Aaba, which translates to “father's name” in the local dialect, embodies the spirit of tradition and innovation. Launched in 2017, the winery utilizes meticulous, small-batch production methods to ensure the highest quality. The focus is on organic practices, using only locally sourced, naturally grown kiwi fruit. This not only minimizes environmental impact but also allows the unique character of the Arunachal Pradesh terroir to shine through in the final product.

For those accustomed to the world of grape-based wines, Naara Aaba offers a refreshing departure. The kiwi wine boasts a vibrant, pale yellow color and a delightful aroma reminiscent of gooseberries and tropical fruits. The initial sip presents a burst of tangy sweetness, followed by a well-balanced finish with subtle hints of citrus and honey. This unique profile makes it a versatile drink, perfect on its own as an aperitif or paired with lighter dishes like salads, seafood, and even spicy curries.

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Naara Aaba’s success extends beyond the delicious wine it produces. The winery has become a source of empowerment for the local community. It directly supports over 300 kiwi farmers, providing them with a reliable market for their produce. Additionally, the winery employs local residents, contributing to the region's economic development.

While securing a bottle of Naara Aaba outside of Arunachal Pradesh and neighboring Assam can be challenging due to transportation limitations, the journey to experience it firsthand is an adventure in itself. Arunachal Pradesh, with its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality, offers a unique travel experience. Imagine sipping on a glass of Naara Aaba amidst the breathtaking Himalayan landscape – a truly unforgettable moment.

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Naara Aaba's story is an inspiration. It showcases the power of local innovation, the importance of sustainable practices, and the potential of a community working together to create something truly special. So, next time you're searching for a unique and refreshing wine experience, remember Naara Aaba, a taste of the Himalayas waiting to be discovered.


Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Haldiram’s Nagpur, a household name synonymous with delectable Indian cuisine, has recently inaugurated its latest restaurant and sweets outlet in the vibrant neighborhood of Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. Nestled within the Gokul Complex, this new establishment offers an enticing culinary experience for travelers, commuters, and food enthusiasts alike.

The grand opening on April 12th marked the debut of Haldiram’s 14th outlet in Bengaluru, showcasing the brand’s continued growth and commitment to delighting customers across India. Boasting an extensive menu, the restaurant invites patrons to indulge in a plethora of offerings, ranging from popular snacks like Aloo Bhujia and Kaju Mixture to authentic Indian delicacies such as Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, and Raj Kachori. To commemorate the occasion, Haldiram’s is also extending a special breakfast offer, providing a 50% discount on South Indian dishes from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM until April 30, 2024, exclusively at the Malleshwaram outlet.

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Neeraj Agrawal, Director of Haldiram’s Foods International Pvt Ltd, expressed enthusiasm about the new venture. Agrawal said, “We are excited to announce­ that Haldiram's has opened its 14th outlet in Bengaluru, in the he­art of Malleshwaram. This latest addition underscores our unwavering commitment to delivering delectable sweets and authentic Indian cuisine. We eagerly anticipate welcoming our guests and offering them a memorable dining experience, complete with unparalleled food quality and service excellence.” 

Renowned for its unwavering focus on quality and taste, Haldiram’s continues to innovate while honoring tradition, ensuring that each dining experience is memorable and satisfying. The launch of its latest restaurant in Malleshwaram underscores the brand’s dedication to providing food enthusiasts with an array of authentic flavors and exceptional hospitality.

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About Haldiram’s:

With a rich legacy spanning over eight decades, Haldiram’s has established itself as a leading name in the Indian culinary landscape. Known for its exceptional range of snacks and delectable dishes, the brand is committed to creating memorable dining experiences for its customers. Whether through its restaurants or packaged food products, Haldiram’s remains dedicated to delivering quality and taste that truly delights.


Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Radico Khaitan, one of India's largest liquor companies, has launched The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit of the Americas in Florida, USA. The event, held from April 14th to 17th, 2024, showcases the company's commitment to introducing luxury Indian spirits to the global market.

Crafted with precision and sophistication, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of Indian craftsmanship and tradition. Made through small-batch distillation using fresh cane juice harvested during the North Indian winter season, this rum undergoes a unique maturation process. It is aged in American Oak Barrels previously used for Rampur Indian Single Malt, followed by further maturation in Cognac XO and Vermouth casks.

Abhishek Khaitan, Managing Director of Radico Khaitan, expressed excitement about the launch, highlighting the company's dedication to delivering innovative and refined spirits. He sees The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum as a testament to Indian craftsmanship and a symbol of luxury.

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Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, “We are thrilled to announce the grand unveiling of The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum, a true jewel in the crown of the spirits world, at the IAADFS Summit. Crafted with meticulous care and inspired by centuries of tradition, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of luxury and refinement akin to world renowned Kohinoor Diamond.”

Kunal Madan, Vice President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, says “As we unveil The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit, we invite you to join us in celebrating the artistry and ingenuity behind this extraordinary creation. Experience the epitome of Indian luxury with The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum.”

The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum will soon be available in global markets, including the USA, UK, EU, Asia, and Global Travel Retail outlets. Packaged in an exquisite glass bottle reminiscent of the Kohinoor Diamond, this rum exudes opulence and sophistication. With an ABV of 43%, it promises a unique drinking experience for connoisseurs worldwide.

Radico Khaitan's foray into the luxury spirits market reaffirms its position as an industry leader committed to innovation and excellence. As the company expands its global footprint, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum stands as a shining example of Indian craftsmanship and tradition in the world of spirits.

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Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 17, 2024

If you're someone who loves exploring themed restaurants and unique flavors, Noida has a delightful surprise for you. Imagine dining inside a metro coach, surrounded by the ambiance of a stationary train. Yes, you read that right! The Noida Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (NMRC) has recently transformed a metro rail coach into a vibrant restaurant, named The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar, located inside the Noida Sector 137 metro station on the Aqua line.

This innovative initiative aims to offer passengers a quirky fine dining experience within the unique setting of a metro train coach. The restaurant, currently operational on a trial basis, recently had a soft launch. However, the official inauguration is scheduled for April 20, 2024, after which it will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12 AM.

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The menu at The Coach is diverse, offering a range of multi-cuisine dishes, including a cocktail menu and child-friendly options. According to reports, their Kashmiri kebabs have already become quite popular among food enthusiasts.

The NMRC's decision to venture into commercial activities within the metro network is not new. In the past, they have successfully established small kiosks at metro stations and leased commercial spaces to private companies for business purposes. This innovative approach aims to enhance passenger experiences and generate additional revenue streams.

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The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar is not just a restaurant; it's a destination offering a unique dining experience. With its quirky ambiance and diverse menu, it's an ideal spot for families, friends, and solo diners alike. Whether you're a food enthusiast or simply looking for something out of the ordinary, The Coach promises an unforgettable dining experience.

So, if you're in Noida and craving a unique culinary adventure, make sure to visit The Coach and indulge in the flavors of a metro train. It's not just a meal; it's an experience!

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