Afghan Delhi Restaurant – A Morsel from Kabul

While riding towards Saket, after crossing Malviya Nagar Metro Station there is this market on the left hand side which is quite busy and quite unlike your suave South Delhi Markets. In those markets there is a section bang opposite Max Hospital where you see signage written in Arabic script besides English and it is not a usual sight in that part of the town. On Closer look you will see few eating joints nestled between them, and I am assuming that Max hospital gets lot of Medical Tourism from Afghanistan, and those places are to cater to  visitors from Afghanistan. 
Though I have been wanting to check those eateries out for last 2-3 years, but never got an opportunity. But tonight was different. Tonight after a Full Power session at a friend’s pad in Hauz Khas we were thinking about the places to visit for dinner and somehow those Afghani joints were on top of my mind as I was returning from Saket itself. And before we knew, we got in the car and reached Max Hospital around 10:30 pm, where we spotted Afghan Delhi restaurant, sans any customer however still catering food. 
My earlier experience with Afghan food was at Kabul Delhi Restaurant in Lajpat Nagar and I somehow knew that we should not expect spices in the food here and for our Indian taste buds the food is very bland. This time I knew what I was getting into and I feel was well equipped to savor & appreciate subtle flavors.
Walking into the place, it was a small restaurant which 4-6 tables and two sitting platforms in corners complete with round pillows. Platforms where you can sit down cross legged with your group of 4-6 people and enjoy food in a communal way. Cleanliness level was 6/10 types, however then it was late and they were almost closing down. 
Anyhow our waiter was from Kabul but spoke decent Hindi, which he said he has learnt over the last 2-3 years he has spent working in Delhi. A bit through our sheer enthusiasm and a bit through our expressions, besides whatever language based communication that was happening, our waiter understood what we were looking for. We waited for 15-20 minutes enjoying the Afghani numbers along with some classic Bollywood music that was being played on the LCD screen in there. To quench our thirst we were served Afghani Lassi which was filled in 500 ml bottles of a popular water brand. The Lassi was basically Chhach flavored with bits of Mint, Coriander and Cucumber. It was well appreciated by all three of us and found it to be very refreshing.
Though those 15 minutes seemed like an eternity however the first sight of what came out was good enough to tell us that the wait for well worth it. What came out was a meal that not only was well cooked, but gave us exactly what we wanted but were not able to communicate. There were Kebabs, there was a veg and non-veg main course dish and then there was a rice dish.
Our Afghani Dinner
Dinner on Table
Afghani Lassi
Afghani Lassi – Chhach with Cucumber, Mint & Coriander
We were served two types of Kebabs – Mutton and Chicken. As expected there were no spices expect salt and black pepper sprinkled on top, and we squeezed some lime juice on them. What came out was very well cooked chunks of meat, in which you could appreciate the actual flavor of meat, much different for Indian kebabs to which I feel spices add lot of detail. In Afghani food they do not serve Chutney & Pyaz, that we have come to expect with our kebabs and if you ask for Chutney, they most probably would return with a bottle of ketchup for you. But these were served with a decent enough salad, some cabbage, Tomato, Cucumber, Chilies, Capsicum etc. If you like eating your meats, followed by some vegetables, you gonna enjoy eating these, I did. There seemed to have no oil/butter/cream on them and were simple grilled meats. 
Chicken Kebab
Mutton Kebab
There was a portion of Chicken Korma and if menu price of Rs.150 was any indication, it was a BIG frigging portion. Again no spices, simple chicken cooked in Tomoto and Onion gravy, and was the Okra (Bhindi) that they served as other main course dish, simple onion and tomato base. Both the dishes went very well with the bread that was served. The Cold Afgani bread, which for lack of better word I can only describe as a cross between Khamiri roti & Sheermal that you get in some Muslim owned eateries in Delhi (Karims,Changezi etc). It was cold, it was thick and it was dense, however not chewy & well cooked. 
Chicken Korma
Okra
Afghani Bread
Last but not the least : Kabuli Pulao – What an absolute delight it was. Rice, Raisin, Meat & Fat. Oh and some grated carrots too. Yup, that is all I felt was in there. Slighty sweet, it bears a very close resemblance to legendary Parsi dish – Berry Pulao. The similarity is not uncanny as ethnically Parsi’s are from Iran or Persia which is a neighboring country of Afghanistan. Chunks of meat that break with your hand, mixed with very flavorful rice and then those raisins. Mashallah! 😀 
Kabuli Pulao 
Kabuli Puloa – Meat Chunks
Mutton Kebab, Chicken Kebab, Chicken Korma (HUGE Portion), Okra, Kabuli Pulao, Bread and 4 bottles of that Afgani Lassi – The Bill was Rs.790 – No Taxes, No Service Charge. Left us with a smile and those boys a Rs.100 note which they accepted with broad grins on their face. 
Menu of Afghan Delhi Restaurant
For vegetarians it seems to be no go place, however if you can or do enjoy your meats for their own flavors then you should give it a try and see if it floats your boat. Though I love my spices, however its a place that I am definitely going back to, to try more dishes and to savor something which is so Desi yet not so Desi.   
PS : Its located almost bang opposite the Max Hospital in Saket, for timings and other details you can call on the numbers which are mentioned on their board – 8800403753 & 8800403763,
Afghan Delhi Restaurant
Afghan Delhi Restaurant – From the outside
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Qureshi’s Kebab Corner – Dhaba comfort in South Delhi

Lot of my friends who live in South of Delhi, specially near the Greater Kailash (1 & 2), Kailash Colony, CR Park, Kalkaji etc. have been recommending Qureshi’s for their non-vegetarian food. So this Saturday some of us food lovers from Eatlo decided to visit the place and see what their food was all about.
Here are some of the dishes that we savored and my views on them :
  • Chicken Malai Tikka – When you say Chicken Malai Tikka the first thing that comes to my mind is the one served at Art of Spices in Rajendra Nagar / Karol Bagh area, which is white in color, melt in mouth and topped with grated cheese. However at most places when you order a Malai Tikka they serve you a Chicken Tikka which is then wrapped or coated with a white thing which they want us to think is Malai. Now these two are the extreme ends, most incredible to most pathetic. The one we had at Qureshi’s was different, this was tender & juicy, however had a bite – both in texture and spices. Loved it.
Chicken Malai Tikka
  • Chicken Tikka – Now this was not too different from the Malai Tikka we ate before this one, the only difference that I could figure out was in texture or bite the pieces offered, but then that again can be my drunk imagination trying too hard to find a difference. That essentially means that even Chicken Tikka is quite awesome, do try it.
Mutton Seekh Kebab
  • Mutton Seeth Kebabs – First things first – they were not frozen and these days that is more than half the battle won. I mean most of the food joins buy those frozen seekhs from meat shops and then sell them for seekh kebabs. But these were not the frozen ones and were made of fresh grounded meat with proper spices. That lends them a character of their own, and I am sure those who know and appreciate their seekh kebabs would end up appreciating these.
Mutton Burra
  • Mutton Burra – Have not eaten this at many places, had two pieces of it here at Qureshi’s, one seemed to be underdone while the other seemed to be cooked properly and I enjoyed eating it. Again the kick of spices was every apparent and everyone on the table savored the dish.
Afghani Chicken
  • Afghani Chicken – A dish as per the expectations. Well grilled chicken which was coming off the bone with your fingers, loaded with cream, curd and other spices. Loved the flavors of this one. That said, Afghani chicken sold in Delhi is no where to close what they would eat in Kabul, a place where food is quite bland. Afghani Chicken is a name given to another rendition of creamy chicken in Delhi by us Delhiites. Some just do it better than the rest, and Qureshi seems to be among the better ones. 
Mutton Rogan Josh
  • Mutton Roghan Josh – All this while I thought Roghan meant Desi Ghee and Josh meant heat. unfortunately this dish had none. And under-cooked mutton pieces was like adding insult to the injury. 
Mutton Korma
  • Mutton Korma – Ummm.. under-cooked mutton in some thick creamy gravy which was slightly sweet. This one was like adding injury to an insult.. >_<
Tawa Chicken
  • Tawa Chicken – Saving grace of the main courses, this was the pick of the lot. Well grilled chunks of chicken dunked in a rich gravy with chunky vegetables. Would not benchmark it with other Tawa Chickens that I have eaten, this one was delicious in its own right. 
Chicken Biryani
  • Chicken Biryani – The MOST pathetic Biryani I have ever eaten. Period. Flavorless, tasteless, served with nothing on the side. But then the chutney that they serve is almost as good as raita and no that is not a complement for their chutney. 
Chutney, which was more like a Raita. 
Assorted Breads – Decent Quality
The place itself is located on the front side of a commercial market in a residential area, where they have some tables outside, they also have a well made air-conditioned seating area upstairs. Given its location its a favorite eating haunt of people who are going to party in one of the upscale markets nearby or are coming back from some party. 

For me, the Chicken dishes definitely did a lot better than their Mutton dishes which was contrary to our expectations. Their food is on the rich and spicy side, generally speaking I would not complain about that and I am sure it would go very well with Chicken and Paneer dishes, however adding cream to mutton dishes just killed it. By the quality of their starters, I am sure they would be serving decent rolls and seeing Butter Chicken on other tables I am tempted to go back for it. 
Overall this place is an Oasis in Good North Indian Dhaba food deprived South Delhi, and would serve as a very good option when you are in the area. Its a place that I look forward to visit again. 
Don’t expect much from the serving staff, that said, the food does come fast. We paid Rs. 5000 for 8 of us but we ordered multiple portions of several dishes. 
Its located in Narmada Market, Opposite Don Bosco School in GK2 area. They have another outlet in South Extension area, which you can Google up.

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Pehelwan ka Dhaba, Majlis Park – A Quintessential Dhaba experience

Even though Delhi is a city of Dhabas, however there aren’t many that come to my mind when I set my mind out in search of a good old school Dhaba. There can be a thousand reasons for the same however lets leave that for some other time. Why did I start this post with those lines? Just to show how desperate me other food lovers like me are for decent Dhaba food in Delhi. And when Pehelwan started to find mention on Eatlo, it did manage to excite the mind and taste-buds of food lovers all over the city, specially our vegetarian brethren. 
Food Lovers from all over Delhi / NCR
A visit to them, an Eatlo Eatup as it is called was on cards for long time and thankfully we managed to pull one of this week. Around 20-25 of food lovers from all over Delhi and NCR descended in the bylanes of Outer Delhi (OK, North Delhi if you insist) to find this Pehelwan and his Dhaba. And yours truly was one of them mongers of good food.

Shahi Paneer
Being served
Chana Masala

The place was not as difficult to find as it seemed, I mean what place these days is not on google maps? This one is not. If you search for its name, you will land up its name sake dhabas all over the place, however not this one. To locate this Dhaba the simplest GPS coordinate : Reach Adarsh Nagar Metro Station, ask any rickshaw puller for directions. Simple? 😛

Its a large hall kind of a structure with huge Pateelas, tandoor and other kitchen in general taking the front part and then there around 8-10 tables for mortals like us to sit and dine on. Nothing fancy, but the modern standards not even basic, but still functional setup. That said, classical Dhaba in every sense of the word.

Dal Makhani
Gobhi
Paneer Naan

Now other food lovers had been recommending their boiled dal (I am assuming yellow) however we were also told that they run out of it very early in the evenings. A day before out scheduled visit we also called and request them for the dal to saved for dinner time, however on the d-day the owner simple said that dal is not to be kept side but to be sold. I was like Yes Boss. Talking more about the owner, he seems to be a character in himself, however lets not talk about him and when you go their for eating business, I am sure your interaction to him would only be limited to paying the bill. 

Coming to food, taking the liberty of numbers we decided to test out everything on the menu, let me list down what we had and what I thought about it.
  • Shahi Paneer – Avoid. 
  • Malai Kofta – Same gravy as Shahi Paneer. Avoid.
  • Dal Makhani – ummm, some of us loved it, for me it was 3/5 kind of affair. 
  • Aloo Kofta – I thought it would be a kofta made of aloo, however it was a kofta and aloo in the same curry. It was fun to mash the kofta in the gravy and then eating it. Enjoyed eating it.
  • Mutter Paneer – Fried Paneer Dunked in tomato based gravy which has peas in it. Indifferent.
  • Aloo Gobhi – Very simple, bit on the wet side, had the punch of spices. 
  • Chana Masala – Enjoyed eating them a lot. Very basic and simple, very homelike but with a stronger kick. Loved them.
  • Palak Paneer – Just the way I like it. On the darker side not loaded with Cream and Butter, for me highlight of the place and most of my compatriots did agree with me. 
  • Boondi Raita – Not too thick, not too thin, Very chilled, very refreshing. Ate 2-3 of them. 
  • Kheer – Very basic, nothing fancy. I enjoyed it for its simplicity, for some it might be a waste of money. 
Palak Paneer 
Aloo Kofta
Kheer

We tried a variety of breads, generally speaking on special orders they do make your roti crispy however given the pressure we put on the kitchen they did falter badly. That said, I enjoyed eating the Lachha Paranthas, plus their stuffed naans and paranthas also had simplicity around it which did manage to entice me. 

On the day we were their the service faltered badly, they have no idea on what was happening, probably not used to catering to so many gluttonous eaters at the same time, however with experience I have a feeling that they would be able to handle a lesser crowd very well. 
The nearest comparison that comes to my mind are the Dhabas of CP – Kake Bhape, National and the likes, in style of serving, attitude of owner and general ambiance. Nothing exceptional about the place, however if a simple kadak roti and palak paneer to chana is on your mind, do visit this place. You will not regret it. And yeah, I am going back, atleast to try that famed boiled dal.

PS : They use Nutralite Margarine instead of Butter.

Where to eat North Indian or Mughlai in Delhi? 28 places you Must Try!

We all know how popular North Indian & Mughlai cuisines are, and despite their fame, Delhi remains their home by default. The city is full of thousands of food joints and for a tourist or new comer to the city it might be a challenge to find best examples of our kebabs, curries and Butter Chicken. Here is a list of 28 places across all locations and price points to help making a choice easier.

We all know how popular North Indian & Mughlai cuisines are, and despite their fame, Delhi remains their home by default. The city is full of thousands of food joints and for a tourist or new comer to the city it might be a challenge to find best examples of our kebabs, curries and Butter Chicken. Here is a list of 28 places across all locations and price points to help making a choice easier.

This list is complied and shared by Rajeev Gulati

Thought of sharing my comment made on a post for rest of Eatlo members who might not have been following the post….

For Delhi and strictly for North Indian or Mughlai cuisine, my suggestions would be in following order…..

■ For Price : higher to lower

■ For Multiple suggestions : In order of more liked to lesser liked

Curry at Ashok & Ashok in Sadar Bazaar

1. Any one of following in 5 Star Category

● Dumpukht at ITC Maurya

● Bukhara at ITC Maurya

● Masala Art at Taj Palace

● Jamawar at Leela Palace Hotel

2. Any one of following in extraordinary food category – Non 5 star

● Indian Accent

● Setz at Emporio Mall

● Gulati’s Spice Market at Saket

● Chor Bizzare at Broadway hotel situated at Asaf Ali Road

3. Any one of following in Unlimited Indian Food Category

● The Great Kabab Factory at Radisson Blu Mahipal Pur

● Made in Punjab Restaurant at Cyber Hub (Lunch unlimited, Dinner A La Carte)

● Indian Grill Room at Suncity Golf course Road Gurgaon

● Bar Be Que Nation at Janak Puri

● Pirates of Grills at various locations

4. Any one of following in Regular Restaurant Category

● Kwality Restaurant at C.P.

● Gulati’s at Pandara Road

● Havemore at Pandara Road

● Invitation Restaurant Ashok Vihar

● Embassy Restaurant at C.P.

5. Any one of following in Dhaba Category

● New Khalsa Restaurant at Mayapuri
● Khurana Restaurant at Gaffar Market Karol Bagh
● Ajit Khalsa Dhaba at Chattar Pur
● Ashok & Ashok at Sadar Bazar or Zee Corner at East Patel Nagar – But for their Mutton & Chicken Curry only

6. Any one of following in Roadside Takeaway for having food in car Category

● Al Kausar at Chanakya Puri or RK Puram

● Al Kakori at Punjabi Bagh

● Blue Water Grill at Punjabi Bagh

● Entire Restaurants complex market at Rajouri Garden opposite Surya Hotel

● Kay’s Bar Be Que at Rajouri Garden or Ashok Vihar

● Saleems at various locations

Our Members would add more in these categories from their preferences. Please add your comments to the blog.

These are strictly my choices and are bound to be different than individual choices of our members.

 

Delhi 6 – Food Delivery Service – Rajeev Gulati’s Experience

Delhi 6 is a food delivery service – as per their Facebook page they claim to bring to your table the royal recipes of Mughals and homemade delicacies of Muslim families from the walled city. Rajeev Gulati shares his experience of the same in this post. Kindly visit their Facebook page for contact and other details. 

I had been hearing lot many reviews about food from Delhi-6 by Shibli Anisand was keen on tasting the same but was not getting an opportunity somehow. Thanks to our friend Vikrant Pawa Ji who invited me over a dinner with delicious food from Delhi-6. Here is my food experience as per individual dish :-
Shaami Kabab – Medium sized Shaami Kababs deep fried to perfection. It was a pleasant surprise to feel the strands of pure mutton in each bite instead of the Shaami made from excessive pounded mutton mixed with lot of Channa Daal usually available at most of new places. I could feel the taste of pure mutton with mild spices and less chilly. Very soft and very good.
Chicken Gola Kabab – These were much like Sootli Kababs but were made with chicken. Delicate Seekh Kababs made with very fine chicken mince (rather pounded) infused with cinnamon and green chilly paste. These were so delicate that had to be wrapped with a thread so that they do not fall off the skewers while cooking. The thread was removed before serving and the taste was great. The kababs were very tender. Green chilly taste was very evident and was complimenting the otherwise bland basic taste of chicken.
Hari Mirchi Keema – Actually it had whole Green & Red chilly along with black pepper corns…. So technically should well be called “Saari Mirchiyon Ka Keema”. I was too pleased to see hand pounded coarse mutton instead of the usually available machine made Keema which almost fails to give you a taste of mutton and tastes more like Soya granules. Presence of three types of chilly was giving a wholesome experience to my taste buds allover, at the tip, middle and end of my tongue. Keema was tender and had adequate pieces of Mutton Nalli (Shanks) added to it to give it the flavors released from bone. Perfect dish.
Fish Curry – I am not a fish curry eater and I prefer my fish to be fried or grilled or steamed but I can assure you that this was made flawlessly. Fish used was Singhara and it was a perfect balance of firmness and tenderness. Firm enough to stay the prices intact and tender enough to melt in mouth. It was cooked in korma style gravy and the spices were kept minimum to compliment the delicate taste of fish.
Shab Degh – This was the dish I was keenly looking for as I was eating it for the first time. It’s a secret art to make a Shab Degh and there not many people, who have the expertise to make it. It’s a korma style dish made of Mutton Kofta balls and medium sized whole Shalgam (Turnips) and it is cooked on DUM. The art is to cook it in such a way as to keep the mutton soft and at the same time to maintain the delicate Shalgam firm enough to retain it’s texture. The spices were kept to minimum to compliment the taste of main ingredients. I cannot compare this dish with any other place as I had it for the first time. Yet I was convinced with their art of cooking this delicate dish.
Mutton Biryani – Long rice grains with each grain separated, partially colored, and with added fragrances, delicate spices and Mutton pieces just rightly cooked. A perfect Biryani. However I expect a little more in the form of rich use of Saffron & Cardamom and lesser use of ghee. A perfect Biryani it was otherwise but still has scope for betterment. I would suggest them to make to varieties of Biryani as the one they are making right now and another more similar to the one served at Dumpukht which is called a Parda Biryani and has only Saffron used as color with very mild fragrant spices and almost no ghee at all. I like my Biryani to be lighter and milder with meat pieces more tender. But then again, that’s my personal choice and that does not takes away the credit of this dish, which was liked by all.
Sheermal, Ghee Chini Roti & Roomali Roti – All three types of breads were made to perfection and I was so very full by this time that I could only taste a piece from all three.
Written by Rajeev Gulati

Dilli Haat – A Showcase of Cuisines of India

India is a diverse country and as they say there is nothing called Indian Cuisine as there is none. However India boasts of a collection on innumerable cuisines and hence the right way to say it is ‘Cuisines of India’. And I don’t think I have met anyone who has tried them all or come even close to it. What the heck, I do not even know how many exist forget about eating or trying them.
But then I am a man of spirit and if I cannot try them all, then I will die trying. I mean yeah! I will keep eating new cuisines all my life.. 😛
On a serious note a serious foodie can get a glimpse of various foods that India has to offer right here in Delhi by visiting the canteens of the state bhawan or making some visits to Dilli Haat near the INA market in South of Delhi. And this weekend we ended up there on our quest for legendary Raja Mircha, dishes based on this fiery chilly from North-East of India are available at the Nagaland Stall of Delhi Haat.
On this visit we ended up sampling food from Maharashtra, Nagaland, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and were surprised by the quality and authenticity of the food at all of them food stalls. While they may not be at 100% authenticity levels, however if they can serve reasonable food or 70% auethentic in Delhi, then for me they are a resounding success.
1. Nagaland Stall – Pork Raja Mircha, Chicken Raja Mircha, Bamboo Shoots and Mushroom, Fried Rice, Pork Steamed Momos, Chicken Steamed Momos, Veg Steamed Momos, Veg Steamed rice which are served with Dry fish and chilli chutney. Both the Raja Mircha dishes were awesome, we actually felt the power of the legend.

Chicken Naga Mircha
Chicken, Pork and Veg Momos with Clear Soup
Mushroom and Bamboo Shoots
Vegetarian Fried Rice
Steamed rice with Dry fish Chutney
Pork Naga Mircha

2. Maharashtra Stall – This is a Vegetarians paradise. Vada Pao, Dabheli, Sev Puri, Thalipeeth, kohlapuri Dhapata, Sabudana vada, Pao Bhaji, Kokum sharbat etc. you get them all and then some more. The pao they use was not your usual industrial Harvest Gold types, however something very close to its Mumbaiya counterpart. That said, they can serve industrial paos when they run out of stock.

Dabheli
Kohlapuri Dhapata
Kokum Sharbat
Ragda Pattice
Vadao pao and Dabheli
Sev Puri
Vada Pao
3. West Bengal Stall – I guess its run by Bijoli Grill and they seem to have another restaurant somewhere in South of Delhi. We tried Kosha Mangsho, Fish Orley, Radhavallabhi, Chonar Dal and almost all of them desserts including Rasogulla, Gur Rasogulla, Rajbhog, Sandesh and Malpua. Fish Orley stood out for me, Kosha Mangsho or Kassa maas is a Mutton dish and must try for mutton lovers. Radhavallabhi is a dish that I am sure would go down well with traditional Delhi Chhole Puri/Bhature and Bedmi Aloo loving janta. Its like a maida ki poori, stuffed with some dal, served with Dum Aloo with their own unique flavors… and its called Radhaballabhi.

Fish Orley
Mal Pua
Patishapta 
RadhaVallabhi
Raj Bhog
Sandesh
Kosha Mangsho
4. Andhra Pradesh Stall – Ordered one handi each of Veg and Mutton biryani, mirchi ka salan is available as separate dish. Not sure how authentic it was, would be keen on hearing other opinions.

Handi of Mutton Biryani
Mirchi ka Saalan
Mutton Biryani
Handi of Veg. Biryani

5. Rajasthan Stall – On this visit has only kadha Doodh and desi ghee ki jalebi from their, however have earlier tried their Dal Baati combo, pyaz kachori and dal kachori too. Again not comparable to when you can get in Rajsthan, still very good.

Kadha hua Dhoodh in Kullad
Momos from Rajasthan stall
Jalebi
Mirch Vada
Desi Ghee ka Dal Halwa
Aloo ki Trikki
Kachoris

Besides that Delhi haat is very well known for its Momos and Fruit beer, available almost at all the stalls, have tried the combo several times, so decided to skip this time. 

Be careful on on Sundays and other holidays when they get extremely busy, the food quality might take a hit.
Would also be keen on hearing other food experiences from Dilli Haat, do share them in the comments.

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Pyara Sa Kabab Addiction – By Gurpreet Singh Tikku

Originally Posted: 9th August, 2012
Now just in case you are wondering why is the title so, then you will get to know as you Read on.
Baarish hui thi poore din aur sama bhi suhana tha, aise mausam mein humko kuch barriya khana tha.
That was the exact reason for this impromptu Eatup. For the past 1 month we had discussed Pyara Chicken and his Fish on the Eatlo Wall and were waiting for an opportunity to try it. So, yesterday it was. 7 of us reached Pyara Chicken at the J BLock, Community Centre in Rajouri Garden. The place is empty in the day, but as the sun sets, the mood rises and the vacant compound is filled by Tables and Chairs of all restaurant/Dhaba owners. So, we decided to take a table outside under the dark clouds and amidst the suhana mausam.

Pyara Chicken Corner
Pyara is a few decades old name for people in Rajouri Garden. The shop built its reputation by selling Fried Fish, Egg Pakora and Fried Chicken from small shop on the footpath along Bindra Park and shifted here after those unauthorized structures were removed.
Egg Pakora

Egg Pakora ..
So, the first order had to be Egg Pakora, which was very Decent. Boiled Egg, very delicately covered with a better of Flour, Maize, Besan, Rice Powder and some other ingredients. The Golden Hue of the Pakora invited us to pick it instantly. The Covering was very crisp, unlike what we have eaten at other places. At Rs. 10 a piece, it’s a steal!! Other dishes we ordered were Mutton Seekh Kebab (Rs. 120), Roasted Chicken(Rs. 140 for half), Chicken Kalmi (Rs. 260) and Afghani Chicken(Rs. 140 for half).

Mutton Seekh Kebab
Mutton Seekh Kebab was supposed to be his specialty, however I found it to be very simple and spicy. No Taste, No texture. Though our co-Foodie Ajay Soni liked it. We also kept discussing how well the Kebabs were which we had at a Eat-up few months back at Kebab Addiction.

Roasted Chicken
Roasted Chicken: Was ordinary stuff.
Afghani Chicken seemed to a Roasted Chicken with cream all over it. I wonder how?? Afghani Chicken is supposed to have a different marination and different cooking style and is to be served with a Creamy Salad and not with laccha pyaaz.

Afghani Chicken

Kalmi Kebab / Chicken
Anyways, we asked if he has any the specialty and were told that Kalmi Kebab is a specialty which is supposed to be specially Cooked Chicken legs. Which we thought would be good and be stuffed with Chicken Keema Mixture as in Tangri Kebab. What they served was over cooked Roasted Chicken. After this disappointment we decided to call it a day there and move on to Kebab Addiction which was tried and tested and was hardly 50 steps away.
As soon as we occupied the chairs at Kebab Addiction we ordered for Mutton Seekh Kebab (Rs. 150). The plate was placed on our table and it was with a great texture, was well coated with butter and looked as if it’s twinkling like a star and inviting us to have a bite and relish. And without wasting time, we did so.

Seekh Kebab at Kebab Addiction ..

Galawti Kebab
Having them were like JANNAT……………Soft, Tasty, Juicy with right kind and amount of spices and herbs used. Even after we finished the bite, we could sense the Kebabs playing on our taste buds. Then we ordered for Galawati Kebabs. (Rs. 200) The Owner being from Lucknow(Galawati and Kakori Kababs originated here) knows how to make them well and plays with spices and herbs in a big way which adds to the overall food experience.
TRIVIA TIME::: Galawati means “Melt in Mouth”. The Recipe was developed for an aging Nawab, Who could not chew meat having lost his teeth. The actual recipe is supposed to have more than 100 aromatic spices. Galawati Kebab is in the shape of minced meat round patty.
They had a Veg Galawati Kebab (Rs. 150) too…Made from a combination of vegetables and corn which were equally good.
Now was time to have some usual stuff and we ordered “Bhatti ka Murg” (Rs. 260), which literally means Tandoori Chicken. It was unlike the Tandoori Chicken we had a while before. It was very juicy, soft and was topped with some thick gravy, which added to the taste.

Bhatti Ka Murg (Tandoori Chicken?) :P
While having all this we ordered for Roomali Roti (Rs. 10), which came in a minute and was piping hot. And on inquiring we got to know that they have a live Roomali Counter wherein Roomalis are made in real time, wherein most of the other restaurants make it in evening and just warm it when they are ordered. This was another PLUS.

Sumit Sapra with Kali Mirch Tikka

Achari Chicken

Chicken Dum Biryani..
Next came the Kali Mirch Tikka (Rs. 180), which was succulent and different. Ab jab tak roti nahi khayi to pait nahi bharta……so we ordered “Achari Chicken” (Rs. 360) along with Rotis (Rs. 5) and Chicken Dum Biryani (Rs. 220). Achari Chicken was true to its name with taste of a pickle in the gravy. Briyani was cooked in Desi Ghee and had a nice colour, and soft boneless pieces of Chicken were well cooked. Overall the experience at Kebab Addiction was good and will make us keep going back for their Kebabs.
Pyara Chicken is a BIG NO NO!! It Produced MASS stuff without any thought on detailing on food.
No meal is complete without desserts and to get a closure we headed to Rajouri Garden Market to have a Daane Daar, Tille waali Kulfi from Gupta Kulfi Bhandaaaaaaar, which was quite a good way to end the evening.
Written by Gurpreet Singh Tikku
Editing and Images by Shashank Aggarwal
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