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Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons In Old Delhi is a record of the food experiences offered in the streets of Old Delhi. Pamela Timms came down all the way from Scotland to enjoy the tastes and flavors of Indian food, which she found it in the street food stalls.

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Pamela Timms decided to get away from the dampness of Scotland and enjoy the sun and heat in India. She came to Delhi and her mission was not just to enjoy the tropical climate but also to discover the heady flavours of Indian foods.

Initially, Pamela Timms found it difficult to sample the genuine taste of Indian food. She then decided that Old Delhi was probably the best place to find it. She began exploring the side streets and by lanes of Old Delhi and discovered the wonderful street food stalls, offering a mind boggling variety of foods.

She soon discovered the taste of korma, kheer and jalebis and began exploring even deeper into the heart of the old city. She made friends and was invited into the homes of the people who prepared the delicious foods sold in the food stalls.

Celebrating festivals with them and enjoying the delicious sweets and spicy foods, she soon began collecting recipes for many of the wonderful dishes sold in the streets. She is now a part of the community whose food traditions she set out to discover.

Rupa Publications has published this hardcover edition of Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons In Old Delhi. This is the first edition.

Key Features:

  • This book is a delightful record of the year the author spent discovering the culinary delights offered by Old Delhi.
  • It contains tempting description of the delightful fare offered and directions to the best eateries in which to enjoy them.
  • Each chapter in the book also contains detailed recipes for the delicious dishes that she discovered, enjoyed and then learnt to cook.

What readers are saying..

Lovely. I have gifted this book to umber pus friends who have all loved it and followed in its footsteps, every delicious step. Can’t wait to return to delhi and follow the trail.

I purchased this book with some misgivings, to be very frank. Here is yet another “firang” giving her two bits worth about Indian food, I thought dismissively. So, i first downloaded a sample, and on Christmas Day, while my wife was busy preparing a lunch of Mutton Rogan Josh for me, I started on the sample. Beforte lunch was served, I had purchased the book, and was well into the intricacies of Ashok and Ashok’s Muton Korma recipe ! Pamela writes with a sure touch about the a subject she obviously loves to a fault – good food. Her writing is witty and sincere, and she brings a Westerner’s eye for detail into her recipes. And her descriptions of the bylanes of Old Delhi are charming and so evocative, that you can actually feel you are there with her as she dashes off on a cold winter dawn in search of the elusive Daulat ki Chaat, or understanding the mysteries behind Bade Mian’s creamy Kheer, or the simple delights of a coal roasted shakharkandi. Her accounts of life around the dusty alleys of Jama Masjid, or the cubby holes in and around Chandni Chowk, reveal a gourmand’s true love for food belonging to a bye gone era. The book is a must read for lovers of Delhi street food at its best.

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Where to eat finest Kebabs & Biryani in Delhi?

Those are the really small structures on the pavements of Central Delhi selling Chai, Sutta and Snacks to the Babus working in those corridors of power. Most of those NDMC stalls are quite basic – Chai, Samosa, Kachori, Bread Pakore, Fruits, Biscuits, Cold-drinks, Juices etc. However not too far from palatial Presidential Estate in Delhi, next to Assam Bhawan, right in the diplomatic corridors is located a small stall, that does not bear any name, is poorly lit and is something that is very easy to miss. Nothing that would separate it from those quintessential stalls in Central Delhi.

And the answer is NOT Old Delhi. Read on… 🙂

Those who are familiar with Delhi, would know what NDMC stalls are. Those are the really small structures on the pavements of Central Delhi selling Chai, Sutta and Snacks to the Babus working in those corridors of power. Most of those NDMC stalls are quite basic – Chai, Samosa, Kachori, Bread Pakore, Fruits, Biscuits, Cold-drinks, Juices etc. However not too far from palatial Presidential Estate in Delhi, next to Assam Bhawan, right in the diplomatic corridors is located a small stall, that does not bear any name, is poorly lit and is something that is very easy to miss. Nothing that would separate it from those quintessential stalls in Central Delhi.

However if you are there in the evening hours, and pay close attention, you will find a beeline of cars standing next to it. Fancy cars are not very uncommon in that part of the town, however spend a moment or two, and you will see a steady stream of food flowing from the ubiquitous looking stall to those cars. Welcome to Al-Kauser. Or rather one of the outlets of Al-kauser which has developed into a much bigger chain now which has successfully spread its kebab fueled wings, atleast in Delhi.

A closer look at the stall of Al Kauser
Inside the stall
Making Varqi Parantha

We will let the chain do what it does and focus our energies on this particular outlet, you might call me a romantic, but this little stall selling kebabs and Biryanis has managed to charm me..

Some of the dishes I have tried and liked there :

~ Galauti Kebabs : As melt in mouth as they are supposed to be by virtue of their name, they serve 4 round (tikki type) kebabs in a plate, and I doubt if its possible to make them any finer. Aficionados might draw comparison from here and there, but that would be matter of individual taste. Tunday Kebabi from Lucknow (they now have a chain in Delhi), Rajendra da Dhaba and some of the finer restaurants in town can only claim to touch this beauty served by Al Kauser. That said, I would not be surprised if Alkauser guys manage to beat everyone else in sheer finesse of flavors and spices.

Galauti Kebabs

~ Kakauri : Again, melt in mouth, they serve 2 of them seekhs in a plate and are just slightly different from the Galautis in the way they are spiced. Personally I am not able to find much difference in their texture. The kakoris that I have eaten here are at par with best in business from Delhi – Al Quresh and Aap Ki Khatir are the other two names that come to my mind and the line separating them three is so thin that it is virtually non-existent. Honestly speaking would not be surprised if someone told me that Kebabchis working at these three eateries are fruits of the same tree or trained under the same Ustad, the Master Kebab maker.

~ Varqi Parantha : This calorie bomb is a perfect companion for those kebabs, Layers of shallow fried goodness, it has slightly sweet flavor, which surprisingly goes very well with both the above mentioned kebabs. Calorie conscious brethren can always opt for roomali rotis.
Varqi Parantha

~ Biryani : Now this can be a show stopper for many. They serve Chicken and Mutton Biryani in a Handi, complete with a lid, sealed by dough. I am assuming that they put partially done rice and meat in the handi, seal it and then put it inside a tandoor or in a bhatti, where it spends some time. The process is called ‘Dum’ lagana, where various flavors from meat, spices and rice infuse among themselves. The lid is sealed with dough allowing nothing to escape from that handi. Ask then to serve you the Handi itself as opening it would release the aromas of extremely hot and well made delicacy and it is something that one must experience. Here let me warn you – they do not serve any salan, or raita with their biryani, and honestly speaking I have never felt the need for one too.

Handi of Mutton Biryani
Mutton Biryani served in a plate
Sealed Handi of Biryani

~ Chicken Malai Tikka : Generally Malai Tikkas are white in color and creamy in taste, however the ones I have eaten here are more on the charred side, slightly overdone to give that taste and colors but just enough to make sure they still have some moisture left in them.

I was really surprised when I was told that people have been coming here from 70’s and now feel that the place is way past of golden years, but then that is something that I have heard about every legend. I feel generally when people get bored of someplace OR there are slight changes, that is when that accusation or tag of being past the best comes.Honestly speaking have never really paid attention to the prices so cannot comment on them, however last time I was there we had 2 portions of kakori, 2 paranthas and a biryani – we paid close to Rs. 800, which would not put it under cheap category, however with the kind of food they serve, I do not mind paying that kind of money.

Talking about service, I doubt if they know H of hospitality. If you are in a car, blow your horn and one of the boys would be there to fetch your food. If you are outside the car, then do not expect them to listen to you, seems like they are just too used to horns.

Kebabs and Tikkas being roasted..

That said if you go there in colder months, make sure you step out of your car, or otherwise put your air-conditioner to external mode just to get a whiff of those goodies being roasted on coal fire. Very rustic, Very delicious.

PS : This post if of my experience of the Malcha Marg outlet, cannot say much about other more shiney branches. And much thanks to Nitin Seth paah ji for introducing me to this joint.

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Lahori Gate – Where my Bade Mian Lives : Restaurant Review

Lahori Gate is a restaurant which has recently opened up in Meherchand Market, and when we decided to go on a food hop in the same market, Lahori Gate came up as strong contender, as it has recently featured in writings of some of the prominent columns of mainstream Media. However to set the record straight I have not read any of them and stepped into the place without any expectations and open mind.
Walking into the place we asked for a table for 11 of us and we were told that they were packed and we needed prior reservations. A level of activity that was hard to believe from the entrance which seemed quite. Went up to check out the dining area on upper floor and found reserved boards on 2 big tables, while one of them was about to get empty. After a fair bit of waiting we did manage to get the table and now was the time to place our orders.

Mutton Burrah
Dahi ke Kebab
Dahi ke kebab from inside – can you see the foliage? 😛
Mutton Burrah
Shammi Kebab

Dahi Ke kabab, Mutton Shammi Kebab & Mutton Burra – 2 portions of each were ordered for the starters. The Shammi kebabs were well made, but the taste was quite average, the mutton burra was very well made and pick of the lot. The chop that I managed to get my hands on, cannot forget that in a hurry (in a good way ofcourse). While the dahi ke kebab were a major letdown. Huge pieces of onion were there in the kebabs, which essentially should have been smooth and without overpowering flavors of onions and other add ons.

In main-course we ordered – Mutton Nihari, Dal Makhani, Kadahi Paneer, Chicken Khurchan and Chicken Chhole – I must admit that all these items were very well made. The meat in Nihari was very succulent and spices subtle, much different from the Old Delhi Nihari, however we will let it pass as they mention Lahori Nihari in the menu, maybe its different than ours, but tasted nice. Kadahi Paneer gave me no reason to complain, just the way as it should be with finest quality Paneer being used. Good time was spent in making of Dal makhani, the dal itself gave the creamy texture to the overall dish. Chicken Chhole was something I had for the first time, new for my taste buds however Chhole had proper spices and the chicken chunks were properly cooked and had absorbed flavors in a nice way. An unusual item item for sure, do try it if you like trying different flavors. Cannot say much about the Chicken Khurchan as got to eat only 1 bite of it.

Kadahi Paneer
Chicken Chhole – very different dish, stable in Lahore they tell me.
Chicken Khurchan
Dal Makhani
Nahari
Its impossible for me to complete a meal without Biryani being served and this occasion was no different. They have 2 varieties of the same – A Mutton Version and a Chicken one, and as usual – ordered for both of them. The portions seemed small, however the aroma when we opened the handi was definitely enticing, the flavors very subtle however Biryanis did have character  in them. They were served with a side of Raita, which was plain spiced curd, just done right.We tried an assortment of breads – Khamiri Roti, Laccha Prantha, Butter Naan – none of them gave any reason to complain.

Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani
Khamiri Roti
Mutton Biryani
Chunk of Mutton from Mutton Biryani

As I was going without expectations, I cannot say the service was a letdown. However the service was ordinary to say the least. Infact the service can be said to be on the shoddier side, no clothe napkins were given to us, had to literally force them to give finger bowls that too were not given for entire table. Starters and main-course came faster than they took to clear & set the table and while for Biryani it seemed we had to wait till eternity. Teething issues? Not on my dime.

The place is adorned with numerous pictures of artists and the music they play is quite classical. Infact was surprised to spot a picture I shot of Bade Mian from Lal Kuan hanging in one of their galleries.

Surprised to see a picture for Bade Mian I shot hanging on those walls.

Then came in the bill and everything changed. For the entire meal we paid Rs.12.7k – without Alcohol.

In terms of :
Taste – 4/5
Service – 2.5/5
Ambiance – 3.5/5
Value for Money – 2/5
Overall – 3/5
As much as I enjoyed the food and ambiance, the place does seem overtly expensive for the kind of food they serve.. Though the taste was 4/5, however in a city like Delhi you will get 4/5 type of North Indian food in way too many restaurants and for half the price.

Our bill for the evening.
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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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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

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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Indian Grill Room : A Perfect Mix – Review by Rajeev Gulati

Restaurant Visit – Indian Grill Room
Cuisine – Indian / Mughlai
Concept – Unlimited Kababs Service on table + Full Course Buffet
Location – Suncity Complex, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Visit Date – 19/06/2013 (Dinner)
Yesterday evening, Me and one of my friend were on a Kabab hunt and had short-listed VEDA at Promenade Mall for our fill. We were disappointed to reach VEDA only to know that it has already closed operations around two months back. I insisted my friend to visit Indian Grill Room at Gurgaon. He was hesitant because of traveling another 22 kilometers in evening rush hour traffic but finally gave in to my choice. Our GPS showed us a distance of 22 Kms from Vasant Kunj with estimated travel time of 38 minutes. We were greeted with clear lanes in traffic and despite taking a wrong turn in Gurgaon, we managed to reach our destination in 40 minutes flat. 
Indian Grill Room is located on 3rd floor of Suncity Business Towers and gives you a soothing feel of openness because of its huge area and no frills decor. They also have an open terrace area which is open for A La Crate orders only. They also have a private dining room which is suitable for 10 to 14 persons and can be pre-booked.
The first thing which catches your attention is wide spread space between tables, comfortable Sofas & Chairs, chilled air-conditioning and a tempting wooden tray kept on your table filled with salad. Chutney (Green, Tamatar & Mango / Pineapple) and papad. Our dinner plates were spotless clean, large sized and warm. Quality of cutlery and glasses was above average.
We opted for their 6 Veg & 6 Non-Veg snacks (kababs) + full course buffet and were almost immediately served with Gosht Gilawat on a mini parantha. We didn’t touch the parantha and focused on the Gilawat, which was extra soft but a little over spiced with cinnamon. Other kababs were Noorani Seekh which was fusion of mutton seekh coated with chicken seekh – taste average. 
Rest was Parasi Tali Machhali, thin fillet of basa fish deep fried with thinly coated barter, again average because it’s not my kind of dish. Murg Tikka Kali Mirch could have been much better, had it been a bit more tender. We were served Chingari Jhinga (Fiery Prawns) which were fresh, juicy and flavorful. Also on offer was a South Indian kabab named Kozi Prichatu (Chicken) which was different from usual chicken tikka and was very good in taste. Also on offer was Chicken wings in Punjabi Masala, which we could not try.
We also tried few of Vegetarian Kababs in a ceremonial fashion. Tandoori Annanas ki chaat was very good, Fresh pineapple cooked with teekha masala in a tandoor. Masoor Daal ki Seekh was avoidable as it was below average. They also served Dahi Ke Soole, which was made with stuffing of hung curd and was a surprisingly refreshing dish from vegetarian’s point of view. There were also on offer, Subz Gilawat, Paneer Surkh Tawa Masala & Soya Achari Champ, which we could not even sample due to stomach space being on premium.
The salad counter had a complete chat-papari counter, a design your own raita set-up and other assorted salads. Main course consisted of Raara Murg, Mashmiri Maas Kofta, Doi Maach (Fish) in non-veg section and Makai Palak, Kashmiri Laal Paneer, Bharwan Tinda & Shimla Mirch (Live), Rajasthani Gatta Curry & Daal Makhani in Veg options. Also the chef had made a signature Biryani with Cabbage and some secret ingredients. Assorted breads were served on table. To tell the truth, we were so full with our kababs that we could not even taste all the dishes from main course but the dishes were looking fresh and tasted good as far as we sampled.
Moving on to the desserts counter, they offered Moong Daal Halwa, Ras Malai, Two varieties of Fruit Kulfi (Strawberry & Mango), Fresh Fruits (Live) and two flavors of Ice Cream (Paan & Butter Scotch). We only tried some fresh fruits with honey and Rabari topping (Excellent Combination), both flavors of Kulfi (Mango was Good but strawberry was below average) and two helpings of Paan Ice Cream, which was good.
Now the surprise element… we paid less than 900 per person for this entire spread. To be precise, Rs.899 per person all inclusive. More so, their lunch (Except Sunday) is priced at Rs.699 all inclusive (menu is short by one kabab each, in Veg & Non-Veg category but with a free soft drink)
All in all, would I recommend this place?? YES. Not because it’s out of the world food or anything alike. But because, It’s a near perfect mix of soothing ambiance, good quality & huge quantity of Food with attentive & precise service and that too, at a less than perfect price.
Written by Rajeev Gulati
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