Thursday, March 31, 2016

'Pakistani Food Stall in Chandigarh' by K.J.S.Chatrath

This one is not about Indian food in a foreign country, but about Pakistani food in India. Every year there is a 'Made in India' Fair in Chandigarh where dresses, shoes etc made in Pakistan are put on sale in Himachal Bhawan Chandigarh for 2-3 days. I go to visit it when ever it is set up. My temptation comes from its Food Court.

Last month there was such a Fair and there was a Food Court of Pakistani food as an adjunct. I went and gave the food a try. Take a look:

I tried the Lahori mutton curry and roomali roti. Well, considering the quantity, at Rs.400 a plate, I would not call it a  friendly price from a neighbour.  And now a few words about the quality. The mutton pieces were badly cut and definitely under cooked.  The gravy was excellent with an aroma of spices. After ages I got a full small green cardamom in a dish. Of course it was quite oily but there was very little of tomatoes and onions, which are predominant in Panjabi curries in India. There was a modes, controlled use of chillies in the dish.  At Rs. 30 a piece, the roomali roti was nice and freshly made in front of me.

I don't know what did the Hon'ble Indian VIPs shown prominently in the banner of the stall find in the cooking. I would not like to have it a second time unless the quality is improved.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

'Making Amritsari Kulchas in five easy steps' by K.J.S.Chatrath

And the final product- something to die for!

LATER:  A dear friend Supreet Dhiman suggeested that I give some more details about the location etc. of this Dhaba. yes, I should have mentioned the address. So here is an addendum:."This was in Sector 7 of Panchkula about 2 years back. I had then talked to the young man running the place. He had told me that the original shop was on Lawrence road in Amritsar which his father had set up after partition. He could not say why his father chose the name 'Chajju' and weather it was inspired by the Panjabi saying 'Jo sukh Chajju dey chaubarey, oh na Balakh na Bukharey'. ....Unfortunately the dhaba closed in Sector 7, Pkl as there was some electricity problem...I understand that it is now running at Society-166, Sector 32-b, Tribune Road, Tribune Road, Chandigarh, 160020; Phone:093560 13391. It needs verification if it is still there."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

'Arsalan Restaurant, Kolkata' by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited Kolkata last month and spent four days there. I stayed* in hotel Jameson Inn Shiraz, Kolkata, West Bengal, on Park Street (

 Choice of garnishing for omelettes in buffet breakfast in Hotel Jameson Inn Shiraz, Kolkata. 

I found this hotel to be on a great location, neat, clean and value for money. Breakfast spread was excellent and the staff extremely polite and helpful.

Just about five minutes walk was restaurant Arsalan, which was recommended to me by a Kolkatta friend. And yes, it was an excellent suggestion. In the picture above one can see the staff in neat dresses busy with their work.
I ordered Chicken Stew and tandoori rot. I have earlier noticed that in Delhi's well known Karim Restaurant also such a dish is called Chicken Stew. Why 'stew'- I just don't know. The dish was as tasty as it was good looking. After the recent revelation in the press/internet that fatty food may not be bad for us after all **, I was not at all over awed by the abundance of oil.

The roti was OK. Somehow I prefer rotis made of atta and not of maida or atta mixed with maida.

The presence of chillies in the dish was not for the weak hearted. Though it did make the dish hot, it also provided looks and flavour.
And after polishing off this stew with two rotis, something sweet was needed. I ordered phirni which was just too good.

My overall assessment: 7 on a scale of 10.***


Marina Garden Court, 191 Park Circus Crossing, Kolkata
Contact No. : 033-8297/2284 8556/ 8558 4010
Timings : 11AM to 11PM
Cuisine : Mughal
Chicken stew

*Note-1: I was a full paying customer in this hotel and was neither offered nor accepted any discount.

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***Note-3: I was a full paying customer in this restaurant and was neither offered nor accepted any discount or complimentary item.