For the real flavour

Authentic dishes

For the real flavour

This eatery swears by no frills. For Shaan-e-Punjab knows what matters most is what is served on the platter. Brainchild of foodies Deepika, Rahul and Anil Bhalla, Shaan-E-Punjab was started sometime ago in Kalyan Nagar.

Anil and Deepika realised that the City had a lot of people from the north, either relocated for work purposes or to settle down. They aver that it’s not profit but the desire to serve the authentic taste that drove them to open a place which dishes out real Punjabi food.

Some of the popular dishes that one could try at
Shaan-E-Pu​njab is the tandoori chicken, which is first marinated in spices
almost overnight and later cooked as and when an order is placed. “A common thing we find when people eat tandoori chicken is that their fingers are stained with red colour. Here, we refrain from adding artificial colour and flavour.

The chicken is marinated almost overnight before it is cooked. The masalas are all made in-house, prepared and ground by our staff,” explains Deepika, who has a deep interest in cooking and never hesitates to experiment. Another fast-moving dish is ‘butter chicken’, which is cooked in real butter with no added sweetners. “The mild sweetness is from the tomatoes that are used to make the gravy. Effort is made to strike a balance between the spicy and sweetness in the dish,” she adds.

Among the vegetarian dishes, barring the paranthas and the naans that are always a rage, dal makhani is almost a staple dish in any Punjabi outlet. The dal is cooked slow in a special brass vessel to get the rich, creamy texture and this form of cooking also helps retain the real flavour of butter. The paneer tikka is made from fresh paneer that is not chewy but cooked to perfection in the tandoor style. “This leaves hints of crispiness on the outside
but is tender inside,” says Deepika.

In addition to a host of main course, there is chhola-kulcha, which is a traditional short-eat in Punjab. “This cholla-kulcha is cooked in authentic style and not loaded with oil or spices. It is less on spices and more on taste,” pitches in Anil.

Anil and Deepika’s husband Rahul, personally supervise the proceedings in the kitchen and at the hotel just to make sure that nothing is amiss – be it in the way the dishes are cooked or in the functioning of the hotel.

 “The idea is to cater to as many people and what’s overwhelming is that even the south Indians have begun to like our dishes. People are more than welcome to sit down and have a meal but we also offer the takeaway option,” explains Rahul.  

 Shaan-e-Punjab is located at No. 401, ground floor, 5th Main, 2nd Block, HRBR
Layout, Kalyan Nagar. For
details, call 42242288.

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