A truck load of flavours

Authentic dishes

A truck load  of flavours

The new kid on the block is making many food lovers happy with its authentic Punjabi dishes. A recent addition to the food scene, ‘Dhaba by Claridges’ in Indiranagar takes your tastebuds on a trip to the North.

As soon as you walk in,  the brightly dressed staff greets you cheerfully. The ambience is loud, colourful and just what one would expect from a modern ‘dhaba’.

The restaurant sticks to its  aim to bring out the ‘dhaba’ feel, not just with the authentic Punjabi food but also with the writings, posters and quirky pickle jars. They also have a hop-scotch pattern painted on the floor to engage children (read adults), adding a touch of nostalgia to the space. The frying pan mirrors, copper hanging lights and assorted tawas add an oomph factor to the folksy artworks on the wall. The ‘desi’ experience is topped off with the Bollywood chartbusters playing on the sound system.

To fully indulge in the truck full of wholesome delicacies, it is advised that one comes with an empty stomach.

Each dish is differently flavoured but filling and deeply satisfying. If one is not familiar with the names of the dishes, fret not, they have the English explanation of what the dish includes.

The ‘Tandoori bhune aloo’ is a crunchy start to the meal. One can enjoy tandoor roasted baby potatoes which are shallow fried and tossed with spices, onions and tamarind chutney. If you want something on the lighter side, the ‘Amritsari machli’, gram flour coated fillet of sole fish, will be ideal. The ‘Galouti kebab’, minced lamb kebab cooked in slow cooked spice, will melt in your mouth. But if tandoor is what you are looking for, the ‘Highway chicken tikka’ will be a delicious
option.

The cuisine is known for  soft, crunchy and tasty bread. One can choose between ‘tandoori roti’, ‘Amritsari kulcha’, ‘Missi tandoori paratha’; the chances of being disappointed are very low here.

Pair the soft bread with ‘Chitta butter chicken’, chicken marinated with hung curd and spices, cooked in tandoor and finished in creamy onion and yoghurt gravy flavoured with dried fenugreek leaves.

If you’re vegetarian, you can choose the ‘Lasooni palak’ as well. However, the one curry that highlights the cuisine is the ‘Dal dhaba’. It’s creamy, thick and made with overnight soaked black lentils which are slow cooked with homemade spices.

      Finally, complete this hearty meal with rich and luscious desserts like ‘Rasmalai’, ‘Phirni’ and ‘Rabri’.

‘Dhaba by Claridges’ is located on the 2nd Floor, #618 Above Chicco Store, 12th Main, HAL II Stage.
For details, call 48536713.

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