Indiana Jones must have loved Indian cuisine. It would seem wrong not to have tried it. For the adventurer that the big screen painted him to be, you could argue that the flare for Indian cuisine must have given him an edge. Why else would you be called Indiana? Sadly though, he was a fictional character. Indian cuisine however, is not. It could be the most fired up cuisine known to man. The blend of spices, the richness of the ingredients all come alive when their flavours are set free on your tastebuds.
You need some flare in your life. Some zest, some fire to keep you warm. Or you’re just looking to try something new and fun and Indian popped into your mind. Here are some of the items you will find on an Indian menu and the local restaurants where you can find them.
One of my favourites to be honest. Biriyani is kind of like pilau, only with a little more spice. Unlike pilau, Biriyani can be served with different kinds of meat including prawns, mutton, beef or chicken. It is an excellent meal for beginners looking to give Indian food a shot. Want some? Haandi at Capital Centre and Westlands should be a good place to start.
2. Palak Paneer
Growing up, I never did like my greens. I especially loathed spinach right until I tried some Palak Paneer that changed my outlook. It is a must have for vegetarians and children who just can’t swallow their spinach. Palak paneer is a North Indian vegetarian dish that is made of spinach and paneer in a thick sauce of pureed spinach and seasoned with garlic, garam masala and a few other spices. Head over to Bombay Chowpaty in Diamond Plaza if you want to give it a try!
3. Tandoori Platter.
You can either have a meat platter or a vegetarian one. Devna, our in house expert on all things deliciously spicy, tells me that Vista Restaurant at Emerald Hotel would be your go to source if your craving a Tandoori Platter. Plus they have a 20% lunch discount offer. The mixed platter is one worth trying with its assorted Tandoori meats (shrimp, chicken, lamb). It makes for an excellent first time meal especially if your going out with a group of friends.
Idli is a traditional vegetarian breakfast in many South Indian households. It is a savoury cake made by steaming a butter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. It is usually served with sambar and makes for an unbelievable combination. You can also have it with a chutney of your choice. Pay Saravana Bhavan a visit and treat yourself to their idli!
Barotta is a multi-layered, soft flatbread that is famous in Madurai. It is made of maida, cooking oil or ghee and water. It is served with either vegetable kurmi, chicken or mutton salna, which is a spicy curry. Munch N Madurai will welcome you with open arms. Their barottas are my favourite!
6. Chilli Paneer
I dont think you’ve lived until you’ve had a plate of chilli paneer. Who knew that cheese and capsicum would go so well together? This simple yet surprisingly tasty vegetarian meal is one for the books. Open House Restaurant located in Centro House in Woodvale close in Westlands is worth the venture if you want to indulge in chilli paneer!
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