Recently, I had the pleasure of sampling (read “devouring”) the sumptuous punjabi food served by “Punjabi by Nature”.
The restaurant is conveniently located in the Oud Metha neighbourhood, right opposite the Lamcy Plaza shopping centre and is truly a haven for Punjabi Food Lovers, aka me and my husband! As soon as we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted by the friendly staff and we were directed to a table reserved for us.
The restaurant has a beautiful mix of modern contemporary decor with wall graffitis written in “Punglish”:)
After we had feasted with our eyes and had soaked in the decor, we decided to dig into the yummilicious food straight away. We began our journey to Punjab with the delicious Peda Lassi served in shot glasses (on our special demand, as we had a loohhhttt to eat!). However, usually, the Lassi is served in big round hammered steel glasses, exactly the way they would serve it in Punjab. The first sip of the lassi was enough to transfer us to Punjab (minus the manjis though). The Lassi had the perfect blend of pedas, yoghurt and sugar.
We were of course quick enough to finish our lassi and move on to our next drink- the delicious Amb Panna, my favourite drink for summers. The Amb Panna was a brilliant mix of sweet, tangy and salty flavours, beautifully garnished with mint leaves.
No points for guessing that we devoured our drinks in a wink! Now was the time to move to our starters and we decided to order for a mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian starters. On our list were:
- Shakarkand ki chaat;
- Achari Paneer Di Tikki;
- Bhatti Da Murg;
- Seek Kabab Kandhari; and
- Amritsari Macchhi
Our Verdict on starters:
Paneer used for Achari Paneer Di Tikki, was really soft, juicy and well marinated. Usually, I find paneer tikka served at most of the places, really dry and flavourless, but Chef Vineet’s Paneer Di Tikki was full of flavour and was extremely soft and juicy at the same time.
Bhatti Da Murg was no less than the Paneer di Tikki and it stood true to its name. Roasted to perfection while retaining the natural flavours and juices, the starter was truly one of the best.
What should I say about Shakarkand ki chaat; it immediately teleported me to the streets of old Delhi and Lajpat Nagar where, we demolished plates after plates of shakarkand ki chaat! The chaat had a lovely mix of sweet and tangy flavours and was a true delight to our taste buds.
Coming to the Amritsari Machchi, overall a good starter, served beautifully. Its a cream dory fish ciovered in a delicious batter, deep fried to perfection and served garnishd with onion rings.
Last but not the least was Seekh Kabab Kandhari, which is a slightly spicy preparation and finger licking good!
Our experience? Our stomachs were definitely full, but we still couldn’t resist the next course;)
SEEKH KABAB KANDHARI
BHATTI DA MURG
ACHARI PANEER DI TIKKI
SHAKARKAND KI CHAAT
We were although quite full with our starters, but who can say no to the delicious Punjabi Food! So, we decided to move on to the main course and we ordered:
- Dal Makhni (had to order!);
- Butter chicken (Punjabi dal;)!);
- Paneer Butter Masala;
- Bhuna Gosht;
- Jhinga Masala;
- Bread Basket with Missi Roti, Butter Naan and Lacchha Parantha.
Dal Makhni had all the punjabi flavours, yet it was not heavy on our stomachs as Chef Vineet likes to go a bit light on cream and butter. However, the flavour was not compromised at all and it reminded me of the Dal Makhni I once had at an authentic punjabi wedding!
Paneer Butter Masala- Ok, I have already sang enough praises of the soft, juicy paneer (which is made in house at the restaurant), and the same paneer, when turned into paneer butter masala, tasted heavenly!!! The masala and the flavour was perfect ad the best part, it wasn’t spicy!! It was exactly how I had requested it to be- full of flavour and taste, but low on the spice quotient.
Jhinga Masala was again, crunchy, tangy, tasty, full of flavours, all at the same time and it tasted even better with butter naan.
Butter Chicken needs no review. This preparation which was first invented by Moti Mahal Restaurant in Delhi, was reproduced to perfection by Chef Vineet. The chicken was roasted to perfection, yet it retained its soft, juicy texture and the gravy was truly a Delhiite’s dream.
Lastly, the Bhuna Gosht: This preparation is a real hard work, where the mutton is roasted so much that it is completely minced. Chef Vineet had definitely succeeded and the mutton was totally melting in the mouth. However, I guess it was a bit too salty and if the salt was a little less, the preparation would be even better.
Coming to the breads, I have never tasted such a soft Missi Roti anywhere! Missi Roti at all the Indian Restaurants is usually hard and crispy, while Chef Vineet’s Missi Roti was soft and crispy at the same time. Same goes for Lachha Parantha- totally soft with a melt in the mouth texture.
Butter Naan of course needs no review:)
By now, we had actually decided to stop and ask for the wet wipes and thats when we saw Chef Vineet walking towards us with a beautiful smile! Chef Vineet was accompanied by the Captain carrying an irresistible Dessert Menu. We were really full, but with some deliberation, came to a conclusion that desserts can always make some space themselves. Thats when Chef suggested a platter with a mix of small servings of three of their yummy desserts:
- Gulab Jamun;
- Phirni; and
- Ras Malai
The desserts truly proved to be a sweet ending to our Journey to Punjab. The soft Gulab Jamuns, flavourful Phirni and the Ras Malai proved that our deliberation and the conclusion was right! They sure made their space amidst all the delicious food that we had eaten so far. And just when we thought, we had finally finished and conquered Punjab, there came a platter with Fennel Seeds and Jaggery, our very own “Gud”, brought all the way from our home sweet home: India:):)
The Sweet Ending:)
Now was actually the time to ask for some tissues to finish our journey and voila! we got these:
How True! We had definitely followed the Punjabi Diet, the Punjabi way:) Now was the time to thank the lovely staff for their hospitality and to give a special thanks to Chef Vineet!
WITH CHEF VINEET
Ambience and Decor: * * * 1/2
Quality of Service: * * * * 1/2
Presentation: * * * * 1/2
Food Quality and Taste: * * * * 1/2
Our Pick: Peda Lassi, Bhatti Da Murg, Paneer Butter Masala, Butter Chicken, Missi Roti and Phirni.
Punjabi By Nature is definitely a must visit place for true Punjabis at heart and for those who want to get the real taste of Punjab. The restaurant’s hospitality, helpful staff and the quality of food, all make it a true treat and a delight to your taste buds. I would definitely be going back soon!
And not to forget, a huge Thanks to Yard Stick Marketing for this delightful experience.
See you soon!
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