Passage to Punjab - The New Indian Express

Passage to Punjab

Published: 09th Mar 2014 10:07:30 AM

Against the stark darkness of the night stands the luminous white and bright facade of the newly opened Pure Punjab restaurant in Khan Market. Besides being a property owned by the owners of the popular North Indian restaurant, Lazzez Affair, it is also the only stand-alone Indian cuisine restaurant in the posh market.

Corporate chef Manoj KR Upadhyay, who spends more time at the restaurant than at home, has dedicated his life to being a master chef. ‘‘It’s something I draw inspiration from and therefore feel it’s time well spent,’’ he says, adding, ‘‘Punjabi cuisine has the largest possible patronship. One may try different cuisines for a change, but sooner or later, they’ll come back to what they know and enjoy best—desi khana. We serve that in its true essence—without any frills or pretence—large portions of robust Punjabi dishes,’’ says Upadhyay.

On the menu, there is everything you would want to try—Paneer Tikka Ludhiana Style, Bhatti Da Paneer, Subz Seekh Kabab, Surkh Lal Chicken Tikka, Murg Seekh kebab, Sikandri Raan, Paneer Curries, Gobi Tamatar Masala, Methi Malai Matar, Peshawari Pindi Chana, Chicken Curry, Chicken Khurchan, Murg Kalali Mirch, Rara Ghost Punjabi, Punjabi Macchi Curry and more. ‘‘You must try the Magaj Masala that is our house speciality. Besides that, the best way to sample what we can offer, guests should order the vegetarian and non-vegentarin platters. Those two plates will sum up the kind of dishes we can offer,’’ says the chef.

The desserts section is small but features some of the popular sweet dishes of India like kulfi, halwa, kheer and some more. ‘‘These are the standard sweets most Punjabis have grown up on, and keeping up with the tradition of finishing off a meal with a delectable dessert, we offer well made, stylishly served meetha,’’ says Upadhyay.

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