India is a nation where we have different cultures, languages and also different cuisines in each state. Each gastronomy have their own unique ingredients to make them stand out.Though I am an Indian,I come from the south of India and it is entirely different from the north. Recently I got a chance to visit one of the restaurants in Dubai which is dedicated to Punjabi cuisine ‘Punjabi by Nature’. Commanded by well experienced chef Vineeth who got good knowledge about what Punjabi cuisine is all about and he has done few innovations as well.
Our dinner started with welcome drink, Chatti wali lassi pede de naal which is a traditional saffron and milk based drink.A good one to start with.Two other drinks that we ordered were Ambh ka panna which is mango flavored and Shikanjvi which is a lime based drink.
Moving on to the starters:
We started with the Bhatti da murg which is roasted boneless chicken pieces well marinated with chilly flakes and bhatti masalas .I loved the flavor and the level of spiciness was just perfect.
Amritsari macchi was the next to arrive .It is basically fish marinated, dipped in gram flour and deep fried in mustard oil.It was crispy outside and soft inside.
Among vegetarian starters,we had Bharwan aloo tikki di chaat .A must try dish here…It was justing melting in our mouth and the mix of sweet yoghurt in it made it divine .Amritsari paneer tikka was another veg starter.It was just average compared to the other ones.
Main course came with assorted breads such as laccha paratha,butter naan and garlic naan.
Evenafter being a big time carnivore,I was overwhelmed by the Wadiyan wala paneer.It comes with thick gravy and crispy lentil dumplings.I could have it one go without any sides.
Another very common dish in Punjabi cuisine is Dal makhani.It was creamy and was complementing butter naan well.
Nimbu da murg was the one in chicken.The gravy was bit high on the tangy side and chicken pieces were bit chewy .Not my kind of taste.
Bhuna gosht is a mutton based dish which is stir fried with caramelized onions.Another favorite dish in the menu.The pieces were succulent and well covered in the gravy.
To end our journey ,We had the Phirni.It is rice kheer flavored with cardamom and saffron.The sweetness level was not so high and just perfect for my taste.
A must try restaurant if you love to have authentic Punjabi food.