Punjab Regional Specials
September/October 2020

Soya Kabab - £6.95
Soya marinated with a paste of pistachio, green chillies, cream and spices; roasted in the tandoor, served with mint chutney

Dhabe da Meat - £13.50
Our version of the popular kid goat curry found in Punjabi restaurants along the highways all over northern India

Kathal Masala - £9.50
Green Jackfruit braised with onion, tomatoes, ginger, green chillies and spices

Dal of the Day - £7
Lentil dish of the day, usually flavoured with cumin seeds, onions, ginger, garlic, chillies and fresh tomatoes

Amritsari Kulcha - £4
Tandoori bread stuffed with crushed potatoes, fresh coriander pomegranate powder, ginger, green chillies and carom seeds

All dishes may contain traces of nuts

The Punjab Region

Punjab literally means ‘land of five rivers’ in Persian. As it was divided into two at the time of partition a part of Punjab lies is in the north west of India and the other in north east of Pakistan.

Punjab mainly consists of large fertile plains and is India’s biggest producer of wheat. Milk and its products in the form of malai (cream), paneer (cottage cheese), butter and curds are used with almost every Punjabi meal.

The most popular form of Indian food served around the world is derived from Punjabi cuisine. The concept of using the tandoor oven in Indian kitchens originated here. Communal tandoors are still used in the villages of Punjab where women gather in the evening to cook bread and share gossip.

It shares several characteristics with the cuisine of Kashmir and other adjacent states. Punjabi cuisine is diverse, and varies regionally. Punjabi food served in the restaurants originated from the ‘Dhabas’ - roadside restaurants started by Punjabi people to provide food to truckers. It would not be wrong to say that in India ‘Dhabas’ were the first restaurants. Tandoori Chicken, Dal Makhani, Karahi Paneer, Chicken Tikka, Lassi, Kheer, Jalebi; are the popular Punjabi dishes found in restaurants all over the world.

Other popular seasonal dishes are; Sarsoon da Saag – prepared with green mustard leaves; Makki di Roti – maize flour bread; and Cholle Bhaturre – chickpeas served with fried bread.

Best of our Specials
November - December 2019

Red Mullet Varuthathu - £8.95
Crisp fried Red Mullet fillet marinated with ginger, garlic, turmeric, Tellicherry pepper and dusted with rice flour served with a coconut and cashew nut chutney

Gobhi 65 - £5.95
Crispy cauliflower florets with garlic, ginger, curry leaves and chillies served with a coconut and cashew nut chutney

Chicken Chettinad - £11.50
Diced chicken simmered in an aromatic spicy sauce flavoured with home ground spice blend and curry leaves

Dhabe da Meat - £12.95
Our version of the popular kid goat curry found in Punjabi restaurants along the highways all over northern India

Dal Fry - £7
Red and yellow lentils tempered with cumin seeds, onions, ginger, garlic, chillies and fresh tomatoes

Khubani Kheer - £5.50
Creamy rice pudding with chopped nuts and topped with cinnamon scented stewed apricots

All prices include VAT and exclude an optional 10% service charge
All dishes may contain traces of nuts

Celebrating Christmas in India

No regional focus over the festive season. We bring back some of your favourite dishes as our present for you to enjoy.

India is a secular nation and houses every community. Christians are a minority and form nearly 2.3% of the population. But the fact that there are only about 25 million Christians in India, in no way lessens the observance of the festival. Moreover, the occasion is celebrated not only by Christians but by people of other religions as well.

Many Christian houses in India decorate Christmas cribs and distribute sweets and cakes to their neighbours. In many of the schools that are run by the Christian missionaries, the children actively participate in Christmas programs. Also in many non-religious schools, there is tradition of Christmas celebration. Christmas is also increasingly celebrated by other religions in India. Christmas is known as "Badha Din" (Big Day) in North and North-West India and people often plant trees on this day. Celebrating Christmas in India No regional focus over the festive season. We bring back some of your favourite dishes as our present for you to enjoy.

Many Christians in India celebrate Christmas. The celebrations are most noticeable in states where there are many Christians such as Goa. Christmas Day is a statutory holiday across India but there are really no Christmas only dishes

Regional Specials - Mumbai Street Food
August 2019

Prawn Kolivada - £9.95
Herb and spice marinated tiger prawns crisp fried with a semolina coating accompanied with ‘Desi’ tartare
Bhelpuri - £5.95
Cool refreshing medley of puffed rice, roasted peas, peanuts, chopped onion, steamed sprouted moong beans tossed with assorted chutneys
Kolhapuri Chicken - £11.95
Diced chicken leg and breast simmered in a tangy hot sauce made with poppy seeds, sesame seeds and coconut

Bombay Kheema - £12.95
Lamb mince braised with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, spices and green peas, finished with a beaten egg

Misal - £7
Home sprouted whole mung beans cooked with tomatoes topped with crispy potato sev, chopped onion and coriander

Coconut Kulfi - £6
Coconut and milk ice cream served on a coconut crumble

All prices inclusive of VAT and exclusive of 10% optional service charge.
All dishes may contain traces of nuts.

The Cuisine of Mumbai

Also known as Bombay; the richest and most populous city of India lies on the west coast and is the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is home to Bollywood, the world’s largest film industry. Mumbai's culture is a blend of traditional festivals, food, music and theatres.

Born out of necessity, the city’s legendary street food has its origins in its now vanished mills and factories, where multitudes of workers needed quick, inexpensive meals on the go. The streets of Mumbai still burst into life each morning like a rhythmical orchestra as a legion of mobile chefs engage in a daily ritual of chopping, spicing, grilling and frying that goes on late into the night. cooks worked in the stately palaces and kept their recipes a closely guarded secret. Some recipes were passed on to their sons and the rest were lost forever.

As you roam the streets, you can seek out delicacies such as poori bhaji, a flaky deep fried breakfast pastry served with spicy potato curry, or dabeli, mashed potato with a mouth-watering topping of grapes, spiced peanuts, onions and garlic chutney, sandwiched in a grilled bun and the simplest; the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of most dishes.

The best places to try the Mumbai street food are found in the tourist areas, bazaars and on the beaches. Street food is mostly spicy with the influence of Kolhapur and Konkan regions. Popular street food includes Paw Bhaji (spicy mixed vegetables with a bread bap), Vada Paw (batata vada in a bap), Keema Paw (minced meat with a bap), Kaleji Masala, Misal, Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Fish fry, Crab Masala, and Chicken Rolls.