Punjab Regional Specials
September/October 2020

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

MAINS
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.

Regional Specials – Gurkhas’
February 2020

APPETISERS
Kukhura Momo - £6.50
Steamed chicken dumplings flavoured with ginger, coriander, chillies and spices served with a roast tomato and Szechwan pepper chutney

Veg Momo - £6.00
Steamed dumplings stuffed with finely chopped vegetables, ginger, coriander, chillies and spices served with a roast tomato and Szechwan pepper chutney


MAINS
Bhuteko Masu - £12.95/span>
Kid goat shoulder braised with freshly ground chillies, ginger, garlic , spring onion and toasted spices

Timur Jhaneko Kukhura - £11.95
Homestyle dish - diced chicken leg simmered in an aromatic sauce flavoured with freshly ground Timur spice, coriander and chillies

Masoor Dal - £7
Red lentils tempered with cumin, turmeric and garlic

DESSERT
Kheer - £5
Basmati rice and milk pudding with green cardamom, sliced coconut, cashew nuts and pistachio

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

The Cuisine of The Gurkhas'

The Gurkhas’ are soldiers from Nepal. Historically, the terms "Gurkha" and "Gorkhali" were synonymous with "Nepali," and derived from the hill town and district of Gorkha from which the Kingdom of Nepal expanded. The name may be traced to the medieval Hindu warrior - saint Guru Gorakhnath, who has a historic shrine in Gorkha.

The former Indian Army Chief of Staff Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, once stated that "If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha." Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, the people of Nepal have many different backgrounds and ethnicities, and this multitude of influences is reflected within the country’s cuisine.

Nepalese dishes are generally healthier than most other South Asian gastronomies, as they rely less on the extensive use of fats and more on chunky vegetables, lean meats, pickled dishes and salads. Whilst Nepal does take heavy influences from its closest geographical companions such as India, China and Tibet, this mountainous paradise only opened up its borders to outsiders in the 1950s. It is for this reason, in addition to problems with exports and imports caused by Nepal’s geographical setting, that there is a particular focus on using locally grown produce.

Dal-rice-vegetable is the standard meal eaten twice daily. However, with land suitable for irrigated rice paddies in short supply, other grains supplement or even dominate. Wheat becomes unleavened flatbread ( roti or chapati ). Typically yogurt (dahi) and curried meat (masu) or fish (machha) or chicken (kukhura) are served as side dishes.

Regional Specials – Goa
January 2020

APPETISERS
Crab Masala - £8.50
Crab claw meat stir fried with ginger, chillies, and spices served in a crisp filo pastry basket accompanied with coconut and cashew nut chutney

MAINS
Balchão de Camarão - £12.95 
Balchao is a spicy Goan pickle. Our version is slightly toned down – prawns in a thick coating sauce made with onion, dried shrimps, vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, mustard seeds and chillies
ChickenXacuti - £11.95
Traditional Goan chicken in a thick coating sauce made w ith home ground r oasted aromatic spices, poppy seed paste and coconut
Dali Thoy - £7
Toor lentils tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves, garlic, and green chillies


DESSERT
Rum and Raisin Ice Cream - £5.50
Served on a toasted coconut crumble

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

Goa

Goa is located along India's west coast along the Arabian Sea. Seafood, coconut milk, rice and local spices are main ingredients of Goan cuisine. The area is in a tropical climate, with spices and flavours being intense.

The cuisine of Goa is influenced by its Hindu origins; four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism, and modern techniques. The state is frequented by tourists visiting its beaches and historic sites, so its food also has an international aspect.

The cuisine is mostly seafood based, with the staple foods being rice and fis h. Kingfish is the most common variety , with others including pomfret, shark , tuna and mackerel. S hellfish are plentiful with crabs, prawns, tiger prawns, lobster, squid and mussels all being popular.

The Hindu food of Goa is unique, while Goan Christians are influenced by the Portuguese , who brought potatoes, tomatoes, pineapples, guavas and cashews from Brazil. Of these, tomatoes and potatoes were not accepted by the Hindus until the late 20th century.

The most important part of Goan spices, the chili, was introduced to Goan cuisine by the Portuguese and became immensely popular. All these above - mentioned ingredients were not used in Goan cuisine before the advent of the Portuguese.

Best of our Specials
November - December 2019

APPETISERS
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

MAINS
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

DESSERT
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