Sometimes I am amazed at Delhi, the city that I have now been calling home since 2010.
Why am I amazed??
Simply because of the number of options it gives me for food! And for PIZZA!
If you search for pizza in Delhi, a whole new world that opens up! You will get a variety of pizzas in every size, shape and errr color. And let me tell you, no two pizzas are ever alike. You will agree with me at the end of the post 🙂
The name Chef Imtiaz Qureshi will pique your interest and open your culinary buds instantly. I went with the same expectations when I heard about Namak Mandi opening in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Namak Mandi serves Awadhi cuisine and is known to be famous for its dining experience.
What is Awadhi Cuisine??
Awadhi cuisine is the food that belongs to the land of Newabs i.e. the city of Lucknow. Most of the awadhi cooking is inspired from the Mughals and so the food is rich in texture and taste. After having some of the kebabs and mouthwatering mutton you yourself will feel like a king. The team at Namak Mandi is well versed with the food and suggest you dishes at the drop of a hat. The dining experience itself is one of the best with the exquisite brass ware and glasses.
How was the food??
I started with a plate of Galawati kebabs because Awadhi! No regrets there, they were probably one of the best I’ve had in all of Delhi and therefore belong to the must try category.
Along with the kebab came the Murgh Balai kebabs and Peshawari paneer tikka. Both the dishes were well made and flavorful and the best part was the way they were presented with good chunks of salads and chutneys.
Mrugh Balai kebabs
I ordered a Jaljeera with my starters but it wasn’t really to my liking so I would suggest you to skip it. For the main course, the Gosht nihari was my top dish after gelawati kebabs. Along with it were accompaniments of roti and mandi ki dal. Another favorite in the house was the Rampur Biryani that came in a cute wok and was opened with a knife to reveal the inside. The presentation and the drama of it added to the fun dining element.
To satiate my sweet tooth I ordered Narangi Kulfi and Khubani ka meetha in the end. Again both the dishes outsmarted in presentation and were equally delicious.
Khubani ka meetha
Would I go back??
Yes. I would love to try a few other sumptuous dishes on the menu such as Chingri Curry and Burrah Kebab.
Ever since the time I have taken to instagramming food and initiating this blog, I have also started to understand food better. The more I eat, the more I realize how much I love it and how much I want to cook. Whenever possible, I try for my own benefit.
Thanks to the amount of information available these days, it is very easy to google a recipe and cook. But it also gets confusing because there is a lot out there. So how to narrow??
I have a few blogs that I seriously read when it comes to easy recipes and inspirational content. Sharing with you all, three favorite food blogs that I love for their inspiring content and recipes. Hope you like them too!
–Conifères & feuillus: A fellow Indian who is passionate about all types of food, Annika’s blog will make your mouth water! Her dark photography and simple vibrant pictures of delicious recipes are a treat to the eyes. I always learn more than a thing or two from her posts. I love the way she has categorized her blog section to make it easier for the reader. Keep up the great work Annika and inspire more people with your cooking!
–Chez Moi: Chez’s blog has everything under the sun but the food section stands out for me. I love everything about her cooking from her simple breakfast ideas to unique drinks. Chez’s USP is in her write up and you will know as you head to her page. I hope you keep trying more family recipes, Chez.
–Ministry of Curry: Another wonderful blog on food, Archana is a super talented cook with an eye for detail. Her inviting and simple recipes of vegetables found in our day to day lives will make you try the dish in your kitchen very soon! Archana also does cooking classes for us learners. Cheers to her!
I love the summer season. There is so much variety in food and drinks. Whether it is a glass of chilled beer or an ice cream cone, a large piece of watermelon or thick chocolate shake, summer bring an amazing variety. Although I am not a big fan of the seasonal vegetables that come with it, I love the fruits in the summer season. Plums, cherries, apricots, peaches, berries and mangoes. As I write this line, I think of the delicious juicy summer fruits and how I have another 9-10 months before I get to taste them again. At least the fresh ones!
In a memory of this summer, enjoy some shots of summer in my city:
Fresh mangoes for you
Let’s have the almost new beer in town
Chocolate shake in the over rated mason jars
Watermelon juice galore!
Home is where mangoes are like this
Needless to say..!
All being said about summer, I am now waiting for the colder season to arrive. Can’t wait to have some piping hot tikkis with tea and a cup of cappuccino or soup at my favorite cafe. I love the way food rules our world. What do you think??