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`Desi' to the core

Just indulge in Punjabi delicacies at `Sweety di Rasoi', at Peshawri, ITC Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

WHAT'S COOKING: The sardar is at it again. — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

IT'S TIME to rejoice as Sweety Singh is back. The cute sardarji who serves authentic Punju delicacies made in desi ghee has now opened his Sweety di Rasoi at Peshawri restaurant, ITC Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers till August 24.

Sweety Singh is a regular figure in the hotel as he has been coming here for the past four years. And he lays out the best of Punjabi cuisine for you to savour. No frills, no decoration - it's just robust food with oodles of ghee and butter. Dieters watch out although Sweety Singh endorses that food cooked in desi ghee is tasty. Butter is an added accompaniment.

Dhaba food is catching up in the cities with such establishments coming up in the outskirts especially in the highways. People don't mind driving the distance to eat wholesome food. But Sweety Singh offers authentic food in a five-star ambience amidst a rugged ambience of the Peshawri with some lively Punju music.

LAYING A SPREAD: Sweety Singh and Chef Khantwal with the delicacies.

No Punjabi meal is complete without Makki ki Roti and Sarson ka saag. Never mind if it's not winter Sweety has plenty of saag (made with sarson leaves and bathua). For non-veggies there's saag meat and palak meat.

Sweety's forte without doubt are the pickles - gobi-shalgam, stuffed red chilli and dele (a berry) ki achar. These are speciality ones and not like the ubiquitous mango pickle. The masalas particularly for pindi chole and garam masala are made and brought by Sweety Singh from Delhi. This imparts the special touch to the dishes.

The roti basket offers a variety - makki ki roti, missi ki roti, kulchas (stuffed with alu and gobhi), tandoori roti, lachcha paratha. Langar dal (as it is made in gurudwaras) with chilke wali urad and chana is something one should eat though Sweety says the langar dal is special and tasty as it is like `prasad'.

Just dig into the hearty Punju meal with an array of dishes - veg and non-veg. Top it with a Patiala peg and a generous helping of lassi (jeera or sweet).

For those who miss this meal (lunch and dinner) Sweety Singh runs a dhaba at Asaf Ali road, New Delhi. But try to catch the meal at Peshawri and speak with the amicable Sweety Singh. For all you know you may come back with some tips. There is time till August 24.


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