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Delicious combo

Qahwa offers an exciting combo of coffee and kebabs.

NOT VERY often does one get to taste a combolike an Arabian coffee with Peshawari kebabs. Qahwa - The Coffee House (road no. 36 Jubilee Hills), now promises a gourmet experience with a delightful melange of sinfully rich, pure coffee and robust, succulent kebabs.

Not only has a separate kebab counter been opened, but a special see-through kitchen with clay ovens and brick kilns has been set up to fulfil the culinary requirements. A distinguished chef has been flown in from Chandigarh as a part of the package to train the existing staff.

Says, Qahwa managing partner, B. Pramod Reddy, "ours is one of the few restaurants in the city which offers a Peshawari spread, and the only one with prices so affordable." With prices starting from Rs. 40 to Rs. 120 Pramod's claim can hardly be contradicted.

The strongly recommended one's are: Hariyali subz seekh (a succulent kebab of cottage cheese, roasted potatoes and fresh green vegetables with a distinct flavour of fresh coriander, mint and roasted cumin rolled on a skewer), Paneer kurchan (paneer tossed and cooked in tomato and onion gravy to an extent where it almost absorbs the water), and Paneer malai kebab (cottage cheese cubes marinated with cumin, yoghurt and Indian spices and later glazed over a clay oven.

In the non-veg list, Murgh ke malai tikke (boneless chicken cubes steeped in a marinade of royal cumin and enriched with cream, cheese and coriander), Murgh angaar bayedigi (chicken marinated in yoghurt and bayedigi chillies), Sulgatti tandoori murgh (Spring chicken marinated in spiced yoghurt, red pepper and freshly ground ginger and garlic), Kadak murgh sheekh (murgh sheekh stuffed with cheese and green chillies, dipped in a batter of exotic spices and deep fried) and Murgh pur lutf (boneless chicken pieces delicately spiced, layered with cheese, shahi jeera and fresh coriander for seasoning).

The most popular hot-sellers, however, are Tandoori salads (exotic vegetables, paneer and pineapple, grilled in tandoor), Peshwari kebabs, Barrah kebabs and Lababdhari, among others. "And about the coffee served in Qahwa, one can instantly assume it could be the best in Hyderabad," asserts Pramod.

"We also serve Biryanis (Kachhe murgh ki biryani) and naans or kulchas for those who would like to indulge after a snack of all those delectable tidbits," says Murali, the second managing partner. For a sweet ending, Phirnee and Kaddu ki kheer can just round off the entire experience.

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