From the Punjab

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FROM THE HOME KITCHEN Rajender Chug makes sure that she's there in the kitchen when the specialties are simmering on the stove
FROM THE HOME KITCHEN Rajender Chug makes sure that she's there in the kitchen when the specialties are simmering on the stove

Eating out Naya Daur offers takeaway Punjabi food that comes as a blessing to people in north Bangalore

This one was a chance discovery. Called Naya Daur the cosy eat out serves exclusive Punjabi cuisine. The one-and-a-half year old place works only as a takeaway. But that just does not seem to deter the north Bangalorean crowd from flocking to this place.The authenticity oozes out from the dishes not just restricted to stuffed paranthas or the quintessential mutter paneer. Instead you can bite into phulkas with the tangy kadi, rajma or chole or the lovely flavoured daals.The place is run by a family headed by Rajender Chug, who has been into the business of "home catering". The elderly lady takes you and shows you how she herself "stands in front of the fire to make the vegetable biriyani or the chicken kadhai". She forms a team with her son Inderjeet Singh (the proprietor), Simmy Kalra (daughter) and Ravind Chug (daughter-in-law).Inderjeet buys the groceries and takes care of the running of the establishment while the ladies take care of the kitchen. The family decided to start the takeaway near Jakkur as "it is a developing place and there are plenty of north Indians who live around here," explains Inderjeet. Rajendar Chug says: "All the masalas are made at home and my daughter cooks the Sunday specials like kadi and rajma. She has completely designed the menu. The rice platter uses only basmati rice and the rajma is brought in from Jammu as "they are the best". They specialise in some exotic chicken dishes. They also prepare food sans onions and garlic, on order. The food is made fresh, so once you place an order you have to wait for them to toss it up and pack it in neat plastic containers, while the rice and the rotis are packed in aluminium foils to keep them warm till you drive home.A portion of daal is priced at Rs. 45, rotis come at Rs. 5 each while the plain paranthas are priced at Rs. 10 and the stuffed ones at Rs. 15. "We also do home delivery within a three-kilometre radius," says Inderjeet. He says the family is inspired by their mother, who can recognise the ingredients of any dish, just by tasting it.Naya Daur also takes on catering orders (the minimum order is for 50 people) and the order has to be placed two to three days in advance. "We also pack in bulk and not plate-wise," explains Inderjeet.For desserts Naya Daur serves gulab jamuns, gajar ka halwa, kheer and a special coconut pudding. You can also pick up popular Delhi goodieslike shakkar para and matthi all made by Ms. Chug. Naya Daur is behind Jakkur Aerodrome, near S-mart. Timings: 9.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact: 32908826 or 9945027850. * * *Ambience: A take awayService: GoodSpecialty: Punjabi fareWallet factor: Easy on the pocket





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