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FLAVOURS FROM PUNJAB There's enough for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians

FLAVOURS FROM PUNJAB There's enough for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians  

Punjab brings to mind images of turbaned men and brightly dressed women with long braids with parandis colourfully adorning it. When you think about the cuisine of this land then one thinks of crisp chicken kebabs downed with a solid drink followed by sarson da saag te makki di roti. Want to soak in a similar rustic ambience that transports you into the land of five rivers and also be treated to authentic food from that land? Head towards The Legacy of Punjab, on the premises of the Ramanashree Hotel, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road. The place is a joint venture of K. Prakash Shetty and Sanjay Vazirani and the aim is to provide people with an experience of the rich Punjabi cuisine, culture and music, says Jeffry Crasta, VP, Corporate.

Wooden stairs with green lawns and water gushing from a pool on either side leads you to the restaurant. Once inside, you soak in the traditional ambience with kites, manjis, colourful glass bangles along with bright cushions are artistically arranged in the dining area. Even the wall hanging is made using the traditional Punjabi phulkari work. Good Punjabi music adds to the ambience. The waiters were dressed in bright kurtas and colourful turbans. And a surprise package was when the waiters suddenly broke into a bhangra to a foot tapping folk number, which kind of added to the cheerful and fun image of Punjabis.

The place of course serves only Punjabi fare. So we started off with the chicken lemon tikkas and lazzatdar bhuttey (corn niblets spiced with tangy tomatoes and onions), which were downed with Punjabi Kanji (a speciality of the house) and the signature lassi topped with cream. The other drink offered here are taje phalon da ras (fresh fruit juices).

The main course offers a wide range in the vegetarian and the non-vegetarian sections. There is the tamatar ka shorba, palak ka shorba, with a choice of daals that includes the famous ma di daal. These can be matched with any of the dry vegetarian sabjis that include the aloo gobi or the tandoori arvi (colocasia marinated in tandoori masala). They can be downed with a wide choice of the Indian breads that also includes the stuffed parathas. In fact Legacy of Punjab offers vegetarians also a delightful choice of items.

Coming to the non-vegetarian fare it's simply a feast for the customer with the wide choice that is offered here. Be it the kebabs, the gravy based subzis or the dry tikkas, you can choose from tender mutton, chicken or even fish. A sound advice would be to choose plain rotis or rumali so that you can accommodate the heavy main course. If you wish to stick to the stuffed aloo/paneer/gobi parantha then eat it simply with plain curds so that you can soak in the authentic flavour of the dish.

There are also biriyanis and the regular jeera rice and the navratna biriyani. But these are also available elsewhere. Want to get the true flavour of Punjab then must try one of the items from the Sabzi Mandi menu, the chole or the ma di daal with the sarson the saag eaten with the makki di roti.

A must try is the palak gosht where tender marinated pieces of mutton is cooked in creamed spinach gravy.

The desserts were the traditional ones, nevertheless enticing. There were gulab jamuns, gajar ka halwa, phirni and jalebis to name a few. Depending on your appetite, choose the dessert. The restaurant also serves liquor. For details, call 56995970.

SHILPA SEBASTIAN R.

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