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The mystery of spices

Lucky number: All the 13 spices that go into the eclectic dishes served at the restaurant in Koramangala. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Lucky number: All the 13 spices that go into the eclectic dishes served at the restaurant in Koramangala. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

As its name suggests, this restaurant is an ode to spices. The 13 all-important Indian spices go into most of the dishes here. Iftekhar M. Shaikh, the versatile executive chef, ensures that the menu does justice to some traditional recipes from Lucknow, Delhi and Mumbai.

For starters, try the Adraki Barrah in Lucknowi style (lamb chops cooked to perfection in a tandoor). The Dahakta Jinga (tandoor-baked king prawns) is sublime and spicy. Vegetarians can crunch into a crispy palak papdi kabab (a mixture of spinach and cashew rolled with roasted papad and deep fried).

Maa ki dal, an in-house specialty made with three types of lentils and simmered overnight, goes well with the variety of Indian breads the outlet has on offer — from roti to Lachedar paratha, kulcha to naan. Two chicken dishes — Murgh Badami Pasanda and Murgh Khandari (cooked with pomegranate juice) — are unique in themselves. Lal Maas (lamb) is cooked in true Rajasthani style and should be savoured with parathas.

The biryani here has a universal appeal. The Murgh Dum Biryani is prepared in Hyderabadi style while the Kachi Gosht ke Biryani is succulent.

The grilled Hamoor fish (Arabian fish) in the fish tikki masala is almost sweet and cooked with capsicum, onions and tomatoes in a creamy tomato gravy. The menu has a choice of continental and Chinese dishes too.

The penne primavera (pasta tossed with spring vegetables in creamy basil pesto and roasted in tomato sauce), or the penne alla cruda (pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil and fresh buffalo mozzarella) are great options. If you opt for Chinese, the seafood is the restaurant's strength.

Go for the fish salt-and-pepper (finger-sized fish marinated with oriental spices dipped in batter) or even the stir-fried prawns in oyster sauce (prawns tossed with black mushroom, baby corn and broccoli in oyster sauce). The mocktails are a refreshing surprise. “Summer Cyclist” for instance is a mix of fruit juices, yogurt and ice cream.

Call ‘13 Spices' Restaurant on 80 ft Road, Koramangala at: 40953881

M.V. Chandrashekar

Indian spices add their distinctive taste to the rich cuisine here

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