“Raat nu Jalandhar, Sawere Dilli”
If you are punjabi, you would very well know what I am talking about. Punjabis are known for their whacky sense of humour, fun loving nature and of course food!?
At some point, we would all agree that we are in love with north indian food for some weird reason and our punjabi friends only bring out the “desiness” in us! In ode to our love for punjabi khana, we landed at Rang De Basanti Dhaba – one of the prominent north indian joints in the city. They recently opened their newest outlet at Ballygunge and we couldn’t be happier. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jude Martin for having me over. I truly am gastronomically happy for once, because well I am a finicky person. I have previously visited their salt lake outlet and to be honest it is quite okay. However, this outlet at Ballygunge is so good – you have to try it to believe it.
Thus began one of the heaviest gastronomic journey that I have taken. We started with the beverages and starters. For beverages, we had :
Nimbu Pudina Sharbat, Rang De Cola, Soda Sikanji
My absolutely favourite was the Rang de Cola & Nimbu Pudina Sharbat. Very refreshing and it sets the tone for an epic meal.
The starters followed suit and may I warn you – this was way too much to down.
Dadima ka Paneer Tikka
Dahi ke Kebab & Mutton Sikampuri Kebab
Apart from these, we also tried Masala Murg & Achari Mushroom Tikka. The starters absolutely made me full and I barely had space for anything. My favourite here was surprisingly the paneer tikka which was so well cooked – lovely aroma, very well seasoned. Another one was the Masala Murg and Afghani Murg – Goodness, the chicken is so juicy and well cooked. The flavours are robust and it feels like a party inside the mouth. They have a very authentic smoky flavour which I absolutely love. But what stole my heart were the dahi ke kebabs. Never have I tasted such delicious dahi kebabs before. The hung curd almost acts like cheese as it melts in the mouth right from the first bite. It is pure poetry.
Finally, we started nibbling at the mains tried which were in abundance – From Jhal Vali Daal, Peeli Daal to Chicken Chatpata, Jamidari Aloo Dum, RDBD Special Chicken Bharta, Kolkata Chicken Biryani, Kolkata Mutton Biryani, Butter Naan, Tandoori Roti, Laccha Parantha,Masala Kulcha.
The star of the afternoon was the masala kulcha paired with the chicken bharta. The bharta was so nice and creamy. Albeit it was heavy but who cares. Either I was dreaming, or I really downed an entire kulcha by myself with that bharta. The biryani were also pretty good honestly, if you are not up for eating bread, I would suggest stick to their biryani. It is good as well. However, another dish that was equally impressive was the chatpata chicken.The chicken dishes are so well made, the spices and seasoning – everything is on point. I was really very impressed by their food.
If you’re still for wondering, yes we had desserts as well – Shahi Tukra & Gajar ka Halwa to seal the deal.
Gajar Ka Halwa
No points for guessing, Gajar ka halwa was hands down winner! To conclude, my recommendations are Masala Kulcha & Naan, Nimbu Pudina Sharbat, Dahi Ke Kebabs, Daal, Paneer Tikka, Chicken Bharta, Biryani, Chicken Chatpata and end it with the sublt Gajar ka halwa.
Price for two – INR 800/-
Thank you so much Team Rang De Basanti and Jude Martin for having me over.