Posted 15 December 2007 - 11:27 PM
Hoping it might serve non-Hindi speakers in future trips to Amritsar, here is my attempt to deciper the names of the establishments visited, to the best of my meager ability. I may be quite wrong in some cases, so please correct me.
Others should add to this list, or critique it, from their recent personal experiences.
Amritsar: Zaika India ka
Sucha Singh: kulcha
at Regent Chawk, Surjan Singh: lassi, Pede lassi [lassi made with 4 peda-s, a sweet made with condensed milk]
Kesar da Dhaba: vegetarian dhaba, kali dal [black urad dal cooked rich], paratha, breads.
Bharavan da dhaba [Brothers' dhaba ]superb vegetarian dhaba, lassi. Very clean, modern, well-lit. Looked very nice.
at Lawrence St.Kanhaiya Sweets/ also nicknamed Kana, Sanjay Kamboj, owner:Puri-chholey, fried bried and chickpeas
coming out of above, find Muneem di hatti, a shopping locale: Ram Lubhaya, street stall, sells : aam papad, chooran from many places; mango leather, spicy-sweet digestifs.
Kanhya Sweets [not sure about this name] samosas
at Katra Ahluwalia, Gurdas Ram Jalebiwala: jalebis
near fountain, phowara, Prakash MEET Shop (sic): Punjabi mutton, can take-away, beer next door [ the MEET is for people who come for the liquor and to MEET each other, and to eat]
Pal Dhaba: Mutton Paya [trotters]
Bira Chicken, Balbir Singh, owner: Chicken tandoori, grilled, roasted; keema nan.
Surjeet Food Plaza: Surjeet's Chicken tandoori, tava.
Makkhan Fish: Amritsari fish fry
Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:09 PM
Vinod Dua is a seasoned newscaster and I've had the pleasure of meeting him over a drink in Pune years ago.
Here is the link :
The taste and effervesence of Amritsar
My experience is a little outdated but I have fond memories. I have never had chole kulchas that will match the Amritsari street version.
Posted 04 January 2008 - 01:11 AM
Here they are nonetheless.
First and foremost, as Suresh said, the kulcha of Amritsar is a glorious thing. As I traveled along, I must have eaten another dozen or so kulchas, in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata always hoping for a similar treat. It was never to be. The sign is now very faded, but 'All India Famous Kulcha' is fantastic.
I'm also seconding the puri+chole at 'Kanha Sweets'. If I remember correctly, this is the one on Lawrence Street.
The jalebis at 'Gurudas Ram' are fried fast and eaten faster. Hence the jovial wait. This is a quick walk from the Golden Temple.
'Ashok's Fish Shop' for Amritsari Machchli is another must in my opinion. The owner is gracious beyond words. The fish is delectable.
I personally enjoyed Amritsar's street snacks over the dhaba food, though that's not saying much given the brevity of my visit.
Still, I did dine at both of the twins, you could say: both The Brothers Dhaba and Bharawan Dhaba. (Didn't know Bharawan meant "brother.") Honestly, I didn't care much for what I had at Bharawan da Dhaba. Here's a snapshot of their food--I didn't include it on Pleasure Mountain.
The Brothers Dhaba is next door, to the left. I enjoyed the food there. I wonder if somebody could clarify the relationship between these two restaurants for us?
Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:34 PM
You drive by Wheat fields for hours, Punjab is indeed the granary of India
I had milk from these fine buffaloes, it was really thick. My farmer host told me that he dilutes it with 30 % water to make it saleable!
Now you know where your Sarson da saag comes from(Mustard greens). I had a great farm style preparation that was hand minced.
And the rural populace is famous for it's Jugaad a water pump driven vehicle.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 05:17 PM
I visited Punjab just once (or was it twice?), Kapurthala actually, and this does bring back some memories.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
Posted 16 March 2009 - 08:55 PM
Alka - You get very good wadis from Quality Stores at Juhu / Bandra, do you know of this place ?
Posted 16 March 2009 - 10:27 PM
Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.
Alka, I was tempted to buy some but remembered that I still have another years supply back home.
Took a cycle rickshaw through some of the narrowest alleyways/gallis I have ever come across and had a great lunch at Kesar Da Dhaba. Established since 1916 !
Anything made by the Pahelwan/Mushatanda/Strongman Chef in this ancient kitchen has to be great.
Aloo Paratha with Palak Paneer. Kilo joules!
Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:41 PM
I have one of my relative from outside Mumbai,and took her to the chaat thela on roadside and she screammmmmmmed....what??? no bisleri water for chutney??No matter how much i tried to convince her about the heavenly taste,she refused to budge even a single panipuri fearing hepatitis(her loss ...completely her loss)
I can make out,you have no such issues, you not only dine at the most fine dine places but also to the NOT SO FANCY dhabas etc. where the food is actually awesome(to hell with calories and bisleris) I would love to dig in such thalis :-)
Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:44 PM
The games played at the Attari- Wagah border
and a sign welcomes people coming from the other side.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:11 PM
It's a one pot restaurant and the 3rd generation owner had dreadlocks
Curiously Mutton is addressed as Meat here. Poultry(which this place doesnt have) is simply Chicken / Murgh/ Kukkad, not meat
Posted 25 March 2009 - 05:04 PM
Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:22 PM
I like his khadai!
Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:07 PM
Yes in Delhi too mutton/pork is meat and chicken is chicken.
Did you try rahra meat in Punjab?
In villages during winter the menfolk gather around an outdoor chullah in the evening, cook this preparation which doesn't involve grinding onion, garlic etc. only chopping. Copious amount of liquor is consumed while the meat cooks.... pieces of meat are taken out to "taste" the doneness.... choice cuts like champs & shina disappear during these tasting process.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:34 PM
I couldnt get to eat Rahra as my farmer host was a vegetarian, however I did come across many inspiring variations of Butter chicken at the dhabas.
I must admit I'm one of those guilty of tasting the doneness of meat. http://www.gourmetin...tyle_emoticons/default/laugh.gif
Posted 26 March 2009 - 09:30 PM
I didnt take my 50mm prime lens, else the pics would have been better. The kit lens is not too bad, though.
After Amritsar it was off to Delhi where I was to meet Jyotida over a weekend. My work in Punjanb got over fast and I reached Delhi on a wednesday so we couldnt meetup. We spoke to each other quite a few times as I wanted his recomendations on where to eat. Not many pictures from there but I did go to a Food Show.