In India water changes its taste at every mile while a new dialect emerges every 4 Miles. This also adds to the Culinary variety that India has to offer. From Condiments and the spices to the varied cooking techniques, each one adds a unique flavour to different regional cuisines of India. This is what a Dalchini tries to offer all the different flavours of rich Indian Cuisine to your table.
I was Invited for the food tasting of such colourful and rich flavours of Indian Cuisine.
We started the evening with homemade and localised beverages from all over India.
Neer More: We in Pune also have the version of Buttermilk and we call it as “Taak”, But this was from the Chennai with a hint of curry leaf which gives a nice after taste of the curry leaves. Perfect in consistency. Its good to include Buttermilk in your daily meal.
Pudine ki Shikanji: This was the most refreshing drink of all. Tangy with a minty taste which is also gives a kick start to your digestive system. This should not be missed.
Gud Di Lassi: Typical Punjabi lassi, nice and thick, and you can have guilt free as it was sweetened with Jaggery. You should have a palate ready for the Jaggery infused Lassi.
Beetroot Pachadi: Big chunks of boiled beetroot nicely mixed with curry leaf infused Yogurt. This was aptly sweet and sour with a slight after taste of curry leafs. This was nice and heathy way to have the Beetroot.
Aloo Channa Ka Chaat: It was all mix flavour of Tangy flavour from the lime, Strong pungent flavour of Mustard sauce, Sweetness from honey dressing. Overall Diced Potato tossed in a Kasundi honey dressing mixed with crunchy Channa.
Kundapur Aloo Ghee Roast: This had a strong connection with the costal region of Karnataka’s town name called Kundapur .The Potato Ghee Roast looks fiery with potato cubes dressed in a glossy scarlet hue, tempered with fragrant curry leaves, tossed in the freshly ground bevy of aromatic spices and roasted in ghee to give you a lip smacking dish worth every bite. Kundapur Masala Powder is an indigenous, versatile spice mix which is used to flavour and give a distinct character to the universally popular Mangalorean Bunt Community specialty dish known as “Chicken Ghee Roast”, This was a Vegetarian version of it with Potato.
Palak Papadi Chaat: This appetizer comes from the land Nawabs a.k.a. Lucknow. In Lucknowni Chaat has a all together a very different and very distinct taste and method of preparation of chaat from rest of India or rather northern states of India. Palak Papadi Chaat is one of the unique gem from it, Crispy Palak leaves topped with potato and chutney, sweet dahi and loads of shev and garnished with fresh Aanardana.
Achar aur Cheese ka Panner: Very similar to the Achari Paneer but Paneer cubes were super mouth melting. Served with fresh Mint Chutney and some Salad.
Kothimbir Wadi: Our own delicacy from Maharashtra. Firstly steamed and then Fried to perfect crunchiness with bare minimum oil residue, served with sour Curd. Very nicely served in a bamboo basket.
Phaldari Kofta: As the name suggest its not the regular Mugalai Kofta, but a very unique combination of Raw Banana and Pumpkin kofta in a rich creamy brown gravy. If nobody tells you that what the kofta are made from you won’t able to guess it. This was so nicely made. The kofta’s were so delicate and the gravy was perfect with the spice levels.
Chennar Dolna: A traditional recipe from Bengali cuisine. So basically chenna is the coagulated milk and paneer is the coagulated milk which has been set firmly. Chennar is generally used in all most all the Bengali sweets. The spongy balls of Chennar and Potato cubes are cooked in ghee laced gravy, with Bengali spices.
24 Gante ki Dal: Its a very rare to get the nice and creamy dal in Pune which is slowed cooked almost for 24 hours and so the name goes for it. Thick and rich in aroma, creamy and I bet you just can’t stop having it.
All these Subjis were served with Desi Gheu ki Roti, Chapati and Malabari Parotta.
Ghee Rice: Long grain rice tossed in ghee with a sliced onion, Curry Leaf, and Cashew.
Khubani ka Meetha: Khubani or Qubani ka meetha is an Indian sweet made from dried apricots and this is dessert is originated from Hyderabad. It is the perfect dessert to serve after a sumptuous meal. Qubani is a Urdu word means- ” Apricot” Meetha is a Urdu word means- “Sweet”. Its a very delicate dessert to make. De- seeded Apricot soaked overnight and blanched in a sugar syrup to achieve the perfect thickness and it is garnished with nuts and fresh cream of Malai. Its a out of the box dessert and you must try it.
Chukandar aur Akhrot ka Halwa: Its a simple yet different dessert made from beetroot and walnut halwa cooked in ghee and sugar added as per the taste.
Serradura: Its a Goan dessert with Portuguese Legacy. Layers of cream and crushed Marie Biscuits served in a small glass.
Dalchini is the only place where you get introduced to the local cuisine of pan India.
Big shout out to Team Dalchini and Chaitanya for Inviting and hosting us.
Address: 3rd Floor, Above Burger King, Ravat Furniture, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune
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