Nawab’s Sector 7, Noida – by Jen Sugermeyer

Nawab’s Restaurant, specializing in authentic dishes from Lucknow, is a newly formed gem right on Delhi-Noida border. With both Veg and Non-Veg options, there is something on the menu for everyone, with a unique taste that all food lovers are sure to enjoy.  

Chicken Kali Mirch & Chicken Lucknavi Masala with Varqi Parantha

For the Non-Vegetarian in you, the Galauti Kabab is a recommended must-try.  The minced meat is created with a brilliant mixture of papaya, curd, onions, garlic, besan, and a varietal of spices.  The scrumptious mounds of meat are so tender they will melt in your mouth- giving a gratifying flavor burst to your senses.  Additionally, dishes such as Chicken Masala Lucknawi; made in a coconut, brown gravy, and Chicken Kali Mirch; made in peppery, white gravy, are equally satisfying.

Kebabs in Making
For the Vegetarian in you, the Crispy Paneer is the perfect snack or accompaniment for any meal.  A tasty paste of onions and chilies is applied between two slices of paneer, then rolled in crushed cornflakes and fried – creating a crispy bite chalked full of flavor.  Their Paneer Husseini is also a highly recommended dish to try, and their Malai Kofta is a must.  

Crispy Paneer
Their Biryanis come in both Veg and Non-Veg options, and are both a local delights in Lucknow.  The generous portions given make the perfect dish or compliment to any of their meals. 
Biryani being Prepared
Nawab’s has perfected the art of their Naans; a specialty of Lucknow.  Equally, if not more impressive, is their crispy and flaky Varqi and Ulte Tawe Ka Paranthas- it leaves one wondering just how they do it!

making the Ulte Tawe ka Parantha
Here, one can order-in food, and enjoy the mouthwatering cuisine from the comfort of their own home.  The owners, Gaurav Saxena and Apurva Gupta, take pride in the food their staff create, and use a variety of over 50 spices to make such cuisine.  The staff takes the time and the due diligence to each and every dish, making each order an authentic creation.

Me posing with Chef from Lucknow, Gaurav and Apurva. Quite a young team.

Nawab’s extensive menu can be found on-line at on their facebook page, and they can be reached at 9999615671 or 9999615645.  Try them out today, and experience the culinary joy that Lucknow has to offer.

Text & Pictures by Jen Sugermeyer

Nawab’s – Pocket – D, Plot number – 158, Sector – 7, Noida

Numbers where you can order : 9999615671, 9999615645
https://www.facebook.com/Nawabs.Noida

To share your experiences, reviews, recipes, food pictures etc, mail them to shashank@foodenthusiastsofdelhi.com 

Nawab’s, Noida Sector-7 – Non-Vegetarian’s delight. By Pankaj Sain

I was reading FED’s take on this new place called NAWAB’S and as I respect the reviews of FED, got motivated to try the place out. Another reason for the motivation was that the review covered only Vegetarian food and made me wonder how good the Non Vegetarian food is. If the vegetarian was so good, then to do full justice to the place and my fellow passengers of the ‘FED-eral Express’, I had to review the non-vegetarian ASAP.
Just as I was thinking I happened to put my views on the FED page and instantly Shashank (a dedicated foodie that he is) offered to join me on my culinary journey of sorts. Then came the surprise element – Jen Sugermeyer, she is someone I was looking forward to meet and interact with. Her passion and her knowledge about food from the world over really amazed me.
We drove down to Nawab’s even though the journey was somewhat long but it passed so quick as the three of us started sharing our experiences with food.
As we reached and met the two guys who run the show Gaurav and Apurva (who hails from Lucknow). These guys were Techies and IT professionals whose passion was for food thus this venture. As we sat in the Office/Kitchen I was impressed with the systematic approach of the duo and could not help but appreciate the cleanliness and hygiene of the premises. These were precursors for a treat that we were in for. The aroma emanating from the kitchen was overwhelming and would make anyone’s mouth water (Won’t tell you about mine)!!
Jen got down to her work in the kitchen learning, watching and clicking her camera as if she was on a mission. Within a few minutes the food bombardment started!! Personally I am a light dinner person but last night I could not help but make it an exception (as if I had a choice!!).
We started with the best and I repeat THE BEST Paneer my mouth has ever come in contact with. It was so so so crisssspy – crunchy on the outside and sofffft on the inside. The flavors were totally in sync and balanced. This is a must order dish and I am sure would go down very well with both people who appreciate their drinks or are just looking for a delicious starter. 
We then dived right in to the deep end with Mutton Shammi Kebabs, Galauti Kebabs and Ulte Tawe ka Parantha. The Shammi kebabs were delicious with no overwhelming or dominating spice. The delicate balance enhanced the flavor of the meat as the spices supported it wonderfully. 
The Galauti kebabs were heavenly and perhaps one of the best I have had, next to only Tunday from Aminabad in Lucknow. Apurva explained that they use raw papaya to tenderize the meat. They just melted in my mouth as the spices soothed my pallet. The starters were a delightful treat both to my eyes and taste buds.
Then came the main course consisting of Chicken Kali Mirch, Chicken Lakhnavi Masala, Paneer Husseini and Kali Mirch Paneer (deservingly named FED Panner).
My first reaction: WOW, Second : YUM YUM YUM Visual delights!!
As my FED Parantha (Varqi Parantha) broke through the surface of the Kali Mirch Chicken and I had my first delectable bite I was seriously impressed. The pepper flavor was dominating yet not overwhelming.  The consistent gravy was cream based and tasted awesome. All in all a great dish. The FED parantha was awesome crispy and multi-layered with a subtle sweetness that accentuated the flavors of the dish.
The Chicken Lakhnavi Masala was such a treat. The flavors in the gravy came though brilliantly. One thing I must add that it seemed that they had taken care that the gravy was not too oily or too rich which made the dish a solid treat. The Chicken was fresh and cooked very well as the meat came off the bone easily. I highly recommend this dish for its delicate balance of flavors.
For vegetarians the FED Paneer and the Paneer Hussaini were as good as the non-vegetarian dishes. They were so good that for a moment I thought that if I ever (read it as never !!) turned  vegetarian this is what I shall eat. The only dish which disappointed me was the Veg Biryani. I think they need to work on it.
The wonderful company of Jen Sugermeyer and Shashank Aggarwal added to all the fun I was having. Great Company Great food-what else does a man need in life !!
I highly recommend this joint as I found the food to be great as the owners take a lot of pain to keep the standards high with their attention to detail. Even though it is a take away place and there is no space to sit and eat (Owners made special provisions for FEDs), however make sure you try their food once. My wife’s family hails from Lucknow and I have traveled and tasted some of the best Avadhi food Lucknow has to offer and to me, this is as close to Lucknow as you can get in Delhi/NCR. 
Their facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/Nawabs.Noida

Nawab’s – Pocket – D, Plot number – 158, Sector – 7, Noida

Numbers where you can order : 9999615671, 9999615645
Written by Pankaj Sain
Edited by Shashank Aggarwal
 To share your experiences, reviews, recipes, food pictures etc, mail them to shashank@foodenthusiastsofdelhi.com 

Nawab’s, Noida Sector-7 – Awadhi Surprise

Awadhi cuisine. As a layman I find it very similar to Mughlai, Punjabi and other north Indian style of cooking. And being a vegetarian, differentiating becomes much more difficult. As per Wikipedia, the bawarchis and rakabdars of Awadh gave birth to the dum style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire, which has become synonymous with Lucknow today. I guess I need to go around sampling a lot more food, before I can start to differentiate between food cooked in ‘Dum’ style or some other ‘normal’ style

So when I was invited to Nawab’s in sector 7 Noida, I was not sure what to expect from a joint specializing in Awadhi cuisine, specially as a vegetarian. Plus they do not have a dine-in facility, and I was more like a guest of the owners in their office/kitchen. But people who know me, know that I am always willing to go that extra mile for good food ;-).

I started off with Ulte Tawe ka Parantha with Veg Galauti Kebabs. I never expect much from vegetarian kebabs, honestly speaking they are not supposed to exist. However off late I have been surprised with the kind of attention establishments have been paying to Kebabs for vegetarians. I have had kebabs made of Ghiya and daal (Bottle Gourd and Lentils), Rajma, Papaya and Daal etc. None of them disappointed me, and I would be more than willing to have those again. Talking about the kebabs that were served to me, truth be told I have had more succulent and softer versions, however considering that it’s a delivery/takeaway joint and all the food has to be packed in boxes, anything softer than what they had served would get mashed up and end up like a Halwa. They tasted quite good with the Ulte Tawe ka parantha, however I felt the serving of Kebab was quite less for the size of Parantha.

Kebabs in the making
Ulte tawe ka parantha

Continuing with starters/snacks, normally I avoid looking at something that says ‘Crispy Paneer’, specially at an outlet like this one. It look some convincing by Gaurav (owner) for me to give it a shot. Now I have to thank him for introducing me to such an awesome dish. A snack of paneer never tasted as good as the Crispy Paneer I had at Nawab’s Noida. I looked like paneer pakora, however the coating was much thicker and realy crispy, much crispier than than pakoda I have ever had. A bit into it, the real goodness came out. Unlike the normal paneer pakora where spices are applied between two layers of paneer, here it was ‘stuffed’ with a mix of spices with a pasty feel to it, probably due to the garlic used in it. The garlic and other spices gave it a brilliant flavor and went very well with the bland paneer.

Though I enjoyed the Ulte Tawe ka Parantha earlier however it made me wonder how would a Lachha Parantha taste if made out of the dough used for Ulte tawe ka parantha?  Apurva (Gaurav’s partner) was more than happy to oblige and what came out was named FED parantha :D. They also suggested me another dish which was not on the menu, made from Paneer in Kali Mirch Style, which we decided to name FED Paneer.

FED Paneer, earlier known as Paneer Kali Mirch

I eat out a lot, and I mean a LOT. And it is rare that I get hooked onto to something like this. The combination of the FED Parantha and FED Paneer (Basically Paneer Kali Mirch 😀 ) turned out to be deadly. It was unlike the usual Kadahi/Butter/Shahi/Pasanda paneer that we get everywhere in Delhi. That is stands out from rest of the Paneer Gang, makes it so dear to me. And talking about parantha, it was a very nice change from the regular Tandoori breads that I am so used to now, it is more delicate and flavorful than your routine breads. I also tried Paneer Husseini however would not comment on it, as was too engrossed in Paneer Kali Mirch. Would try it for surre when I am there next.

Paneer Husseini
And while I was there, Chicken Masala Lucknawi, Mutton Burra and Galauti Kebabs (Mutton) seemed to be selling like hot cakes. So I am pretty much sure they must be doing a good job with them too.

As mentioned earlier is a Delivery/Takeaway only joint based out of Sector-7 Noida, catering to some parts of Mayur Vihar, Noida and Vasundhra Enclave.

PS – The day I wrote this review, I ended up visiting them again.

Paneer Husseini which I missed on last time, I am in love with it as well. Its another dish which is unlike the usual paneer dishes serves in Delhi, though some might want to draw parallels with Kadhai Paneer, however it is completely different. So it is another dish I can recommend.

Vegetable Biryani

Also tried their Vegetarian Biryani, however since I have no experience with Biryanis, I would not comment on that. But honestly speaking, it did not excite me much as well.

My Rating : 4/5 (based on by vegetarian experience)

Their facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/Nawabs.Noida

Nawab’s – Pocket – D, Plot number – 158, Sector – 7, Noida

Numbers where you can order : 9999615671, 9999615645

Photo Credit – Jen Sugermeyer