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 

Chhole Bhature and Naan (Near Vikram Hotel)

And we come to it again, Chhole Bhature, which I am often heard saying is my favorite food in the world.  Whenever Chhole Bhature comes up, mention of Nagpal is inevitable, and while we are in Amar Colony / Lajpat Nagar, Sharma Ji also finds a mention in conversations. When recommendations became quite regular, it became hard for me to ignore it. So this Sunday morning we planned a Raid and landed up at Vikram hotel.

Chhole Bhature from Sharma ji !
frying the Bhaturas
Bhature

Now what came as real surprise was that this was not a ‘shop’ but a push-cart. And for someone to make this kind of reputation operating from a push cart is quite a big deal. Now talking about food, honestly speaking I was quite taken aback by the first look of Chhole, they were not what I look forward to eating with Bhaturas. They were not dry, oily and dark. Bottom-line – not Bhature waale Chhole. Those Chhole were the ones we eat with Puri, Samosa, Rice, Break Pakora etc., but not with Bhature. They tasted exactly like the ones my mom makes at home, and that means a lot, as my mom knows her spices pretty well. The pickle of ginger, aamla and green chilly  was quite good.

Enjoying the Goodies

Ginger and Aamla achaar

 Out of 7-8 of us, and anyone who was having them for the first time, was not too excited about them. Not the typical taste we associate with Chhole Bhature. However if Non-greasy, home-like is your thing, then you would love Sharma Ji. As said earlier, making Chhole like my mom, is not an easy task.

Now our Sharma Ji is ‘parked’ right next to Sanjay and Vijay Naan waalas. I have tried Vijay before, and left a bit dry by Sharma Ji, we thought of giving Sanjay a shot for his Chur Chur Naans. We ordered Chur Chur variety of Soya Mutter, Paneer, Daal and mixed Naan. The Naans were not really crisp as I expect my Chur Chur naans to be be. However though not the best example of Chur Chur naans, they were still decent enough.

Chur Chur Naan
A part of our table 😉

The morning got a closing with Chai from Moolchand Paranthe waala. Which often is an ignored entity compared to the more legendary Paranthas they serve.

Overall, I am not too fond on Sharma Ji as of now, because if I want to eat Chhole made like home, then I will eat at home itself. When I go out for Chhole Bhature, my idea is different than what Sharma ji serves, though I would not mind eating from him again.

Food Enthusiasts of Delhi
Being a resident of West Delhi, I am literally spoilt for choice, but you might end up loving them if you like simpler things in life, ;-).
Location – Look out for Push-Carts selling Naans and Chhole Bhature near  Hotel Vikram. (Nearest Metro Station – Moolchand)

Chur Chur Naan – The Quest Continues

When someone recommends a joint selling Chur Chur naans, its hard for me to resist the temptation to visit the place. The only that has been recommended to me and I am yet to try is the one  in Paschim Vihar. I guess there is only one there, however have heard LOT of people raving about it. But that is for some other day.

A good friend of mine and a fellow FED, Alok Bhatia, suggested the carts near Vikram Hotel (yup, right next to famous Moolchand’s Paranthewala), and within few days I landed up there to check out the goods. First there are two carts, so I was confused which one would be good, however wares and patronage of both looked similar, so I gave a shot to one on my right. The Naans that he served were stuffed with mixed vegetables and I was surprised to see corn as a part of stuffing mix. Its surprising how fast it is be becoming part of popular food items in Delhi. It did go quite well in the mix, and I quite liked the idea of it being there. As usual, naans were served with Dal and Chhole, and you can pay a small price for a plastic glass full of Boondi Raita, which goes very well in hot Delhi weather, and is a favorite of lunch crowds. I was stunned to see the pricing of Rs. 70 for the plate of 2 naans, it is steep by any standard, and for god-sake the man operates on a push cart. The better known outlets for naans in Delhi are cheaper than that. However I was quite satisfied with the stuff he was serving, again, not the best in class, however still worth it.

My rating : 3.5/5, I will definitely go there again if I am in the area.

And now something from closer home. Another close friend of mine, Neeraj Kumar, said that he liked the Chur Chur Naan’s of an outlet called Khinchi’s, which is in South Patel Nagar, right next to Patel Nagar metro station. Somehow Khinchi’s does not have a very good image in my mind, I remember them trying to sell Momos, Chinese food, rolls etc, and they never seemed to get it right. So despite the recommendation it never got up my priority list. However the other day, a reader of FED blog, Vasudha, also recommended the place, and a second recommendation ensured that Khinchi’s climbed the ladder and reached top of my priority list of outlets to be tried, and it being virtually next door, did help its cause. So Saturday morning, I landed there at 9:30 am looking for naans, however was informed that they started serving Naans only after 11:30 am, and I can have Chhole Bhature or Rajma Chawal. But the temptation of Naans was too much, and I decided to visit the place later, which I again did at around 12 noon. This time naans were ready and at Rs. 40 a plate did not hurt much too.

Chur Chur Naan at Khinchi’s

Khinchi’s Rate List

 As usual, like most of the new players, the Chur Chur naan at Khinchi’s by default means naan of mixed variety, that usually is stuffed with a mix of Aloo, Paneer and Gobhi. I waited patiently for the naans, and could see them applying oodles of butter on them. Finally when they were served to me, I was a bit disappointed, as to me it did not look the part. It was like any other run-of-the-mill wannabe Naan maker, who does not understand the basic of a Chur Chur naan. They feel making naan, crushing it and adding lot of butter makes it Chur Chur Naan, however that is far from truth. And the ‘feeling’ of eating them was exactly like a normal naan, with lot of butter applied on it. However I must say, taste was decent enough, and anyone who has not had better, would consider it be quite good. My friends, though they taste good, but they are not chur chur naans.

My Rating – 2.5/5, maybe.. just maybe give it another shot.