Taaza Punjabi Tadka (Fresh Punjabi Spices Flambé)
“Being Punjabi is not just about a language, a type of cuisine or about a region in Indian continent. ‘Punjabi’ is a way of life. It’s a way of living to the fullest, every waking moment.”
Before deciding a visit to this outlet we prepare our mind and bellies for an enthusiastic hearty & filling meal as Punjabi food is rich, heavy and butter-loaded. After a warm welcome, we got seated in a fairly crowded hall. Famous food quotient proved correct seeing the crowd plus another group of people waiting outside to dine.
Punjabi by Nature, is located in Bur Dubai, just opposite Lamcy Plaza welcomes the dinners with cheeky Punjabi and Hindi phrases tagged everywhere in and around the restaurant. These lines will keep you engaged while you try them out as a tongue twister and will get you chuckling. The first thing my daughter noticed was a quote written on the table liners “Diet Shiet is all Naan-sense, Keep Calm, and Curry On” . Then comes the shots of chatti wali Lassi pede de naal to start our meal with; it was creamy, blended and smooth, a bit sweet but pleasant in taste with a touch of saffron. This was just a welcome size serving in such small quantities is not usual, and they have a complete full size of this item. But believe me, these blended solid pedas flavored buttermilk with saffron kept us gritty for rest of the course.
Traditionally pervasive crunchy popadoms arrived with green chutney while we were browsing through the menus. This blend of mint and yogurt chutney made an addictive combination.
An array of appetizers made their way to our table – the Bharwan aloo tikki di chaat (a couple of fried potato dumplings with freshly churned yogurt and tangy tamarind & mint chutney) was a pleasant start with its combination of hot and cold. Next to that made it’s way onto the table was Bhatti da Murg (chicken marinated in special Marinade with mustard oil) has immense aroma of special Bhatti masala. It was tender and succulent and was perfected roasted in a tandoor.
We also tasted the zesty and spicy Amritsari Macchi (Deep Fried Fish, earlier dipped in ajwain flavoured gram flour batter) and Jhinge (Prawns) (marinated in homemade picked spice blend and roasted in clay oven).
To cool off all that spice of chaat Sheran recommended the Ambh ka Panna i-e mango cooler they dubbed it as Tang of Punjab with the taste of mango. This perfect combination was presented beautifully in copper mugs. It was sweetened and prepared locally with no preservatives. It has changed the taste palate and got us all set for the mains.
Wadiyan wala paneer ( cottage cheese simmered with spicy lentil dumplings) stood out with its spicy and flavor-packed curry and onion gravy. An apparent bestseller at this restaurant dal makhani was indeed the real pleaser and presented very exquisetly with butter on top in brass bucket. Cooked entirely in butter, the dal is not for the faint-hearted. It is rich, buttery and delicious. Biryani was good in taste as well.
Methi wala kukkad was chicken with mild fenugreek and a yogurt gravy. It was ok-ish in taste. Last was Lamb Rogan Josh; i-e brown onion gravy was delicious in taste and pleasantly scented with robust spices. Accompanied paratha / naan were fresh and tasty and accompanied the curry too well.
At this point, we were entirely full with mains and was dropping the idea to have desserts, however our host has insisted us not to leave without sampling their collection of desserts. I like ras malai (mildly sweet and well executed) & Gulab Jamun the most. We finish up with spoonfuls of sauf (fennel seeds) with jaggery (sugar cane), a traditional post-meal treat that helps digestion, which is definitely under pressure.
You will end up having a feel of mother’s cooking and eventually eating more than you usually do, and for good reason because it’s really tasty food. Visit Punjabi by Nature if you’re looking for some real authentic desi food. The food was up to the mark and was prepared impeccably as I have been craving it since long. The portions are quite large and given the rich, creamy recipes; you may want to go in with an empty stomach. It has quirky & bright decor.
Punjabi by Nature spices up the season with its new menu
Punjabi By Nature, a restaurant that weaves a tale of Punjab’s rich heritage through food, presents its new menu for the season. Cooked to perfection complete with freshly ground spices, Punjabi By Nature’s menu includes rich curries and spicy tikkas that are sure to remind one of the foods of their hometown. As Punjabi By Nature adds fresh new concoctions to its scrumptious menu, welcome the new year and add spice to life, Punjabi-style.
Sharan Kakwani, Founder, Punjabi By Nature, said, “We are known for our variety in vegetarian and non-vegetarian Amritsari food that has been fine-tuned to cater to the global palate of the region. Our latest new menu additions are a step forward, bringing further authentic dishes to spice up our menu. The aim with our menu is to bring the expat community back to its roots, and is a platform to explore the diverse culture of Punjab, its rich and vibrant heritage, for a home-away-from-home experience.”
Punjabi By Nature narrates the story of Amritsar before the partition of India through the flavors of the city laced through Indian food.
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Punjabi by Nature
G Floor, Shukoor Building, 10th Street, Oud Metha, Opp Lamcy Plaza – Dubai
www.punjabibynature.ae/ 04 396 6044