Despite the entry of muesli, cornflakes, croissants and muffins to our breakfast menu, Punjabis can’t really do without the good old butter-laden paranthas. So, to think of almost 450 types of these available would make any parantha-lover salivate. At City Emporium Mall, Phase 1, Industrial Area, the food court was inaugurated on Friday, which has counters of Only Parathas, Bombay Magic and Rolls ‘N’ Kulchas.
Anil Singh Arora, a Mumbai-based restaurateur, owns all the three brands, which have been brought to north India for the first time by Ankur Chawla, director of Multiline Hotels and Restaurants Pvt Ltd. Says Ankur, “Anil has been running Only Parathas for 11 years now in Mumbai, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. Ever since I tasted his delicious parathas in Bandra, I have been trying hard to convince Anil to open an outlet in the north. We finally chose Chandigarh since it is a city of food lovers.”
The USP of Only Parathas, says Anil, is that they use homemade masala in their cooking. “We use a 15 kg girdle to make the parathas,” he adds about his six-and-a-half inch parathas that come in both single layer and double layer. Made in desi ghee, the parathas are served with dal makhani, kale chole and vegetable raita. Though Anil has almost 1,000 recipes of parathas, he currently dishes out only 450, priced between R110-R140 each.
Meanwhile, Bombay Magic offers typical street food items such as vada pav, pav bhaji, dahi and sev batata puri and bhel puri, cooked by Maharashtrian chefs. The items are nominally priced between Rs 30 to Rs 120.
The last of the lot, Rolls ‘N’ Kulchas, has Amritsari kulchas, mutton, prawn, chicken, egg and vegetarian rolls, biryani and tikkas in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. These are priced between Rs 70 to Rs 200.
Make your own paratha
Only Parathas also lets you make your own parathas with the stuffing of your choice, apart from offering low-calorie parathas made in tandoor.