No bitter taste: Jaitley signs off with delicacies

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 01, 2014 23:33 IST

After a long political slugfest with his Congress rival Capt Amarinder Singh through his 'campaign diary' on the Facebook, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley signed off on in an unusual way. Taking a break from bitter politics, the BJP leader preferred to write about spicy 'Amritsari food'.

As the voters were lined up outside the polling booths to seal his electoral fate on Wednesday, Jaitley wrote, "Today is polling day in Amritsar. Having spent past six weeks in Amritsar campaign in this heat, it will be time for me now to move to other states where elections are still being held. An integral and enjoyable part of the stay in Amritsar is obviously the food in this city. I have always regarded Amritsar as the Food Capital of India".

He further said, "The kulchas and chanas of Amritsar have now created a national impact. Every top caterer in most parts of India has the Amritsari dhaba counter as an integral part of his menu.

The Kulchas in Amritsar served with chanas with an option of having onion chuttney is now available in almost every eatery in the city. Breakfast in Amritsar is still the stuffed parantha or poori chhole. The city has a tradition where households still prefer to outsource the poori chhole from the famous halwais rather than cooking it at home. Most parts in the old city have their own special halwais".

Going into further details, Jaitley said, "The chanas are mixed with potatoes for the curry preparation. This breakfast is highly recommended but should be taken rarely because of its high caloric value. The Amritsari lassi is available at most of these halwai shops. But 'Ahuja' and 'Gyan' have acquired a special reputation. Either of them will provide an excellent treatment for insomnia.

'Kesar' still continues to dominate the vegetarian preparations. It enjoys a reputation for being the most famous dhaba in the city. 'Bharawan' (da dhaba), with its chain of eatries, is the also recommended for vegetarian food for the tourists and the locals".

Coming to non-vegetarian food, he said, "For the non-vegetarians, it is 'Surjit' all the way. His tandoori chicken, Amritsari fish and mutton champs (cooked like old English cutlets) are highly delicious. The 'Makhan' fish has been a gourmet's delight. What I have not tried so far but has been recommended to me is 'Beera', known also for its high-quality chicken".

Revealing his choice for a tea-joint, the BJP leader said, "The morning tea at the Giani Tea Stall initiates the entire gossip which circulates in the entire city. This was my alternative to the Lodhi Garden tea".

While signing off, he said, "I foresee a situation where some of these outstanding places will acquire a brand value across the country".

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