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What’s cooking this Baisakhi?

Baisakhi is to celebrate harvest, and to celebrate harvest is to celebrate food.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2012 01:29 IST
debasmita ghosh
debasmita ghosh
Hindustan Times

Baisakhi is to celebrate harvest, and to celebrate harvest is to celebrate food. Here’s where the big feasts are

What’s the first thing
that comes to your mind when you think of Baisakhi? Fresh food from the fresh harvest, of course. And more of it, when there are the other celebrations too — the Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam and Assamese new years over the weekend. So, don’t stop the celebrations with decorations and naach-gaana — we give you a comprehensive guide to city restaurants places that are offering flavours from these states to mark the festivities. From mouth-watering traditional North Indian fare to special theme musical nights — there’s plenty happening in the city to go with the good mood. Lap it up!

Super Tikka Treat
Mere Desh Ki Dharti Sona Ugle, Ugle Heere Moti — that’s the name of the Punjab-themed musical night that will be held here today. Now, to tempt your tastebuds — there’s the traditional butter chicken, Mughlai biryani, hariyali platters, paneer tikka, as well as some special South Indian dishes created for the day such as kollu soup, paneer milagu masala , pallipalayam chicken biryani, and yeral vadai masala. Where: Et Al-cafe + bar, Moments Mall, Ground Floor, Kirti Nagar Meal for two: RS800 (plus taxes)

Murg Much
The special Baisakhi buffet here consists of North Indian delicacies including tamaatar dhaniya shorbha, kesar murg shorba, makai seekh and seekh Patialashahi, prawn butter masala, bhutta masala, Punjabi kadi, dhaba gosht, Lahori murgh and goli paneer makhani. Those who dig desserts can gorge on shahi tukda and kesar phirni. You also get a complimentary beverage (a pint of beer/ lassi/ soft drink) with your meal. Where: The Spice Market, D-2, GF 18, Southern Park, Behind Select City Walk, Saket
Buffet price: Rs795

The special Baisakhi menu here will give you the feel of homemade food. Apart from the sweet or salted lassi, paav bhaji with homemade masala bun and chhole bhature, don’t forget to try the special Rajasthani laal maas served with makki roti. Also worth a mouthful is their juicy gulab jamun and kheer. Where: Cafe Delhi Heights, Galleria 2, DLF Cross Point, DLF Phase-4, Shop No. 121-123, Gurgaon. Meal for two: RS1500 (with alcohol). Also at 301, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. Meal for two: R800 (without alcohol). On till: April 18.

Dhaabe ka Chhaunk
Soak up the Baisakhi spirit as you dig into their special platter consisting of dahi ke kebab, Amritsari fish, mutton burra with dhaabe ka chhaunk, teekhe sharaab ka chhaunk, and a pint of lager beer. There are mustard-hued tractors and typical village-like interiors to complete the feel. Where: Rang De Basanti Dhaaba, First Floor, E-18, South Extension Part 2
Meal for two: Rs350 (plus taxes)

Fishy Festivities
Craving for some spicy fish? Head here and treat yourself to dishes such as spicy pearlspot fish baked in banana-leaf, and steamed prawns in red gravy. A must-try is the bright yellow fish moilee green curry, the sea curry or a crimson masala fish gravy flavoured with ground spices. Where: Bromfy, M- 69, 1st Floor, GK-1 M Block Main Market
Meal for two: Rs1200 (plus taxes)

Four States
This place has come up with a special platter for the day that has four specials — one each from Punjab, Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. From the Baisakhi menu, you must not miss their special butter chicken and the Amritsari chhole kulcha made with freshly-ground aromatic spices. Where: Black Pepper, Rajouri Garden, GN-1 Shivaji Enclave, Rajouri Garden
Meal for two: Rs1,200
(plus taxes)

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First Published: Apr 12, 2012 18:09 IST