There are very few places specialising in Mughlai cuisine which are able to dish out a decent meal, forget about bringing their innovation to the table. The usual tikkas and kebabs sometimes get boring and creative energy in culinary arts is the rule of the day. Majnu ka Tilla has excelled on both the frontiers.
Without much ado, I would straightaway move forward to the loebly spread that was sent to me a few days back:
Chicken Tangri Kebab: Why in the name of God did I taste this? I have always been drawn towards the salivating Tangri Kebabs and these stuffed ones in thick sticky gravy just set a new bar for my taste buds. The stuffing of finely minced chicken with a juicy exterior of the leg piece drenched in yoghurt based gravy and the occasional green chillies will leave you yearning for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Achaari Paneer Tikka: Tangy and spicy – wohoooo! The smoked cottage cheese pieces and the red, yellow and green bell peppers were smoked to perfection in the tangy and peppery batter. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Majnu Special Afghani Chicken: The reason these guys call some of their dishes as special is because they use gravy in these appetizers. The tikka was perfectly smoked, succulent and drenched in a lovely gravy of yoghurt, green chillies and coriander flavoured with chaat masala . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Tikka: Again gravy based with tender boneless chicken pieces spreading the warmth in your mouth as well as stomach. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Paneer Lababdar: Vegetarians, you have to binge on this one. Thick and sliky gravy with the occasional bite of cumin seeds and a prominent flavour of the onion tomato mixture goes so well with every Indian bread that you can think of. And the paneer – top notch! They also use a secret ingredient in their preparation which I am of course forbidden to reveal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Since I have been on a spate of exploring the delivery outlets of Delhi NCR, I have experienced the preparations of a handful of them and needless to say, there are few of them which leave an everlasting impression on me.
Delhi Rasoi is one such outlet which scored a 5 on 5 when it came to providing an enriching culinary experience while sitting in the comfort of your home. The order arrived well in time and here are the delicacies that I relished on:
Chicken Tikka: Such mellowness and tenderness coupled with the precise penetration of spices to the core and the crunchy smokiness adorning its exterior – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Paneer Lababdar: Even a hard core non vegetarian like me fell in love with this. A thick buttery gravy with the bursting flavours of cardamom and tomatoes – each morsel tastes like divinity. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani: So finally after a long time, had a food gasmic biryani – the enchanting waft of long grained Basmati rice and spices topped with caramelised onions with chicken pieces drenched in the herbs to the core. The chicken is so well prepared that the flesh falls off easily from the bones – optimum moistness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Food to amuse or F’muse, located at the bustling Golf Course Road, Gurgaon is yet another entrant to the rising crew of delivery outlets in Gurgaon. The food is definitely amusing to your taste buds and here are a few items that I recently savoured:
Paneer tikka: Prominent tanginess of pickle like taste with exploding flavours and dollops of spices, this one is a must try. But slight saltiness and absence of smokiness on the paneer make it a tad incomplete. RECOMMENDED.
Garlic chicken: Good but dry.
Mataki chicken: I am short of words to describe this one. It is their speciality and after hogging on it, you will know why. Succulent chicken pieces drenched in a thick, oil soaked gravy of the finest juliennes of onions, garlic and chopped tomatoes with very unusual flavours – extraordinary is a very small word for this one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Paneer Lababdar: A smooth gravy but slightly tangy and heavy on spices with well cooked paneer cubes. RECOMMENDED.
It seems that the mushrooming of delivery outlets is going to continue for long, specially the Mughlai based cuisine ones. Handi Xpress counts itself in this section with the addition of barbeque dishes and the Chinese ones.
Service and delivery: On time and well packed.
Moving on to the food, here are the items I savoured:
Afghani Tangri Kebab: An adorable twist to our decadent Tangri Kebab – the rich cream hugging the leg pieces and lending its silkiness to the succulent chicken. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Butter chicken: Too tangy – tasted like tomato soup though the gravy was smooth and creamy.
Mutton Dum Biryani: Average rice grade, zero penetration of spices to the insides of the mutton and no flavour except the typical hotness of our gem garam masala – not recommended at all.
The one thing I appreciate about Majeed’s is their humbleness while providing class apart Mughlai dishes. Their deliveries are always on time with the personnel informing the customers about their delivery time.
Mutton Kakori Kebab: The softest and finest mutton mince sprayed with aromatic spices and screw pine essence formed into delectable kebabs.
Chicken seekh kebab: Chewy and hot chicken seekh with a slightly tangy flavour.
Mutton dum biryani: I somehow did not like their biryani this time. The rice was not biryani grade – not long grained and was over cooked. The mutton was succulent though.
So Dilli BC opens another outlet in South Delhi and I am pretty excited about it as Malviya Nagar is closer to my place. Sometimes, when you are not in the mood to eat the home made dinner, it is better to order from this place as the taste is so familiar to the taste buds which have lived on the “Dilli ka khaana” for such a long time. So here are a few of the dishes I relished:
Tangri Kebab: I have always fancied the juicy Tangri kebabs and I am happy to quote that the ones served by Dilli BC are a class apart. They have redefined this wonderful snack by stuffing it with the finest chicken mince and lathered the whole leg piece with cream and yoghurt. The chicken is juicy to the core. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Dal Tadka: The quintessential staple lentil of Delhi is cooked so well by the chefs here that you will find least deviation in your home made channa dal (split Bengal gram) and this one. The addition of chopped coriander leaves and ginger provide a fine and earthy taste. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Rara: I am short of words to describe this one. The chicken is tender, the curry is hot, mildly spicy and tangy and the amalgamation will keep you asking for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Delhi is the melting pot of myriad cultures and this very tag is one the many specialties of the national capital. The presence of a composite culture has had a profound effect on the culinary treats that “saadi dilli” (our Delhi) has to offer. Gradually, the “dilli ka khaana” has evolved to such levels that a Delhiite will fail to imagine his/her life without it.
Dilli BC, a delivery based outlet, is specializing in the cuisine of Delhi and would be loved by even a common “Dilliwaala”. The “BC” in the name does refer to the common lingo of Delhi, that is pretty prevalent here.
Here are some of the items which I recently tasted:
Dal Makhani : For a hardcore non-vegetarian, a simple dal makhani can also be food gasmic. The one served by Dilli BC should be one of the best I have tasted so far. The pulses are well cooked so well that they retain their individuality but blend easily. The addition of fresh cream enriches the dal leaving a smooth taste on your palate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Bhatti Chicken: I am amazed by the exemplary smoky flavour of the chicken pieces in addition to their tanginess and juiciness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mutton Rara: This dish needs substantial improvement. The gravy is rich with the flavours of tomato and garlic but way too spicy. The spice is so agonizing that it is difficult to eat. Though the mutton is succulent. NOT RECOMMENDED.
Butter Chicken: Tender chicken pieces smothered in a heavenly gravy. The gravy is so smooth and the taste is seamless. It needs to be a bit more spicy and tangy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mirchi Naan: This dish is not meant for the weak hearted. By weak hearted, I am referring to folks who have low tolerance for spice. Because fried green chillies with their seeds intact embedded in the naan giving it a furiously spicy taste. RECOMMENDED FOR SPICE LOVERS.