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Refreshingly DIFFERENT


TANTALISE YOUR taste buds and immerse in a tasty tale of unique North Indian cuisine. Hot Plate, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Hotel Avenue Center, Panampilly Nagar, is deliciously alive with a food festival `Rangoli dhamaka'. It is on going till July 11.

An a la carte menu serves up a variety ranging from different types of kebabs to tikkas. Malai , Rangoli , Afghani , Karti and Shammi form the Kebab platter. Rogan josh, Tandoori gobi, Jhinga masala, Tandoori karimeen and the ever popular Mughlai chicken are form the lavish spread of North Indian cuisine. Romali roti, Butter naan, Makhni gravy and Mint chutney are tasty accompaniments with the meats. The charges range from Rs. 80 to Rs 130. This menu is available for the festival.

The Avenue special kebab made of fish has the flavour of (nigella) ajwain, which is uncommon to the local palate. It is worth a try for being refreshingly different.

Based on the rangoli theme the rangoli kebab is made with mutton, tomatoes, onions and capsicums.

For the vegetarians yummy dishes with paneer, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes and carrots are served in distinctly original styles. Paneer pasanda in cashew gravy with hot Romali roti is a perfect combination. Another interesting dish to try is the Paneer Birbali. Its green, minty colour and flavour is once again new for the Malayali palate.

The Afghan kebab with buttered nan is one of the most popular dishes of the festival. It is served on cabbage and carrot shreds with tomato and lettuce leaves. Not very spicy it is delicious and has a very different flavour than the usual kebabs. Samundar Ki Sona, prepared with fish and cheese, is another draw. It is a blend of Pakistani and Mughali cuisine, according to the chef.

With an array of mouth-watering dishes, the ambience too has been created to match the colourful food platter. Rangoli and diyas light up the restaurant.

The regular lunch and dinner buffet is available along with the food festival. A salad bar for the diet conscious and a range of beverages, pastries and desserts to complete the meal awaits one and all at Hot Plate.

MUMTAZ KHALID ISMAIL

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