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Pind comes to town



DHABA JUNCTION: Pind restaurant in New Delhi

At the first instance, one feels as if entering a Punjabi village, with huge wooden gates and men dressed in lungi kurta standing in welcome. The thatched roof and mud walls, the banyan tree in the middle and some cots strewn around only add to the impression. There is even a well to quench the thirst. And when it comes to furniture, cutlery and service, Pind Balluchi, the theme restaurant in New Delhi's Lajpat Nagar, is quite close to any pind in Baluchistan.

"In the present scenario, when everybody is running after Mediterranean and French food, we came up with an Indianised version because we believe it's more permanent and not occasional like other foods. One can try this at any day and any time," says Meraj Rizvi of Pind Baluchi. Kabab treats

With a choice of lassi, aam ka panna or jaljeera to sip on, one can try the kabab assortment for starters. These include tangri kabab and the hara-bhara kabab. While the former is a chicken leg piece roasted with white pepper and nuts, the latter is a preparation of spinach and chana dal. But the most unique in this kabab collection, dahi kabab, is made from buttermilk with chopped vegetables stuffed in bread and roasted. Mushroom kurkure and roasted gobhi are the vegetarian delicacies that are bound to leave you asking for more. The good thing about Pind Balluchi is that it offers varied dishes for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. For the main course, there is an array of delicacies like dal tarka, paneer masala, fish amritsari and murg Balluchi. Mutton and chicken biryani, hot and spicy are also on offer. Adding to the aesthetic set-up are the heavy bronze water tumblers.

That's not all. To satisfy the sweet tooth, there is matka kulfi and the not too sweet kheer, both served in earthenware utensils.

D.R.

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