Thursday, March 15, 2012

Punjab & Punjabi Cuisine!

Amritsar- Punjab's Culinary & Spiritual Capital!
Amritsar is a name derived from the Lake inside the Temple, Amrit ka Sarovar!

Nirvana Trip:
If possible, a visit to the Harminder Sahib Temple/Golden Temple should be taken at least 3 times a Day, once at Dawn (when the Guru Granth Sahib is brought out from the Akal Takht and taken to the temple in a ceremonial Palki), again at Mid-day (Sun’s rays dancing on the gleaming gold dome and have a Langar Lunch) & lastly at Twilight to watch the Temple change color with the setting Sun

There is a facility to wash our Feet just before entering the Temple with a Cool Water Pool
The Temple is surrounded with Pure Clean White Marble
The Devotees are so particular about the Cleanliness & Spirituality Aspect that they will keep reminding you to Cover your Head & Pick any things that Fall down as well!
Stairs go downwards in the Temple which symbolizes to Lower your Head so that all the Negative virtues like the Ego, Attitude, Selfishness are dispelled

The start of Sikhism started to protect the Common People from the Attacks of the Mughal & Afghan

Jalianwaala Bagh 

Pul Kanjari
A trip to this Holy Town gets Complicated as we People may have limited stomachs, too much Desire & some great Food to gorge on :P!!

Culinary Trip:
Start off a Hot day with a Chilled glass of Thick Buttermilk (Lassi) topped off with  Fresh Cream (Malai) in Sweet, Sour or Plain flavors

One of the traditional & popular Breakfast items are the Amritsari Kulchas stuffed with Cottage Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables or simply plain with Butter served with loads of Butter & Chole
Must have Breakfast at Kanha Sweets (Kanahya Lal Sant Ram) in Lawrence Road
Desi Ghee Preparations like Winter Specials like Gud ka Halwa (Sooji, Gud, Kishmish), Pinni, 
A Breakfast Thali here has Launji, Large Puri Chana, Pickled Carrots

Kesar da Dhaba in Chowk Passion (Passian) since 1916
Exquisite Recipes passed down through Generations made in Desi Ghee
Tandoor Items like Naan, Kulcha, Aloo Parantha, Lacchha Parantha  etc.. & their Aromas drew my Hubby Pavan so much (Tandoor being his All Time Favorite Cuisine) that he just couldn't wait to Gorge on them :P
Some personal Family Favorites from their Menu are the Dal (which takes a long 10-12 Hours to prepare), Palak Paneer, Chole, Baingan Bharta, 

Seating arrangement is available in both AC & non AC rooms

Gurdas Ram Jalebi Waale in Katra Ahluwalia for Awesome Jalebis, location is very close to the Main Gate of Golden Temple

Bestest Lassi from Ahuja Milk Bhandar in Dhab Khatikan Near Hindu College
Also Hall Bazaar, Lassi Wala Chowk (Opposite Regent Cinema)

Bansal Sweets for Pinni’s

Crystal Restaurant is a famous joint at Queens Road

All India Fame Amritsari Kulcha on Maqbool Road
Kanwalpreet Singh

Difference between a Stuffed Naan & Amritsari Kulcha is that the Kulcha has a 7 layer Dough with Ghee on each layer with Potato, Onion, Green Chillies, Pomegranate Seeds, Coriander Leaves Served with Tamarind Chutney
Open from 830 Am-7 Pm

Kanahiya Sweets for Chole Bhature in Phullan Wala Chowk

Khulche Chole Dhaba for their Kulcha, Naan with Chole in Maqbool Road

Brijwasi Chat in Cooper Road

Surjit Food Plaza for Tandoori Specialities especially Tandoori Chicken
This place was a Dhaba at first which has been converted into a Full Fledged Restaurant

Beera Chicken House Majitha Road started in 1972
Owner Balbeer Singh

Gurbax Singh Gurdeep Singh Papar Warrian Wale, 1st Floor, Akali Market
Papad are made on the roofs of this Shop and exported to Australia & New Zealand

In the Farmer's Market can get the Fruit & Vegetable Seeds for just 30/- for 6 packets

Shopping Trip:
Hall Bazaar Near Arya Samaj Temple for Jutti Capital/Shoes-Turrewaali Jutti, Phulkari Dupatta-Hand made & Machine made
Famous Twirl of Moustache-

4 Hours from Amritsar
Malerkotla is a Muslim-dominated town in Punjab takes pride in the peace and harmony 

Kotkapura is the Cotton rich Town of Punjab

Culinary Trip:
Must visit is the Famous Dhodha House which sells Dhodha- Pakistan's Punjab Province Sweet came to India after Partition

Royal Atta Chicken in Jalto Road Kotkapura
Tomarjit Singh's ancestors were from the Pothohar Region near the Border of Afghanistan & Pakistan (NWFP)

theirs is a closely guarded recipe which involves marinating a dressed-up Chicken with a mix of special spices, tightly seal wrapped in a muslin cloth with a thick covering of kneaded Wheat flour (shaped like a Papaya) and roasting in a slow-fire oven
As the flour shell hardens and turns black, it is gently cracked up and the chicken is served steaming hot!

Sheep Meat

Chandigarh, Bhatinda, Mumbai

Manmeet Chicken


Culinary Trip:
Chawla's Original Cream Chicken
served with White Bread

30 Kms. from Jalandhar & Ludhiana is Lucky Vaishno Dhaba on NH-1 near Jalandhar-Phagwara Highway
Best Breakfast with famous Nimbu Achaar Bamboo Achaar
2 different types of Paneer, 3 different types of Rotis, Raita

Haveli on NH-1, fabulous interiors & seating
Haveli Special Thali (Saag, Pudina Mirchi Chutney, Dahi Bhalla, Shahi Paneer, Dal, Rice, Kheer, Papad) 100/-, Sarson da Saag, Makki di Roti, Thick Lassi 100/-

Punnu Pakoda Waala on Gill Road
open only from 11 AM till 5 PM
Paneer Pakode 160/- Kg, Mix Pakode 100/- Kg

Culinary Trip:
Sahni Dhaba A.C. Market
Veg Items like Kadi Pakora 30/-, Sarson ka Saag (Fresh Greens with Spices), Rajma 40/-, Paneer, Missi Roti,
Non Veg like Mutton Curry, Saag Mutton 160/-, Butter Chicken 300/-, Keema Kaleji (Liver Chunks with Spices) 140/-,

Lohri Festival is celebrated after the Winter months come to an end for the Warmth it brings in

Sweets like Special Winter Sweet Bhugga made of Khoya, Ras ki Kheer (made with Rice Kheer made from Fresh Sugarcane Juice, Boiling Milk Rice Soaked for 10 Minutes), Til ke Laddoo with Jaggery

Sesame seeds contain two unique substances: Sesame Seeds & Sesame Oil
Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage

"Til Bhuga Pinni" also known as Til ke laddoo is one of the most special eats of winters in North India
It is enjoyed  on the "Festival of Lohri" over Bonfire on 13th Jan every year along with Peanut and Sesame brittle Gajjak
The key ingredient of Bhugga Pinni is Sesame seeds, which are lightly roasted over low heat and rolled
with Milk powder, Sugar and Nuts. Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man dating back to as early as 1600 BC. The sesame seeds, also called Til in India are loaded with nutrition, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Zinc and dietary Fiber.  The whole seeds adds crunch to laddoos and breads, while the Sesame oil is highly valued in healthy cooking

City Tour:
Baba Singh made Qila Mubarak

Sandnauli Village 25 kms from Patiala

Culinary Trip:
Pal Dhaba Sector 28-D special Butter Chicken
Fresh Butter Cream
Chana Masala
Shahi Paneer Missi Roti

Sec 8 B Market

For Evening Tikka's, Pudding's & Pie's, Snack Bar, Ice Creams

Feel free to share your views as on how this Trip turned out & do let us know of any Quality Bakeries/Cafe/Restaurants in your area :)

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