Khiva – A quest for regional food

Regional cuisine has died in India but restaurants like this have taken a step ahead to get back our basics strong. I visited a lot of places recently but had hardly few serving authentic regional food. But I was very happy to find this one after a long time which serves some delicious Mughlai or to be specific Bukhara cuisine. This place has blended it’s food well along with the ambience, music and service. The interiors are very unique with big paintings, brick walls and chandeliers. Its a perfect place for family dinners or for people who want to cherish regional food. Cost for 2 here is ₹1500 excluding beverages. Read about my culinary journey over this place to know more about it

Seekh Kebab(₹415)

Seekh Kebab
Seekh Kebab

It’s like “Seekh Kebab nai khaya toh kya khaya” when ever you visit a restaurant which serves you Mughlai food. Lamb mince kebab cooked till perfection in Clay oven with its juices intact and flavours elevated. You could actually feel the juices oozing out inside your mouth while having it. I would just roll this kebab into a rumali roti topped up with onions and chaat masala, a perfect dish for all kind of meals.

Barra Kebab Lazeez(₹390)

Barra Kebab Lazeez
Barra Kebab Lazeez

I couldn’t stop praising chef for the dishes that he served me, and there was yet another addition. Lamb chops marinated over night with tangy pepper marinade and kachiri. The lamb was so tender that as soon as you bite through the meat would easily leave the bone. A sign which displays a skill set of chef that takes years to master.

Sabuta Chooza(₹410)

Sabuta Chooza
Sabuta Chooza

You surely need to order this thing when you visit this place. The most fancy way of serving a kebab in Talwar (sword) which I have never seen yet in Mumbai. The best part was that the beauty of this dish was not restricted to the look rather the flavours were intense and would surely be cherished by anyone who loves chicken. It was on similar lines to Tandoori chicken where chicken was marinated with blend of spices and dash of amchur powder.

Galwati Kebab(₹390)

Galwati Kebab
Galwati Kebab

I would surely visit this place if not for a complete meal but surely for Galwati Kebab. It’s a classical kebab from the streets of Lucknow made up of lamb mince blended along with spices, cashewnuts, saffron and brown onions placed on a piece of roti. As the kebabs were  pan teased it made sure all the juices were trapped inside making it juicy, succulent and mouth melting. A bite and it took me to the lanes of lucknow and after that I didn’t need anything else to gorge upon.

Chowki ki Tikki(₹290)

Chowki ki Tikki
Chowki ki Tikki

A start which kept me munching till the end without any guilt. A vegetarian kebab made up of potatoes and green peas stuffed with cheese and raisins. As soon as you bite through, the cheese would ooze out making you crazy. The sweetness of green pea was perfectly blended along with the saltiness of cheese and the earthy flavour of potatoes. Shallow frying of kebabs caused carameliztion of natural sugar present in potatoes, giving it a beautiful after taste with a crusty feel. A must try!!

Peshawari Paneer Tikka (₹315)

Peshawari Paneer Tikka
Peshawari Paneer Tikka

This is termed to be the best selling and the signature dish of this outlet. Huge Malai Paneer blocks marinated along with a yogurt marinade which was flavoured with Yellow chilli, which hardly people use now days in restaurants. The paneer was creamy and would melt in mouth, further more the experience was elevated by the smoky flavour.

Dal Khiva with Khuskha

Dal Khiva with Khuskha
Dal Khiva with Khuskha

A regional recipe by the localites of Khiva, a region from culinary land of Bukhara. Black lentils cooked overnight along with tomato, ginger,garlic, cream, butter and spices on clay oven to get a desired consistency, flavour and texture. This dal was very rich, creamy & heavy due to the use of cream and butter. It can be paired along with Indian breads or Khushka(steamed rice) according to your preference.

Paneer Khurchan(₹325)

Paneer Khurchan
Paneer Khurchan

A dish which had dual qualities, it can be consumed as an appetizer or as a main course along with Indian breads. I somehow felt it was a complete dish in itself and didn’t need anything to accompany along. Cottage cheese batons were tossed along with freshly cut tomatoes, capsicum and mustard. It was mild in terms of spiciness and had a upper hand towards sourness due to tomatoes.

Nalli Ka Salan with Khameeri roti(₹390)

Nalli Ka Salan with Khameeri roti
Nalli Ka Salan with Khameeri roti

Another innovation which worked well for me. Lamb shanks(nalli) were cooked to perfection in brown gravy which had the natural sweetness of onions & cashews along with the blended flavours of other spices. As this dish is cooked by the process of Dum the nalli was juicy, succulent and full of flavour. The natural juices of lamb were infused into the gravy making it more delicious and vise versa. A big enough portion for 2 people.

Murgh Peshawari(₹345)

Murgh Peshawari
Murgh Peshawari

My star of the day was this dish which looked the most simple but had lot more into it than what it looked. A chicken curry cooked in rich brown gravy with a dominating flavour of garlic and red chillies. As soon as you gulp down it left an impression of some spice which I truly enjoyed. After speaking to the chef I realized that the curry was smoked with clove. Isn’t that interesting and unique?

Gosht Ki Dum Biryani(₹335)

Gosht Ki Dum Biryani
Gosht Ki Dum Biryani

I always prefer lamb biryani over chicken biryani as lamb has a tendency to add a stronger and better flavour to the rice as compared to that of chicken. Hence I ordered for one , it was served in a  huge ceramic handi along with salan and raita. As soon as you open the lid the aroma would directly hit your nostrils making your taste buds alert for the grand feast. The rice was flavourful, meat was cooked to perfection and the raita made it worth a million dollar journey. Raita was a simple blend of yogurt, chilli powder and honey.

Zaffrani Angoori Rasmalai(₹140)

Zaffrani Angoori Rasmalai
Zaffrani Angoori Rasmalai

Small round balls made up of mawa placed in saffron flavoured condensed milk. One bite and I finished it spick and span. It was rich, it was delicious, it was mind blowing and I still can feel its taste while writing about it.

Here is where my journey ends, untill next time……….

Stats

Ambience – 10/10

Service -10/10

Food -10/10

Value for Money -10/10

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2 thoughts on “Khiva – A quest for regional food

  1. Great article… Though some of the prices are on higher side…the food looks yummy.
    The seekh disguised as talwar for Tandoori chicken is a nice innovation… Keep blogging 😃😃👍👍

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