Since it is Diwali today and I miss my trip to India and the food I had at India so much, I would like to share about this no frills eatery nearby Nitin’s home that we dined at for brunch since it was already past noon after volunteering at Nitin’s NGO and we wanted to fill our tummies prior to our trip to Amer Fort.
A3 – A6, Queens Road,
Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur,
Rajasthan 302021, India
Since the Choley Bhature was recommended by Nitin and we wanted to try different dishes, Laurie and I decided to share the Choley Bhature and Dal Makhani as shown in the first picture. Dal Makhani depicted in the second picture is a staple dish in the Punjab region but has become a common dish in the Indian subcontinent after the Punjabis migrated to the northern regions of India. Dal basically means lentils, while makhani refers to butter. Thus, the red dish beside the naan in the photo comprises of tomato masala mixed with butter and slow cooked with whole black lentils called urad, red kidney beans called rajma and spices for about 6 hours. Once the dal thickens, cream is added.
As seen in the third picture, the Choley Bhature also takes a long time to prepare. The bhature is prepared by mixing flour, oil, lukewarm water, sugar, salt and baking soda into a smooth dough and covering it for two hours. While storing the dough to be ready, the choley is prepared by cooking the tomato masala, chick peas, cottage cheese and spices. After two hours, the dough is ready to be made into small balls then binded with flour and rolled into oval shape. In order to cook the bhature, the dough must be deep fried in very hot oil. Can you believe how much oil is used to cook the bhature? The dish served in this eatery is delicious among us foreigners and even within the locals. The Choley Bhature and Mango Lassi are the top popular items served in the restaurants and we enjoyed it a lot too! Usually, the locals will take Choley Bhature paired with Mango Lassi as their breakfast meal too and I am glad that we had that! The mango lassi was not too sweet yet very rich but not “jelat”.
The best thing about this place is the price of the food because we had Indian lunch buffet near Fatephur Sikri the previous day and it was very bad. The buffet had limited varieties, did not serve hot food items and the beverages were too sweet. It costs 600 INR per person (USD$8.22 / SGD$11.30 / CAD$10.78). As for Kanha, the Choley Bhature costs 120 INR (USD$1.64 / SGD$2.26 / CAD$2.15), while the Dal Makhani costs 129 INR (USD$1.77 / SGD$2.43 / CAD$2.32). The Mango Lassi costs 35 INR (USD$0.48 / SGD$0.66 / CAD$0.63). How inexpensive is that? Furthermore, the eatery is very hygienic and there are many chairs to cater a large group of customers.
Opens daily from 8AM – 11PM