I have very nostalgic memories of growing up in God’s own country. One of which was my dad’s concocted plans of taking me to Delhi for summer vacations. Along with the trip and the famous street food of Delhi, I have always dreamed about the beautiful mustard fields of Punjab. But year’s later things have changed and I am close to these places through my food journey. A recent addition to this list is my first visit to a renowned restaurant – Pindi, HSR Layout.
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Pindi restaurant was started in 1948 with a small shop which serves unlimited rotis (Indian bread) with Dal near the Army camps. Back then people loved the concept of paying only for dal and then have unlimited rotis. Another classic dish from Pindi is the authentic butter chicken which is very popular across all the outlets. Pindi was even featured in the 'The New York Times'.
A year old now, Pindi Bangalore is located at HSR Layout with roof-top as well spacious indoor seating area which is ideal for buffet/ corporate lunch. They also have big screens at the restaurant for watching your favorite team’s match. Another interesting thing is the beautiful wall paintings which gives you a village feeling. My friends and I had a meetup plan and most of us stay close to HSR Layout, so we felt for a relaxed dinner, this must be an ideal place for all. Service was quick and staffs were helpful and friendly. Our table was handled by manager Suresh and he made sure that we foodie friends had a wonderful time there.
For starters, we had Kashmiri Kebab, Mutton Galouti, Bhatti ka Murg, Paneer Kurkure, Hariyali seekh kebab, and Bharwan Chutney wale aloo. I really can’t say which one was the best. Each starter had amazing flavors.
If Kashmiri Kebab and Bhatti ka Murg was for the ‘Chicken lovers’, then Mutton Galouti, Paneer Kurkure with crispy papad coating, and Bharwan Chutney wale aloo with sesame seeds coating were to do Balle Balle. Though they served a bowl of green chutney and spicy onions with all the starters, we couldn’t stop having the Punjabi special ‘pickled shallots’. We relished all the starters with unending conversations.
After a scrumptious start, our expectations were really high for the main course. We ordered Kadai Paneer, Special Dal Makhani, Pindi Chana, Murg Makhani, and Lal maas Kashmiri along with assorted breads and Hara dhaniya mutter Pulao. What I loved most are the Murg Makhani, Pindi Chana, and the Lal maas. Lachha paratha and Garlic naan were served warm and it went well with all the dishes.
Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken) was indeed a classic one. No wonder people love this Pindi specialty so much. Dal Makhani with fresh desi ghee (clarified butter) garnishing couldn’t impress me in terms of consistency and taste. But who cares when there were enough dishes on the plate which literally gave me a foodgasm :)
When it comes to Punjabi desserts I can only think about Rabdi, Kulfi, and Jalebi. But unfortunately all these were not available on our visit and we satisfied ourselves with a bowl full of fresh Fruit cream and a tasty Gulab Jamun.
In between the heavy belting, we ordered few mocktails too. I love the strong flavors from Ginger-mint lemonade and also the refreshing Aam Panna (raw mango drink). Another interesting thing we foodies noticed was the beautiful carving of lemons used for the plating. So artistic it was!
They stick to the routes and source most of the ingredients from Delhi for the authentic flavors. Overall I enjoyed my first visit to this legendary restaurant and I will visit again for sure. My Punjabi food cravings are never ending and this place will come to my mind first as it is pretty close by. A meal for two would be ₹1000/- (approximately). They also have home delivery within 5 kms radius.
#15, 13th Cross, 9th Main
Sector 6, HSR Layout
For reservations, contact - 080 49653416
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