Dilli ki laal Tikki.. Sialkoti Aloo.. Raan e Murg.. Nimboo Mirch Macchi.. No no I did not travel to Punjab or Delhi, I got to soak my taste buds into these yummies right here in Chennai at “The Great Indian Kebab Festival!!” Currently being held at the Copper Chimney. (Just the title had me drooling.)
Located on cathedral road, next to hot breads and MRF, it’s easy to locate!
Done up in white, yellow, bronze and red with a touch of copper the place looks great. The old bells hanging from the ceiling adds a rustic touch to the place. The copper tiffin dabbas, Afghani rugs on the wall and other copper knick knacks adds class.
Drinks : We ordered Watermelon Margarita and Green apple Margarita (both virgin, ofcourse). Served on chilled glasses, salt on the rim, these were instant refreshers!
We started our meal with some spicy, crispy black peppered masala paapad served along with pickled onions and fresh green mint chutney.
Carefully chosen, cooked to perfection, and served beautifully, the Festival menu consists of 10 diff kebabs. What I tried and loved, a brief:
Kandey Masaley ka paneer tikka – marinated in whole roasted masala, skewered with onions and cooked over tandoor. The Paneer was soft, the spices perfect. Delicious!
Sialkoti Aloo – Tandoori baby potatoes marinated and coated in hot and sour spices and rotated in kalonji (onion oil). The potatoes were well cooked, the spices were on point! Lip smackingly delicious!!
Kashmiri Paneer – Paneer marinated in saffron and Kashmiri garam masala and charcoal grilled. The paneer was soft and fresh and the flavours, though mild were plain delectable.
Dilli ki Laal Tikki : Deep fried!! Nuff said. Actually no. Stuffed to the brim with the goodness of Indian Gooseberry and beetroot. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. So wholesome and filling.
Nimboo Mirchi Macchi : Seer fish marinated in lemon-y and minty masala. Along with the Chaat masala onion it was plain heavenly.
Baluchi Chicken : Half a chicken marinated in authentic baluchi spices, nut paste and yogurt. Fresh, soft and yummie.
Raan e Murg : Grilled chicken legs, cooked in a spicy masala, fresh herbs and chilli cheese.
Masala Tandoori Wings : Dhaba styled BBQ chicken wings, topped with fresh lemon juice, it was Tangy bliss.
For main course we decided to go with tandoori roti along with daal makhani and Murg makhani.
During our other visits, we tried a portion of Afghani chicken, aloo parathas and Chicken Dum biryani.
The Afghani chicken was well marinated, though subtly spiced, it was delicious. The biryani was really good! Brilliant infact. The aloo paratha along the in house mango pickle spelt delicious.
For dessert, we ordered a portion of Malai Firnee. Topped with roasted almonds & pista and served perfectly chilled in a claypot, the firnee was rich and wholesome and wow!
Service ran smooth, no complaints. The portions were good.
A meal for two can come up to 1500+ bucks. Totally worth every paisa!
Check them out!
The Great Indian Kebab Festival is on till the 14th of April, 2017.
Don’t miss it!!