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Recommended Eating: Kake Da Hotel (Delhi’s Best NWFP Cusine)

Recommended Eating: Kake Da Hotel (Delhi’s Best NWFP Cusine)

If you are ever driving in Connaught place – outer circle, once you zip past the Rohit Bal designed-one of Delhi’s unquestionably most serene restaurants i.e. Veda, switch off the air conditioning (if your car has one !), roll down the screens and press the car to the left until the wafting smell of kebabs, biryani’s and secret Indian curries from the 65 year old Delhi’s legendary gastronomical landmark i.e Kake Da Hotel, enters your car….

The owners of this eatery fled Multan of undivided India some 65 years back (now in Pakistan) and started this 30 cover eatery in New Delhi. There are only about 20 odd very carefully selected dishes on the menu, which haven’t changed since India won Independence and neither have any of the recipes. I think the secret to Kake’s success lies in a.> the use of Indian Masalas (Spices). Each of which is freshly ground with a pestle and mortar and not bought off the shelf from some supermarket b.> Use of Pure Desi Ghee ( Clarified Butter made from cow milk) only, this is a rarety these days as usually restaurants end up using some industrial sludge (read: vegetable oil).

A minimum waiting period of 20 minutes gets you a table. I think what is really brilliant is the Sag-Paneer ( Indian Cottage Cheese in a spinach curry), Egg Curry (Boiled Eggs in a tangy tomato-garlic-onion-ginger-secret Indian herbs curry), Sag-Meat (Mutton in a spinach curry), Murg Makhani or Butter Chicken ( Roasted Chicken in a tomato-butter-fresh cream-onion curry ) and the Meat Pulao (Basmati Rice cooked with Mutton).

Each dish is accompanied by a plate of freshly sliced onion rings with lemon juice and rock salt sprinkled on top. Along with the dishes one can order Indian breads- the Naan, Roti or a Tandoori Lachha Parantha . There are no desserts on the menu.

Must Eat, Whenever you are next in Delhi.

Address: 74, Municipal Market, Connaught Circus, New Delhi

 

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