Spicy. Fried. Steamed. Veg and non-veg in equal measure. Sweet & sour. It’s got it all, and is making Delhi its home this week. Set’z at DLF Emporio has a Parsi food pop-up going on, and its one you wouldn’t want to miss. Lead by chefs Tehmtan Dumasia and his wife Shernaz Tehmtan Dumasia, the week-long pop-up boasts of authentic Parsi food, and features the star dishes of the cuisine. With the Dumasias being Parsi themselves, running a catering enterprise since 27 years in Mumbai, and having fed the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar, you know you’ve got to get a taste of this feast.
Without much further ado, here are the must-trys from the menu; get yourself a table pronto!
Chutney Patties: A crackling crust of semolina breaking into potatoes, the quintessential Indian green chutney (this version is a tad sweeter, less tart), and potatoes – both the vegetarian version with potatoes only and the non-vegetarian with boiled egg inside are equally worth trying.
Lacy Mutton Cutlet: For all the muton lovers out there, you can’t skip this. Succulent minced mutton with egg, and the comfort combination of garlic-pepper-coriander, all deep fried together –it’s an Indian palate’s dream come true to eat this.
Kolmi na Kebabs: Similar as the above fried cutlets, this one comes with prawns inside. What’s great is that the strong flavouring does not overpower the prawn at all, also one of the juiciest in town (the chef told us he brought all his ingredients from Mumbai, and the seafood quality shows). This was the favourite amongst all the cutlets.
Dhansak: If you think you’ve tried good Dhansak in Delhi, this will make you re-think that fact. One of the best Dhansak I’ve ever tried, it has none of that typical heaviness or oiliness carried by curries when eating out. Light as a cloud and aromatic to a fault, this toor dal with all sorts of spices has the melt-in-mouth, along with rice they pair it with mutton cutlets if you want a meat kick to amp it up.
Sali na Marghi: Chicken that falls off the bone and fried matchstick potatoes doused in a red hot curry is what you get. And eat more than what you’d rationed for yourself is what you do. Mildly spicy and balanced with a hint of sweetness, it’s paired with tandoori rotis.
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A sumptuous Parsi food pop-up in Delhi.