Punjabi food has always been my favorite, not because I get to eat lot of authentic Punjabi cuisine but the fact that I don’t get to eat much makes it all the more irresistible to me. I remember going to my father’s friend’s house and gorging on makki di roti, sarson da saag,a bhindi preparation the taste I remember till this date but sadly enough I don’t know the method to prepare that. When I had it way back in 1985 I hardly cared how the food was cooked but was more interested in enjoying it.
Next my interaction with Punjabi food happened when I had a student who belonged to Sikh community. I again got the chance to enjoy loads of authentic Punjabi cuisine and home cooked at that. But this relation also got over after few years. Now what to do. Staying here in Kolkata I cannot get what I desired. No am not trying to belittle all the restaurants who serve Punjabi food. Somehow I think they ruin the taste with too much butter and spices. Sometimes I feel I may have been a Punjabi in my previous birth or else how my taste buds know which is real and where superficiality has crept in.
But one day something different happened. It was Mahasasthi day, the day from when Durga Puja starts and I was called by my school friends all of a sudden. They wanted to meet me and the place they asked me to come was known as Punjabee Rasoi. I was not too excited with the prospect of dining at this restaurant as I knew what would come my way. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got to taste their spread. Kabuli Naan, tadka, palak corn and chicken butter masala, this was what I had on the first day. The taste was just amazing. Spices used in the right proportion. I was happy that I could at last have a taste of Punjabi cuisine and this time I can come here again. And so I did. The next day when I went there I had Adrak ke panje, which are mutton ribs cooked in ginger and Murg Lehsuni Kebab, simply delectable and not to be missed.
If you are in Kolkata, you can come over to this small place, yes don’t expect an awesome ambiance but come here only for the food. Another thing which you have to keep in mind is that they have specific timings and not serve lunch after 3 pm. It again reopens at 6pm. They have this homely kind of thing maybe that is why they have maintained the taste of a home cooked meal.
Some details of Punjabee Rasoi are:
Address: 196, Near Siemens, Rajdanga Chakraborty Para, East Kolkata Township, Kolkata – 700107
Phone: +(91)-9831035662 | 9432977768
Payment Mode: Cash
I wouldn’t call this a restaurant but a place which offers good food and should be tried if one loves Punjabi cuisine.
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