Pyara Sa Kabab Addiction – By Gurpreet Singh Tikku

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Originally Posted: 9th August, 2012
Now just in case you are wondering why is the title so, then you will get to know as you Read on.
Baarish hui thi poore din aur sama bhi suhana tha, aise mausam mein humko kuch barriya khana tha.
That was the exact reason for this impromptu Eatup. For the past 1 month we had discussed Pyara Chicken and his Fish on the Eatlo Wall and were waiting for an opportunity to try it. So, yesterday it was. 7 of us reached Pyara Chicken at the J BLock, Community Centre in Rajouri Garden. The place is empty in the day, but as the sun sets, the mood rises and the vacant compound is filled by Tables and Chairs of all restaurant/Dhaba owners. So, we decided to take a table outside under the dark clouds and amidst the suhana mausam.

Pyara Chicken Corner
Pyara is a few decades old name for people in Rajouri Garden. The shop built its reputation by selling Fried Fish, Egg Pakora and Fried Chicken from small shop on the footpath along Bindra Park and shifted here after those unauthorized structures were removed.
Egg Pakora

Egg Pakora ..
So, the first order had to be Egg Pakora, which was very Decent. Boiled Egg, very delicately covered with a better of Flour, Maize, Besan, Rice Powder and some other ingredients. The Golden Hue of the Pakora invited us to pick it instantly. The Covering was very crisp, unlike what we have eaten at other places. At Rs. 10 a piece, it’s a steal!! Other dishes we ordered were Mutton Seekh Kebab (Rs. 120), Roasted Chicken(Rs. 140 for half), Chicken Kalmi (Rs. 260) and Afghani Chicken(Rs. 140 for half).

Mutton Seekh Kebab
Mutton Seekh Kebab was supposed to be his specialty, however I found it to be very simple and spicy. No Taste, No texture. Though our co-Foodie Ajay Soni liked it. We also kept discussing how well the Kebabs were which we had at a Eat-up few months back at Kebab Addiction.

Roasted Chicken
Roasted Chicken: Was ordinary stuff.
Afghani Chicken seemed to a Roasted Chicken with cream all over it. I wonder how?? Afghani Chicken is supposed to have a different marination and different cooking style and is to be served with a Creamy Salad and not with laccha pyaaz.

Afghani Chicken

Kalmi Kebab / Chicken
Anyways, we asked if he has any the specialty and were told that Kalmi Kebab is a specialty which is supposed to be specially Cooked Chicken legs. Which we thought would be good and be stuffed with Chicken Keema Mixture as in Tangri Kebab. What they served was over cooked Roasted Chicken. After this disappointment we decided to call it a day there and move on to Kebab Addiction which was tried and tested and was hardly 50 steps away.
As soon as we occupied the chairs at Kebab Addiction we ordered for Mutton Seekh Kebab (Rs. 150). The plate was placed on our table and it was with a great texture, was well coated with butter and looked as if it’s twinkling like a star and inviting us to have a bite and relish. And without wasting time, we did so.

Seekh Kebab at Kebab Addiction ..

Galawti Kebab
Having them were like JANNAT……………Soft, Tasty, Juicy with right kind and amount of spices and herbs used. Even after we finished the bite, we could sense the Kebabs playing on our taste buds. Then we ordered for Galawati Kebabs. (Rs. 200) The Owner being from Lucknow(Galawati and Kakori Kababs originated here) knows how to make them well and plays with spices and herbs in a big way which adds to the overall food experience.
TRIVIA TIME::: Galawati means “Melt in Mouth”. The Recipe was developed for an aging Nawab, Who could not chew meat having lost his teeth. The actual recipe is supposed to have more than 100 aromatic spices. Galawati Kebab is in the shape of minced meat round patty.
They had a Veg Galawati Kebab (Rs. 150) too…Made from a combination of vegetables and corn which were equally good.
Now was time to have some usual stuff and we ordered “Bhatti ka Murg” (Rs. 260), which literally means Tandoori Chicken. It was unlike the Tandoori Chicken we had a while before. It was very juicy, soft and was topped with some thick gravy, which added to the taste.

Bhatti Ka Murg (Tandoori Chicken?) :P
While having all this we ordered for Roomali Roti (Rs. 10), which came in a minute and was piping hot. And on inquiring we got to know that they have a live Roomali Counter wherein Roomalis are made in real time, wherein most of the other restaurants make it in evening and just warm it when they are ordered. This was another PLUS.

Sumit Sapra with Kali Mirch Tikka

Achari Chicken

Chicken Dum Biryani..
Next came the Kali Mirch Tikka (Rs. 180), which was succulent and different. Ab jab tak roti nahi khayi to pait nahi bharta……so we ordered “Achari Chicken” (Rs. 360) along with Rotis (Rs. 5) and Chicken Dum Biryani (Rs. 220). Achari Chicken was true to its name with taste of a pickle in the gravy. Briyani was cooked in Desi Ghee and had a nice colour, and soft boneless pieces of Chicken were well cooked. Overall the experience at Kebab Addiction was good and will make us keep going back for their Kebabs.
Pyara Chicken is a BIG NO NO!! It Produced MASS stuff without any thought on detailing on food.
No meal is complete without desserts and to get a closure we headed to Rajouri Garden Market to have a Daane Daar, Tille waali Kulfi from Gupta Kulfi Bhandaaaaaaar, which was quite a good way to end the evening.
Written by Gurpreet Singh Tikku
Editing and Images by Shashank Aggarwal
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Author: Shashank

CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.

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