Taste of Punjab
When I moved to Bangalore some ten years back, my family and friends were more worried about my food than me. They kept on telling me that I should find a job in Delhi and moving to this part of the country would be challenging for me. Paying Guests accommodations, local food in pocket friendly restaurants and even the locality chat shops would serve the South Indian meal and it would be hard for me to adjust. The big question was, are there any Punjabi restaurants in Bangalore?
As against to what every one had thought, in all these ten years, I never had a day when I thought of going back up North. Food or people, this is the city that has kept me happy and I cannot ever thank my stars enough for making me land in this lovely city. During my initial days in Bangalore, we were a bunch of Software Engineer Trainees from all over India and from then on started our search for good food that would help us not miss home. Those days Bobby da Dhaba near Ulsoor lake used to be our favorite hangout. It served great stuffed parathas, aaloo-gobhi, lassi and what not. Made with love and loaded with ghee, that food was better than what I had ever had even while in Delhi.
As time passed, the choices also changed. The city grew and more and more food joints came up. Where there is an opportunity, there is no dearth of options and that’s what happened over the course of years. Punjabi Cuisine in Bangalore is not just limited to parathas and pindi chole. From makke di roti – sarson da saag to butter chicken, you can get a great variety in the menu and all that comes with a great quality and affordable price range.
Aangan is another place famous restaurant for its great taste and wide variety. As colleagues and friends, a go-dutch dinner always works there. The Punjabi Rasoi in Indiranagar is a small restaurant but it’s not easy to find a table for two over weekend. It serves some really good and never leaves foodies disappointed.
Not just that, lassis can be found even in the Srinidhi and Shanti Sagars showing how well this city has adapted to the taste preferences of the cosmopolitan crowd. Mast Kalandar outlets have named one of their thali combo – Balle Balle, Pindi Chole and it is their fast-moving item on the menu. The sweets shop Anand, never fails to impress me with their tasty bhatures and dal makhani. My new favorite is Takda Singh with their awesome food and a typical Punjabi branding. So, if you are missing home food and Punjabi food is all that you want, Bangalore will never disappoint you. Trust me!
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