In a line– Authentic Kashmiri and Mughlai food at your doorstep.
Cuisine– Kashmiri and Mughlai
Price for two– Rs.800(approx)
Must haves– Papad paneer, Malai kofta, Ghost kofta
The crown of our nation, Kashmir is known for its picturesque beauty and is rightly called ‘heaven on earth‘. While in Delhi we do have kashmiri woolens, handicrafts and carpets, the elaborate and complex kashmiri food is hard to find(except the not-so-authentic rogan josh, which you’ll easily find in North Indian weddings)
They say that in order to experience true kashmiri food, one should pay a visit to a kashmiri wedding. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to attend one and have been craving for authentic kashmiri food lately. And Daawat-e-Kashmir came in as a boon to satiate my appetite for kashmiri dishes.
Located on Golf Course Road in Gurgaon, Daawat-e-Kashmir is here to bring the rich dishes with recipes that have evolved through different generations at a price which is sure to leave you tempted to have one more dish. Operating as delivery-only, you may place the order and then go and collect it from the base kitchen. Until now, the delivery range includes gurgaon only, however, if the order is substantial, then they might consider sending it across in Delhi as well.
A few days back I had ordered food from Daawat-e-Kitchen and was rewarded in return with some lip-smacking and drool-inducing kashmiri food.
My culinary safari in kashmiri and mughlai kitchen began with some crimson red chicken tikkas, the spice of which complemented the green chutney that came along. The tabak maas or deep fried mutton ribs, though had simple flavours, turned out to be great.
While the non-vegetarian starters were nice, the vegetarian starters didn’t disappoint a bit, be it the flavour packed stuffed mushrooms or the melt in the mouth papad paneer tikkas. Amongst all the appetisers, the papad paneer turned out to be a clear winner and hence, this would be my recommendation.
I paired the malai kofta, which had beautiful tones of cardamom and kevda, with my all time favourite laccha parantha. While the malai kofta was a delicate dish, the kashmiri ghost kofta had an explosion of flavour in my mouth. It had mutton koftas, rich in spices, in a deep crimson gravy due to the kashmiri red chillies. This paired with pudina parantha came together as an unrivalled combination. The chicken biryani too had a beautiful medley of flavours and went well with the simple raita that came along.
Overall, ordering food from Daawat-e-Kashmir turned out to be no less than an actual daawat with the beautiful mix of kashmiri and mughlai dishes.