In a line: The perfect place to visit with family over some delicious North Indian food.
Cuisine: North Indian
Price for two: Rs. 1400(approx)
Location: 8, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi
Must haves: Raan-e-moksha, paneer kurkura, chicken bharta, choori with ice cream
Despite the wide variety of cuisines available to us in Delhi, we still somehow end up being conservative about our choices and prefer to have some comforting North Indian food when it comes to eating out with family.
While modern Indian cuisine and fusion food has its own charm, if you wish to resort to authentic old-school flavours and are wanting to gorge onto some succulent kebabs and flavour-packed curries, then Moksha is all set to take you down the memory lane with age old forgotten recipes.
Located in New Friends Colony market, right above Pebble Street, Moksha is a fuss-free restaurant that has focused its energies on offering good food and drinks. Simplistic interiors and adequate spacing between tables, Moksha offers a dim-lit dinner experience and has a seating capacity of around 50 pax.
The extensive menu is equipped to offer something for every palate, but can get rather confusing while choosing what to order. The easiest way out is to ask manager and rely on his recommendations. That’s what I did and was rewarded with some mouth watering dishes to binge on.
Marinated in spices and cooked in tandoor till meat was falling off the bone, the bhatti murg and mutton burrah were devoured on sight. While in the vegetarian starters, the dahi ke kebab failed to impress because of the thick coating, the paneer kurkura went beyond expectations. Paneer cylinders coated with spicy papad and deep fried, this dish should be opted by every vegetarian who visits moksha.
Even before the mains and desserts came in, I chose my pièce de résistance. Juicy and tender pulled lamb meat, cooked away to glory after getting marinated in a beautiful medley of spices, Raan-e-Moksha is good enough to feed 3-4 hungry souls and is highly recommended.
The main course was an elaborate affair with a number of dishes. While all of them tasted rather good, some of them simply stood out from the rest. And one such dish was the chicken bharta. Skeptical to try initially, the shredded chicken in a thick luscious crimson gravy was finished with a mirch parantha. The humble dal left no one disappointed and all three, dal e moksha, dal muradabadi and dal takda, tasted great. The main course was concluded on a delicious note with the fragrant mutton dum biryani with raita that was layered with flavoursome morsels of mutton.
Beware because you wouldn’t get your customary chocolate laden desserts, but you can satiate your sweet tooth with a mildly sweet phirni or gulkand studded pan kulfi. However, choori with ice cream should be topping your list. Made by crushing a parantha, the texture was similar to choorma and oddly enough, went well with scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Confession: Overall, Moksha can be the perfect place to visit to try some delicious North Indian dishes. The interiors and presentation of food are a bit old-school, but the food makes up for all jitters.
Value for money: 4/5