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This winter, if you want a taste of southern spice, head to Chhote Nawab. The Mughlai restaurant at 7 Circus Avenue on AJC Bose Road (next to Bangladesh High Commission) has added a few select dishes from Andhra Pradesh to its menu. After starting off with an Old Delhi bent, they added Lucknowi and Hyderabadi specialities, with the flavour of Andhra its most recent offering.

“Andhra food is known to be hot and spicy. You can’t eat it and not break into sweat!” jokes owner Pranav Trehan. Find on the menu Mutton Fry with a spicy twist of curry leaves. Or Kaliya Fish, a close cousin of the very Bangali maachher kaliya. The kaliya fish in Chhote Nawab too has a tomato and onion gravy but with more chillies and less garam masala. To soothe your mouth after the spicy overload of the fish, you could try the Prawns Godavari. Prepared in a gravy of poppy seeds and cashew nut, its creamy texture is ideal if you’d like a break from the mirchi.

The vegetarian dishes too make a nice change from the regular Malai Kofta and Shahi Paneer. If, like Pranav, you’ve been a bhindi-hating carnivore expect their Bhindi Masala to make a convert out of you. Thick creamy masala of cashew nut paste and melon seeds make this “slimy” green vegetable a lot more palatable. If your meal is incomplete without potatoes, don’t miss the Aloo Methi. A meal for two should cost around Rs 700.