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New in town

the funjabi tadka

Opens: January 18
Where: 19A Southern Avenue (near Nava Nalanda High School)
Cuisine: Indian
Who runs the show? Snowball Conclave with chef Harpal Singh Sokhi (of Turban Tadka on Food Food channel) at the helm.
Meal for two: Rs 800

Turn into Southern Avenue from SP Mukherjee Road and you can’t miss The Funjabi Tadka glowsign. The restaurant is as welcoming inside as it is from the outside. Walk up the staircase decorated with painted cartoons into the earthy interiors with red brick walls, wooden furniture and a ceiling artfully made up with straw mats and ropes. The 70-seater interiors are a good balance of the ethnic and the urban.

The menu is a mix and match of Harpal Singh Sokhi’s speciality “simple Punjabi food” and his own inventions. Some vegetarian options can give the non-vegetarian dishes a yummy run for their money.

“The appetisers are so good you may never get to the main course,” tweeted author Rashmi Bansal. Among them is Lahori Aloo Kararay — crispy tangy masala-coated potatoes that are so soft inside.

If you love your corn on the cob with KFC, don’t miss the desi version of the same — Tandoori Bhutta. Plain corn on the cob dressed with tandoori masala and lots of butter is worth ditching your cutlery and getting your hands dirty for. Or go for the Beetroot Aur Aamley Ki Kebab (dainty tikkis of beetroot and gooseberry mince) and the Aloo Wadi ki Tikki. “Wadi is made with ground and fermented urad dal used as fillings in various dishes from paratha to tikkis. I used to love it as a child and would steal them the moment my mother would start frying batches in the kitchen,” said chef Harpal.

Non-vegetarians shouldn’t miss the Bheera Da Seekh Kebab (lamb) and Makhmali Malai Tikka (chicken). The main course includes, along with a regular fare of curries, rice and roti, a variety of khichdis including Chicken Subz Khichdi and Mutton Stew Khichdi.

The fun and fusion theme continues into the dessert spread — Mirchaan Wala Halwa (yes, you read that right) and Meheedana Phirni. The halwa, doused with a healthy dose of khoa and ghee, belies its name and has none of the chilli’s heat. The Meheedana Phirni is the chef’s tribute to his growing-up years in Bengal (Kharagpur).

t2 dropped by for a free-wheeling chat and private preview of The Funjabi Tadka with chef Harpal Singh (left) and author Rashmi Bansal (right) of Stay Hungry Stay Foolish fame. The chat touched upon various topics from “why is Masterchef India so bad” to the author’s favourite veg haunts in Mumbai. One thing Rashmi loved at TFT was the separate menu for vegetarians: “It’s something my father would also say, ‘Just how many pages of chicken must I plough through to get to the food I want’.” Chef Harpal agreed: “That’s exactly what I had in mind while designing the menu. I know of vegetarian book-sellers who won’t even stock cookbooks with non-veg recipes.”

Malini Banerjee

Pictures: Anindya Shankar Ray

 


Get ready for some butt-tickling fun at calcutta’s second 7D plex in mani square

Get covered in snow, stunned by flying axes and then shot at by ice fighters. Your other option: get struck by lightning and let creepy crawlies cover you. Making the impossible possible is 7D+ Adventure Plex, which promises to give viewers an experience of a lifetime as it opens doors end-January. This is the second 7D-motion theatre to open after Planet 7D opened in October at City Centre, New Town.

From butt ticklers to back pokers, it is all there to make the films two (The Ice Fighter and Rescue) of which were screened for t2 an absolute thrill. “We will start with four films (five to 20 minutes each),” says Vanita Bajoria, director of VK Fun Rides.

The 32-seat “theatre” on the third floor of Mani Square will have at least 20 shows (at 20-minute intervals) each day. Viewers can either watch one or a combination of two films. When the show is on, the chairs sway back and forth while leg ticklers stimulate the movements made by rats, birds, snakes...!

Open between 11am and 10pm, you can watch a single film for Rs 150 or a combination of two titles for Rs 250 (weekend rates).

Text: Shubhi Tandon

Picture: Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya

 


L-Zone

Husband-and-wife duo Chhuti (right) and Raja are ready with their first store, 10 years after they ventured out into the world of fashion design. “We had to start from scratch. At this point in life, I think I will be able to balance home and work,” smiled the salt-and-pepper-haired mother of two daughters, Snehalata (13) and Swarnalata (12), when t2 dropped by at her 700sq ft studio (449 Kalikapur Purbalok, near METRO Cash & Carry). The by-appointment-only address has Chhuti’s creative touches on the walls. Her signature cloth flowers in a burst of hues dot one of them. “The decor will vary from season to season,” said Chhuti. The art lover in her comes alive in her choice of artefacts. Metal lotus on the door welcomes you. One of the panels is done up with Santiniketan’s shara art. A patchwork mat on the floor is from Jaipur. One of Chhuti’s own creations, a kantha piece, is framed on one of the walls. Chestnut and bamboo rice spoons, a mannequin wrapped with newspaper cuttings and an old sewing machine used as a table (right), are interesting decor add-ons. The collection on offer at the moment is a riot of colours too. Textures are the highlight. You can find a range of kurtas, saris and dresses with batik, kantha, hand-painted motifs, applique and threadwork. Accessories include batuas.

Pictures: Pabitra Das