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ENJOY A PARATHA BREAK AT VEDA

Brunch like a king on buttery parathas and lassi this extended weekend at Veda (57A Park Street), which is celebrating a five-day paratha festival till January 27.

The idea hit the restaurant’s director when he craved those drool-worthy fried stuff from Delhi. “While staying in Delhi, sometimes I used to roll out of bed and into Not Just Paranthas next door. After eating parathas and lassi I’d be ready for the day. It used to be the only hearty meal of the day. When I looked for a good paratha place in Calcutta I found nothing,” says Mohit Sancheti, director of Penguin Hospitality group that owns Veda Calcutta.

The festival features 12 types of parathas, all served with creamy raita, chhaas and lassi. “The spicy stuffed parathas come with the sweet boondi raita and the milder ones with burnt garlic raita,” says Mohit. Our fave picks: Mirchi Paratha, which is stuffed with green chillies but is not spicy, and the spicy Minced Chicken Paratha. If your breakfast is incomplete without chilli-cheese toast, try its paratha version Cheese and Chilli Paratha. And the Vilayti Paratha with walnuts and pesto is an acquired taste.

If you make it in time for brunch (at 11.30am) during the festival, a glass of lassi or chhaas will be on the house.

A meal for two costs Rs 350 (plus taxes).

Malini Banerjee

Picture: Rashbehari Das