Nowadays, restaurant and cafe growth is so rapid here in Kolkata that if you go to a place after about 3 months you are bound to see a new restaurant or cafe there!
Most of us like North Indian Cuisine, especially because of the richness and spicy preparations. On the same line, there are a few speciality restaurants focusing on individual territories as “North India” has many places!
We were recently invited to try out the offerings of one of the renowned in Kolkata: Peerless Inn for their Punjabi Food Festival at Oceanic. So, as the name suggests these guys focus on Punjabi Cuisine and the way they present their dishes are impressive (their taste is even more!) I had a chance to meet with Mr. Jimmy Tangree, Head at 91.9 Friends FM. We used to grow up with Love Songs played by him at Red Fm station in every Friday via “DIL SE WITH JIMMY”. Such a lovely down to earth person. He was just surprised when I asked him for an Autograph. “Me?” Eventually we ended up with a Selfie. He actually came there to cover the Punjabi Food Festival launch.
Oceanic has displayed a very special lineup of authentically Punjabi dishes for this festival. From Mango Lassi and Samosa Sadabahar to Makki Ki Roti and Sarson Ka Saag, the Punjabi menu is available for a limited time only i.e. 31st March to 13th April.
Not every body can live upto the expectations of a Punjabi Dishes and its taste buds. But these guys surpassed our expectations . The food was so so so yummy.
The word “Punjab” is a combination of the Persian words Panj means five & Aab means Water giving literal meaning of “The Land of Five Rivers”.Punjab is also known as “The Granary of India”, the northern state of India is very popular for rich food. Traditional Punjabi food is cooked in Earthen Tandoor known by Clay Oven which lend it a unique aroma.Punjabi cuisine has an immense range of dishes and has become world leader in the field.while talking about Punjabi food one cannot miss the essence of Vaisakhi in Punjabi culture. to celebrate the succulent Punjabi cuisine and Vaisakhi, at Oceanic, the multi cuisine restaurant at The Peerless Inn, Kolkata we are delighted to celebrate THE PUNJABI FOOD FESTIVAL with all pomp and grandeur from 31st March to 13th April.
The buffet spread will herald with starters like Samosa Sadabahar,Vegetable cutlets,Chaat chatpati, Chicken tikka,Chicken chaat, followed by Non vegetarian dishes like Butter Chicken,Chicken tikka masala,Mugh Shaan-e-Punjab,Tandoori Chicken Gosht Nawabi,Masala prawn and vegetarian dishes like Makki di Roti te Sarson da Saag,Dal Makhani,Dal Handi,Malai Kofta,Gobhi Kasturi,Palak Paneer. The buffet course will end with delightful dessert like Punjabi Malai Kulfi, Mango Kulfi,Gulab Jamun. Not to miss the special Punjabi lassis will also be there to give a gratronomic pleasure to our adorable guests. One can savour the cusines from the land of five rivers, from Monday to Friday at dinner and on Saturday and Sunday, for lunch and dinner.
Sanjay Punj, General Manager informed that Cgefs from Punjab have specially have been flown in to design this menu to enthralls taste buds of all diners.
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The Dishes We Had :
Paneer Tikka – Paneer tikka has been a mainstay in the rich North Indian cuisine since ages and is a perfect example of a luscious yet healthy dish. House made paneer grilled with fresh exotic spices.
Chicken Tikka – A traditional and very popular Indian Chicken dish which is bursting full of flavor & colour. The word ‘Tikka” means bits, pieces or chunks. Chicken chunks are marinated in special spices & yoghurt and grilled on skewers till it is brown & tender.
Main Course :
Basmati Rice – A simple pot of Basmati rice can defeat even the most experienced cooks, especially when it comes to getting it right.
Ragda Chana Dal – I was not a big fan of chana dal during my childhood days and would try to avoid all the possible way but now it’s just opposite I like it much now to my delight. That’s a perfect looking dal don’t think the dal is not mashed, it’s not suppose to be. Perfect to start with rice.
Vegetable Jhalfreezi – This Jalfrezi is a spicy smoky vegetable preparation with crunchy veggies, tangy cumin spiced tomatoes. A well prepared Jalfrezi without having any creamy curry.
Malai Kofta – A delicious and rich main dish for any special occasion. Kofta or Veggie balls are made from shredded paneer that’s been seasoned with fennel, coriander and red pepper flakes for a little kick. A nutty curry sauce of onion, garlic, ginger, cashews, tomato and green chilies complement the savory paneer dumplings in this healthy spin on an Indian classic.
Aloo Barain Curry –
Gobi Matar – This curry is traditionally a North Indian sabji. It is a very simple vegetable dish that you can have with roti or rice. This dish is very light in the food and also gives a feeling of stomach fill up. This is so simple yet delicious dish.
Sarsho Da Saag – Sarson da saag is the favorite dish of winters. This is another gem of a Punjabi dish. Rich in flavor, nutrients and color, reflecting the culture of the region. Green, glorious, gratifying dish. It tastes really nice with Makai Di Roti. The evergreen vegan combination.
Makai Di Roti – Makki ki Roti is a classic Punjabi corn meal flat bread that is spiced with green chillies and ginger. Famous Punjabi dish needs no introduction. Gosht Nawabi – Mutton sauteed with onions, tomatoes, cooked in creamy gravy. A delicious spicy dish and rich in appearance. Here Mutton is thoroughly cooked and seasoned with Indian spices. I was really ready to give me a royal treat with this mouth watering preparation. The pieces were succulent and tender and it melted in mouth.
Kukran Shaan-e-Punjab – This dish is a balle balle Punjabi dish. It is yummy and delicious. Chicken is sauteed in onion tomato masala and flavored with aromatic spices and that is what makes this dish is so delicious. The taste is overwhelming and the taste is unforgettable.
Methi Machhi Masala – Fish cooked in a Methi flavored Curry. It is a mildly spiced fish (Rohu) curry in yogurt gravy and a lot of fresh fenugreek leaves.
Bhutta Ka Pulao – This pulao is loaded with yummy sweet corn kernels, and is undoubtedly a favourite with young and old alike. I liked it very much. With spices, Basamati rice and beautiful corn kernels, really packs a punch to complete a meal.
Salan – Phool Gobi Aur Mirchon Ka Salan is prepared with Cauliflower, Green Chilies and Tamarind Pulp. A vegan dish with warming taste.
Chicken Tawa Pulao – Chicken Tawa pulao is a traditional and classic punjabi dish. It’s a pleasant rice based delicacy which has its own unique and distinctive flavors. Normally the Punjabi dishes are spicy and flavorful. This dish is popularly known as the Kodi pulao which means chicken pulao. I just loved the flavor ! This is delicious!
Mango Lassi – Mango, the King of Fruits has many followers world over. Punjab is no different. Punjabis love mangoes and have mango-based recipes in almost every course. It is soothing cold drink for hot summer days or to brighten up any meal. This pale drink is a blend of mango and yogurt. Relief after such Gargantuan meal.
Kulfi – Who doesn’t love a creamy Kulfi ? Prepared with milk and flavored with pistachios, almonds and saffron. Loved by people of all ages!
Rasgulla – Perfect beautifully presented Rasgulla. The Bengali twist in Punjabi festival. At the end of the day who does not love Rasgulla ? No Food Festival cant be ended without Rasgulla in Bengal. These were juicy, spongy and soft.
Gulab Jamun – Gulab Jamun is easily the most popular and loved dessert in India. Spongy milky balls soaked in rose scented syrup were yummy.
If you truly want to experience dining like the royal Punjabis, with their lavish spread of extremely heavy yet deliciously indulgent dishes, Oceanic at Peerless Inn is your destination this summer. Of course, make sure you carry a gargantuan appetite.Though, you must not forget to renew your gym membership. I have to really start hitting the gym soon. Do not miss this festival because happiness is the feeling when your stomachs perpetually full with delicious food but you cant resist having one more bite. We left with happy tummies and could not resist doing a “Balle Balle” .
For reservation kindly call :
Ashim : 98317 80403
Sanjib : 91633 08730
Pradipta : 90077 70841
Special thanks to:
○ Debasree Roy , Senior Vice President at Peerless Hotels Ltd – For hosting us so nicely and extending the warm hospitality and her team for service us amazing Dishes
○ Soumi Sarkar , PR at Peerless Hotels Ltd – For inviting us.
○ Rajdeep Bhattacharjee (Gourmets Travel Guide) – For leading us
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