ICT Engineering – Gediminas

Practical placement in Kolkata, India

A survivor’s guide to Indian cuisine: Dal Makhani + Naan

Shere Punjab Dhaba near City Centre

“How about we have lunch here?”

This is where I started eating lunch after I started eating breakfast in a garage. Even though the meal I ate here had Maida, it’s very likely that this is a healthier meal than my breakfast.

The kitchen of Shere Punjab Dhaba near City Centre

“Why are all these men in the kitchen?”

Fullness: 6

Depends on the number of Naans, but one will not keep you full even with Dal Makhani – a thick curry.

Tandoori oven in Shere Punjab Dhaba near City Centre

Tandoori oven for baking Naans

Health: 6

Did I mention the Naan is made from Maida? If you do have more than one Naan you might notice that you feel sleepy around an hour after you ate it, because your blood sugar will be up. Nonetheless, in this particular place they serve meals with a chunk of raw onion and some cucumbers with vinegar, which are all said to be very good against diabetes, kidney stones.

Dal Makhani + Naan + Onion + Cucumber in Shere Punjab Dhaba near City Centre

Dal Makhani + Naan + Onion + Cucumber

Taste: 9

Hands down my favorite Indian meal of all. Every time I see this picture my mouth starts watering like that of a Pavlov’s dog. Dal Makhani is mildly spicy with a sweet tomato taste and the Naan is probably the tastiest white bread you can eat, and they both just dissolve in your mouth. In this particular place, the meal is much tastier and at least 5 times cheaper than in a food court of a big super-market.

Verdict

This is the tastiest Indian meal for me and I urge you to try it, but even if you have it with vegetables which help alleviate the effects of Maida, this is not nutritious enough to be eaten daily.

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