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Mar 5, 2013 09:16 AM

Delhi - That legendary broiled chicken from Chawla's (Est. 1960)

A Punjabi Sikh colleague introduced this fabulous dish to us yesterday: Chawla's cream chicken, which originated back in 1960 when an enterprising Punjabi restaurateur-chef, S. Attar Singh Chawla, invented the "Kali Mirch Ka Chicken": pieces of chicken cooked in thickened milk/cream, onions and methi leaves till half-cooked, before black pepper and green cardamom are added. Red chillies are not used, resulting in a pale, creamy sauce blanketing the pieces of aromatic broiled chicken.

There are now nearly 100 Chawla's outlets in the ever-expanding chain. What we had at its Malviya Nagar outlet today:

- the trademark Cream Chicken: tasty, very tender pieces of chicken, mildly spicy and aromatic

- Chilly chicken, which packed quite a bit of heat, but delicious all the same.

- Paneer tikka, which was my absolute fave: tender cubes of paneer cheese, skewered with peppers and basted with a spiced coriander paste whilst being broiled.

- Dhal Makhni: a creamy, buttery black lentil stew, complemented by:

- Naan bread.

Address details
Chawla's (Malviya Nagar)
4, E 5/1, Malviya Nagar
New Delhi 110017
Tel: +91 9899933120, +91 9990501141

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