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Delhi - Fabulous Afghani chicken at Swagath

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I know many Delhi-ites probably take this dish for granted - but for out-of-town visitors like me, the Afghani chicken was an absolute knock-out. Essentially chicken marinated in yoghurt (which also acts as a tenderiser), cardamom, onions, ginger, lime and cashewnut paste, then barbecued - it was one of most delicious chicken preparations I'd ever had.

My first taste of the Afghani chicken was at Swagath, a popular 10-year-old chain restaurant offering Mughlai and, rather strangely, Desi-Chinese cuisines here in Delhi. The rendition here was tender, tasty and incredibly aromatic from the barbecuing.

Other dishes we had included:

- Mangalorean pomfret: very tasty although a but spicier and saltier than I'd had liked.

- Malai kofta: spiced balls (made of potatoes, vegetables and breadcrumbs) blanketed in a thick, creamy sauce.

- Vegetarian briyani: fairly bland, but provides a good foil to the strong-tasting curried dishes.

- Ginger-flavored butter naan. I'd yet to come across any "bad" naans in Delhi, and this one was every bit as fabulous.

Finished off with some very sweet desserts:

- Kulfi ice-cream with falooda (cornflour noodles)

- Gulab jamun with vanilla ice-cream

Address details
14 Defence Colony Market
Delhi 110024
Tel: +91 11 2433 0930

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