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Have you tried Israeli food?
Aniruddha Sen |
March 07, 2006
We continue our reader-driven series on great restaurants and eating places across the country. Ever heard of Israeli food being served in India? Well, you will be in for a BIG surprise when you spot one such restaurant while walking around the mall area of Mcleodganj in Dharamshala.
Feeling adventurous? Aniruddha Sen recommends you try out the Israeli food served at a nameless little joint in Dharamshala, which overlooks the valley.
There's no name to this restaurant, which is located bang opposite Hotel Tibet, a famous Mcleodganj landmark.
The restaurant, which backs into the valley, is a favourite among backpacking travellers because of its cuisine and ambience; its cooks serve lip-smacking Israeli fare to those sitting at its six four-seater tables.
Now, what is Israeli food? In some ways, it is quite similar to English food: rice, chicken, mashed potatoes and boiled, spicy vegetables. The difference lies in the preparation.
The popular dishes include Chicken Schnitziel and Chicken Pargit.
Chicken Schnitziel is made of the choicest chicken breasts soaked in vinegar sauce and marinated in spices. These marinated pieces are slowly cooked over fire and served hot with steamed rice, mashed potatoes or French fries and boiled vegetables.
Chicken Pargit is a fried variety of the same piece of chicken; here, the stress is more on the crispness of the outer batter. The chicken is fried in such a manner that, when one cuts a piece, the crisp batter comes with it. This dish is also served with steamed rice, mashed potatoes or French fries and boiled vegetables.
One also has an option to choose an Israeli salad, which is mainly a salad of vegetables and herbs and an assortment of cold cuts of mushrooms, shredded chicken or fish.
One palate of Chicken Schnitziel or Chicken Pargit costs Rs 90, but the cost is worth it.
You can end your meal with freshly prepared Choco Pancakes. It is baked in front of you so you can be sure it is fresh. You can even smell the aroma of fine chocolate in the pancake.
I can guarantee that, soon after you return to your hotel, you will be busy making plans for your next visit to this nameless restaurant.
Aniruddha Sen is a senior manager with an MNC in Kolkata.
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