Delicious Dhabas on NH1
Most people love road trips, and meals at dhabas or a fancy restaurant makes the road trip even more desirable. After all, Its the journey that matters, not the destination.
I was on a trip to Himachal Pradesh last week. NH1 (National Highway 1) is home to many great eateries for foodies to hog on and I managed to stop by two of them and one Parantha Hub at Barog, Himachal Pradesh.
It is about 140km drive from Murthal, crossing Panipat. It is a punjabi themed restaurant built with view of a village, with the traditional cot, a truck embedded indoors to traditionally dressed staff. Even the menus were in the shape of hand fans.
Chach was the traditional thirst quencher. Salty, light and refreshing.
Their Mini Meal is like a complete delicious meal. It contained Rice, Kadhi, Papad, Pudina Chutney and a sweet dish (1 pc Gulab Jamun). They have 2-3 variants of mini meal, in which the veggie is changed (The other one had Rajma in it).
Their Kadhi was one of the most delicious kadhi that I've ever had. It had Kadhi patta which was cooked till its essence was all over the curry, with fried red chillies cooked until black and gave the perfect traditional taste of Kadhi which one would never get in home cooked ones.
Shahi Paneer Khaas was the usual paneer with sweet curry, which tasted good with naans which were soft. The amount of paneer pieces in one portion of Shahi Paneer was sufficient. But I've had better shahi paneer else where.
Dal Makhan Wali (Dal Makhni) was very buttery, smooth to eat and tasted well with the rice.
Aloo Badi was something that I was eating for the first time. For the people who don't know what badi is, It originates from Himachal and tastes somewhat like Kofte but on a spicier side. I've had badi before but this combination of badi with aloo was different, soft and tasty and had medium spice.
Their chaap is one of the famous dishes of Haveli, Karnal. Chap at Haveli is not served on sticks, but with gravy to be eaten with rice or naan or roti. It was soft, perfectly cooked, with heavy gravy and was my favourite dish of the meal.
Then came the desserts.
Kesar Kheer was thick, not too sweet, with kesar(saffron) and pista pieces on the surface, which made it richer.
The same treatment was found in Kesar Rasmalai, served one piece in a plate. But was way too sweet.
Kulfi Faluda is their seasonal sweet dish, which tasted close to sweet water, not worth the price.
Jalebi were steal at that price. Crisp, long circles and perfectly thin jalebis, with very little sugar syrup on them. You can easily hog on to 2-3 jalebis after a splendid stuffing meal of that kind.
|Handcart serving Gud, Sauf and toothpicks!|
It has several shops in the premises where one can buy gifts or handicrafts for oneself or their loved ones. And a cafe by the name of Cafe 24 which serves Thai, Chinese and punjabi street food.
Haveli at Karnal has become my second favourite Haveli, after Haveli, Jalandhar.
RECOMMENDED : Khadi, Chaap, Jalebi, Kheer
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Their paranthas are well stuffed, and delicious; served with white butter which decreases the calories you actually expect.
Being a paneer lover, I ordered paneer paranthas while everyone else ordered aloo pyaaz parantha
|Aloo Pyaaz Parantha|
Aloo Puri, originally served with 6 big puris and sufficient amount of aloo was chatpati and stuffing.
Meethi Lassi was something that I ordered at the end of my meal, which was like any other lassi that I've tried.
Parking – Easy and plenty
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Chachu Da Dhaba, Barog
The third place was Chachu Da Dhaba, Barog; on the way to Shimla.
A small parantha hub with a limited seating, and adjoining shops can be easily missed if one isn't aware of its location.
On recommendation, I tried their Aloo Parantha and Paneer Parantha which were lip smacking.
Served with curd and butter cubes; they were perfectly cooked, with well stuffed ingredients like Aloo, Paneer, Pyaaz, and herbs!
Due to their big parantha size, they divide the parantha in two halves for ease.
The main highlight of the meal were their Gud Parantha, which was one hell of a parantha that we had. Sweet, with dripping gud, crispy and one of my favourite parantha of all times that served the purpose of sweet dish
RECOMMENDED : Gud Parantha at the end of the meal.
This trail of paranthas and dhabas on highways made it a trip where I savored each and everything that I ate, with the togetherness of the people I love, and pictures on the go.
|Apple Cart Inn, Kyarighat, Himachal Pradesh|
|Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh|
Been on a similar vacation or any other delicious dhaba?
Tell me about it? :)
I'd love to try new dhabas on my next trip.