North Indian Starboy: Pind Balluchi
Each time I crave for some North Indian delicacies, I look out for traditional places which prioritize authenticity over western influence!
One such place which never fails to amaze me is Pind Balluchi.
There has been no looking back for them since they first started. It is the shining star, endowed with many enviable awards and visited by whom not in the country!
The desi interiors at all the Pind Balluchi outlets across the country have an earthy charm to it. Some of them have been so constructed to give a village courtyard look with a huge truck, banyan trees, and such other things. To compliment the ambience, appropriate cutlery has also been used.
One such outlet which gives such a traditional feel is in Vaishali. Newly opened in a mall in Vaishali, I looked forward to a wonderful time!
The minute I spotted the outlet from across the food court, every thought mentioned above was justified. The entrance had this huge door like the ones in Palaces, with rustic feels to it. They have an indoor area, as well as a village courtyard open air space!
I had made mental notes in my mind regarding their specialty dishes from menu. Started the meal with a classic Mojito, and an Italian Smooch! Mojito was one refreshing and kickass start to the meal.
The starters consisted mostly of chicken dishes, with just one mutton item, which was a little off settling. But our moods were lifted as and when the starters started arriving. We aimed at trying every type remotely.
I had already heard so much about Pind Balluchi’s Dahi Ke Kebabs, which was why it was my first choice! They were literally so soft on the inside and equally crisp on the outside.
It felt right from Amritsar when I had the first bite of Machi Amritsari. It had a chew-y outer, a lot oily, but the aptly done fish beneath!
We would have been so disappointed if we wouldn’t have had Murg Tandoori at a place like Pind Balluchi. We expected this Murg to be a nice and dry tandoori, but it came as a greasy one, which was equally desirable as it did not give away the tandoor taste!
Pretty ordinary mutton seekh kebabs! The minced mutton was held together nicely and was the perfect blend of spices!
You can also go for Mushroom Kurkure for a teda meda kick, on a regular vegetarian dish!
Moving to the main course,
Determined to try the mutton and going by the recommendation, we called out for Murg Rahra. The best thing about Murg Rahra is usually that the gravy is not just oil or spices, but actually keema!
The keema along with the mutton pieces makes up for a great main course item along with naans!
This Murg Rahra was again a brilliant choice! The pieces were sufficiently big, the gravy surrounding made it a little more drool worthy, and the aroma made us dig right into it.
Ended the meal with the best Ras Malai that I have had till date! Five stars to this sweet, unadulterated ending!
“In the present scenario, when everybody is running after various Global Cuisines, we came up with an Indianised Version because we believe it’s more permanent and not occasional like the other foods. One can try this at any day and any time" says Owner, Mr. Chaddha
Over the years, Pind Balluchi has excelled and has managed to remain on the top of the relevant list, and we couldn’t agree more with Mr. Chaddha!
WHERE: Pind Balluchi
ADDRESS: 3rd Floor, Plot VC 3, Mahagun Metro Mall, Vaishali, Ghaziabad
CONTACT: 8860081839, 0120 4571137