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Friday, August 13, 2010

Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine Part 1 (Lassi, Kebab, Pullow and Masala)

Their interior is very sleek and modern but with touches of Indian culture particularly with their interesting wall decors. I fancy the subtle details of their napkin holders, sugar and cream container and water glass tray (3rd and 4th photos above) all silver and with intricate designs. A table for four or eight are available ergonomically spaced and very comfortable. The ambience is laid back, enjoying good food while watching the latest Indian music videos on their telly. They are available for private functions it and can fit approximately 30-50 people easily. Oh and as stated above they are Halal-certified and vegetarian friendly.

*left to right: Strawberry (Sweet) Lassi; Chicken Seekh Kebab;Fish Tikka;Golden Cauliflower;Prawn Pullow;Chicken Reshmi Kebab;Machi Masala;Kashmiri Pullow

Namaste is a common spoken greeting or salutation which simply means "I bow to you", accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. A few weeks ago the privilege to feast on authentic Indian and Halal certified food here in the Metro is now noted as a remarkable gustatory experience!

Strawberry (Sweet) Lassi P80 - is a popular and traditional Punjabi yogurt-based drink of India and Pakistan; this is sweet lassi, blended with sugar or fruits (strawberry) instead of spices; served refreshingly cold; also great to cleanse one's palate after a spicy dish

Chicken Seekh Kebab P140 - chicken mixed with traditional herbs and seasonings; served sans skewers

Fish Tikka P200 - fish coated in Tikka paste and then grilled/barbecued

Golden Cauliflower P160 - yellow cauliflower deep fried until it turns to a golden crisp; surprisingly not oily due to Namaste's technique and a best bet for vegetarians; yellow cauliflower tastes almost the same as white cauliflower but definitely looks more enticing

Prawn Pullow P245 - rice cooked with prawns, spices and onions; a light fragrant dish perfect to accompany kebab dishes

Chicken Reshmi Kebab P140 - chicken mixed with Reshmi Masala; served sans skewers

Machchi Masala P225 - medium sized grouper fish fillets mixed with salt and Turmeric powder fried until golden brown then coconut milk, ground Masala and Tamarind juice; perfect with rice

Kashmiri Pullow P180 - rice cooked with nuts, aromatic spices and fruits; perfect accompaniment to any main dish

Glossary of Terms:

*Sweet lassi - a form of lassi flavored with sugar, rosewater and/or lemon, strawberry or other fruit juices

*Kebab - the traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and taboos, it may now be beef, goat, chicken, pork; fish and seafood; or even vegetarian foods like tofu; served on the skewer or döner kebab served wrapped in bread with a salad and a dressing

*Tikka - a piece of meat, such as a cutlet, and the popular dish chicken tikka is made of chicken cutlets in a marinade; made from a mixture of aromatic spices and dahi (the Indian word for plain yoghurt)

*Pullow - (Basmati- a variety of long grain rice grown in India and Pakistan, notable for its fragrance and delicate, nuanced flavor); rice cooked with spices and onions

*Reshmi - a traditional Muglai dish prepared in India. It gets its name from the succulence of the meat after prolonged marinating and light braising

*Machi Masala - fish curry cooked in various spices

*Masala - can either be a combination of dried (and usually dry roasted) spices, or a paste (such as vindaloo masala) made from a mixture of spices and other ingredients—often garlic, ginger, and onions. It is used extensively in Indian cooking to add spice and flavor

Namaste indeed! I can't wait to go back with my family and savor their authentic Indian fare again!

*Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine
Open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m
Unit 1A Kensington Place, 1st Ave. corner 29th St.
Burgos Circle, Crescent Part West,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

(02) 403-6088

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