Tried the new menu of Nilgiri’s Indian Restaurant

We went back to Nilgiri’s on Friday night with a friend of ours, Jana, to try their new menu. We have been wanting to do that and catch up with Jana for some time, too. She is a huge fan of Nilgiri’s as well as the sister restaurant: Tellicherry.

Because Jana doesn’t have any problems with eating vegetarian with us, we all opted for vegetarian tasting menu. It’s $46 per person and you get a really good variety of dishes. Here’s the menu for vegetarian tasting menu:

PAPPADUMS & DIPS
lemon pickles, raita of the day, sweet mango & nigella marmalade

ENTRÉE
ALOO PANEER ‘SIKKA’
‘paneer’ & potato pattie, mung lentils crust, oven-baked, lemon honey chutney
POORI AUR CHANA
chickpea & rice flour cocktail pooris, ajwain-spiced chickpeas, date chutney
GREEN PEAS & POMEGRANATE SAMOSA
tamarind tomato chutney

MAINS
LAHSOONI PALAK PANEER
house-made fresh ‘paneer’, garlic tempered spinach purée
TANDOORI GOBHI TAMATAR TARI
cauliflower, mustard oil kashmiri chilli rub, tandoor-cooked, ginger-spiced tomato ‘tari’
ALOO SHIMLA MIRCH
chat potatoes, baby capsicum, fennel-flavoured green herb sauce
TADKA DAL MAKHANI
slow-cooked trio of lentils, cumin & coriander ‘pepe saya’ ghee tadka

ZEERA PULAO & SELECTION OF BREADS

Here’s what we had:

Pappadums and Dips of the night:
Lime pickle, raita of the day was a delicious eggplant one and sweet mango & nigella marmalade. Of course, they all come with pappadums to die for.

As for the starters, we had:
ALOO PANEER ‘SIKKA’ (below)
‘paneer’ & potato pattie, mung lentils crust, oven-baked served with lemon honey chutney.

POORI AUR CHANA (below) chickpea & rice flour cocktail pooris, ajwain-spiced chickpeas topped with date chutney. We couldn’t stop eating the chickpeas even after the pooris were gone. It was so delicious!

GREEN PEAS & POMEGRANATE SAMOSA (below)
Samosa is one thing that you get pretty much everywhere these days. However, these were different. They are served with tamarind tomato chutney.

As for the mains, we had:
TANDOORI GOBHI TAMATAR TARI (below) cauliflower, mustard oil kashmiri chilli rub, tandoor-cooked, ginger-spiced tomato ‘tari’ and it is one of the best cauliflower dishes I have ever had in my life, including my Mum’s bake. A total triumph, if you ask me!

ALOO SHIMLA MIRCH (below) chat potatoes, baby capsicum, fennel-flavoured green herb sauce. This is an incredibly well-balanced dish with subtle yet interesting sauce.

TADKA DAL MAKHANI (below) is a slow-cooked trio of lentils, cumin & coriander ‘pepe saya’ ghee tadka. No one does dhal like Nilgiri’s. However, this was by far their best! The tempering was also incredible.

Zeera Pulao (below) Yes, you get zeera pilao instead of plain rice.

Naan Bread (below) I don’t know about you but I could live on naan bread.

Chatkazz with Berfu

We promised Berfu that we would introduce her to Indian street food one weekend. So, we visited Chatkazz in Harris Park.

Our mocktails: Mojito and watermelon juice for John.

Chatkazz is always busy as you can hear at the background.

We had Pani Puri as well but I didn’t take a photo of it as it’s not the most photogenic dish. This one is Dahi Puri.

Chinese Bhel was spectacular, again.

Khaman Dhokla (above)

Chhole Bhatura (above)

Chatkazz Indian Sweet Shop
On our way back, we popped in to Chatkazz’s Indian sweet shop and waited to be served for quite some time. Every other person was served but I guess you need to be Indian to be treated fairly in that shop. Anyway, in the end we had a box of sweets to take home like jalebi, ladoo, pista barfi, kaju and mango cakes.

I love the box!

Introducing Berfu to the wonders of Indian cuisine at Nilgiri’s

People who know us really well know darn well that we are a huge fan Nilgiri’s. This is the place I write about excessively on my food blog VegFusion and this is the place we take our guests and friends because we know that we’ll be looked after very well by Ajoy Joshi and his lovely wife Meera.

This time round, we took Berfu there for an exquisite meal and it was her first time at an Indian restaurant at this caliber. We asked if there was a favourite dish that stood out during the night, she said “They were all fantastic dishes, I can’t really pick one!” She loved them all basically.

Here’s what we had on the night:

Starters

Pappadums and Dips (lemon pickles, raita of the day, sweet mango & nigella marmalade)

Cauliflower and Broccoli Pakoda

Bharwan Mirch (paneer-filled banana chilli, spinach batter, garlic chutney)

Moong Dal Samosa (pepper-flavoured pastry, spiced mung lentils, mashed potatoes, tamarind chutney)

Vegetarian Mains

Zeera Aloo (chat potatoes, cumin & green chillies)

Achari Gobhi (cauliflower florettes, ‘pickling spices’ nigella & cumin, mustard oil & fresh ginger)

Sukhe Baingan Tamata Tari (baby eggplant, coriander tamarind and dry coconut sauce)

Desserts

Gulabi Jamoon

Coconut Kulfi

Mango Kulfi

An Evening with Ajoy and Meera

This was a birthday surprise for Dad during his visit to Sydney. We kept it quiet pretty much until the day. Dad thought we were going to have a drink or two with our hosts.

It turned out that Ajoy and Meera hosted us at their own place for the night. Ajoy cooked us some fantastic food for all of us and Meera lent her opinion every now and then.

Lads.

Lads and me.

Dad is a huge fan of Ajoy’s food as well as him as a person. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you Ajoy. Thank you Meera…

Chatkazz, revisited

When John and I first introduced to Chatkazz, one thing we both agreed was the fact that Dad would enjoy this place. We put this idea to test when Dad arrived in Sydney. And it is safe to say that we were right: he LOVED it.

Here, dad is taking a photo of the gigantic menu to show Mum.

Even though nobody makes Pani Puri (above) like Gujju’s Smita in Melbourne and not many Indian places have it on their menu, it is one dish (starter actually) we have to have if the opportunity presents itself. Luckily, Pani Puri is on Chatkazz’s menu.

Apart from Pani Puri and Sabudana Vada (above), we also had or repeated the same order as last time to be precise, Chhole Bhatura, Dahi Puri and Chinese Bhel on the day. Once again, Chinese Bhel was the star of the day.

And that’s us. John took our very own selfie on the day. I don’t have an upper lip, do I? 🙂

Nilgiri’s – Feast of India, Sydney

We went to Nilgiri’s on Friday night to try their new menu. Here’s what we had:

Bhel Puri (above) whole meal flour crisps, sprouts, fresh herbs, tamarind chutney & chick pea flour vermicelli.

Tali Gobhi Hara Dhania Chatni (above) batter-fried cauliflower, green coriander & cashewnut chatni.

Khumb Makki Saag Methi (above) corn kernels and mushrooms with pureed spinach.

Zeera Aloo Muttar Nariyali Khurma (above) chat potatoes and green peas coconut khurma.

Mango Creme Brulee (above).

Chatkazz, Harris Park with Madhu and Kushal

Our friends, Madhu and Kushal, took us to Chatkazz last night for a night of Indian street food. It was fantastic! We are thinking of bringing Dad here. He would love it.

It is such a busy place. With all the hustle and bustle it actually feels like you are in India!

They have chairs, menus, pens and order slips outside where you wait for a table. While you’re waiting, you choose what you want from the menu and then scribble it down on the order slip.

Once you are inside, food just keeps coming so fast; you wouldn’t believe. Here we are, just before having incredible street food…

And, here’s what we had:

Sabudana Vada (above)

Chhole Bhatura (above)

Pani Puri (above) They are one of my old time favourites.

Dahi Puri (above)

Khaman-Dhokla (above). Another old-time favourites of mine.

Chinese Bhel (above): This was everyone’s favourite. I have just tracked down the recipe this morning. I will make it.

Chatkazz has a separate sweet shop. Those colourful sweets were so inviting when we popped in before dinner. I mean, look at them.

So, we bought some sweets after dinner but Kushal had already picked up some jalebi before dinner. He says jalebi is the first one they run out at the shop. Jalebi is one of my favourite Indian sweets. Thanks to Kushal I came home with some.