Last year, I visited Mumbai for an over-the-weekend vacation and it was that time I got the chance to try Parsi food and was hooked to Parsi cuisine. Coming back to Delhi/NCR, I was craving for more Parsi food and my search led me to SodaBottleOpenerWala outlet in DLF Mall of India, Noida. Me along with a few friends visited the restaurant last weekend and to our surprise, they have a new Persian Pop-up menu as a part of three year celebrations.
Famed singer and culinary artist Anaida Parvaneh along with the chefs at SodaBottleOpenerWala presented the menu, curated to showcase traditional Persian dishes made using Iranian ingredients that have medicinal and healing properties.
Starting off, we had the Magic Soup or Anaida’s Soop-e-Jadooi, a healthy soup having ingredients with medicinal properties, like carrots, turnips, coriander, etc. Taste was completely mind blowing, one that I can have this even when I am not sick. A must try!
Next was Anaida’s Healthy Persian Salad or Salad-e-Salamat, freshly made salad comprising of cucumber, celery, pomegranate, lettuce and carrots.
Anaida explained the motive behind bringing this menu is to present authentic Iranian food without Indianizing the cuisine. Authentic Persian food is completely non-spicy – spices are however used only to enhance the flavour but not all of them together simultaneously.
Irani Haleem which is a popular breakfast in Iran was slow cooked lamb and wheat paste, flavoured with cinnamon and garnished with fried onions. Having this with bread was heavenly to say the least. I have had Haleem before but this was by far the best I have had.
Among the rice dishes, Baghali Polo was a vegetarian dill flavoured rice with fava beans and saffron. It’s non-veg alternative was Lubiya Polo, minced lamb with tomato and cinnamon flavour and French beans. And chef Hemant’s Tahchin was another delicious Iranian dish, juicy chicken with cardamom and saffron flavoured rice.
You can have these rice dishes with Khorak-e-Gosht, lamb shank slow-cooked with onions, chick peas and mild spices. For vegetarians, they had Khoresht-e-Bamiye, ladies finger mixed with tomatoes, onions, eggplant and fried potatoes.
In between rice dishes, we also had Iranian style Raita, Mast-O-Khiyar (yoghurt mixed with cucumber, mint and rose petals) and Laboo Burani which was made of sweetened beetroot.
All dishes are available on à la carte basis and as Sini (Indian thali concept) served on a platter.
For dessert, we were presented Persian Halwa which was like Indian halwa but made with wheat flour cooked in ghee and rose water flavoured with cinnamon and nuts. Also in the menu was Shole Zard, thousands-of-year old Persian pudding made of saffron flavoured rice. They also call it yellow flame.
Overall, the menu takes you to original Iranian kitchen. Do visit SBOW this festive season, the menu is available in their Delhi NCR outlets till 30th April 2017.
Wish you all Navroz Mubarak or Happy Parsi New Year!
Where to visit?
F – 454 & 455, 3rd Floor, DLF Mall of India, Sector – 18, Noida
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How much to pay?
Meal for Two: A’ la carte @1200 ++, Thali: Vegetarian @550++ and Non-Vegetarian @650++