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MANGO BITES The Kebab-e-Malai, chicken marinated in yogurt and Indian spices, was grilled to the perfect texture with the chicken still tender and moist with fresh flavors. A squeeze of lime made for a perfect start to what turned out to be one of my favorite Indian meals. The tandoori prawns were served using very large prawns, fresh and nicely chargrilled. Add a dollop of the mint chutney, and this could be a nice small meal in itself! The surprising absolute star turned out to be the tandoori broccoli – barbequed whole pieces of broccoli, marinated in tandoori spices and cream. Those that struggle to get your kids to eat greens, try this dish, as I’m sure it will convert even the fussiest eater. For mains, we ordered the Chicken tikka masala, Tarka daal, Raan, Bangan bhartha, some butter and garlic naan, with a bowl of saffron rice. The chicken tikka masala was a rich thick curry where you can taste the tomato base in the curry with a touch of spices. The meat was soft, and the hot gravy worked perfectly with the garlic naan (the best around town by the way!). I’m not usually a big fan of vegetarian dishes, but Indus does them so well. The tarka daal – a staple in every Indian household – is

served thick and creamy, just as I remember them made at home by Mom. Ideally eaten scooped up in bitefuls of roti. The beauty of the tarka daal is its simplicity – a pot of lentils cooked to the thickness of your taste, some spices, and fried onions – and voila! A healthy and delicious source of protein. This dish alone is enough to bring me back again, and again. The Raan, a leg of lamb marinated in spices, yogurt, and rum – yes that’s right rum! – slowcooked to perfection, the meat literally falling off the bone. It tasted almost citrusy without needing any sauce or lime added to it. This is, without a doubt, one of the stars on the menu. Regarding the drinks options, Indus offers a range of beer, cocktails, and spirits, including single malts. The highlights are the various Lassis – drinking-yogurt flavored with spices, and variations such mango and mint versions – light and refreshing complements to your meal. Indus has also introduced a number of signature cocktails, and between the four of us, we managed to try most of them. My favorites are the Wild honey ginger martini, and the Keep Walking (an unusual blend of Black Label with merlot!). My rating of a good cocktail is when you get the perfect blend of flavors from the different ingredients, and it doesn’t taste so much like you are drinking

alcohol, but you certainly feel the buzz from it! The mixologist at Indus has definitely mastered his art. No meal is complete without dessert. I opted for my all-time favorite, Gulab-jamun, while others ordered the Pistachio Kulfi and the Ras malai to share. Many Indian desserts are milkbased, done so creatively using the same base ingredients – milk and sugar – and are then amazingly transformed into a wide variety of rich, exotically tasting dishes. The Gulabjamun, delicious looking golden globes of extravagance are served in a rose-infused syrup, and the one at Indus is brought to the table nicely warmed. We tried the alcoholic version also, flambéed in Irish whiskey, a favorite preferred by some of our group. Recommended

for those wanting a slightly less sweet version, but be warned, Indus are very generous with the serving of Irish whiskey. The Ras malai is not overly sweet, as can be the case in some places, with the Malai (cream) perfectly infused with cardamom. Pistachio Kulfi is another of those special childhood treats, and the Indus version is indeed very special. Think of your favorite ice cream and then imagine a creamier version of it that has been strategically sprinkled with wonderfully nutty pistachios… simply delicious! You cannot leave Indus without ordering the Masala chai – a strong brew of black tea, fresh milk, and spices of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a pinch of sugar – the perfect end to a great meal. I will no doubt be back again and again.

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Mango Metro – Volume 9, Issue 7 – June 2015  

June 2015 issue of Mango Metro magazine, an English-language, general interest / lifestyle / entertainment magazine distributed throughout B...

Mango Metro – Volume 9, Issue 7 – June 2015  

June 2015 issue of Mango Metro magazine, an English-language, general interest / lifestyle / entertainment magazine distributed throughout B...

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