Punjab Dhabas

I was looking forward to our family vacation to the North. Some of them are my favorite places.Favorite due to two reasons,one because I love the serenity and the atmosphere of the Golden Temple....two, the food of Punjab. We were visiting Punjab and Himachal.

Our journey was by train and road.After Delhi we travelled by road.Jallandhar was our first main stop on route to Amritsar.We stopped at my favorite restaurant Haveli.Haveli is a sophisticated dhaba.This is one of the best places  for authentic Punjabi foods one can visit on NH1 GT RD.The ambience is far from a dhaba, centrally airconditioned, with a stationery truck inside.You can see the typical Punjab culture around the place.Mannequins depicting the culture surround the exterior.Coming to food…It is cooked in pure ghee, the hot favorites being black daal, chole, saag, gohhi aaloo ..and of course dahi bhalla. It is served in steel thalis by people dressed in typical Punjabi attire with turbans.Here are some of the glimpses of Haveli Restaurant  I captured for you guys.

munshi writing his accounts..rt at the entrance
....this is the way to cook tandoori rotis!!
a glimpse of the interior..mark that old radio
a stationery truck is placed...yes this is the interior !!
parandis from punjab displayed on one of the pillars
some antique glasses and thalis
menu card
thali with chole,black daal,paneer,kheer,raita
after mints

Our next stop was Amritsar.We wanted to visit the Golden Temple. Being a Sunday, we were told it would take about 4hours for the darshan so we decided to visit the darbar in the morning hours.Time for dinner…something I had been looking forward ever since the trip was planned.I could see the little ones conking off and so it was decided to order at the hotel.Well I showed my keen interest so hubby dear allowed me to go with my neice to the famous”Bharawan da Dhaba''.I have mentioned  about this dhaba in one of BM posts on Punjabi food.

The dhaba was jam packed.Actually....not a dhaba in the true sense, with time ithe interior and exterior have  been modernized .The food served here is absolutely yum. All preperations are in pure ghee.The dinner for two costed us Rs 100 ,which included black daal, gobhi aaloo, raita, salad,naan phirni and a coke.Also I got some kheer packed.Some of the glimpses of this dhaba.

I wish you guys could taste this food..you would really love it.

That's the wondeful dhabha..all jam packed!!
a simple thali

phrini was ordered separately

Next day we visited the temple early morning after which we headed for Jia,a place on route to Manali.Some glimpses of the actual dhaba now, where you have all the pots of daals and curries on display with live cooking.You sit by the roadside and enjoy this finger licking food.No fancy dishes, no table cloths..but wonderful piping hot food made to your taste.Lovely tadkas in them..wow..we simply relished the meal. 

typical road side dhaba
The pot of black daal which was  simmering on the stove all the time
The pedas ...ready to be made into tandoori rotis
two tadkas...which were used in various dishes
daal tadka
daal tadka, kadi pakoda,mattar paneer, non spicy daal

Now we were off to Jia…in Himachal Pradesh. I shall write another post on the  food served in this part of the country.

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