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    Amritsari recipes come alive in a promotion at The Raintree

    Offering the best of Amritsari food is the upcoming festival at The Raintree Anna Salai. The special menu, consisting of around 18 dishes curated by sous chef Amandeep Singh, borrows flavours from the popular Lawrence Road in Amritsar, which houses local chaatwalas and food vendors who have been in the business since the 60s. “During the day, the road (which is located behind the local court), is accessible only to the judiciary personnel. But at night, people from all walks of life converge to have popular foods like keema kaleji, bheja fry, golgappas, kulcha and chola, and more,” says Singh, adding that while the hotel has hosted Punjabi food festivals earlier, this is the first time that dishes from a particular street have been highlighted.
    One of the signatures on the menu is the soya champ. This popular Punjabi street delicacy is usually served in chicken or mutton variants, but here it has gone the vegetarian way. “It is made with soya chunks wrapped around popsicle sticks and slow-cooked in the tandoor. They are then simmered in a gravy (a butter masala or a dal makhani),” explains Singh, who visits city chains like the Asli Punjabi Rasoi for their raras. Expect more authentic flavours in dishes like adraki champ, paneer tikka shaslik and Amritsari chole ti kulcha. As for the atta chicken, it is nothing but meat wrapped in dough and cooked in the tandoor for two-three hours.
    Till November 13. Meal for two at Rs 1,500. Details: 43939999

    —Karan Pillai

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