Mango Lassi, Amritsari fish & Punjabi Chicken curry | Delicious North Indian dishes @Haveli, Reef Mall

Haveli, located in the Food court at Reef Mall, has an essentially North Indian inspired menu. Punjabi food is personally my go to cuisine when eating out with the family so we made our way here before heading on to experience the Sikka Art Fair (check out our images here).

The portion sizes of the dishes are very good and considering the prices, you are really getting a value-for-money meal. They have a great selection of starters and we ended up going a little overboard so we suggest you might want to plan your order accordingly unless, like us, you enjoy carrying a little something home with you 😛

 

Get Set Gobble:

IMG_6217~ Drinks – Best way to keep your tummy rumblings at bay is to sit down with a glass of their Mango lassi, fresh orange juice or lemon mint drink while your order gets prepared. I have only good things to say about their lassi that had the perfect balance of sweetness, a pronounced taste of the fruit and wasn’t too filling that I would end up ruining my meal. Needless to say, the orange juice is squeezed fresh to order so is a great healthy option too (considering you are going to be slightly over indulgent during the rest of the meal :-P).

IMG_6182~ Mix Pakoda – These were truly a delight! The vegetables are cut fresh to order and fried to a golden perfection. The dish has an assorted mix of potato, onion and mirchi pakodas. It’s a plate full of fried delight and is the perfect accompaniment with a cup of hot tea. What makes the taste stand out for me is the generous sprinkling of chaat masala on top. We would highly recommend this!

IMG_6134~ Chicken mix grill – The mix grill allows you to taste a selection of chicken tikkas like the Haryali tikka, Achari tikka and Chicken tikka. The marinades on the chicken were lovely and we absolutely loved the colourful plate in front of us however we felt that the chicken itself was slightly under.

IMG_6218~ Amritsar fish fry – The fried fish is something we got excited about. The fish was so tender on the inside and the spicy crispy coating provided just the right contrasting texture. The batter has some whole spices in it.

IMG_6219~ Pepper chicken – Little pieces of diced chicken are fried up in a red batter full of whole spices that gives it that peppery flavour. You even get whole pieces of black pepper in your mouth, which I don’t mind personally but can be a bit strong for some.

IMG_6220~ Prawns fry – They certainly do a good variety of fried foods and we also tried the prawn version. The prawns were fried up in a similar batter and the outcome was as good. We like  and requested our food to be a bit on the spicier side but these were a little too hot for us to handle so we recommend you let them cook it in their regular spice that should result in just the right amount of heat in the dish.

IMG_6227~ Dal makhani – We got a cute little bowlful of the dal to taste and were quite pleased with the flavours. It was thick and we liked that it wasn’t too heavy on the tomatoes.

IMG_6205~ Pindi channa – No Punjabi can keep themselves away from chole. These were cooked just right in a thick and spicy gravy. Our tummy sure had a yummy time 🙂

IMG_6230~ Sarson da saag – Being a Punjabi I am quite fond of my saag and couldn’t help but order it when I saw it on the menu. The saag came with two Makai ki rotis that go in sync with it. It was quite a well prepared bowl of food.

IMG_6228~ Punjabi chicken curry – If you were to try only one item on the menu, we suggest you try this. The curry was so full of flavour and had the perfect blend of spices that were licking our fingers away. Not to mention that the chicken pieces in the curry were cooked to tender perfection.

IMG_6226~ Mutton kadai – We quite liked the curry of this dish made with a tomato base however the pieces of mutton weren’t as tender as expected. We shared our feedback with the restaurant as well.

~ Chicken dum biryani – One look at it and you will agree with me that this is definitely an Instagram worthy dish. Just all the bright colours, contrasting textures and the use to cutlery made us fall in love with it. We (read as ‘I’ as my family waited patiently) spent endless minutes trying to get the perfect shot and were very satisfied with the results (scroll down to the bottom to check it out or click here). Paired with a raita and curry, this plate of food is humongous to say the least and considering that it is priced at AED 20, it is definitely value for money.

IMG_6232~ Desserts – My family refuses to end an Indian meal without something sweet so we ordered one of everything on the menu. My parents usually like to have the warm Gulab jamun with some cold Vanilla ice cream. Apparently it is a popular eating combination that I never managed to pick up. Naturally they were pleased with the sweet course and I must say, those gulab jamuns were so soft. I think you can give the rasgullas a miss.

 

We left with full (read as: incredibly overfull) tummies and a few little pointers for the restaurant to work on. They have plans to open outlets in Downtown and Marina and we couldn’t be happier to have them closer to home 🙂 Also we wanted to give a special shout-out to our server Mary who was an angel with a smiling face. She ensured we were well fed and well taken care of throughout the meal.

Where: Reef Mall, Deira, Al Muraqqabat, Dubai

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