Last January a newly opened branch of The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor combined with Hongkong Restaurant in Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi was one of our visits last weekend. It’s located on the ground level of the mall. If you are not familiar with it yet, The Yellow Chilli is owned by the famous Indian Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. It serves a North Indian redefined food. As mentioned by him on how The Yellow Chilli was founded, it all started in Meerut which is a melting pot of unique chaats. So there’s this special yellow chilli spice mix that chaatwallas use to add extra zing and this is exactly what their food represents. While on the other restaurant, it serves an Asian type of cuisine.
The place is quite spacious revealing a combination touch of asian and indian through their interior designs. I love the graphic images on their wall that catches attention.
During our visit, I decided to take the Chef’s Recommendations for Yellow Chilli. Chef Shankar was there to help out and gave some brief introduction and description with each dishes.
Chandi Kaliyan (mild flavoured chicken tikkas with cheese and lemon butter served with creamy yoghurt onions)
Hare Masaley ka bhuna paneer (grilled cottage cheese with mint and coriander and loaded with green masala, also with green bell peppers in between and tomatoes on each end
Nalli Rogan Josh (it’s a mutton shanks with rich gravy a traditional fave from Kashmir)
Lalla Mussa Daal (a blend of black and green lentils with their own twist)
Peshawari naan (dashed with fragrant fennel, pistachios and black sesame seeds)
Basil butter naan (crowned with chopped basil leaves)
Pyaaz mirch ki roti (topped with diced onions and green chillis)
Pudina Seekh (tender minty minced meat skewers)
Baked yoghurt (mixed with small amount of sugar, baked and served chilled topped with blueberry jam)
Peru pyala (mixed of guava juice, lemon and mint served with chilli powder on the rim of the glass)
Complimentary spicy papadam with sauces
Kudos to Head Chef, Chef Chandan who has given distinct justice to these sumptuous dishes. I have mentioned this before, I may not be an Indian but food like these, makes me appreciate it so well. It’s flavoursome and tasty! Meat are tender and delicious at its best. It was my first experience to drink Peru Pyala which was really refreshing and spicy at the end and will make you drink again and again! Baked yoghurt? It may look simple but a killer dessert. I love this so much! Not much sweet and it’s creamy. Wished it was on a bigger serving hahaha!