When Made in Punjab – MIP in short – opened up in Bangalore, it was an all-out party with dholak and shots and some really good food – yes a launch with a bang! I recently went back there for a meal, and had some delicious Punjabi fare, some interesting twists to the classics and some plain, good soul food! It took me a while to head back to MIP, but a few weekends back when I did, it was one of those super memorable meals that I’ve had in the city.
Firstly, Punjabi food is not a fare to be taken lightly. Rich, butter, ghee laden food which is just insanely delicious. Our meal started with Nashili Chai, and yes this was lunch! This potent drink of gin, vodka, tea and citrus juice is a great sharing cocktail. We also got their famous lassi, and boy! It was like a meal in itself, this quintessential element in any Punjabi meal. A tall glass, no apologies there, loaded with kesar, pista, chunks of peda from Mathura, it is just delicious! And I was already half full by the way. Starting things easy, we got a few kebabs, Popeye Paaji ki Favorite Chaat and the Changa Burger. The chaat was nice, crispy spinach papdi with yogurt, corn, mint and tamarind – great to munch on. Yes, the kebabs were appetizing, but the unmissable dish is definitely the burger. This was a masala pav with soft and juicy pulled raan and smoky tomato chutney. The delicious raan was amazing, and the flavors were very well done.
The paneer served here has a wonderful texture, and the Paneer Barrel Tikka is a good choice, even though I am not a huge fan of cottage cheese. For our mains we picked the Highway Gosht, Sarson Da Saag with Makke di Roti. MIP has various signature lamb curries like the Nalli Hard Kaur and more, that are must try. I was however very impressed with the Saag – creamy and rich – this is as good as it gets people!
I was tempted to try all the desserts, but we prioritized for the Mango Rasagolla and Rabdi Jalebi. The rasagolla wasn’t as soft or juicy as I expected, but one bite of the crispy hot jalebis dipped in chilled rabdi is enough to give you a glimpse of heaven.
MIP brings a fresh new side of Punjabi cuisine into the city. They also serve a large sized buffet at a very competitive price, and have a good selection of cocktails. It’s a place worth trying, and we recommend it for good Punjabi food. Cheers!