Urban Tadka is one of my go-to-place for late night chaat. I have gone here multiple times, but I usually end up here without my camera or my phone is dead, so I am not able to post any reviews. Their chaats are all good. It’s a quick snack and a healthier option too compared to the giant fast food chains.
Recently we were craving for Dal Tadka. Dal Tadka is one of the most popular dal recipes in India. Tadka means tempering, a cooking technique used in the cuisines of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, in which whole spices (and sometimes also other ingredients such as dried chillies, minced ginger root or sugar) are roasted briefly in oil or ghee to liberate essential oils from cells and thus enhance their flavours, before being poured, together with the oil, into a dish. Tempering is also practiced by dry roasting whole spices in a pan before grinding the spices.
Here is Urban Tadka’s version of Dal Tadka.
Dal tadka- dal fry with lots of garlic and round chili. A blend of whole garlic, coriander, cumin seeds and tomato. I love how the spices and ingredients are properly blended. It has a hint of spiciness to it but I cannot stop eating because of the garlic taste and aroma that makes me even more hungry. The coriander gives the Dal Tadka a citrus overtone while the cumin seeds imparts an earthy, warming and aromatic character to the Dal Tadka. You will finish up to the last drop without even noticing it. We ate it with Roti which was good for sharing as it is big and thick making you feel full fast.
When we are satisfied with the food, we usually order dessert.
Ras Malai- It is not my first time to eat Ras Malai. The name ras malai is the Hindi cognate which comes from two words in Bengali: rosh, meaning “juice”, and molai, meaning “cream”. Ras malai consists of white, cream, or yellow coloured flattened balls of chhana soaked in malai (clotted cream) flavoured with cardamom. The balls are cooked in sugar syrup and milk with saffron, pistachios and kheer as stuffing. Urban Tadka’s Ras Malai is not too sweet that’s why you will ask for more. One serving has two pieces of the flattened balls. We requested to put it in two separate two bowls so I can take picture of one of the Ras Malai and my friend will eat his share. It was so good that we ordered another one. Second serving wasn’t as good as the first though. It is supposed to be cold and what we got was room temperature, so we had it changed. They were resistant to changing it though, they onlychanged one bowl and said to just mix it with the other Ras Malai to make it cold. Whole experience changed from that one line…. We did not eat the last piece of Ras Malai. My rating is 3/5.