Sitting at my work desk in office around noon, I took a break to decide what I should order as I had not carried my lunch from home. So I picked up my phone and looked at the two food delivery apps I had downloaded . There were a plethora of restaurant options to choose from. I decided to pick on Sharief Bhai as I had not tried their food and the outlet had a rating of 4.4. Flicking through the very tempting menu, I picked chose the Nalli Nihari and Sheermal.
As I waited for the meal to arrive I was reflecting on how the delivery apps have changed the way we order and consume food. In the pre-app scenario, I would be left with no option but going down to the food court and eat whatever was on offer.
Nihari is a stew from the Indian subcontinent consisting of slow-cooked meat mainly shank meat along with bone marrow. The dish is known for its spiciness and taste and is slow cooked overnight.
In some restaurants, a few kilos from each day's leftover Nihari is added to the next day's pot. This re-used portion of Nihari is called taar and is believed to provide the unique flavor. Some Nihari outlets in old Delhi boast of an unbroken taar going back more than a century.
Sheermal is a saffron-flavored traditional flatbread from Greater Iran and made its entry to North India along with the Mughal invasion. Sheermal is a mildly sweet naan made out of maida, leavened with yeast, baked in a tandoor or oven.
The meal arrived in about 35 minutes as promised, the Nihari still hot and well packed. The meat was extremely well cooked and the gravy tasty. I would have been happier with a little less oil in the dish but I guess that’s how it is served. The sheermal was average and could be better but for the price of Rs 25/- each you can’t ask for much more.
The Nihari and sheermal make a great combo.
Two sides to a coin:
The restaurant still used plastic containers. They should move away from doing so.
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