A large part of Raipur street food scene is all about traditional Chhattisgarhi dishes but the city also has a thriving non veg scene as well. And to experience that, in today's episode we are embarking on a non veg food tour across the Baijnathpara locality of the city with our dynamic host Luzina Khan who is a traveler cum photographer.
The first stop was Madan Chap Center. This modest looking stall is a haven for non veg lovers. They serve an amazing range of chaap, kebab and omelette some of which are quite novel. We tried the lapeta which is basically a mutton chaap enwrapped in a fluffy omelette. This combination was quite on point.
While moving to our next non veg place, Luzina suggested us to halt at Bhanji Bhai sweet and snacks shop to try their khoya jalebi, kalakand and a few of their famous snacks. Among all the things we tried, we especially liked the kalakand which was creamy and grainy.
The second non veg stop was Ya Taj Cooker Biryani. As the name suggests, this biryani is prepared in a pressure cooker. We were quite fascinated to try it because we wanted to see if it match up to the taste of a traditional biryani. The chicken cooker biryani was indeed amazing because of the fragrant short grain rice, the use of perfect amount of spices and fresh meat.
The third stop was Lucknowi Matka Darbar. Here we polished off a plate of chicken burra. It's grilled chicken pieces tossed in cream, butter and some in-house spice mix.
The fourth stop was hotel Noorjaha. It is an imposing family restaurant with an exciting menu. At Luzina's recommendation, we tried the kaleji kaadhi, fried chicken, chicken malai tikka and rabri. This spread was quite decent.
The fifth stop was Simnan Hotel where some enticing offer was going on on the menu. The owner was an ebullient fellow totally passionate about his work. Here we tried some chicken pakoda that has been marinated with just spices. This hot selling treat was fun to try.
The final stop was Kebab Junction whose chicken roll is quite a hit. The soft and juicy wrap loaded with chicken, mayo and ketchup was quite toothsome. Baijnathpara is a haven for non veg lovers in the city.