The best of Mumbai at Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen
-   2017-05-31 | nepaltraveller.com
Tasneem’s Mini Munch is pocket friendly and comes with a wide variety of options that will ensure you keep coming back
Mumbai has always influenced Kathmandu; a lot of us enjoy Bollywood numbers and follow Bollywood stars with passion. Many are also quite familiar with their biryani, daal makhani and butter chicken. I myself have made several attempts to cook the later, and they have failed badly. Perhaps that is why I keep looking for an option to satisfy my Mumbai influenced cravings. And this is where Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen at Jhamsikhel comes in. It wouldn’t be wrong to say, Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen serves up Amchi Mumbai with her own flair.
The restaurant is actually an old Newari brick house remodelled with interiors that reflect Mumbai vibes. Walk into the restaurant and enjoy brooding over the original film posters of Bollywood’s biggest movies: Mughal-E-Azam, Kaala Pathar, Sholay, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, especially if you have grown up watching Hindi cinema. “It was really difficult to find these posters, and they are all original, this is my husband’s influence,” says Tasneem who notices my keen interest in the posters.
The mosaic glass lamps are the highlight of the restaurant and were brought from Jaipur, India when they were setting up the restaurant. But there are other little décor that keeps the Mumbai vibe distinct. The small lobby at the entrance actually looks like an Indian dhaba (roadside restaurants in India) while the rest of the restaurant is furnished with Tharu-made furniture brought from Chitwan. Prominent pieces of art that you will admire include the Maharashtrian painting: warli, folk art that does not bear distinct body features, instead they look tribal and mainly use shapes. But there is another painting that holds my interest, village life painted in an old window on the second floor of the restaurant.
Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen is an interesting restaurant and celebrates the influence of Bohra Muslims who live in the southern parts of India and believe, ‘families that eat together, live together’.
And faithfully following that tradition, Tasneem serves their distinct cuisine while practicing their eating philosophy. The Bohra family dines together and eats from one thaal (plate), and it is believed that the thaal shouldn’t be left unattended and hence, the plate is placed only once the person is seated for the meal. In the Bohra culture, the use of the left hand is taboo in their dining ethics and one shouldn’t stand after the plate has been served and hence, they have the chelamchi lota (a jug and a bucket) for the diners to wash their hands.
Besides this dining tradition, Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen serves halal food in their authentic Bohra Muslim dishes that are traditionally slow cooked, “ It’s dum pukht style. Most of my dishes take three hours to get cooked and that is why it is necessary for us to be pre-informed by our guests,” explains Tasneem. Halal meat, Tasneem says, “Is more hygiene, and when cooked the meat is more tender and succulent.”
And true to what she says, the butter chicken and mutton bhuna keema that I try, (both of which are Tasneem’s signature items) tasted amazing and melted easily on my tongue. Tasneem’s butter chicken is actually minced chicken, which is sweet and full of spices; a lot many have come back to her kitchen just to try this famed butter chicken time and again.
Mini Munch is the big favourite
But it is Tasneem’s Mini Munch that interests me the most, as it is pocket friendly and comes with a fulfilling variety. You can order paratha with any of the variations from the Indian curries they serve: Butter Chicken, Aloo Palak, Paneer Makhani, Daal Makhani. Each of them has its own distinct flavours as they use different gravies. I would suggest the Butter Chicken because you will never go wrong with it and if you are a vegetarian the Paneer Makhani is creamy and blends in perfectly with the paratha. I also liked their Daal Makhani which is a mixture of rajma and masoor daal, the buttery flavour and added secret spices is mouth-watering.
The Mutton Keema and Pao is Bombay’s distinctly relished food, and you should think of giving it a try too. For starters, I had ordered the Bohra Chicken Cutlets (one of the options for the Mini Munch); they were soft and gratifying with rich fillings of chicken and shredded vegetables.
On the overall, Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen is truly for food lovers who enjoy heavy heart-warming meals. It is for those who are not too concerned about calories but enjoy good food. And their newly introduced Mini Munch with its variations offers more reasons to visit and grab a bite almost every day of the week.
Address: Next to Pulchowk Fire Brigade, Jhamsikhel Road, Lalitpur, Nepal/ Contact: 9801282727 / To know more about Tasneem follow the link here: http://www.tasneemskingskitchen.com/blog/