Quick Bytes: Kababs Galore at Haldi, Novotel Airport

Haldi at Novotel Hyderabad airport is one of the few restaurants in the city serving Pan-Indian fare. The menu makes very interesting reading, incorporating delicacies from all the corners of India ranging from Ker Sangri to the Ulavacharu, and Gatte Ki Sabji to Banarasi Aloo. You can order your fish or prawn in any of the five styles of gravy – Bengal, Andhra, Kerala, Goa or Kashmir.  It is really a go-to place for the lovers of Indian cuisine.

Gilafi Seekh Kabab

The restaurant is organizing a promotion of select kababs and calling it “Grab The Smoking Cold One”. A set menu of fourteen different kababs – seven veg and seven non-veg are served with Budweiser beer. The kababs and beers are unlimited, providing a complete experience to the kabab aficionados.

Murgh Malai Kabab
Murgh Malai Kabab

Invited for a preview of the festival, we started with the familiar Murgh Malai Kabab. The boneless chicken had soaked in the marination of curd, cheese and lemon resulting in a soft almost melt in the mouth kabab. The Mahi Tikka was prepared in a saffron based masala and garnished with coriander.

Mahi Tikka
Mahi Tikka
Murgh Ki Godhi
Murgh Ki Godhi

Murgh Ki Godhi was the chicken version of the well-known Nargisi Kofta, boiled eggs coated with chicken mince and prepared in tandoor. I liked the taste of spices used in of Tandoori Jhinga, but the prawns were rubbery. The Murgh Jhangri Raan had a completely different set of spices with cashew and almond paste adding to the taste of the chicken legs.

Murgh Jhingri Raan
Murgh Jhingri Raan

Tandoori Jhinga
Tandoori Jhinga

Gilafi Seekh Kabab was absolutely soft, with the yoghurt marinated keema  flavoured with by some nice spices.

Hara Bhara Kabab
Hara Bhara Kabab

Among the vegetarian kababs that we tried, Hara Bhara Kabab was the best. A combination of spinach and other greens with potato mash, it was served with some shredded apple pieces. The Makai Kabab was cooked twice – first, the babycorn basted with oil and chilli powder was cooked in a tandoor, then it was added to mashed potatoes to make patties which were cooked on a griddle.

Tandoori Mushroom
Tandoori Mushroom

The Tandoori Mushroom looked attractive, but was bland in taste – it needed a little bit more of marination to be palatable. The Asrafi Kabab, which was actually batter-fried potato and coconut mix, went well with pudina chutney.

Curry Leaf Ice Cream
Curry Leaf Ice Cream

At the end of the meal, we were served Curry Leaf Ice Cream, which is supposed to be a popular dish here. The green ice cream had a strong flavour of currypatta, and should appeal a lot to the local palate.

Haldi


Overall, a nice and neat promotion. The menu has been designed taking care that the constituent kababs are diverse, though I would have liked a few local delicacies like Shikampur in it. Most of the kababs were well made and were served with innovative sides and Indian bread.

The promotion is priced at Rs 1550 plus taxes and is on till 15th May.

Location:
Haldi
Novotel, at Hyderabad Airport
Shamshabad
Hyderabad
Telephone: 66250000

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant.



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