Weekends are meant to lazy around, to take a break from the hectic week. Like billions of people, weekends too are my favourite days of the week...And why not...After all its your off days where you just disconnect from your professional life to spend time with your family and loved ones. Though I am very fond of cooking but on some weekends I usually prefer giving it a break too..This time too was nothing different and I decided out to head out of home with my family for a quick brunch. Being a very hot summer day I decided to proceed to a nearby Select Citywalk mall. There is a food court called My Square on the second floor of this mall but I rarely go there. But while shopping at the Croma store, my eyes fell on this food court which was near the store and I thought why not give it a shot too.
Well as I stepped inside the food court I was really surprised since a lot had changed in the last 5 years.... Yes you guessed it right after 5 long years I had come to this foodcourt. And I found the setup and ambience totally different and for good. There were few hut like chambers also where you could sit with your group, separate from the crowd and enjoy a private dining-like experience at no extra cost. Lots of new foodchain brands have come here too.. There were so many things that appealed to me and I was more than willing to eat and spend some time here.
First food outlet that caught my attention was Khyen Chyen which served Kashmiri cuisine. For my overseas readers who don't know about Kashmiri cuisine, it is the local cuisine of the Kashmir region in northernmost India. This cuisine is very mild in spices but very flavourful. I had been eating Dum Aloo cooked by my mother since my childhood. And I had always loved this Kashmiri dish which is made by fried potatoes cooked in the gravy of curd and aromatic spices. But apart from this dish I had never really got a chance to feast on the other dishes of this cuisine, especially the non vegetarian ones. In Kashmiri cuisine you will find a predominance of meat especially lamb and chicken eaten with rice. Kashmiris especially love their meat with rice. For vegetarians ,there are some options in vegetarian dishes too. But I would definitely advice the non-vegetarians not to miss their meat dishes. Wazwan which is a multi course meal in Kashmiri cuisine is really getting popular in Delhi these days. It consists of many dishes predominantly made of lamb and chicken, served on a single big platter called Trami. Trami in Kashmir is a copper platter with a lid on which Wazwan is served. However here you won't get your food served on a Trami but on a plastic plate instead.
This new outlet Khyen Chyen, serving Kashmiri food was definitely I just couldn't ignore and I decided to enjoy my first Kashmiri non-Vegetarian eat out. I talked to the girls at this restaurant's counter for sometime and got to know that Khyen Chyen has another branch in Gurgoan too, so you have an option of feasting on Kashmiri food in Gurgoan too. They also told me about some very famous non vegetarian dishes of the Kashmiri cuisine. I opted for a chicken platter called as Mini Wazwan Chicken Trami which consisted of 4 main course chicken dishes, 1 vegetarian main course dish, 1 chicken starter, onion salad, radish chutney and 2 Tandoori roti or bread.
The five main course dishes in this Wazwan Trami were Mirchi Korma, Waza Kokur, Rogan Josh, Palak Tczaman and Daniwal Korma. The starter in the Trami was Chicken kanti. Quantity of all the dishes in this platter is decent enough to satiate the hunger of a single person.
Chicken Kanti is a starter dish in which shredded chicken pieces are made with onion and tomato. I think this starter dish was good enough in taste. I ate it with Muji Chetin or radish chutney or sauce which was also served on the platter.
Waza Kokur was also a good dish in the Wazwan. It is made by cooking two halves of a chicken or two full chicken whole. This dish was mild in spices but very flavourful.
Rogan Josh is one of the most popular dishes of the Kashmiri Wazwan and is traditionally prepared using lamb meat, Kashmiri chillies, saffron and many aromatic Indian spices. This dish is mild in spices because the Kashmiri chillies used in this are de-seeded and hence Not very spicy. Please note that the dish that I ordered here is a variant of Rogan Josh beacause chicken has been used in place of lamb. But I think this was the best dish in the entire Wazwan platter at Khyen Chyen. This is one dish you should definitely order.
Mirchi Korma is one of the most spiciest dishes in the Wazwan because it is made using lot of de-seeded Kashmiri chillies and it is made using lamb. However at this restaurant you can also get a variant of this dish in which chicken is used instead of lamb. So chicken lovers will not be disappointed at all here. I just loved the bright red colour of this dish and taste wise too it was good, but its was spicy for me too because I don't eat spicy food that much. But for spicy food lovers it is indeed one of the really good dishes in Wazwan.
Palak Tczaman is a totally vegetarian dish in which lightly fried paneer or cottage cheese is cooked with Palak or spinach. Somehow this was one dish in the platter which i didnot like at all. Though cottage cheese with spinach is one of my favourite dishes, but here i found this dish to be too oily with no salt, no spices, and no taste.
Chicken Daniwal Korma was one of my favourite dishes in the platter. It is basically chicken cooked in yoghurt gravy. The original Daniwal Korma is made using lamb and lots of coriander leaves. Though in this dish served here, coriander leaves were missing but I still loved the tangy and aromatic flavour of the gravy. It reminded me of Kadi which is a North Indian dish having yogurt gravy. This Daniwal Korma surely deserves a thumbs up because I simply loved this dish.
So my mini Wazwan Platter was basically an all chicken platter. But for the hardcore lamb meat lovers, there are many signature dishes in Kahmiri cuisine. Rista and Goshtaba are two such dishes not to be missed. I think Khyen Chyen is a good option to feast on the Kashmiri cuisine both because of the taste and also becuse its very light on the pockets too.
What i would recommend to eat at Khyen Chyen
Rogan Josh and Chicken Daniwal Korma are two dishes not to be missed here. Both are mild in spices but very aromatic and flavorful.
Some tips for my readers
My overall score card
Quantity of food - 4.0/5
Quality of food- 3.5/5
Value for money- 4.0/5
Overall rating- 3.5/5
Dining type- Casual Dining
Do they serve alcohol- No
Do they serve Non vegetarian food- Yes
How much it cost me (with taxes)- A nominal amount of approx 12 USD (800 INR).... Isn't that too cheap...!!
This restaurant is located in the My Square Food court, Select Citywalk Saket, New Delhi. Refer the map below for location of this restaurant.