If you are looking to eat authentic North Indian food in Chennai, Uttar Bhojan maybe a good option. Today, we had a bloggers meet at their head office in Valasaravakkam, and boy weren’t we impressed! Yes, that’s GULAB JAMUN you see in the above picture and we ate three plates of it. All of us together, not me alone 😛
That’s Krishnan KS, the biggest brother (CEO) of the Uttar Bhojan family, showing us the quality of packing materials that they use in their restaurant. The plastic materials they use for packing are microwave-grade, hence safe to use with hot food, he said. We ought to be careful about the packing material as plastic is made of petroleum, and oil can easily leach into the food if poor quality plastic is used. This was the reason why plastic cups used by local vendors to serve tea changed into paper cups!
You can also see the welcome drink we received – Nimbu Shikanji. It was an awesome twist to nimbu paani – they have added a few spices, etc. to lime juice. Highly recommended.
It seems Krishnan KS worked in corporate companies for more than two decades before plunging full-time into the food business last year. He says the lack of availability of authentic North Indian food, even in popular Chennai restaurants, was a trigger factor.
Born and brought up in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, Krishnan has a solid background in North Indian food. Since he has hired cooks through his childhood connections from the North, he is able to bring North Indian flavors to South India.
That’s bread bajji in the above photo and unlike what is available elsewhere in Chennai, they also stuff aloo inside.
In addition to North Indian meals, Uttar Bhojan specializes in North Indian chat items. They have a few outlets in the city including one just opposite to Besant Nagar beach. Samosa, fried in SVS groundnut oil (he said they are particular about the brand and quality of the oil), tasted nice with the sweet sauce they provided. Try it guys, it’s good 🙂
Of course, being a North Indian food joint, one of their/customer’s favorite is Paratha. They make different types of parathas, but this is the first time I ate parathas with pickle (Tops brand, popular in Delhi) and curd. We felt although the parathas (and side-dish) felt smooth & tasted great, there was not much to differentiate between the different parathas, except aloo paratha. Also, I prefer daal or aloo-mutter, etc. as side dish instead of pickle!
The badusha on the left was thankfully not over-sweet. The dish on the right is bhel puri and the vegetables in it were fresh. I should also write on their daal – it makes an awesome combination with rice. We missed curd rice in the end, but being a North Indian outlet that’s OK – I guess 🙂
Here is a pic of Krishnan and his team. Krishnan’s ancestors are from Thrissur, Kerala but he was born and brought up in Uttar Pradesh. He spoke to us for more than four hours without even eating lunch. That speaks loads about his passion for his business. I wish him all the very best for making Uttar Bhojan a house-hold name, and for expanding to other states and countries soon, as per his wish.