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Paratha platter

It's Jus' Parathas that are served at this restaurant, which is situated on Peters Road in the city. With generous stuffing and a variety of accompanying dishes, a meal here is indeed wholesome.


GENEROUS REVIEWS, favourable word of mouth reports, an entrepreneurial award for the proprietor... Jus' Parathas has been in the lime light for all the right reasons. By the time we sat down to dinner one was quite prepared to appreciate every thing that came our way.

Jus' Parathas (phone: 8211462) near the New College, Peters Road, has a plain utilitarian ambience. Chatpata basket (Rs.35) began the evening. The dahi puri was enjoyable with an endearing blend of hot, sweet and sour. The other two starters, aloo tikka and dingri barwan (Rs.60 each), were disappointing. While the potato failed to excite, the stuffed mushroom had too much of excitement — garam masala. And both had been highly recommended.

After a start that was not all too smooth, we waited patiently for the parathas, mooli with methi and paneer, aloo with paneer and sprouts with chilli and garlic. And they were impressive. Evenly brown and cut into wedges, the parathas were a picture. The stuffing was generous. There is no smattering or smearing here, the stuffing is lavish whether it is aloo, paneer or chilli.


Each paratha (Rs. 55) is accompanied by dal, channa, raitha and pickle. A glass of Pepsi or Mirinda is also thrown in.

Whethere the parathas are `desi' pizzas or not, they are a healthier substitute. Taking about sprouts, the moong in the paratha had hardly sprouted.

A note of warning, the stuffed breads are rather too chilli friendly. One bite into the sprout paratha I could barely see or smell anything with eyes and nose going into overdrive. True, the menu said chilli, but so much! After long sips of thick sweet lassi (Rs.20) one mustered courage to tackle the other two parathas. The mooli-methi one was also spicy, but manageable. The potato-paneer was like a balmy breeze, soothing the inflamed taste buds. The paneer kachumber (Rs.60) was pleasant too.

The desserts are basic, and can improve. The rabri was more like khoya and gulab jamun had an unyielding, brittle heart. Here is a restaurant that lives up to its name, Jus' Parathas.

MARIEN MATHEW

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