The Chana arrived first with its delightful simplicity and subtlety that was healthy, fulfilling and flavourful all at the same time. The Chana gives more than a hint of the South, and this staple, ‘daily food’ style dish makes you lose yourself in the multitude of flavours with its simple but mouthwatering combination of chickpeas, tomatoes, and onion, all combined to perfection in a complex gravy built up with mixed spices.
The crowd-pleasing Northern Indian Kadai came shortly afterwards, and the whole experience just grew from there. The combination of spicy green peppers, onions, tomatoes, ginger, and smoky chicken on the bone matched in perfect harmony with the Chana -- the two complemented each other to perfection. The spice level was normal, but no extra heat was needed, as the ginger took care of the inner-warming process. To go with these two dishes, we had basmati and chapattis (another winning combination), which made for a brilliant meal.
Overall, this mini feast filled us to the brim and satisfied in the right way (no MSG or shortcut flavourings here). We had plans to meet friends that evening for a party at an izakaya. We knew we wouldn’t be able to resist going for it at Mumbai, though, as we know full well what they can produce, so we headed off into the night with our bellies full and our spirits soaring, hoping that we would somehow find room for round two.