Maybe the only Ethiopian restaurant in New Delhi.

There seems to be some confusion regarding what the restaurant’s name is; a few years ago it used to be called ‘Blue Nile’ but that name seems to be mostly out of use. Either way, there is one restaurant in the Ethiopian Cultural Centre in Chanakyapuri, and this post is about that.

The restaurant is fully a part of the Ethiopian center, and is made to look very authentic, so it’s a little surprising to see that Ethiopian cuisine makes up barely 25% of the entire menu. Apart from Ethiopian, they serve dal makhani and butter chicken and biryani and gulab jamun — the whole deal. All of that we skimmed past and got a Vegetarian platter and the Minchetabish Alicha (a Mutton dish). The Platter has yellow, red, and black lentils and two vegetables. I don’t think they have it on the menu, we saw it on most other tables and just pointed to it. Had both with injera, the Ethiopian sourdough bread, which is pretty good, but I got tired of it before I could finish the food.

The yellow and black lentil things seemed very similar to north-Indian peeli and kaali daal. Not sure if they actually taste similar, or the tastes have been adjusted for north-Indian audiences. Looking at the rest of their menu, I won’t be surprised to find out that it’s the latter. Anyway, I’ll be sure to update this post as and when I find out.

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