First rain of the season, the cool breeze and that lazy afternoon was the perfect moment to tickle our taste buds with something spicy and Indian. Going by the instinct, we landed up at The Leaping Caravan, a Gurgaon-based food-tech company that claims to re-define the ‘Indian Dhabas’ around the corner with focus on home delivery.
The craftily created menu on their website, replete with family recipes from regions like Bengal, UP, Delhi and Punjab, seemed as if we were on culinary journey. They also had a good balance of starters and main course dishes. The best part, however, was the timely delivery of food and the fact that their packaging was very hygienic with quirky labelling of non-vegetarian and vegetarian food as ‘Kukkad Shukad’ and “Sabz A’ Hara’ respectively.
We started with Tandoori Mushroom, which had the perfect blend of crispiness and flavour. It was deeply baked with a strong black pepper flavour to it. The taste resonated with the weather outside, a perfect beginning to the rainy afternoon. The next was Bhati Gaté ka Mutton Seekh, which had an inherent smoky flavour and was baited with varied spices.
Pashtuni Chapli Kebab accompanied with green chutney broke the monotony, as the juicy flavor of the kebab was astounding. The kebabs were crispy outside and soft inside. The rich and aromatic main course of Soya Keema Mushroom and Saagwala Gosht accompanied with crispy Tandoori Parathas looked like those Indian Dhaba salver which one can’t ignore while driving down the national highways. Neatly smashed Soya Keema Mushroom painted with a tint of saffron with abundant chilly was something we could not forget even after finishing the meal. While Saagwala Gosht was the perfect example of traditional dhaba food with a hefty flavour of raw spices and well-cooked pieces, slowly cooked down to create a tasteful mélange of chicken pieces and Biriyani masala, the Nafeesi Biryani left us with enthusiasm to finish the plate in one go.
And what they call as the ‘Comfort Corner’ made us feel a little nostalgic, as the platter had something we all have grown up eating, including Rajma Chawal and Kadhi Chawal. Leaping Caravan is the perfect way to revisit the Grand Trunk Road and experience the signature flavour of Indian Dhabas in an urban style, which is healthy, hygienic and respects the heritage behind Indian recipes.
Meal for two: Rs. 1800 (including taxes)
Contact: 9015141688 or visit http://www.leapingcaravan.com