Seasonal Specialties

Turkey paratal - a season's special

Chakra, one of Johor Baru’s established fine-dine Indian restaurants, continues to tantalize discerning tastebuds with interesting seasonal specialties. 

If you are partial towards turkey but have had enough of it prepared in the traditional recipe, then you must try Chakra’s turkey specialty.  Prepared in a spicy paratal recipe, this turkey dish is the perfect gravy to complement freshly-made Indian breads like naan.

Just ask for their current promotions that may not be listed in the ala carte menu.  And while your meal is being cooked, whet your appetite with crunchy discs of pappadam.  Chilled Mango Lassi, a delicious chilled yoghurt drink made with fresh mangoes, is a highly recommended thirst-quencher.  But if you prefer a warm drink, their brew of masala tea served in a delicate cup and saucer set, is simply delicious!

Garlic naan [Left] and Kulcha naan [Right]
Garlic naan and Kulcha naan are among the most popular Indian breads in Chakra’s menu of breads.  As defined by their names, these flatbreads are seasoned with generous amounts of garlic in the former and lots of chopped coriander leaves in the latter, before being baked inside giant heated earthen jars.  These round pieces of bread are cut into quarters and served hot from the oven.

For this festive season, Chef Fakir Khan, 41, and Chef Imtiaz Khan, 30, have designed an exciting menu of specialties using poultry like turkey and goose. 

Chef Fakir Khan [Right] and Chef Imtiaz Khan

These versatile chefs, who hail from Orissa state in India, are combining their culinary experience to create mouth-watering recipes to complement meals served with either rice or breads. 

Among the items on the menu are tasty turkey peratal and a spicy zinger dish of goose varuval.  Seafood lovers will enjoy Prawn Kotamali made with de-shelled prawns and cooked in rich, creamy gravy and garnished with lots of kotamali or coriander leaves.

Chakra at No. 1, Jalan Yusuf Taha, 80100 Johor Baru, is located parallel to the Inner Ring Road and adjacent to Jalan Yahya Awal.  It is housed in a charming 70-year old former family home that once hosted Indian celebrities and remains a popular dining destination for prominent politicians and dignitaries as well as Johor royalty. 

Chakra has private rooms, upstairs dining hall and an alfresco terrace that’s perfect for tandoori parties.  For reservations, private events and catering, Tel: 607 – 223 9991.  Open daily for lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.  

Goose varuval, another seasonal specialty - quite a zinger!

Prawn Kotamali, prepared in a creamy North Indian recipe

A version of this article was published in The New Straits Times, Johor Streets on 3 January 2012

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