Shahnoorz located near the Mundhwa junction started off as a delivery/take away outlet. A dash of cream on their kebabs is why their patrons keep coming back to them. Now with dine in options, you can choose your skewer from the ‘Wall of Kebabs’ and enjoy them piping hot. Shahnoorz was started by Moiz who incorporated his mother’s traditional family recipes into their dishes. (Shahnoor is his mother’s name.)
We were recently invited for a tasting and here’s a brief summary of my experience.
The Murgh Achari Tikka which was marinated with pickle, spices and mustard was salty for our liking while the Murgh Pahadi Tikka was absolutely contrasting with a subtle minty flavor.
The Tandoori Mushrooms which were marinated in yogurt and spices was a bit undercooked and it just threw off the taste completely.
The Makrana Kebabs were the best of the lot in the kebabs. Succulent, juicy, tender and brilliantly cooked pieces of chicken falling off the bone was a sight no photograph can capture. Enjoy the beauty with your naked eye. It was as delicious as it looked.
The Irani Tandoori Chicken was a special Iranian preparation of the humble tandoori. It was topped off with dry fruits, cheese and helpings of cream. However, the excess cream didn’t devour my taste buds as much.
The Shanoorz Special Kebabs were stuffed with minced chicken and cheese. This recipe that runs in the family lines definitely impressed us.
The Chicken Nizami Shawarma Roll was really nice and was made using their secret spices. The Chicken Bhuna Roll was good with a spicy after hit but I generally prefer my rolls with a thick roti or wrap and the roomali roti couldn’t contain the filling and became messy.
The Murgh Musallam is another one of Shahnoorz special recipe where the gravy is topped off with an omelet. We were a bit skeptical before trying the dish but it actually tasted pretty good. The Chicken Angara had smoked chicken and the smoky flavor added this unique element that you don’t generally taste in gravies.
The Kadhai Paneer was the typical onion, capsicum and tomato gravy. Nothing could go wrong with this humble dish but a special mention to the soft and melt in mouth paneer.
The Mutton Kapsa Rice was superb. It had basmati rice, citrus fruits like orange, pineapple, dry fruits, and mutton chunks and was served with an in house special pineapple raita. The roots of this dish are Arabic and I must say that all the elements of this dish work so well with each other.
I was too full for the desserts which had malai phirni and gajar ka halwa & decided to skip them completely. But overall, it was quite a good experience for a place that people might be skeptical to go to. Having said that, Shahnoorz is definitely one of Pune’s hidden gems.
A big shout out to Sasha from Pomelo Social for inviting & Moiz and Team Shahnoorz for hosting us.
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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