In­dian street food flavours will amaze


The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Foodanddrink -

Astylish new cafe serv­ing street food and drink from the In­dian sub-con­ti­nent has opened for busi­ness in Peter­bor­ough. Chai­i­wala is a new ven­ture on Lin­coln Road, Mill­field, and the name, which refers to a master crafts­man of tea, fea­tures tea - or chai - as one of its key menu of­fer­ings.

There is Karak chai, stan­dard or saf­fron flavoured, which is a pop­u­lar drink on the streets of In­dia, Pak­istan and Bangladesh, in ad­di­tion to mint chai and cin­na­mon chai.

Reg­u­lar din­ers at In­dian or Pak­istani restau­rants might recog­nise some of the menu items - ro­tis, chilli pa­neer, samosas - but per­haps not have come across, mogo chips (cas­sava fin­gers fin­ished with gazebo sauce) or a bha­jiya cone with fresh crispy potato cov­ered in bat­ter.

There’s even an all-day In­dian break­fast with a choice of masala omelette, masala beans, daal and ro­tis.

But there’s isn’t a curry in sight.

Mo­hammed Am­jad, one of the team be­hind the fran­chise spin-off of the orig­i­nal Chai­i­wala in Le­ices­ter, said that ven­ture was re­spon­si­ble for the Peter­bor­ough out­let.

“A lot of Asians liv­ing in Peter­bor­ough visit Le­ices­ter for one rea­son or another and we found many were stop­ping for a cup of tea be­fore re­turn­ing.

“We think we have found a good lo­ca­tion, and we have some nice art­work a qual­ity retro fin­ish rather than con­tem­po­rary/

“There are a lot of take­aways in Peter­bor­ough and now dessert par­lours, but what we have is def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent with In­dian and Pak­istani street food on the menu. There are things which you do not get or­di­nar­ily, but very typ­i­cal and 100 per cent tra­di­tional such as the masala omelette wrap or a ga­jar halwa cheese­cake, made the In­dian way of do­ing desserts.”

Mr Am­jad stressed he hoped Chai­i­wala would ap­peal to all peo­ple, not just the city’s Asian com­mu­nity, who would be amazed by the smells and flavours they had not come across be­fore.

“We are hop­ing to bring all com­mu­ni­ties in, and masala chips, for in­stance, are pop­u­lar with the East African com­mu­nity.

“Ev­ery­one will love the Karak chai and the Karak cof­fee we brew to a level where you will taste it and think “wow”.

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