Archive for May 22nd, 2007

Dabba Gosht in Pune

May 22, 2007











Dabba Gosht! If you’ve tasted it you know it’s unmatched, unparalleled – the ultimate mutton delicacy in Indian Cuisine.


Dabba means ‘tin’ and Gosht [or Ghosht] means ‘meat’ – does this imply that Dabba Gosht is mutton cooked in a tin?


I don’t know. Hey, wait a minute. Dabba, pronounced differently, also means ‘press’.  I’ve heard a theory, maybe apocryphal, that this delectable dish is called Dabba Gosht because the boneless mutton meat pieces are pressed against a special stone to enable the marinade and masalas to permeate thoroughly deep within and make the boneless mutton pieces truly delicious, succulent and melt-in-the-mouth.


I love Dabba Gosht. It’s a rare dish and only very few select eateries feature it on their menu. I’ve savored it in Mumbai, at Delhi Darbar and Baghdadi (it’s a special dish available only once a week, on Sundays, I think), and I’ve heard it’s available at Noorani and George and maybe a couple of select places in Mumbai.


But I never imagined I would be able to relish a fantastic Dabba Gosht (the best I’ve tasted) in Pune, of all places, and that too not at the most likely suspects like Good Luck at Deccan, and the expected eateries like George or Dorabjee in Camp, but at Sadanand (no, I’m not referring to the vegetarian eatery near Crawford Market Mumbai) – this is a place called Sadanand Resorts, to be precise, located opposite Balewadi, at the junction of Baner Road and Katraj Bypass. We walked in ready to have the usual run of the mill fare one expects of such typical roadside “motels” and was pleasantly surprised to find Dabba Gosht listed on the Menu. 


I ordered this rare dish with a bit of trepidation, but to my unanticipated delight the Dabba Gosht was superb – generous boneless mutton pieces, soft, juicy, succulent, releasing scrumptious flavor as they melted in my mouth and the yummy, lip smacking, nourishing, luxuriously thick white gravy made creamy rich, wholesome and nutritious by the sumptuous combination of ingredients like cashew (kaju) paste, fresh cream and eggs. With hot roomali roti it was a rare and magnificent eating experience which makes my mouth water even as I write this right now.


Luscious melt-in-the-mouth Dabba Gosht with delicate Roomali Roti – a supreme feast fit for the kings! Sheer gastronomic ecstasy!


Dear fellow Fooodie, wherever you are, search for Dabba Gosht, and then relish it to your heart’s content. And please don’t forget to tell us all about it!