Why You Must Visit Made in Punjab - The Smart-casual Dining Brand

I am often surprised with the extent of Punjabi influence in my life. My best friends are Punjabis, or in most cases, hail from Punjab. I listen to peppy Punjabi music every now and then. And to say that I love Punjabi food would be such an understatement!

Most food historians are of the opinion that if you want to explore the culture of a region, start with the food first. I couldn’t agree more! 

The state of Punjab is perhaps one of the most developed states in our country right now, having earned the distinction of being the nation’s bread basket.

My earliest memories to the land of five rivers dates back to circa 1997, when as part of the college western music choir I found every possible excuse to visit the Thapar University in Patiala.

It was here that I developed a penchant for the Punjabi cuisine, one of the most revered cuisines in the world today. In fact at one point in time, the Punjabi cuisine was so popular globally that it became synonymous and representative of Indian food everywhere. 

Jalebi - A Punjabi Dessert

Almost every other Indian restaurant I went to, no matter which part of the world I was in, tended to serve at least a few dishes from this region.

Thanks to the erstwhile Kingdom of Punjab from where this cuisine originated, I now have a solid reason to believe that good food will always find a global audience no matter what!

In my quest of becoming a researcher on food, I discovered that somewhere during the proliferation of the Punjabi cuisine, the real taste of Punjab went for a toss, losing both its essence and authenticity in the process.

Most Punjabi food that you and I eat in restaurants these days has become unidimensional, leaving no major scope for change. Even popular restaurants incorporate extensive local influences to impress their patrons.

To showcase the true flavors of this ancient, farm rich land, Made in Punjab has endeavored to incorporate the lost and forgotten recipes from households and dhabas of Punjab, striking a fine balance between rustic and modern.

By offering a unique culinary experience through its menu, Made in Punjab takes the legacy forward as #PunjabiNext. 

Owned by the famous restaurateur, Zorawar Kalra, under the aegis of Massive Restaurants Private Limited, this restaurant outshines all his other ventures like Farzi Cafe, Papaya, and Masala Library both in terms of quality as well as service.

Private Dining at Made in Punjab

In fact, Made in Punjab was the first casual dining restaurant to open in the plush DLF CyberCity of Gurgaon more than two years ago. The only competition for Made in Punjab in this vicinity right now is Dhaba by Claridges but they provide nearly half covers than the former.

Seating Arrangement at Made in Punjab

Made in Punjab can accommodate more than 120 customers at any given time and is spread across 1200 square feet of covered area.

Made in Punjab

The kitchen at Made in Punjab is in the capable hands of Head Chef Mahavir and Chef Sumant Kumar. The menu has been designed by Chef Zaheer Khan.

Aman Dua has donned the responsibility of Beverage Manager, and he is responsible for churning out the best beverages at the restaurant. He is ably assisted by sous-chef Suman.

Made in Punjab

Open for lunch* (between 12 noon to 3.30 pm) and dinner (between 6.30 pm to 11.30 pm), Made in Punjab provides 300 to 350 covers daily on an average. As a matter of fact, on the day of review itself, I was surprised to see nearly 30 people seated on a single table at this restaurant.

[* Buffet is served during lunch only. À la carte is available at both lunch and dinner times.]

Buffet at Made in Punjab

Amit Chugh, Assistant Manager at Made in Punjab believes that the response from Gurgaon has been truly fantastic, as a result of which Zorawar is planning to launch two more restaurants by the same name in Noida and Malad (Mumbai), respectively, within a small window of two months only.

Now the big question is: why Made in Punjab in the first place?

The culinary philosophy adopted here is based on a combination of the following:
  • Offering a perfect balance between favorites and cuisine from the Pind.
  • Bringing dishes from the dining tables of Punjab.
  • Showcasing mother’s recipes and highway Dhaba specialties.
  • Preserving authentic, traditional flavors of each dish, while seamlessly bringing together the spirit of celebration in Punjab.

Here is a list of my favorite menu items at Made in Punjab.


Naya Zamana (INR 415)

Old Fashioned cocktail with twist of apple caramel syrup and soda on top.

Naya Zamana

You must also try the Tequila Sunrise and Gulabo shots while at it.

Tequila Sunrise and Gulabo


Minty Apple (INR 195)

Made of slapped mint, fresh apple chunks, lime juice, brown sugar, and topped with house made apple soda.

Minty Apple

Malted Chocolate Thandai (INR 195) 

Made of milk with Horlicks, milk made, and chocolate sauce, this summer cooler is served in a feeding bottle.

Malted Chocolate Thandai


Burnt Lasooni Tikka (INR 395)

Served with mint chutney, these creamy chicken tikkas are marinated with curd and burnt garlic excess and then roasted in tandoor.

Burnt Lasooni Tikka

Jau Mushroom Chakli (INR 345)

Served with garlic and mustard chutney, this delectable dish contains more Punjabi spiced barley than mushrooms (since mushrooms tend to decay faster during summers).

Jau Mushroom Chakli

Kalmi Kebab (INR 415)

Sumptuous tandoor roasted kebabs made with bone chicken leg, heavy cream (double malai marinade), and Indian spices.

Kalmi Kebab

Paneer ‘Barrel’ Tikka (INR 335)

Creamy cottage cheese marinated with curd, cream, and Indian spices and then roasted in tandoor. Stuffed with chopped raisins and sweet mango pickle.

Paneer 'Barrel' Tikka

Lol Tikki (INR 425)

[Lol stands for Leg of Lamb.]

Served with smoked tomato chutney, this 6 hour slow-cooked Lol patties contain raan (flesh of lamb), deep-fried breadcrumbs, bone marrow, mint, and tomato.

Lol Tikki

Sarson Olive Machchi (INR 450)

River soul fillets marinated with mustard olive and roasted in tandoor.

Sarson Olive Machchi


Nalli Hard Kaur (INR 525)

This delectable curry contains slow-braised kid lamb shanks, bone marrow, onions, and yoghurt.

Fauji Chowk Di Chicken Curry (INR 425)

As quaint as its name, this recipe is akin to a home-style chicken masala curry.

Mains menu at Made in Punjab

Maa Ki Daal (INR 345)

Also known as Daal MIP, this home-style daal is your own very own avatar of the classic dal makhani.

Maa Ki Daal

Luxury Butter Chicken (INR 555)

A specialty at Made in Punjab, the Luxury Butter Chicken is prepared in the best Goan cashews, tomatoes, fresh white butter and Punjab dairy cream. 

Luxury Butter Chicken


Gulaboooo (INR 195)

This unique dessert is a classic combination of petit gulab jamuns with rose baked yoghurt cheese cake.


Ras'Dates'malai (INR 195)

Classic rasmalai stuffed with date rabri.


Finally, if you are a corporate, make sure to ask for a 10% discount on buffet and 15% discount on à la carte menu (food and soft drinks only) at Made in Punjab. The restaurant has tie-ups with around 140 corporates, including KPMG, HP, etc. They also host live events occasionally, for instance, Jude Project performed live at Made in Punjab on April 23, 2016.

Beverage at Made in Punjab

A visit to Made in Punjab will help reconnect with your roots. Made in Punjab is not just about enjoying a best in class casual dining experience in true Punjabi style; it also provides a sneak peek into Punjab’s celebratory culture.

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  1. I agree, Panjabi food that we get at restaurants have a selective options. But seeing these dishes and their presentation style, I am quite surprised. There menu card also looked interesting and something different from regular menu cards.

  2. I am also a big fan of Punjabi music and punjabi food. made in punjab sounds like an amazing place to enjoy delicious food with great ambience. would love to give a try to paneer 'Barrel' Tikka. sounds so tempting to me.

  3. Pictures look amazing. Never tried a true panjabi food. Would love to visit if I get a chance and experience the true taste of panjabi

  4. We really love Punjabi cuisine, the vegetarian kind, and most often then not we go for Punjabi cuisine when eating out or ordering from outside. Made In Punjab seems to be a reall nice place to savour the best of Punjab in Gurgaon.

  5. Punjabi cuisine is my favorite too and I agree that it used as a synonym to Indian food abroad. Just love reading your posts as they are full of stunning pictures of some mouthwatering food.

  6. Being a Punjaban, I love our cuisine and very proud of the same. Made in Punjab is a nice place, your images are self-drooling. This post has ignited my taste buds to have some authentic Punjabi food right away.

  7. Kalmi Kabab and Jalebi seems so tempting and I really wish to hop this place once to try all these yummy food!!Thanks for sharing.

  8. Punjabi food is definitely a heavenly experience. I. Love the variety and the amalgamation of spice blends. This place definitely promises both .Thanks for sharing

  9. Being a Malayali I have always been enticed by the beauty of Punjab. Here in Kerala I always frequent Punjabi dhabas. Can't wait for the covid to go and set out for a trip

  10. I like how innovative they have been when it comes to serving food and drinks. The milk bottle is a fab idea for serving chocolate milk. Also the interiors look very warm and inviting.

  11. The place ,the good , everything is so tempting . I really like how the Jalebis are looking. I will visit there too.

  12. The ambiance at made in punjab looks cosy and comfortable and the food items available looks delicious treat. Indeed amazing place to hangout with family and friends

  13. I am so glad to come across your review on this place that serves authentic punjabi cuisine. Shall surely visit the Made In Punjab next time I am in the city.

  14. Punjabi cuisine is one of the most indulgent ones in India. Getting to eat authentic Punjabi fare at Made in Punjab would surely be a treat. Lovely ambience and ofcourse great food!

  15. This sounds like a very nice joint to have Punjabi cuisine. I always love the rich flavours of Punjabi food.

  16. The word punjab in itself is filled with roaring laughter, great food, awesome music and wonderful ambience. I am sure this place resonates the beauty of the word punjab. Seems like a wonderful place to eat some great food.

  17. What a drool-worthy post buddy.You have enticed me so much that I have to go to Made in Punjab I guess at first opportunity. What a drool worthy post!

  18. Kalmi Kabab and Jalebi seems so tempting and I really wish to hop this place once to try all these yummy food!!


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