Dhaba ढाबा - Freshly slow cooked - When you're ready !
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I remember being 12 years old, we visited the Ford assembly line in Detroit. By the end of the tour we got to where the completed cars were driven off the assembly line and into a parking lot. Every 5 minutes a car would be completed and roll off. That didn't mean however that is takes 5 minutes to make a car ....
The same goes for Indian "fast food". A diner can come into a Dhaba (local restaurant, ढाबा ) every 5 minutes and immediately be served fresh food. However this food was chopped of fresh vegetables and spices and slow cooked the same day in a process that took over an hour.
The constant stream of diners keep consuming the food which makes for an ever fresh pots being cooked.
The other clever thing about these Dhabas is that you do not waste food but you also never leave hungry. That is because your plate is refilled, free, by the cook, every time you finish a specific portion of it.
The bread, Chappati or Roti, is also flying right off the Tandoor (oven) and onto your plate every time you finished your last one.
My India: Where every village is home - Experience !
In the story The Dhaba - ढाबा.
Also by Etan Doronne
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