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The Nimman eating scene is complete!

Ranggoli Indian cuisine

By Shana Kongmun

I love Indian food; I love a really garlicky naan bread, a creamy korma, spicy curries and fluffy biryanis. And now Nimmanhaemin finally has a good Indian restaurant, Ranggoli on Nimman soi 11 just opposite the popular Italian restaurant Why Not!
I went there for lunch shortly after they opened with a few friends and must say I left happy. I ordered the korma and it was rich and creamy as it should be, the garlic naan met even my high garlic requirements (no mean feat!) and my friend’s biryani was fluffy, each grain separated and very tasty. Indian rice is very different from Thai rice and it showed in the biryani. Another friend ordered the chicken karahi, we had a discussion over the name of course, since my friend is British.
He insisted it must be a typo and its Karachi but it was like that through the entire menu. I of course had to look this up when I got home and the charmingly affable owner Makki does, of course, have it right. Karahi is a Pakistani and Northern Indian dish named after the deep circular pot it is cooked in.
The food is Northern Indian and Pakistani, which, is again, my preference. I like spicy, creamy food and dishes filled with complex flavors. The restaurant is only recently opened so there were, as to be expected, a few teething problems with a waitress who seemed to speak noThai nor much English. But, we managed to communicate and the chef even came out to make sure we were getting what we wanted.
It’s a pleasant restaurant set in an old wooden house, you can sit outside or inside an air-conditioned room. The prices are quite reasonable, especially when compared to some other Indian restaurants in town. The garlic naan is 50 baht, dishes ranged from 150- around 300. They offer mutton, beef, chicken, prawns and of course vegetarian dishes. For those who may not be Indian food fans they also have a Thai menu. Ranggoli delivers as well, and for free. Certainly a bonus in my eyes as I often work late. Makki even laughed when my friend asked about late night delivery, stating we could call and order up until midnight for those who get hit by late night munchies.
Located on Nimmanhaemin soi 11 they are open daily from lunch until midnight! 0869466551


RECIPES BY NOI: White Hair Khao Tom

Khao Tom (pronounced and written the same as the word for rice soup) is a dessert made from rice wrapped with banana leaf and boiled. There are many recipes to cook it, some add black bean, banana, peanut, or just use the plain sticky rice without adding anything.
What we’ll cook today is called Khao Tom Kluay Hua Ngok or white hair Khao Tom with banana.
Why white hair? Well, we’ll see the answer when we finishing cooking!
You will need uncooked sticky rice, banana, pandan leaves, banana leaves, shredded coconut, sugar and bamboo strips
Blend pandan leaves and squeeze to get the juice. Then soak the sticky rice in the pandan leaves juice and add more water, cover the rice for at least 3-4 hours then remove from the water.
Rip banana leaves into 10x10inch strips. Put the rice in the center then place the whole banana and wrap with the banana leaves by rolling it and tie with bamboo strips.
Boil for 1 hour or until the rice is cooked.
Unwrap Khao Tom and cut thensprinkle shredded coconut and sugar on it before serving.
Now we can see that our Khao Tom has white hair!
When I was novice monk we liked to challenge each other to run around the temple for 3 rounds and tie Khao Thom on a broom. The smell of Khao Tom and the sound of the broom brushing the floor will attract Phee Pret (Ghost) to come out. I quit before finishing the first round, scared and shaking the ghost would come!
Phee Pret is one of the well-known ghosts. It is tall as palm tree, has long neck, dark skin, big hands like palm leaves and the mouth is very small as the size of needle so it is always hungry. People who beat up, hurt, disrespect others or do or say bad to their parents will be Phee Pret after they die.
Be good to our parents!

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