EATING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
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
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
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!