226 Pasir Panjang Road
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It is a common misconception that the British can’t handle spicy food. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, curry is our meal of choice. This love affair came about not because of our alleged lack of culinary prowess (I won’t hear a word against the Yorkshire pudding), but because, for a long time, curry houses were the only restaurants left open after the pubs had shut. (Another possible option was a doner kebab from the kebab van, but you’d have to be very, very drunk at the time.)
Our ability to consume hot curries, like fiery vindaloos, no doubt stems from the fact that our other senses were too sozzled to hear the death cries of our tastebuds, but that’s by the by. All I know is that I love a good curry, and the hotter the better.
That brings me to Rangoli, which I like not just because it is a two-minute walk from my Pasir Panjang apartment, but because it serves genuinely great food. It’s low-key and cheap, and its North Indian dishes are a sizzling amalgamation of pungent spices, thick, buttery sauces, succulent poultry and everything else besides.
We usually spend around $50 on a meal for two, and the portions are generous. My picks would be the spicy murgh masala and the chicken biriyani, which is best mopped up with a freshly baked naan, and washed down with a Kingfisher … or three.