The Day – Royal Punjabi offers the flavors of life
The variety is said to be the spice of life, and in India it’s cinnamon, cilantro, black pepper, cumin, and paprika.
Gurpreet Blaggan emigrated from Punjab, India, USA in 2008 and has fond memories of Indian diversity and culture. Blaggan opened the Royal Punjabi restaurant three and a half years ago to share the flavors of India with the community.
The Royal Punjabi serves authentic Indian cuisine, with the menu favorites being ‘Butter Chicken’, which is chicken cooked in a buttery tomato sauce; Chicken Tikka Masala, a dish consisting of chicken marinated in yogurt and also cooked in tomato sauce, and chicken wings.
His chicken soup won Blaggan’s notoriety and a plaque, following a soup contest that took place in Norwich in May 2019. His lentil soup is nutritious, the breakfasts and dinners for sale are mouth-watering and healthy . It serves two kinds of bread called naan and poori, and the lasse, a smoothie, is delicious.
At the height of the pandemic, Blaggan, a charitable and kind leader, pitched a tent outside his place to feed the hungry and oppressed. He applies his faith as a Sikh by donating tasty meals to soup kitchens, senior centers and people in need of food.
He attended the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Hartford and became an international pastry chef and baker, landing a job at Sugar Belle in South Windsor in 2015.
Blaggan won two awards during his culinary arts studies for his majestic sugar sculpture of the Taj Mahal.
Blaggan met his wife in India and is the father of two children. His parents and uncle all made America their home.
He says he “just wants to do something for the community” and loves to cook.
The Royal Punjabi is located at 198 Main Street in Norwich, and the hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday. The establishment is closed on Sundays.