Saluting Indian cuisines... with Salaam India
Ten varieties of vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis, korma and kababs all this and more at Le Meridien's Salaam India Food Festival showcasing India's best cuisines in New Delhi... .
A taste of India at Le Meridien's Salaam India Food Festival. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt.
`KABHI YUN bhi to ho... ' Jagjit Singh's mesmerising, willowing ghazal from Divya Ahuja, a budding singer and an assortment of best Indian kebabs, kormas and biryanis, a bottle of Kingfisher, fresh juice and the ever-smiling staff wearing white kurta-pyjama and koti, serving you at beck and call. Sounds royal? But it happened this past week at Le Meridien's Pakwaan restaurant in New Delhi. All this to salute the spirit of India with `Salaam India' - a festival of food showcasing best of Indian cuisine.
Specialities vary as do the chefs here. From Kakori kabab, a blend of finely minced lamb drizzled with saffron to Galouti lamb kabab that instantly melts in mouth and several vegetable kababs.
While Chef Devender Kumar specialises in kababs, Chef Abdul Haleem, the fourth generation in the profession to whose fame goes 105 feet long kabab he created with his brother earlier has been specially flown from Lucknow to serve delicacies in the festival.
"We are serving six vegetarian biryanis and four non-vegetarian ones with 10 types of vegetarian korma and kababs and various types of paranthas and rotis," informs Amrit, the host.
A story goes: once Jawahar Lal Nehru invited one Viceroy for a dinner. After having stomach full of many items, he refused to take kachoris served to him by Nehru. `My stomach is full. Can't afford even a single bite,' he is learnt to have politely said. Then came jalebis -- the Viceroy's favourite sweet dish, and served to him by an attendant. He immediately gulped many at one go. Nehru was aghast, `How come? You just said you have no tummy room left?' `Oh... Jalebis for me is like Governor Ki Gadi. When it comes on road, people disperse sideways howsoever thick the crowd and the Gadi has a smooth ride. Jalebis is that Governor's car for me you know,' and he gulped many more.
While many less spicy vegetarian kababs items might not do justice to your palate, chicken biryani and ulte tawe ka paratha are sure to prove a `Governor's Gadi.' For a sweet end, gulab ice cream -- that is gulab jamun enveloped in fruit cream and dry fruits and fumed with rum is served.
The festival lasts till November 2.
Send this article to Friends by