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Royal Bhagare

TIME FOR some seasonal delicacies. The ITC Hotel Maurya Sheraton and Towers, New Delhi is hosting a festival of Bhagara Khana; the Hyderabadi eatables prepared by Kunwari Kulsum Begum of the Salar Jung royal family are mostly vegetarian but often eaten in combination with non-vegetarian dishes. One of the essentials of a Bhagara meal is the Bhagara rice eaten with Arhar Ka Dalcha. Not to miss the chutney: one can choose between the Ghosht Ki Chutney and tomato chutney. An opportunity for Delhiites to explore the secrets of the royal Salar Jung kitchen .

Spice Route

TRAVEL THROUGH South East Asia's important countries via the culinary route. The Imperial Hotel introduces two new four-course menus, namely The Elite and The Spice Route Special Menu for lunch and dinner. The menu features cuisines from six countries of South-East Asia. Choose from Sate Bali (Indonesian chicken skewer served with peanut butter sauce), Tom Yum Kung (Thai soup), Iraachi stew (boneless lamb cooked with potato in Kerala style), Rau Xao (Vietnamese style stir-fried assorted vegetable), vegetable Temparadu from Sri Lanka, and others. The Elite and Spice Route menus cost Rs.1500 and 1800 respectively, plus taxes.

Parsi Food Fest

THIS YEAR coincides with the 3000th anniversary of Zoroastrian culture. Ashok Hotel in New Delhi celebrates the festival by organising a Parsi Food Festival beginning next Tuesday for two days. At its Coffee Shop you can savour traditional Parsi cuisine with all the spices culled from age-old recipes. Take for instance, Dhansak or Patra Ni Machi, Akuri, Papeta Par Eeda and Parsi Rawa. There is more. A Parsi exhibition celebrating the development of this culture from the Bronze Age is also put on in its lobby. Guests dressed in traditional Parsi costume will get 30 per cent discount on food at the festival.

Cool Cooladas

RADISSON HOTEL, New Delhi is promoting one of the most famous of cocktails, Pinacolada. The `Coolada promotion' is happening at the Savannah Bar in the hotel. Specials of the bar include the Panther Coolada, Appilada Coolada, Nutty Coolada and Shocklada. These exotic drinks cost Rs.325 plus taxes.

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