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Some kababs, some korma


LUCKNOW and food are as closely connected as the city and its manners, the city and its language. So, when an opportunity offers itself for a Lucknowi platter at Sahara restaurant at Asaf Ali Road in New Delhi, you automatically look forward to it. The invitation talks of a fortnight-long food festival serving Lucknawi kababs and shorbas, the succulence of which instantly waters your mouth.

On arrival at the restaurant in Vasant Kunj, a sense of festivity at once encircles you with rhythmic qawwalis wafting around. All set to dine after an interesting yet quick hand wash with gulab jal mixed with surahi water, you seem to be ready for the meal.

Rolls out a menu card with an array of regional delicacies - from fruit juices and chaas to shorbas of Zafrani Murg and tomato to kababs, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Not so spicy, the vegetarian kababs include Sabz Kakori, Sunehri Kastab, Mewa Aur Sabz Ke Seekh and Hara Kabab. The non-vegetarian kababs included Zafrani Jheenga, Shahi Murgh Malai Kabab, Mahi Tikka and Lucknawi Seekh Kaebab. A food section named Jalwa-e-Handi, serves dishes like Gobhi Musallam, Paneer Bhujia, Rogani Mushroom, Phalodari Zafrani Kofta, Awadhi Daal, Kundan Kaliya, Murgh Handi Lazeez, Murgh Shahi Korma, Jheenga Ka Korma and Macchi Dum Bharwan, etc.

Pramod Dahiya, Operation Director at Sahara restaurant says, all the dishes in this section are prepared in desi ghee. To pair it with, one can have rice, raita and bread.

To wrap up the filling meal, desserts like Ras Madhuri, Matka Kulfi, Bharwan Gulab Jamun and Phirni are at your service.

Unfortunately though, the festival is over by now, Dahiya says, guests at Sahara still "can feel the difference" till the time they have another regional food festival. Having a capacity of 200 people, he says, the features like huts, ample parking space, eco-friendly environment and good quality of food make it stand out. The restaurant also has a bar apart from five huts and open lawns.

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