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Cha(a)t corner!

Chaats, parathas and wraps... can you ask for more?


TUCK INTO delectable chaats from the land of Rosgollas and innovative parathas and Indianised wraps at the ongoing food festival at That's Y Food, R.S. Puram.

For starters, try the sweet-sour aam ka panna or the tangy gaajar ka kaanji made with a dash of beetroot. The original kaanji is made using black carrots but since that is not available here, they have used the regular orange carrots. The juice, garnished with powdered mustard, is allowed to age in a pitcher for three days before being served.

Move on then to the tempting buffet spread of chaats.

On offer are palak patta papdi chaat, a truly out-of-the-world combination. Think fried palak pakoda soaked in a marinade and topped with flakes of papdi and you'll get the idea.

The dhokla mattar ki chaat is something you would not have tasted in this part of the country. Even here, the difference comes in from using a melt-in-the-mouth tart shell as base in place of the regular papdi. This is filled with a mixture of crumbled dhokla and peas, and you end up walking up for fresh servings every time.

The ghoogni, made using yellow peas, is good too. The churmur would be your best bet is you want something totally Bengali. Try the aloo narial ki chatt if you love the flavour of semi-fried mustard. Made using baby potatoes and coconut flakes and garnished with mustard, it makes for very different chaat.

In the paratha section, try the regular ones like cauliflower, potato, peas, radish and kheema or experiment. After all, what are food festivals for? Go in for stuffings like spring onion cheese corn, scrambled cottage cheese, jaggery and khoya and thali peet. A variety of accompaniments, including jaggery, pickles and chutneys, are served in earthen bowls. Also, a very different methi ka raitha.

In the wraps, choose from Chicken Turkish wrap (skewered chicken wrapped in bread with lettuce and tomato), meatball wrap (char-grilled patties of lamb spiced with Turkish herbs) or Oriental wrap (Teriyaki-style chicken and wok-fried vegetables). There is different Indian sweet for dessert every day. The gaajar ka halwa served on the opening day was great, with just the right amount of sugar.

A buffet for vegetarians costs Rs. 170 while the non-veg version comes for Rs. 185. The fest is on till January 30. For reservations, call 5365117/118.

SUBHA J RAO

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