With soft music and food that’s oozes royalty; ITC Kakatiya introduced its Shekhawati & Marwari themed food festivals, as a part of their ‘Kitchens of India’ series. The food festival fits perfectly into their aim of highlighting undiscovered, royal and forgotten aspects of Indian culinary space, and has succeeded in bringing the traditional Rajasthani flavour into the city of the Nizams. Guests will be treated to a four part menu that works on a rotation basis; with a different menu each day, it’s safe to say that the hotel giant has gone all out with this one.
You are treated to a tangy and ginger-flavoured Masala chaas, as a part of their welcome drinks, making it a perfect choice in this scorching summer. There seems to be a 60-40 vegetarian to non-vegetarian food ratio on the menu, it doesn’t disappoint the non-vegetarian lovers. In fact, they are treated to Junglee murg, the hunting favourite of the kings of the old.
Talking about the story behind it, Master Chef Anvir Singh says, “When kings used to go on the hunt and since it was difficult to carry around a lot of spices with them, they would just take the three basic ones – salt, ghee and chilli powder. They would cook the chicken in ghee and add salt and chilli powder to it which is exactly how this particular dish is made now.” Apart from this, Lal maas, Gosht qualiya rasila and murgh ke sole are a few of the options that meat-lovers will enjoy.
The veggie lovers, on the other hand, will notice a scarcity of green veggies in their food, Rajasthan is a desert area and hence, the lack of green veggies. Another interesting observation is the presence of besan in multiple food options. Chef Anvir says, “It is the most easily available ingredients and besan’s flexible nature makes its way into most recipes.”
There is a lavish spread of vegetarian options to choose from; Gatte ka saag, Sangri paneer, Aloo papad achari, mangodi ki kebab, to name a few. An option from the veggie main course and a perfect blend of four different lentils Char dal khimsar is a must-have.
With minimal garnishing and giving off an aura of simplicity, Malai ghevar and Moong dal halwa mark the perfect finish to this royal feast. On-going till March 24, this festival is an extension of the usual dinner buffet, meaning that the guest will have access to Rajasthani cuisine along with the regular buffet, both at the same price
When: On-going till March 24
Where: Deccan Pavilion, ITC Kakatiya
Cost: Rs 1,999
Time: 7:30 to 11:30 pm