I’m back with a fresh new food review today, after a quick hiatus from writing on food here. The festive season has officially begun, and it is the time to venture out with friends and family. No celebration is over without lots of food here in India. Today I’m going to talk about the ongoing Jashn-E-Awadh food festival at Elan, The Lodhi.. Read on for the deets!
All of October, you get to savour the authentic Awadhi recipes from the kitchen of Master Chef Hafeez Qureshi who cooked up these delicious delicacies for us, and for all of you through October! We sampled a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian starters and mains along with some classic desserts, and loved every bit of it!
Our favorites from the vegetarian starters were the Paneer Tawa Tikkas– a one of a kind potato stuffed cottage cheese tikka lightly finished on a tawa, and Kathal aur Anjeer ke kebab– jackfruit kebabs with a hint of sweetness from figs. Both the preparations had a nice twist tot he recipes from the ones you usually get to eat, and were such a delight. For the non vegetarians, kakori kebabs and silbatte ki shammis were not to be missed!
Amongst the mains, we were left drooling over Chef Qureshi’s Nihari, one of the most famous dishes when it comes to Awadhi cuisine. The nihari had just the right flavors, and the meat was melting off the bone with much ease. For the vegetarians, Guncha-o-keema was my favorite. I have probably never had tastier cauliflower ever. All mains were accompanied by an assortment of breads such as warqi paratha and lucknowi naan.
The Awadhi Gosht biryani and vegetarian Gucchi anar pulao were very flavorsome yet delicate, and we loved how they were paired with the Burani raita, a raita with hints of garlic in it. It was like a flavor explosion in our mouth!
If you do get a chance to visit Elan, do give the Jashn-e-Awadh food festival a try!
Elan at The Lodhi Hotel, New Delhi
Jashn-e-Awadh food festival is on till 31st October 2016.