The Rajasthan Food Festival is happening at Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi.
Dates – 17th July to 27th July
Timing – 7 pm onwards (dinner only)
Pricing – Rs 1050+taxes
Being a Marwari, I’ve eaten a lot of Rajasthani fare all these years. Trying out the same dishes at a star rated hotel was going to be an exciting journey, I figured.
But it turned out better than that. The chefs Bhurra lal and Panna lal had weaved magic in the dishes. Loved, loved, loved the spread.
Ambience – Two colourful elephants dotted the entrance to the Momo Cafe, a very welcoming sight indeed. The music was absolutely spot on. Some of the staff members were dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire, lending the ambience a very fun look indeed. You could also spot a lot of colourful pots and other knick-knacks to create an ethnic atmosphere.
Hospitality – The best part of the dinner was getting to meet the master chef Jeewan Singh and the specialty chefs Bhurra Lal and Panna Lal. The chef interacting with the guests is priceless and I value that experience highly. The service, as expected, was top notch. All your needs are taken care of and you never have to ask twice.
Food – Being a Marwari, I can vouch for the authenticity of the fare. Everything was spot on and quite delicious.
So that you guys can get a complete idea on what to expect, I’m mentioning the entire Rajasthani food lineup from yesterday.
· Chatpata paneer · Mirchi Bade .Dahi ke kebab · Non veg kebab · laala maas ki boti · Rajwada kebab
· Gatta pulao · Dal · Dal Panchratan · Lamb · Laal Maas · Chicken · Saffed murg · Ker sangria · Gatte ki sabzi · Papad paneer ki sabzi · Panchmela sabzi .Dal bati churma .Bajra khees
· Ghewar · Moong badam halwa
Live counter · Moong dal pakoda · Jalebi rabdi live
Apart from these delicacies, there is also a good spread of continental salads, mains and desserts to satiate all taste buds.
Some of the menu items are going to be retained on a daily basis, while the others will keep on changing.
My favourite dish from the Starters has to be the extremely melt-in-the-mouth and flavorful Dahi ke Kebab. I must have gobbled down five of these. The Paneer was quite excellent too.
The Moong dal Pakoda was served in a way I had never seen before. The humble Pakodas were topped with 3 special chutneys and chopped onions and tomatoes. Lip smacking stuff.
From the mains, The Bajra Khees was outstanding. Never have I had such a creamy and rich variant of Bajra khees. It almost reminded me of a risotto.
Also the Dal Bati deserves a special mention. The Bati were soaked in ghee (as we Marwaris like it) and the dal was rich and flavorful.
The Panner papad sabzi was a revelation.
As far as the desserts are concerned, all of the Rajasthani specials were excellent. If you are lucky, you can even try your hand at making jalebis at the live counter!
As Far as the non-vegetarian fare is concerned, my buddies had good things to say about everything, especially the Laal Maas.
Overall Verdict – Excellent fare and the superlative service make this an unmissable feast.
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*Disclaimer – This meal was hosted by the restaurant. A huge thank you to Arundhati and Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi for the same.