Awadhi Cuisine is always close to my heart, from the time my brother shifted to Lucknow, we used to visit him to try different cuisines and every time the city has to offer something new. Recently I came to know about the “Jashn – E- Awadh” festival organized by Radisson Blu Marina and without delay, I went there to try it.
They have especially called the Chef called Khansama from Lucknow, who has brought his secret spices made at home and followed from generations. They have curated the menu of signature dishes using the homemade spices. They have prepared the dishes, which use to be served at the time of Mughals.
The chef briefed about the food and told us how it is different from the food we eat here in Delhi, by listening to the description, my craving for the food increased. We started with Paneer Multani Tikka – Soft chunks of Paneer stuffed with chopped peanuts and chutney. Simple dish but the mix of spices was taking it to the next level.
The most interesting I had was Bhindi Ki Galouti. Oh Man! It was damn delicious, the minced Bhindi mixed with spices, and it was melting in the mouth. The richness of spices can be felt, it was masaledar but without being spicy which was the best thing.
In the main course we had Dastarkhawan_ E- Shahi Paneer – White rich creamy gravy which was not sweet ( thank God), loved the richness of the gravy. Moong Dal Asaf-Ud-Daula, it was green dal first fried in spices and then cooked. I was able to relate it with chilka dal which is very healthy and nutritious plus tasty. We enjoyed both the gravies with Butter Naan.
Biryani – This was heavenly, had one bite than another then one more and couldn’t stop me from finishing it. The ghee was used generously and it was taking it to the whole new level. Must have.
We ended our scrumptious meal with Shahi Tukda, bread dipped in sweet syrup topped with Malai or Rabri and some dry fruit. What a perfect way of ending the meal.
If you are looking to have some Authentic Awadhi Food then this is the place for you. The festival is on till 4th August and they have more options in Non-Veg too. My friends loved the Non-veg, one being the favourite Murgh ki chaap. Go try it yourself and let us know in the comment how you find it.