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Experience the Royal Cuisine of Rajasthan at FAIRFIELD.

One of the things that excite us about Fairfield by Marriott is their food festivals! It’s celebrating “Padharo Maro Des”, a Marwari Food Festival covering all the popular dishes and desserts of Rajasthan.

Rajasthan being the largest state in India, is known for its traditions, majestic forts, royal sense of clothing and the Thar. It is no less when it comes to food. Rajasthani cuisine has an array of delightful recipes which is a blend of spices and sweet. Ghee, Besan, Bhajra, Wheat, Milk, and spices are few of the main ingredients.

Chef Bhuralal Prajapathi is the man behind this festival, who flew from Pune to put up this fantastic show. He spoke about the dishes through the course of the meal.
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The ambiance has vibrant shades, decorated with umbrellas, colorful Holi , Matkas, wall hangings and tiny toys. A Potter at the entrance who makes Matkas added up to the lively atmosphere.
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The dinner was arranged on the ground with lay back cushions, leaf spread on the miniature silver table, decorated with rose petals. The staff in the traditional attire and Marwari songs in the background made it more appealing.
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On the menu,

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Gulabi Sherbet, an appetizer. Though the drink was light, yet strong of rose essence. Mirchi Bhajiya, spicy green chilli’s filled with aloo, was perfectly fried and had the right amount of crispness. It was served with Lasoon Chutney.

Dal Baati Churma is something we’d love to eat over and over! Fresh Baati’s deep fried in ghee, mixed with dal and topped with Churma which gave spice-sweet hints!

Bajre ki Khichdi is one of those dishes prepared with least number ingredients but has great flavors. A divine dish by itself 🙂 Gatte ka Pulao got us thinking if it was sausages but it’s besan blent with rice! Sangri ke Sabji is made up of two special types of beans which are available only in Rajasthan. It went well with the pulao and khichdi.

Lal Maas, something straight out from meat heaven! Tender meat cooked perfectly with spices, exude great flavors.
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Malai Ghevar is a dessert where only a handful of people pull it off. Aromas of ghee and Rabdi leaves anyone speechless! Jalebi with Rabdi, Mini and sugary, topped with Rabdi left us mouthwatering. MoongDal Halwa one of the richest dessert. A person with the sweet tooth would love it for sure.

There’s also a live chaat counter which has many Rajasthani chaats to savor from!
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Overall we had a royal experience at Kava, Fairfield by Marriott. Scrumptious food, good hospitality, and innovative decor sums up the food festival. Three cheers to the entire team and to the happy helpers who served us 🙂

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Walk on the Streets of India under THE LEELA’s umbrella!

Street food is the most liked and outgrown one. There’s no end to the varieties of food available on streets. And Indian streets are known for it.  The Leela Palace has come up with interesting “Street Food Festival” which is on from September 1st on the lobby level at Citrus- The Leela Palace.

I was on cloud nine to attend the exclusive preview held on last Saturday for food lovers. After  everything was set, Chef Zafar Ali gave us a brief introduction about the food festival. We had a list of selected items on the menu from all over the country. I was just excited to experience the street food in The Leela way.

What was on the Chef’s tasting menu?

> A sweet appetizer ‘Punjabi Rose Lassi’ made up of consistent Curd, rose flavored and topped with fresh cream served in a clay pot, a cool way to start the sunny noon.

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Tender Coconut water was another appetizer served for the noon.

ON THE TABLE –

> Indian Savory Snacks – Time for some nibbles 🙂 Achappam, Muruku, Nipattu and Banana chips were served in colored bowls. I can just live munching on them all day long!

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> Dhokla – Its roots are from Gujarat. Soft, fluffy and perfectly textured dish topped with fresh coriander and served with chutney.

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> Palak Pan ki Chaat  – Crunchy and crispy Palak leaves combined with pan, topped with sweet Curd, sweet & Mint chutneys, Pomegranate, Sev and fresh coriander. Light yet tasty Chaat.

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> Raj Kachori – Try Kachori in a royal way!
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SOUTH INDIAN STREET FOOD –

> Vegetable Kothu Paratha –  Famous south Indian dish which contains slices of paratha well blend with vegetables and tossed in the pan with spices adding flavors to it.

> Chicken Kothu Paratha and Bheja with Egg Dosa are other items on the menu.

FROM THE FRYER –

> Goli Bajji – Perfectly fried Mangalore Bajjis served with Kayi (coconut) chutney was mouth watering.

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> Nethili Fry and Jheenga Koliwada were other dishes made out of fish & prawns respectively.

> Paneer Shashlik – Well marinated cottage cheese cubes along with bell peppers and onions were put together which made it a great dish. The spices were just right!

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> Beef Phal

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> Quail Roast

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MAIN COURSE –

> Idiyappam with Paya Kurma – A south Indian dish made of rice flour, baked and made into strings. It was a little different from the usual ones I have tried.

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>Soft and perfectly baked Thatte Idly with Coconut Chutney and Sambar was another dish on the main course menu.

DESSERTS STATION –

> Jalebi with hot Badam milk and Rajasthani Malai Kulfi – Wrapped up the meal on a high sweet note. Crunchy sweet Jalebis with badam milk was a treat to my taste buds. While Malai kulfi was just scrumptious!

> Kumbakonam Degree Coffee –  Piping hot strong flavored coffee was served in the end. A must beverage every person needs.

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Three cheers to The Leela group for putting up a great show. Kudos to the happy helpers who served us 🙂 Enjoy the most comfortable food in the royal way amidst the falling water, lush greenery or in the cool cubicles lit up by fancy droplights.

Note: I have tried and reviewed only vegetarian dishes.