If the over-done doses of the culture of "Makke Di Roti" and "Sarson Da Saag" in our films and prime-time media haven't yet enticed you to taste these almost-patent delicacies of Punjab, the Amritsar Food Festival in Taj Banjara might succeed in doing so.
The gastronomical safari is on from 11th September to 17th September, at their coffee shop, Water Side Cafe (buffet) and their restaurant, Kabab-E-Bahar (a la carte), from 12:30pm to 11:30pm.
Amritsari cuisine has certain famed specialties of its own, besides being an eclectic representative of Punjabi cuisine. Amritsari Kulche, a fluffy bread stuffed with spicy potato filling and baked on a slow tandoor to give its characteristic crispness and taste, is a must-have on any gourmet's list. Amritsari Kulcha is accompanied by Amritsari Chhole, seasoned with fresh spices like garam-masala and pepper, adding to the distinct taste of the dish.
If the breads don't excite you, you could taste their Dahi Kadhi with Jeera Chawal (cumin rice with curd curry) or Rajma with Jeera Chawal (red kidney-beans curry with cumin rice). Giving able accompaniment to the breads and rice dishes are delicacies incuding Mah Ki Dal, Amritsari Aloo, Badshahi Paneer Tikka and Bharwan Tandoori Aloo.
The non-vegetarian platter includes Cream Chicken, Patila Shahi Chicken and the delectable Amritsari fish. Amritsari fish is prepared by marinating the fish in ajwain and frying it in mustard oil, and is served with the spicy Punjabi Onion Chutney. To offset the spicy onslaught of the main course, there is the sweet and extra-frothy Pedewala Lassi, which is a creamier version of the Lassi, with the sweetmeat Peda crushed and blended into it.
Also, the dessert cart includes more regional sweet dishes like Gur (Jaggery) Ka Halwa, Malpua crowned with dollops of rich Rabdi, and Phirni.
And did we forget Makke Di Roti and Sarson Da Saag? Relish them with generous helpings of Ghee and Gur.
Buffet is priced at Rs. 802. Please contact 6666-9999 for further details.