The problem with the more exotic food festivals is that if you like the food
you are in trouble. If you dig the grub in a Mexican or a Chinese food festival,
that's always cool, you can go to any of the several places that serve this
cuisine in town. But what if you like the food in a Balti food festival? See?
That hardly stops the feeders, though. The Taj Banjara is organizing a 10-day
'Balti' food festival starting from the 3rd. Balti is derived from a province
named Baltistan - not the easiest of places to go out on a visit, situated as
it is in the midst of the Karakorams, the Hindukush and the Himalayas. Sometimes
known as 'Little Tibet' and the land where 'mountains meet', the place was part
of the ancient silk trade route. And that's where you'll need to go after this
fest for more supplies.
Balti is essentially a method of cooking a wide range of curries, poultry, fish,
meat and vegetable dishes quickly on the stovetop in high heat using the stir-fried
technique. There are 3 types of cooking in Baltistan - Balti food, Punjabi food
brought in by travelers and visitors, and some Kashmiri food. And you will get
to taste nearly all here.
This festival will be on till 12th of this month at the Kebab-e-Bahar, a restaurant
at the Taj Banjara with garden shrubbery, palms and water fountains.
Please contact Santosh Kutty at 666-9999 Ext.1807 for further details.