To satiate Hyderabad's appetite for food from different corners of India, the Waterside Cafe, the 24-hour coffee shop at Taj Banjara, is hosting Dadar Badi, a Bengali food festival, from 31st October to 9 November. Dadar Badi occupies a significant place in Bengali tradition. The annual ritual signifies the home-coming of womenfolk to the homes of their brothers (Dadar Badi), on the occasion of Durga Puja and Diwali, during which time, they prepare all kinds of sumptuous dishes. Inspired by this tradition, Executive Chef Hrudananda Behera has come up with a fusion of traditional Bengali festive cuisine with a modern style.
Bengali cuisine is known for its vast range of rice and fresh-water fish dishes, where fish is the dominant meat. The salt water fish Ilish is regarded an icon of Bengali cuisine, and Khashi (the meat of sterilized goats) is their most popular red meat. The key ingredients of traditional Bengali cuisine include rice, moshur dal (red lentils), mug dal (mung beans), shorsher tel (mustard oil), mustard paste, posto (poppyseed) and narkel (ripe coconut).
Sweets also occupy an important place in the diet of Bengalis, especially at their social ceremonies. Bengali sweets are generally made of sweetened cottage cheese (chhena), khoa (reduced solidified milk), or flour made of different cereals and pulses.
The food festival has a buffet lunch and a buffet dinner, with a different menu for each of the ten days. The main attraction of the festival is the Hilsa fish, specially flown in from Kolkata. Other delicacies to relish are Maacher Sores Jhol, Mangshor Gota Moshla, Murgi Malai, Dimer Curry, Maacher Cutlet Curry, Elish Maacher Kalia, Mangshor Dopiaza, Murgi Gota Moshla, Chloar Dal, Shukto, Alu Potoler Kalia, Begun Sores, Chhanar Dalna, Aam Jhol, Ghugni, Sheem Begun Chorchori, and Potoler Dia Phool Kopi. For your sweet tooth, the festival offers a range of Mistis, including Sandesh, Misti Doi, Rasogolla, Chena Payas, Sita Bhog, Chamcham, Lacha Rabdi, Kheer Mohan and Payas.
Please contact 6666-9999 for further details.