Bengali Bingeing At Dilli 32 , The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel , Delhi
Bengali cuisine is one of the jewels of Indian cookery with an array of spices and cooking techniques employed. It is heavily influenced by Mughlai, Chinese and British cuisines and one can trace the history of Bengal through its cuisine. Dilli 32 at The Leela Hotel is offering an authentic Bengali fare. The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey, which started last year with Amritsari cuisine has now reached the last leg of the journey, ending with mouth watering delicacies from Kolkata.
Celebrating Bong Culture
Special preparations have been made to allure diners to the food festival. The serving staff is dressed up in traditional Bengali attire and their pronunciation of the dishes in local dialect is impressive. Chef Ashwani Kumar Singh’s research is apparent in the expansive menu that covers different facets of Bengali cuisine. From street food to elaborate main course dishes, the buffet has it all covered. Priced at a nominal rate of Rs. 1500+ for adults, the meal is free for children below 12 years of age.
Street Food & Taste Buds
Kathi Rolls, Jhal Muri, Chops and Cutlets are an integral part of Bengal’s Street Food. Gondhoraj Ghol made with the piquant and aromatic Gondhoraj Lime is a calming yoghurt based beverage that complements Jhal Muri. Their Jhal Muri has a strong hint of mustard which makes it an absolute delight. The bite sized Vegetable Chop, Mutton Chaamp and Chicken cutlet embody the essence of Kolkata’s street food scene; fried delicacies, served piping hot to eager customers lined outside tiny stalls.
P3 – Palate Pleasing Plate
As is expected of this particular cuisine, the fish dishes were simply mind blowing. Pabda Shorshe Jhal and Bhetki Paturi, both made liberal use of mustard sauce which lent a sharp flavor. Kosha Mangsho, a Bengali Mutton Curry was a fiery amalgamation of spices. For vegetarians, the Aloo Posto is a must try. An essential ingredient of Bengali cuisine, potato is also incorporated in their Biryani along with succulent pieces of mutton. Sukto, a slightly bitter curry goes well with steamed rice- Bhaat. Dhokar Dalna is a traditional dish made with Lentil cakes. The last two dishes lacked luster as the non vegetarian dishes stole the show.
Amongst Breads, Koraishutir Kochuri and Luchi were the best. The former was a deep fried puri filled with mashed peas while Luchi was a plain puri made with maida. The Mughlai Parantha was a thick pan fried flatbread stuffed with small chunks of mutton. However, the chewy meat pushed it to the background while the other breads flourished.
This festival is a haven for dessert lovers. Indulge your sweet tooth in some fantastic desserts like Sondesh and the lovable Mishti Doi. However, if experimentation is your mantra, go for their mini Doughnut shaped Pantua which is made with semolina and steeped in sugar syrup. Payesh- a Bengali style Kheer is another alternative to satiate your meetha cravings.
The Festival is on till 16th April, 2017. Hop on this culinary joyride and rest assured; you shall not be disappointed.