Welcome to the land of havelis, the land of Rajahs, the land of Ghoomar & the land of colourful Pagadis , Angharkas & Oodhnis. With ” Athithi Devo Bhavo” being a part of their culture, Rajasthan always welcomes you with a open heart.
The Hebbal Cafe, dedicates their current food festival just to the emotion called “Rajasthan”. Their food festival “Royal Flavours of Rajasthan”, brings to you the varied dishes of the state with their Khansama ” Chef Lakshmi”, who has been flown right in from Rajasthan along with his treasure trove of spices.
The Grub Story :
Chef Lakshmi along with chef Lakhbir & chef Enayat, have created an extravaganza of the best & most loved dishes that represent Rajasthan in its full glory. Here is how the Thali and the accompaniments looked :
1. Bajre ki Raab : An extremely smooth & gritty drink that immediately reminded you of a rainy day. This beige coloured millet drink is totally Rajasthan.
2. Shuruat ( Starters ) : Having opted for the vegetarian course, i was offered the most delicious starter, a duo of Khasta Kachori & Peethiwali Tikki. Rajasthan, is synonymous with kachoris and no one can make it better than them but what surprised me was the “Peethiwali Tikki”
The tikki was your potato tikki but with the cleanest flavours and melt in your mouth texture.
3. My Thali : This was the big daddy of all Rajasthani Thalis and by this i mean the flavour combination and the carefully curated curries on the platter, which progressed so effortlessly into one & another. With iconic gravies like “Pithod ki Subzi, Shekhawati Ker Sanger, Jodhpuri Bharwa Gatta”, there was no way you could stop devouring this.
4. Dal Baati Churma : No Rajasthani festival is complete without the ” Dal Baati Churma”. Boy! Was this a pleasure to devour, with the Baati dunked in ghee and served with Dal & Saffron infused Churma. This made my day!
5. Shekhawati Dahi Wada : This is Chef Lakshmi’s version, where he mimics the recipe his mother used to make. The version, is not only mind blowing but is something that reinstates the fact that less is always more.
6. Kuch Mitha Hojaye? Dessert time
Malai Ghewar and Malpua with Rabri : Both these desserts are the perfect to showcase the sweetness and textural play that Indian desserts possess. Chef Enayat, did a wonderful job in making us realise just how delectable our desserts are.
Verdict : Hebbal Cafe, has definitely put in a lot effort to stay true to the roots and that is easily seen in the execution of the “Royal Flavours of Rajasthan” festival. I’m delighted with the way this has turned out to be. This is on till the 5th May.