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A culinary trip to Rajasthan


This July the Capital gets a taste of the desert in its full glory. There is more to Rajasthan than just its royal splendour or amazing camel rides through never-ending sand dunes. And giving food lovers in Delhi the chance to look at the brilliant State through the culinary palate is a special Rajasthan food festival that kicked off at Gourmet Gallery last week.

The Indian segment of this multi-cuisine restaurant -- Tasveer -- is celebrating the flavours of Rajasthan this month. Inaugurated on July 23, the festival will carry on till Independence Day, with an array of authentic and traditional Rajathani items making up for a grand culinary fare for food connoisseurs.

It may not be as popular as Punjabi or South Indian delicacies as far as the Capital's restaurants go, but Rajasthani cuisine enjoys a loyal following among food lovers for the diversity it offers in terms of flavour and taste. Described by Gourmet Gallery as colourful and rich, available at "Tasveer" will be a variety of mouth watering and appetizing starters that come in a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare.

This would include items like murg mur muri kebab, shahi bharwan aloo, paneer bada, murg ke shooley, mirchi bada and more. You can follow up the culinary trip to Rajasthan with a variety of items by choosing from the sumptuous main course. On the menu are some of the trademark dishes of the satte like dal - baati- choorma, besan ke gatte, papad ki subzi, dal panchratni, paneer jaipuria, mangodi ki subzi and kadhi - that could be rightly termed as delights of desert. For those who prefer platters, there is a wide variety available in the form of khaas sakahari, an assortment of vegetarian kebabs served with roomali and laccha onion and veg shahi thal.

For those who haven't given in to the go vegetarian slogans yet, Rajasthani cuisine offers a lot to choose from. Spicing up the menu here will be delicacies like degchi soola murgh, khade masale ka murg, khas mansahari platter an assortment of non-vegetarian kebabs served with Roomali & Laccha onion and murg ki mokal which has shredded chicken cooked in spicy gravy.

Adding to the dining experience will be the bread basket and other accompaniments. From a chance to dig into shahi pulao or take a bite of bajre ki roti with white butter and jaggery, this is a trip that promises satisfaction. Giving those with a sweet tooth the chance to end their meal on the right note will be traditional desserts like Ghewar, gulab ki kheer and gulab jamun among others. The festival is open between 12 p.m. and 3-30 p.m. and 7-30 p.m and 11-30 p.m at the restaurant at South Extension -II Market.

By Lakshmi B.Ghosh

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