Review: Rajasthani Food Festival at Feast, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru




Sheraton brings the flavors of Rajasthan to Namma Bengaluru


India is a country which is known for its cultural diversity. With 29 different states comes multiple languages, diverse culture and as we all know, food is a very important aspect of any culture.  Every state in India has something unique to offer in terms of food, taste, spices and the ethos that comes along.

Rajasthan is one among the culturally richest states in the country, reflecting the Indianness. Time has come a long way but the people of Rajasthan have held on to their roots which is noticeable by their simple nature and warm hospitality. People of different castes, creed and religion live together in harmony, giving this state a multi-coloured culture. According to a local adage 'the dialect, cuisine, water and turbans in Rajasthan change every 12 miles'.

The cuisine of Rajasthan is a reflection of the rich traditions of the inhabitants. The state is known for its array of unique, colourful, mouth-watering gastronomic delights. Natural topography has played an important role in shaping the cuisine of the state and the stress is more on nutrition rather than on fuss and ostentation.

In the olden days, the war-like lifestyle of the Rajput warrior forced them to spend several weeks, sometimes months, away from home. Fresh home-cooked food was a luxury, and the womenfolk easily met this challenge by creating food that could be consumed weeks after it was prepared. But given the limitations of the availability of ingredients in those days, there was still a very interesting mix of food. Dal-Baati-Churma, Lal and Safed Maans (red and white meat), Soyeta and Lahsun-ki-Chutney are recognised as Rajasthani specialties that continue to please the palate to this day.

Today, ‘fusion food’ is a trend which is very successful but what hooks me on is the word ‘authenticity’. Fusion food depends on the creativity of the creator but authenticity only comes when you are someway attached to the roots.

I am one of the fortunate few to grow up with many ‘Marwari’ friends and this being one of the many dialects of Rajasthan, have feasted the lip-smacking home-made food end number of times. So, when I was invited to be part of the ongoing #RajasthaniFoodFestival being hosted at #FEAST #SheratonBangalore, I just couldn't hold my excitement.



Feast has always been instrumental to bring food from various destinations under one roof. This time they chose to bring the flavors of Rajasthan to Namma Bengaluru and boy Ohh boy, they have definitely pushed the boundaries. The team has put in a brilliant effort to make sure the visitors are left mesmerised by the decked up interiors, serving staff dressed in traditional attire and spread of fine cuisines all the way from Rajasthan.












We were welcomed with something that I am very familiar with and have been by part of diet all my life – ‘Sattu ki Sharbat’. This is something very close to my heart and I must say it was close enough, with a modern touch served in a kullad. It was well garnished with sliced onions, coriander leaves and sliced green chillies with a squeeze of lemon.  

Sattu ki Sharbat




The non-veg appetisers – Murg ka Sula and Jaisalmer ke Boti didn’t really please my taste buds and couldn’t push myself for second round. This was nothing new or different. I can get this stuff anywhere in Bangalore, what was missing is that Rajasthani touch to it.

The next up was something that really caught everyone’s attention – Stuffed Papad Rolls. Everyone one of us would have had a chance to taste Papad at least once in life but who would have thought you can do something so simple yet so brilliantly different to the ever humble papad.

Stuffed Papad Rolls

But the highlight of the evening that left me asking for more and more was the cult Rajasthani dish – Daal-Baati Churma. Ohh Boy, how good was this.. absolutely brilliant, that pure essence of desi ghee, that perfectly cooked daal, that overwhelming sweetness of churma... it just felt like home.

Daal-Baati Churma

The main-course was a long spread but only two things that qualifies as good was ‘Laal Maans’ and ‘Murgh Biryani’. Other notable mentions would be ‘Marwari Machchi Curry’ and ‘Dum Aloo Judhpuri’.


Laal Maans


Murgh Biryani

 Dum Aloo Judhpuri

Dessert is a very important part of any feast and this where I was a bit disappointed. I have a sweet tooth and I expected so many eye pleasing and lip-smacking authentic, traditional desserts.. Only to be welcomed by Galebi and Ghewar with Rabdi and few others that I wouldn’t like to mention.

Ghewar

Overall experience was a mixed one with few hits and misses. But looking at the positives there are few things that really set a smile on my face and I would go back to eat only those few things.

Verdict: 3/5


Information on Rajasthan - Source: http://tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/


Suman

Dreamer, Blogger, Writer, Foodie, Movie buff, Public Relations. Contributor for The New Indian Express and recently started a news publishing website 'Unkrate'.

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