Padharo Mhare Des – Rajasthani Food Festival at The Jehan Numa Palace
Bhopal is currently flourishing with the royal aromas. The Jehan Numa Palace, Bhopal presents Padharo Mhare Des -The Rajasthani Food Festival which features a lavish feast that was once savoured by the kings and folks of Rajasthan. Chef Jeewan (Executive Chef at The Jehan Numa Palace) mentioned, “Rajasthani cuisine is unique in many ways from other culinary traditions of India. Over the years, due to the scarcity of water, green vegetables, and climatic conditions, Rajasthani cuisine has developed a style of its own. Just like the rich arts and crafts of the state, the food is equally considered as a distinguished form of art.”
Food of Rajasthan is colourful, has rich flavours, exotic aroma and ghee is used generously while preparing and serving a meal. The cuisine was influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in that arid region. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred. The specialty of the dishes served in this region was influenced by the environment and the ingredients that were readily available.
You are sure to explore the robust essence of this historic state of Rajputs and Marwaris, where each dish has a different story to tell.
Talking about the Food that I ate, I was served
Ker Sangri: We’re talking about Rajashthan and how can I not have Ker Sangri? 😀 A Rajasthani dried pickle cooked in tomato and fenugreek gravy, Ker Sangri is a traditional, spicy subzi made with the ker berry and the sangri bean. It’s made with simplest ingredients such as red chillies, carom seeds and a couple of Indian Masalas. Ker Sangri was extremely flavoursome, leaving a lingering taste on my tongue.
Gatta Kadhi: Gram flour dumplings flavoured with dry spices, steamed and then dunked into a yogurt based curry is a traditional Rajasthani specialty and I highly recommend this!
Laal Maas: A spicy royal Rajasthani Mutton with loads of chillies, aromatic spices, chunks of mutton cooked in plenty of ghee and infused with the smoky flavor of charcoal.
Dal Baati Choorma: Rajasthani food is incomplete without the mention of the famed Dal Baati Choorma. It consists of baatis or flaky round breads baked over firewood. They are always served dipped in ghee accompanied with panch kutti dal and choorma. Plenty of ghee goes into making this Rajasthani delight.
Choorma: The unsalted baati dough that is leftover is shaped into rounds and deep fried in ghee which is then crushed and mixed with sugar. Choorma makes me remember just one thing, and that’s my younger sister Nishtha, as I haven’t witnessed any other person who has that mad love for Choorma Laddos. Well, you tend to fall in love with sweet things easily and so did I. 🙂
Well, this was my shortest trip to Rajasthan in almost 2 hours. The Rajasthani Food Festival is a perfect illustration of food served in Rajasthan. Food so good and rich that it’ll leave you mesmerized. All in all, it was a splendid experience coupled with warm and impeccable service. A great opportunity for the food lovers of Bhopal, if you wish to splurge on authentic Rajasthani delicacies head to Shahnama, Jehan Numa Palace, today! 🙂
P.S. The author was invited and the reviews are personal.
Tastes are subjective and may differ from person to person.
Till then, Happy Hogging!
Food Festival: Rajasthani Food Festival
Restaurant: Shahnama, Jehan Numa Palace
Address: The Jehan Numa Palace, Shyamla Hills, Bhopal
Date: 11th May to 13th May 2018
Timing: 1900 Hours onwards.
Price: INR1155/- +Taxes