The Rajasthani Food Festival at Taj Falaknuma Palace’s Indian speciality restaurant Adaa is a veritable gastronomic indulgence fit for royalty.
It’s being helmed by Chef Amar Singh from the Lake Palace, Udaipur, who has been specially flown down to entice Hyderabad’s gourmands with his mystic royal recipes. So discerning is Chef Singh about his art that he’s even brought along his own spice box and special ingredients indigenous to Rajasthan.
Whether you opt for the melt-in-your-mouth Paneer ke Soole as a starter made with Rajasthani Sula spices and yoghurt smoked and roasted in a tandoor, and then opt for the Safri Gucchi Khumb aur Matar for the main course, what’s consistent throughout this fine dining experience is the uncompromising emphasis on quality.
Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians are spoilt for choice with Adaa’s extensive menu. Do try the Murgh Thandai Kebabs and eponymous Laal Mass. This ubiquitous lamb curry, one of the most widely recognised Rajasthani dish is prepared with the choicest of lamb cuts and Mathania red chillies, which give it its fiery colour. Then there’s the Murgh Hathoda Biryani, which is cooked over a smouldering bed of coal. The flavours of the meat, rice and spices are sealed in an earthern pot, which apparently has to be smashed open with a hammer, hence the name.
Although the availability of fresh ingredients is restricted by the arid nature of the Rajasthani desert region, its cuisine has been adapted such that the paucity of ingredients is compensated by the elaborate attention to detail and augmenting the flavours of the limited fresh ingredients and spices. Needless to say the extravagant lifestyle of the Rajput and Brahmin of this princely state also adds to the zest of this much-loved cuisine.
And of course, there are generous dollops of fresh ghee! So don’t count those calories, just relishing the absolutely sinful and delicious Thikri ki Dal with Batis (baked balls of wheat with doused in ghee) and churma.
If you feel the hazy onset of a guilt trip, make sure you’ve had at least a few bites of Malai Ghewar, jalebi, rabdi and kulfi before it sets in. What’s not to love about that sugar, spice and all things nice!
Where: Adaa, Indian speciality restaurant in Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
When: The festival is open for lunch (12:00pm to 2:45pm) and dinner (7:00pm to 10:45pm) till July 06, 2014
For reservations call: 040 6629 8585 & 8019003288