Highway nosh just got a major upgrade with Taj Deccan’s NH1 – Highway Food Festival. Bringing together popular dishes that one usually associates with dhabas along the national roads that are the lifeline of our country, NH1 is a fitting recognition of the true flavours of India.
Executive Chef Rishi Manucha has recreated some perenial favourites at their authentic best, which the media got to sample at lunch hosted by Taj Deccan’s General Manager Rishi Chopra yesterday. The festival got off to a flying start with Ambarsari Macchi, Tandoori Chicken, crispy fried Chatpati Dahi Arbi and Bhuni Shakarakandi. Not a big fan of usually overdone and dry tandoori chicken, Spice Junxion thankfully got it right with succulent and tasty bites of tandoori fresh out of the tandoor, just as you would have it at any of the tried and tasted pitstops along NH1. Add to that a more than generous serving of lassi and you’re already convinced life is a highway!
The a la carte menu for the NH1 Highway Food Festival is quite extensive so guests aren’t restricted to ‘my way or the highway’ – there’s enough variety to please all palates. My favourites from the mains were refreshing Pudiney Ke Tari wali Macchli and the Gosht Aur Shalgum Ki Tari which reminded me of Maa ke haath ka khaana. From the extensive vegetarian selection, the Baigan ka Raita teamed with Amchoorwaley Karela and Khamiri Roti are definitely worth sampling.
True, its all about the journey, not the destination but here its definitely the destination to look forward to especially when dessert includes Pan Ka Meetha – ice cream seasoned with gulkand, wrapped in a betel leaf and served on a bed of falooda. What a perfect sweet ending to a amazing grub trip. Never thought I’d see the day when I’d eat pan with a fork and knife, but thorougly, thoroughly enjoyed it!
The NH1 Highway Food Festival is on for both lunch and dinner at Spice Junxion till 24 April 2016 so here’s your chance to go on a road trip sans the 43 deg C Hyderabad heat, and stay cool! Do take note of the signs, after whisky driving is risky!