In celebration of Telangana Formation Day, Westin Mindspace is hosting a Telangana Food Week till 8 June. Which means there’s no better time than now to sample the many flavours of India’s youngest State.
The State might be new, but its cuisine has a rich heritage that’s influenced by various regions and cultures. Sous Chef Yadaiah has cooked up quite a storm, staying true to his roots with authentic recipes from Nalgonda district.
The meal began with a refreshing Majjiga (buttermilk) spiked with a paste of green chillies and coriander, followed by Mirchi Bhajji (chilli fritters), Kodi (chicken) fry and Minapappu Garelu (channa dhal and peanut vadas) as starters.
Among the main course, the two that really stood out for me were the Mentayam Kura Mamsam (mutton curry with fenugreek leaves) and a rustic Voori Kodi Kura (village chicken curry). Both were spicy no doubt, but what I call tasty spicy. The Sarvapindi (rice flour pancakes with peanuts) were a first for me and paired quite well with the mutton and chicken curries. But learnt the hard way, quite literally, that’s it’s best to eat them hot unless you’re looking at really exercising your jaws.
It was a rare honour indeed to be personally served by Chef Mukesh Sharma, who took the dining experience to an even more authentic level by serving the entire traditional meal course by course on a banana leaf.
In addition to this were a endless assortment of vegetable curries, lentils and delicious condiments made with the most unlikeliest of ingredients like ridge gourd, cucumbers etc. All served either white rice or Pulihora (tamarind rice). The Mudda Pappu (split pigeon peas) served with a generous dollop of ghee was the ultimate comfort food.
Desserts were quite a spread too, starting with a modern pink strawberry mousse cake (with an elegant Jai Telangana icing which no one dared to cut through!) to more traditional Bakshalu (jaggery and chikpea stuffed flat breads), rawa laddos, Khubani ka Meetha, Bellam Paramannam (rice and jaggery pudding), Kova Puris and Ariselu.
While all this and more is part of the extensive buffet and Seasonal Tastes, set thalis are also available at Kangan for lunch and dinner. So go ahead and indulge in the pink of food wealth. Jai Telangana!
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