Kama. Rajasthani Food Festival – Khamaghani to all the deliciousness.
4 years. That’s the time I have spent in Rajasthan while completing my graduation. And four years are more than enough to learn about a new culture. You may not learn everything but you will be accustomed by the culture and tradition to some extent at least. And though it took some time for me to adjust in the beginning, but I fell in love with what Rajasthani people have to offer.
And for a glutton like me, it was food that made me come even closer to Jaipur, the place where I did my graduation from. Though the Hostel food tried it’s best to make me shy away from dishes like Gatte Ki Sabzi, Dal Baati Churma but a foodie in me was always ready to go out and try all these things in some respected places. And I wasn’t disappointed at all!
I have been to Kama around fifty days before during their Punjabi Food Festival and I had an amazing time that day. So, when I came to know about the ongoing Rajastahani Food Festival, I took no time in finalizing where my Dinner is going to be. In fact, I was so thrilled that I went there on the first day itself. Located in Radisson, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, this place is very near to where I live. The nearest Metro Station to this place is Kaushambi one and you will have to travel less than a kilometer to reach here.
Just like previous Punjabi Food Festival, where you could see Punjabi decor even before you entered the restaurant, the same was done with this Rajasthani Food Festival. The use of Puppets accurately showed Rajasthani culture. One thing that you can was missing were the folk dancers nearby which you can say are the heart of the state. To make that up, the music that was played there suited the ambiance and additionally, provision of Live Music was also there.
Coming to Food Department, in starters, first there was Paneer Jaisalmeri Tikka. I guess some dishes like Paneer Tikka in Starters and Dal in Main Course can never be absent in a restaurant. They both are heart of a Vegetarian North Indian Meal. Paneer was skewered to perfection and the best part of that Tikka was that it wasn’t overly cooked from inside and the natural flavor of Paneer was intact. Highly Recommended.
Next up was Rajasthani Sampler. I think the sampler was the closest you can get to Rajasthani street food. It consisted of Kalmi Vada, Pyaaz Kachori, Aloo Samosa and Mirchi Vada. This sampler was very helpful as without ordering everything separately, different dishes were mixed in one. Kalmi Vada was made with the help of Chana Dal and enjoyed best with Green Chutney. Aloo Samosa was very soft from outside and less spicy than a normal Samosa. Pyaaz Kachori was filled with Dal and being the fan of Dal Kachori, I loved that. Recommended. The best out of them all were Mirchi Vada. I loved how there was the the taste of Mirch in it but it wasn’t spicy at all. Highly Recommended.
In Drinks, there was Ambi Panna, Wayermelon Juice and Banana Strawberry Smoothie. Ambi Panna was more of a welcome drink that was served complimentary to everyone. It was just the perfect drink that was needed in the hot and humid weather. Watermelon Juice was as simple as it can get. It was served a tad warm and ice cubes were ordered to make it a bit cold. Banana Strawberry Smoothie was thick and it perfectly complemented all the food items. Recommended.
Mains were started with Mewari Paneer and Kair And Sangri Ki Sabzi. Mewari Paneer can be classified as your usual Paneer gravy but with touch of Rajasthani cooking in it. Whole pieces of red Chili was present in that gravy. Kair And Sangri Ki Sabzi was the first specialty that is extensively found in Rajasthan. During first look, one can easily confuse this tangy and sweet vegetable with Kurkuri Bhindi.
Next, there was Jodhpuri Gatte Ki Sabzi. Gatte is another significant dish due to whose absence a Marwari meal cannot be complete. But, due to my very bad experience of this curry, due to the pathetic quality that was served in my college hostel, I was a bit hesitant as to what will be served. But all my doubts were squashed as soon as I took the first bite. Prepared in curd gravy, spice level was kept to low and it was thoroughly enjoyed with Breads.
Finally there was the most common dish of Rajasthan – Dal Baati Churma. This is one dish that is bound to be found in every household there. You don’t need any occasion to eat Dal Baati Churma if you are a Marwari. Baati’s could have done with more ghee in them to make them softer but Dal was just perfect. I had two bowls of Dal because I wasn’t able to control myself. It was that good. Highly Recommended. Churma reminded me of what I used to have in Hostel. It was quite decent in taste.
In Breads, Lachha Parantha, Butter Naan and Jaisalmeri Parantha was there. After a really long time, I have some good Butter Naan. Marwari Paneer gravy was a treat to have with this Naan. Jaisalmeri Parantha had stuffing of Dal inside. In simpler words, you can call it Dal Parantha. It was perfectly suited with Gatte Ki Sabzi.
In Desserts, Stuffed Gulab Jamun and Malai Ghewar was there. Being a huge fan of both of the desserts, I was really looking forward to them. Stuffed Gulab Jamun was a bit hard to chew and the stuffing was done with the help of dry fruits. Malai Ghewar was full of Malai on top and crispy Ghewar down below. I loved it’s each and every bite. Recommended.
Overall, this Rajasthani Food Festival should be attended be every food lover. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of Rajasthani Food or not, it will a be a treat to your taste buds. They serve not to be missed Mirchi Vada, Gatte Ki Subzi and Dal. Recommended.