The Dining Room, Park Hyatt’s award wining restaurant has been floating some very interesting food festivals. I had been to their Mediterranean food festival and simply loved it. A while back it was a World Street Food Festival. Click on the links below to read my experience.
This time they’ve come up with a very interesting theme which is The Royal Marwar Food Festival. It was a very different experience and and I got to taste the authentic dishes of the Mewar region.
Royal Marwar, the land of Maharajas in the princely state of Rajasthan is not only famous for its rich culture. But what makes the state distinctive and popular is its delectable cuisine.
The master chef’s at The Dining Room had recreated a magnificent range of delectable dishes from the Royal Marwar that left us craving for more.
We were served some Palak ki Mathri and Namkeen Para which are common tea time snacks in every Marwari household. They were great with the Aam ki Lunji which is a pickle type chutney prepared by cooking raw mangoes, spices and sugar. It tastes similar to the sweet and sour Mango Pachidi, south Indians make.
The Mattar Ke Kebab was everyone’s favorite that night. The cutlet was very tasty and crispy. The green chutney to go with it enhanced the taste and it was just perfect.
In my opinion, star hotels can never get chat right, but The Dining Room nailed it with their Channa Samosa. Crumbled Samosa topped with delicious channa masala, chutneys and raw onions was simply too good. I ended up cleaning the entire plate clean. The soft Dahi Gujiya Vada was equally good. I was very impressed with the starters and was looking forward to the main course.
Gatte is a Hindi word meaning solid pieces and usually in Marwari cuisine Gatte dough is prepared with gram flour and spices.
The Gatte ke Chawal is like a pulav with tiny pieces of Gatte. Laced with the flavour of ghee, it tasted rich. The Gatte ki Sabzi is a delicious curry with again bite size pieces of gatte.
The Kair Sangri which is a mandatory dish in every Marwari wedding menu was something that I tried for the first time. It has a very weird taste and I didn’t quite enjoy it at first but then the taste grows on you. My friends didn’t enjoy it.
The Kadi Pakodi and the Palak Paneer went well with the Phulka Rotis.
Churma is coarsely ground wheat, crushed and cooked with ghee and sugar/jaggery.
Dal Bhaati Churma which is Dhal with crushed stuffed Vada was very filling. Some top it with Churma as well. I preferred eating the Churma separately as dessert.
The Malpua with Rabri is a dessert which I always look forward to having in weddings. I get to taste it only in weddings and have had no luck in finding them across the counter. The Malpua was soft yet slightly crispy. It was simply divine.
The Royal Marwar Food Festival will run from 19 – 28 June, 2017, 7 pm to 11 pm, and is priced at INR 1600 per person (Excl of taxes).
For more information or to make a reservation at The Dining Room, please call 044 4991 9965 or 044 7177 1234.
IN A NUTSHELL
For those of you who want to explore the world of Marwari cuisine and especially if you are a vegetarian, then this is the place to be.