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In lieu of Mahavir Jayanti, Radisson Blu in the hands of the ever talented Chef Mahesh known for providing international and national delicacies organised a Jain Food Festival from 7th to the 9th of April at the Upper Deck. What was unique to note, was the detail and attention given by the team to delve deep into the importance, food plays in Jainism. The ingredients were fresh, the service immaculate and the spread wholesome. For the drinks, keeping in mind no alcohol, they had a range of colourful innovative mocktails present. One’s afternoon began with an introduction to mouth watering chaat over a counter inspired from various regions of India. From the Palak Pata Chaat with Aam Panna Chilly Chutney to the Aloo Tikki Chaat with mint chutney, they sent one's senses tingling in gusto. Post the Ragda with curd and Sweet Potato Chaat with tamarind chutney came the Pani Puri Bar in 5 variants to be precise. Hajma Hajam in orange, cola and chaas pani, it exploded with the crunchy puri in every bite. The Dhokla Sandwich and Fafda was a good touch to allow us to proceed to the table.
The starters were plentiful and almost satiated our hunger pangs instantly. With pre-plated options, it had the creamy Kela Kofta with Paneer Rangoon followed by the Blueberry Dahi Kabab that had us asking for more. Karela was unique in a crispy Aam Panna preparation as well as the Cheese and Pepper Popia Cigars with Malai Broccoli.
As elaborate as the menu sounded, it was no match for the Piece De Resistance in the 10 item Jain Thali that followed. With ample portions of Dahi Ka Shorbha and Khandwi to the famous Oondhiya Treveti Dal with Bikanir Papad Ki Sabzi and Sev Tamatar, this had an extensive variety from the various regions of India in a five-star ambience. The Ghatte K Pulao or Vagherelo Bhaat (a mildly spiced rice) and Bhindi Na Kadhi were the showstoppers and the sweet tooth was satiated with the Akrut Sheera, Mohan Tal and Basundi.
All in all, a delightful vegetarian culinary experience on a lovely summer day. The festival was on from the 7th - 9th April to celebrate Mahavir Jayanti.