Shorba with bread: Bread fluffy and with a distinct flavour of fennel. It compliments the tangy and light tomato shorba pretty well.
Pudina Rani Murg: The juicy chicken leg piece is good to dig into and refreshing mint marination along with creamy yogurt is a wonderful add on.
Galouti Kebab: The chefs at The Great Kebab Factory are Galouti Kebab specialists – you know it when the kebabs are flavourful and melt in the mouth.
Machhi ke sholey: Delicate fish chunks with a chewy crust – I could not have asked for more!
Gosht Tawa Chaap: A very pleasant surprise! The tender mutton ribs are drenched in a hot and spicy gravy with the prominent flavour of black pepper. Lip smacking to say the least!
Methi Murg Malai: The usual Malai Chicken with the goodness of fenugreek and smoked to juicy perfection.
Mutton Dum Biryani: Pure love with tender mutton pieces in a flavourful bed of rice and coarse spices.
Mutton Rogan Josh: My favourite to place to have Rohan Josh – the lightly mutton shanks in a rich gravy served with Naan.
Gulab Jamun: Very mellow and moderately sweet.
Moong Dal Halwa: Full marks to the presentation! The halwa has the necessary richness but not too sweet.
Pineapple Phirni: The velvety texture will leave your heart splits although the extra sweetness will compel you to have this slowly. Hi
A traditional cuisine specific food festival has a special place in my heart. Especially when that cuisine is from the Punjabi heartland of our country. So when JW Marriot, Aerocity comes up with an Amritsari Swaad Tadka at their famed K3, could I have said no? Absolutely no!
Starting from perfectly smoked Kandhari Paneer Tikka, juicy and tangy mushrooms – Tandoori Khumbh, spicy Highway Tandoori Kukkad (chicken cooked in hand pounded spices) and meat de tikki (chewy mutton prepared in aromatic spices), your belly does get filled after these appetizing appetizers.
And what is a Punjabi meal if it is not relished with Makke di roti, Sarson da saag, chhole and stuffed kulche? Though the chhole could have been spicier although the texture was excellent.
And for vegetarians, there is a dearth of varied options – Paneer Taka Tak (loved it!), Kadhi Chawal, Hare moong ki daal (now that is something new!) and Matar Vadiyan di sabzi.
And for non vegetarians, the Mutton Chawal is one dish worth experimenting. The mutton pieces are succulent although the rice could be more flavourful. Do not expect Biryani, this is Amritsar special.
And the best one is always reserved for the last. Ever heard of mutton keema halwa? Yes you read it right, the keema halwa. This was warm and heavenly and tasted like moong daal halwa.
So when are you visiting next? The festival is on till 25th November.
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Awadhi mutton dum biryani: The mutton pieces were available in plenty and were mellow in taste but the biryani was way too spicy. Awadhi dum biryani is supposed to be high on flavours and low on spices but the case was opposite here. There were bundles of raw spices, burnt flavour of caramelized onions and absence of saffron – for a biryani, these are not good signs.
Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani: Well well, these folks surely know how to dish out the most juicy, spice loaded non vegetarian but again, this biryani was not as spicy as a Hyderabadi should be. RECOMMENDED.
Gaajar ka halwa: This fabulous Indian dessert deserves a worthy mention here. First, this has to be the best gaajar ka halwa I have had apart from my home. Second, the melt in the mouth consistency will leave you love struck. Third, the moderate sweetness and the subtle finesse with which it has been prepared will compel you to have more of it. The owner told me that they stir the grated carrots in ghee for a longer duration and this activity gives the halwa the requisite mouth warming texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.