Mangaluru: Taste Your Way Thru the Maratha Heartland – ‘Khandesi’ Food Fest at Taj Gateway

Mangaluru: Khandeshi cuisine from North West Maharashtra is as much about kala masala as that unmistakable layer of floating oil. If you ever had a Khandeshi Maharashtrian for a friend, it’s possible that their mother would have you take the ultimate spice test -stomaching the thecha. The Khandeshis like their meals spicy and earthy. Shengdana Tel, Dry Coconut (khopra) and dark, tiny lavangi mirchi are the hallmark of their cooking. But the foolproof way to tell a Khandeshi dish from another is to look for oil swimming over the dish, locally and lovingly called tarri. Yes, the great saga of Kala Masala and Tarri!

Wholesome and spicy, Khandeshi food is a hidden culinary gem. Home to the oh-so-delicious Kala Masala, many regions of Maharashtra have a distinct cooking style, influenced by local produce and the farmers’ lifestyle. Cardamom – The specialty restaurant at the Gateway Hotel Old Port Road, Mangalore brings to you the culinary jewels from the land of the Marathas, the worth of which are measured by the significant flavors of the region – red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, clove pods and kokum.

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Maharashtra is a huge state and each region of this state has a culinary delight and a complete contrast of flavors from the low level of spices to highly spiced and hot food. Master Chef Vidyadhar Jadhav, who is a Maharastrian food specialist has been flown down from The Gateway Hotel Nashik to delight the Mangalorean guests with the authentic taste of the food which has been chosen from the regions, Marathwada, Kholapur, Konkan and vidhrba for this unique Maharashtrian food festival which started from 14 August and will go up to 23 August at Hotel Taj Gateway cardamom restaurant.

Some of the interesting dishes in the menu fare komdi cha rassa, Khandeshi mutton, bharali vangi, akkha masoor and Doodh Bhoplyacha Halwa. You begin with a Welcome Drink Taak, followed by Soups namely Tomato cha saar (lightly spiced tomato and coriander and coconut broth) and Mutton cha saar (Lamb broth delicately flavored with Indian spices). At the Live station, you will be served Hirvay moongache dhirade (spiced green moong pancake). Feast on Starters like Harabhara soya tikki, Chick peas and nutrela patty and Komdi che sukhe (Chicken Sukka). The Main course comprises of Komdi cha rassa (chicken cooked in homemade spices), Mutton Khandesi (Succulent lamb cooked with special Khandesi masala) and Malwani fish.

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Vegetarian food lovers can feast on Methi chi sukhi bhaji, Usal, Khandeshi shev bhaji, (masal shev cooked in spicy Khandesi masala), Bharli vangi (Baby bringal cooked with til & dry coconut and hand pound spices), Allo chi sukhi bhaji, Dobli mirchi chi bhurji, Amti (Toor dal tempered with onion garlic and chilli), Masala bath (Maharastrian spiced flavored rice) and Pandhara bath. Breads like Bhakri / poli / tandoor roti are also served at the table. Craving for Desserts- you can satisfy your sweet tooth with Pooran poli, Shrikand, Shingdana ladoo, Doodhi halwa, Sabdoona kheer, Doodh barfi and Fresh cut fruits.

Speaking to mangalorean.com . Peter Nirmal-General Manager at Taj Gateway said, ” At Taj Gateway we try to introduce some different kind of cuisine every month. We have paid attention even to minute details to ensure a perfect dining experience. Our guests can relish and be delighted in the sumptuous meal that they will enjoy and carry back the sweet memories home. Khandesi- a Maharastrian Food Festival is something unique we wanted to do, and we hope that food lovers of Mangaluru will savour some traditional Khandesi delicacies. So stop by and enjoy array of dishes spread out in our sumptuous buffet”

For more details/reservations call Hotel Taj Gateway at 0824-6660420 ; T K Joy-Food & Beverage Manager: 7829144550; Vinay-Sales Manager: 9886896865

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About The Gateway Hotels & Resorts :

The Gateway Hotels & Resorts is a full service upscale hospitality brand in the South Asia region and a part of the Taj Group of Hotels. Designed for the modern nomad, Gateway provides consistent, courteous and crisp service for business and leisure travellers seeking contemporary and refreshing experiences. Keeping in mind those looking for comfort, familiarity and flexibility, the hotels & resorts are divided into 8 zones – Enter, Stay, Hangout, Meet, Work, Workout, Unwind and Explore. 24/7 services such as 24/7 breakfast, 24/7 ‘active studio’ and 24/7 laundry are all designed to cater to guests round-the-clock.

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Gateway provides welcome perfection through an unrivalled network and innovative cuisine offerings like ‘active food’ – superfoods and low glycemic index foods for the health conscious; regional home-style cuisine; ‘eat-in’ – refreshed in-room dining menus and ‘wake up’ – buffet breakfasts with a range of healthy and indulgent options. Flexible, dynamic and warm service, ‘in-room yoga’ amenities and ‘explore’ packages all make The Gateway Hotels & Resorts sanctuaries that refresh, refuel and renew.

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