With foot-tapping bhangra music in the background and a lavish spread to feast on, the Punjabi Food Extravaganza, underway at Food Junction, promises to spice up your days and evenings. The festival, that kicked off on Friday at its Spice Garden restaurant, stands out not just for its authentic menu but also the unique name of the dishes.
From a Sham Sher Da Secret Chicken to an Aloo Wadian, this Punjabi platter goes beyond the typical delicacies like Maakke de Roti and Sarson da Saag.
The festival, which will continue till August 18, has about 40 to 45 exclusive Punjabi dishes that range from soup and starters to mouth-watering desserts. ‘’Punjabi food has always been a hot favourite among foodies and they will love this festival which has as many options for non-vegetarians as for vegetarians that too in an affordable price range,’’ say Milind and Piyush Gupta, owners Food Court, located in Bapuji Nagar. In fact, for the festival, a team of chefs has been invited from Punjab and Delhi.
The menu comprises an interesting mixed bag of choices. When it comes to soups, Dahi Ka Shorba (made of curd) and Murg Patiala Shahi soup (the chicken special ) are a must try. Similarly, for starters Methi aur Paneer de Dakre (dumplings), Khatte Meethe Aloo and Ludhiane Waale Chatni de Aloo are few of the chef’s recommendations for vegetarians. The non-veg lovers should go for the various tikkas and kebabs including the Sector 17 de Mutton Seekh Kebab, which is a special delicacy from Sector 17, Chandigarh famous for kebabs and Doodhiya Murg Tikka (marination with milk). Even the Sutlej di Machci de Pakode (dry fish fry) is a tasty treat for taste-buds!
For the main course, there is wide variety of rotis and parathas to choose from, some highlights being the Missi Roti, Warki Paratha (layers joined together), Pudina Paratha and the chef’s favourite Hari Mirch ka Paratha. Even the Pulao and dal including the Maa Sabut Makhan Paake (urad dal ) and Maa Di Sukki Daal (black dal) are a must in the platter.
Among vegetarian dishes, the Aloo Wadian (with a mix of urad dal), Sialkoti Gobi (cauliflower marinated and fried and cooked in semi-gravy) and Rawalpindi Waale Chole are a must-try while in the non-veg section Achari Meat Pinjor Waala (meat cooked in achar style) and Baltiwaala Chicken stand out as special attractions. However, the chef’s favourite is the Sham Ser Singh da Secret Chicken, which actually has a secret recipe!
For those with a sweet tooth, there is no reason to worry as the Rabdi Faluda and Fruit Rabdi both live up to your expectations. So, go and relish the festival.