JP NAGAR: Kesariya calls itself Bengaluru’s first Shekhawati restaurant and to celebrate the completion of one year in the city, it kicked off, yes, a Shekhawati Food Festival which is on till August 3.
The festival offers a limitless variety of mouth-watering delicacies like Daal Baati Choorma, Ghevars, Baajra Khichdi and Moong Daal Halwa.
The festival offers a gourmet meal with a lip-smacking array of starters, the stars of which are the Choorma and the universal favourite, the Ghevar. Ghevar is a sinful disc-shaped sweet made with all purpose flour and soaked in sugar syrup and fried in ghee. Ghevar melts in your mouth the moment you take a bite. This is a must try for all sweet lovers and then there are eight types of Baati made just for the festival including Baffla, Matar Paneer, Aloo Matar, Besan, Masala, Palak and Sattu Baati etc. And these will be served along with three types of daal and choorma. The combination of daal and choorma is a perfect tribute to all things sweet and spicy. The choormas are served in flavours of Gulab, Maawa, Plain and Kesariya.
To make the festival more lively and interesting, live counters prepare authentic delicacies. The Ghevar live counter is especially attractive as it serves fresh, ghee dripping sweets straight from the kadai.
Siddharth, the owner of Kesariya, says, “What we have here is authentic Shekhawati flavours and decor and usually a Rajasthani meal is known widely for the Daal Baati Choorma but we also wanted to portray a wide variety of Baatis, which are part of our staple diet. Apart from offering authentic food to people, we wanted to show them how it is made, especially Ghevar, because it is a royal dish. Our idea is to focus on quality and authenticity. We get a lot of office crowd in the afternoon and during the weekends, families come. Our food is not heavy even though it is cooked in pure ghee and the spice levels are moderate.”