HYDERABAD: There are wheeled-carts and vendors standing by them, each offering a taste of their own place, right from their streets. Starting from Banarasi panipuri to Irani chai, the Street Food Festival - Radisson Blu Plaza, Banjara Hills has quite a bit to offer. Specially crafted menu by chef Chandra Shekhar Pandey this 16-day festival has delicacies changing once in four days. The one dish to look out for currently is litti aur choka, a traditional snack from Bihar that consists of wheat balls stuffed with powdered gram and then filled with ghee which is accompanied with aloo ki sabzi, aloo ka chokha, tamatar ka chokha and dhaniye ki chutney.
While this dish may be relatively new to the Hyderabadi palate, there is also the kuthu parotta which is minimally spiced in comparision to its authentic taste. Except this, the rest is how the chef had planned it – sticking to the dishes’ authenticity, from the place it originates.
Mohammed Ali Road from Mumbai is one stop you have to make as it offers a mix of delicacies. Kathi rolls come both in vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes, where the first bite gives you a taste of coconut oil that it they are fried in. But you can go on to finish them. The must-try from this centre are the murgh taka tak and Hyderabadi tawa machchi.
Murgh takatak has a smoky flavour to it, and comes with a good quantity of flavoured bell peppers and onions. The Hyderabadi tawa mirch too is subtly spiced and is appetising.
Momo corner that offers chicken and vegetarian momos along with chowmein can take a miss.
Madras corner that offers the regular uttapam, pesarattu and dosa. If you are looking for authentic chat then you can have the jhaal muri, bhel and Dilli ka tawa’s aloo tikki and also the Banarasi panipuri.
Mithai galli is something you wouldn’t want to miss as the crunchy jalebis and shahi tukra are flavoursome.
The festival is on till November 30.