The Bengaliness of being
The ongoing food festival at the Hyatt Regency is a gastronomic delight. Go try
Bengali food can be a messy affair. A time was, not very long ago, when the mere thought of commercialising Bengali food was scoffed at. And it was not only due to the fact that preparation of Bengali food takes a whole lot of time and effort. The idea of earning money by 'selling' our cuisine did not go down well with the traditionalist Bhadraloks!
But that was then. Bong cuisine is now more readily available at eateries and several Bong speciality restaurants have also come up. However, we have to admit that every time we have tried out a Bengali food promotion at any of the fiver-stars in Delhi and other metros, we have been disappointed. In the last place we visited, we were shocked at the lack of basic research on part of the organisers on what constitutes Bengali food. Kadhai Paneer definitely doesn't!
Which is where the attention to detail, among other things, at the Hyatt impressed us. Celebrating its 8th anniversary, Bhojohori Manna, a noted name in Bengali food, has brought the taste of authentic Bengali cuisine to Caf � from November 11 to 20. The Caf � is hosting their special menu including a non-vegetarian selection with dishes like the Bhetki Rongpuri Fry, which is crumb fried Bhetki in a typical Bengali marinade, Ilish Barishali, one of Bengal's favourite 'Hilsa' fish cooked in rich mustard and coconut gravy. A unique house favourite is the Mutton Dakbangla which is a thick rich gravy with local spices served with a fried whole egg.
Vegetarian delights on offer include Potoler Dolmar Korma (Narkel Shorshe), a pointed gourd with a tasty filling filling of coconut and mustard, Palang Koraishutir Dhoka which is a delicate cake of green pea and lentil, steamed and cooked in a rich spinach gravy.
Popular sweets from Bengal are also on offer, including Khejur Amsotto Chutney, Notun Gurer Roshogolla, Langcha and much more. But don't forget to try their special sandesh icecream. Trust us, you have not had anything like this before. The food would leave you licking your fingers and wondering, if you haven't already, why you were not brought up in Bengal!
At: Hyatt Regency Delhi, Bhikhaji Cama Place, Ring Road
On till: November 20
Timings: 12noon to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm
Meal for two: Rs 1735+ taxes