Dawate- e- Lazeez at Westin Gurgaon

Awadh Food Festival

Awadh Food Festival

Awadhi cuisine  is from the city of Lucknow, which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in Central- South Asia and Northern India. The cooking patterns of Lucknow are similar to those of Central Asia, the Middle East, and Northern India with the cuisine comprising both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi foods.

The bawarchis (chefs) and rakabdars (gourmet cooks) of Awadh invented the dum style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire, which has become synonymous with Lucknow today. Their spreads consisted of elaborate dishes such as kebabs, kormas, biryanis, kaliyas, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis, and wargi parathas. The richness of Awadh cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also in the ingredients used like mutton, paneer, and rich spices, which include cardamon and saffron.

Buffet at Westin Gurgaon

Buffet at Westin Gurgaon

Every cuisine has a story behind it and so does awadhi food. Once known as the food of Maharajas or Royals had lost its way to the present food scenario. But hotels like Westin make all efforts to give platform to such forgotten gems and yet again they came up with one such food festival “Dawate- e- Lazeez” a festival which was about Awadhi food made by Master chef Qadir Khan. I chose chef’s special appetizers and main dishes along with specially made authentic breads.

Master Chef Qadir khan at work

Master Chef Qadir khan at work

The menu included Paya Ka Shorba, Lamb Galouti, Kakori Galouti, Nehari gosht, Murg Awadhi Khorma, Dum Ki Machli, Yakhani Biryani, Gobhi Musalam. These dishes were served along with sheermal, Khamiri Roti and warqi Kulcha. I’ve been to many such food festivals and tried many cuisines, even awadhi. But one thing that I noticed here was the simplicity and proper flavors in each dish. Not only non-veg but vegetarian food was equally tasty, in fact a few dishes tasted better in veg and I couldn’t imagine that I was having a vegetarian dish which is so damn flavorful and brilliant in texture.

Raan

Raan

Yakhani Biryani

Yakhani Biryani

Nehari gosht, Gobhi Musalam, Dum ki Daal

Nehari gosht, Gobhi Musalam, Dum ki Daal

I can still feel the taste on my palate, so you can imagine how tasty the food must have been. The festival recently got over and I’m sure the hotel will come up with some new food festival soon.

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. skd
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 15:17:55

    Definitely a daawat e Lazeez. Nice review 🙂 Thank you for stopping by my blog. do keep visiting…

    Reply

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