Royal Marwar at Dilli 32, Kempinski Ambience Hotel

Dilli32, Kempinski Ambience Hotel

Dilli32, Kempinski Ambience Hotel

Indulge in the richness of the authentic Marwari cuisine at Dilli 32, the Indian Cuisine restaurant at Kempinski Ambience Hotel. The restaurant is all set to take you on a delectable culinary journey to Marwar region of Jodhpur, Rajasthan with its traditional Marwar food festival, from 23rd April through 3rd May 2015.  The tantalizing aroma and the enticing flavor of these delicacies recreate the magic of the regal cuisine straight from the kitchens of Rajasthan.

Kempinski Ambience Hotel decided to do a royal festival of food entirely dedicated to the lost (almost) cuisine of a state/region which is the most rich and colorful in its own way. The hotel and the whole team made a beautiful amalgamation of modern and traditional cuisine, made a few changes and tried their own variations which by the way turned out pretty well.

From Murgh chappe, Murgh ka soola, Masala pasla, Atta ro chakki ra saag, Pittod ro saag to Raabori hara pyaaz, Paneer khaas Jodhpuri, Panchkutta , Mirchi Wada , Mawe ki kachori and many more, I grabbed my dose of the most delicious Marwari dishes coupled with contemporary style service that befits a king. To add to your zest, the food can be paired with the finest selection of spirits available at Dilli 32.

Mokal

Mokal

Besan Churma

Besan Churma

The highlight of the day was not just the food but an added guest Pushpita Singh, A self-taught bespoke jewellery designer, Baisa Pushpita Singh from the Royal family of Kharwa, Rajasthan, beautifully combines the semi-formal, sumptuous neck pieces with precious kundan and polki to impart a royal touch. Her love for jewellery began at a very early age and has only grown through the years. Her best work is designed in her atelier at home while she has the pieces cut and polished specially in Jaipur. She creates elegant and classy pieces for the woman of today who feels confident with an understated yet fashionable style. Designing exquisite pieces of jewellery is not her only talent, Pushpita is also an exceptional chef and has written a cookbook on rare dishes from the Rajasthani Kitchen. The book is a gourmet collection offering mouth-watering delicacies of hidden gems and lost recipes passed down to her by generations.

Pushpita Singh & Chef Rohit Tokhi

Pushpita Singh & Chef Rohit Tokhi

The executive chef of the hotel also happens to be an ardent fan of Marwari cuisine and holds the fact very close to his heart. He explained how his journey in Jodhpur turned out to be an eye opener as well as disappointed him too. He was disheartened to see more South Indian and Chinese hotels coming up in the city and less authentic/ traditional Rajasthani food shops being there, whereas it should have been otherwise.

Talking about Chef Rohit, let me tell a few important details about him. Award-winning Executive Chef Rohit Tokhi brings a special magic to the hotel, with over 19 years of experience crafting mouthwatering food. Chef Rohit was voted the championship winner of a student chefs competition conducted by the National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology (NCHMCT) in 1996. Ever since, he’s continued to demonstrate and develop his culinary skill set. Recipient of the coveted Hotelier India’s Chef Of the Year award in 2011, Mr Tokhi was also winner of the Baccardi Cruise Industry Chef Of The Year 2006. At Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, his restaurants Spectra, Rubicon, Diya and Zanotta won Times Food Guide Awards consecutively in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2007 and 2008, under his culinary guidance, restaurant 360 at The Oberoi New Delhi won a Times Food Guide Award too.

In his most recent position, Chef Rohit served as the Executive Sous Chef at The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon for four years. Prior to that, he was the Senior Sous Chef at The Oberoi New Delhi, and has delighted guests on board cruise liners such as Cunard Line’s QE2, Caronia and P&O Cruises’ Oriana. In his earlier years, he worked with The Orchid Hotel and The Taj Mahal Hotel and Towers, both of which are in Mumbai. Originally from Lucknow, India, he holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition (IHMCT&AN) in Mumbai.

Being a frequent traveler, he enjoys photography, reading and experimenting with local cuisine to absorb and further refine his culinary senses.

Chef Rohit and Ashwini

Chef Rohit and Ashwini

The festival has been extended on the public demand till 10th of May so now you can go and visit once again if you have already been there or go for the first time if you haven’t been to Hotel Kempinski. As for the food, it was delicious and rich in flavours as how the royal cuisine is supposed to be. The laal maas was damn good and so was the daal bati choorma, they did 3 variants of choorma out of which gulab ka choorma was my favourite. I being a person who belongs from a semi marwari family loves the traditional food and knows a little, if not too much about the food and preparation.

Bati

Bati

Malai Gewar, Gahoon ri Lapsi and Mawa ki Kachori

Malai Gewar, Gahoon ri Lapsi and Mawa ki Kachori

EVENT:                      Royal Cuisine of Marwar

OUTLET:                    Dilli 32 at Kempinski Ambience Hotel, 1,CBD, Near Yamuna Sports Complex, Maharaja Surajmal Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110032

DATE                          till  3rd May 2015 ( now till 10th May)

TIME:                        1900 hrs to 2330 hrs 

Price:                          Ala Carte                

 

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