Baisakhi is an auspicious and important day in the life of people from the North Indian state of Punjab. It is the celebration of harvest of winter crops that signifies the fertility and abundance of produce in this land. In order to give us Mumbaikars glimpse of what food and festivities Baisakhi entails, Nawab Saheb restaurant in Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel is holding a Baisakhi Food Festival until 29th April, 2016.
So, I landed up with much enthusiasm to check out this food festival with my foodie pals. The restaurant had donned elements representative of the pind or village setting in Punjab. The staff too was dressed in traditional wear from the state. There was a Bhangra performance to a dholi and singers WERE performing popular traditional Punjabi songs live to create the whole fervor of Baisakhi.
Here is a look at my gluttony at this Baisakhi Food Festival.
START TO THE MEAL:
The welcome drink was thick Punjabi sweet lassi served in kullad or earthenware glasses. It was cooling and provided a refreshing start to our meal on a sweltering summer evening. We gorged on toasted poppadums until appetizers were served.
The meal plan I had selected comprised of five non-vegetarian appetizers as under:
After wrapping up with the appetizers, flat breads like butter naan and roti made way on tables to be paired with three non-vegetarian gravies and one lentil preparation as under:
The dessert display comprised of an array that included some regularly served Indian sweets in numerous North Indian restaurants in the city. In my opinion this course moved a little astray from the Baisakhi theme of the food festival. Hence I engaged in mere morsels of few of the desserts which I felt had some semblance to the Baisakhi theme. These included khajoor (date) halwa, doodhi halwa, beetroot halwa, badam (almond) halwa, gulab jamun and malpua.
The highlights of this meal for me I would say were the appetizers, the mutton gravy and dal makhni. Do try out this Baisakhi food festival and let me know of your experience.
Till then, HAPPY EATING…
- Regional Indian Food & Travel enthusiast