And, post celebrating International Women's Day, and India's most colourful festival, Holi, we are back to work once again... For women, it's needless to say that every single day is women's day, and all celebrations and fun sure involve something that they enjoy doing. Be it travel that we enjoyed this weekend, or some yum cooking, which the woman we are featuring enjoys even at this age!
|Nazish Jalali, the Women Who Never |
Dreamt of Taking Home-cooking,
Take a look...
Imagine a luxe hotel like The Oberoi Gurgaon, a fine dine place in the hotel like ThreeSixtyOne, and a cuisine fest called "Rivaayat-E-Rampur"! In a go, this combination sounds so not usual. A notorious place like Rampur (U.P.), which has been in news for all the wrong reasons, who could have believed that the city has a beautiful legacy of some lip-smacking cuisine, known as Rampuri cuisine, also known as Courtly cuisine.
Seems like that's one of the reasons why The Oberoi Group has launched Rivaayat, a conclave dedicated to the revival of the lost recipes of Indian culinary world, and the first one has started with Rampur. And why not? The group had a woman like Nazish Jalali, who hails from this belt, settled in the capital now, and still has managed to continue the cuisine and the home-learnt recipes for last 50 years, and has now happily shared her knowledge with the professional kitchen of this beautiful hotel.
|A Sophisticated Version of Dhai Bade!|
|Shammi Kabab & Kathal ki shammi|
|Aloo Palak ki Pakodiyan|
This Was Not My Dream
|Beautiful Silverware From the House of Jalalis...|
|Tasting Portions of Laute Paloute, Kareley ki Chidiya, |
& Many More...
|Glimpse of the Desserts Served|
But, we were curious to try Kareley ki Chidiya, which has so much fun in the name itself. "Yeah, it looks like a bird and so the name. But then you see, that's what home-grown recipes are all about. I learnt all this from my mother, and she from hers and so on. How else could I have managed to keep them intact even after 50 years. And see, now even the hotels like The Oberoi are interested in preserving such delicacies,"she summed.
Well, no wonder! During the discussion we were told that Rampur cuisine has some lovely women-friendly ingredients like sandalwood, vetiver root, or even lotus seeds. They taste good and have certain health benefits as well. Additional, the cuisine has some famous dishes like Taar Qorma, Hari Mirch Ka Keema, Saag Kofta just to name a few.
|Aloo ka Zarda, |
a Dessert we Relished Like Never Before!
Aloo ka Zarda, a dessert that belongs only to Jalalis, a family dessert that has been passed from one generation to the other, and now to ThreeSixtyOne, is a must-try. Potatoes can be served in such a beautiful way is what makes you feel surprised about it. The other one, which was phirni, is certainly not kheer, and so in on a sweeter side, and sure heavy on your tummy.
But then who thinks of calories when the cuisine is offered with so much love, and takes you back to your mum's kitchen where it's the love and care that works wonders on food, and recipes get revived... just like that!