Food is an integral part of human life. It is not just the dish but also the ambience that makes dining an experience. The students of WGSHA set out to recreate such an experience – straight from the heart of Rajasthan, with their Food Festival ‘Padharo Mhari Dhani’.
The Fest held on the 3rd and 4th of November saw the Dining Hall of Fortune Valley View transform into a Rajasthani Haveli. Live music and dance, games and mehendi artists set the mood as guests to experience a slice of Rajasthani hospitality. The artwork on the walls- by students and artists from the Swaasa art gallery were a testament to the efforts put in to make the place feel authentic.
The meal began with Mirchi Wada (Deep fried Green chilli stuffed with potato), Moong Dal ke Pakode and Paneer/Maas ke Sule (Fried spiced Paneer/Chicken cubes), served with Mint chutney and the famous Rajashthani Lahsoon (Garlic) ki Chutney. It was accompanied by Boondi Jaljeera, a refreshing tangy drink.
The main course was served as a traditional Rajasthani Thali where the heavy copper-bottomed plates and bowls beautifully complemented the food. The aroma of Desi Ghee wafted in the air as the guests relished the taste of Gatte ki Sabzi (Gram Flour Dumplings in Gravy), Kadhi, Sev Tamatar ki Sabzi (Tomato curry topped with sev) and Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabzi.
The non-vegetarians had an option of Laal Maas (traditional Rajasthani Lamb Curry), and Maas ke Soweta (Chicken Curry). Adding a touch of elegance was the Masala Baffla, Churma (Ground wheat cooked with Ghee and Sugar) and Daal Panchmel. The Thali was completed by Subz ki Tehri (Vegetable Rice), Chaas and Kichdi.
The meal ended on a real sweet note with Ghevar, a disc-shaped cake-like dish served with Rabdi.
The fest was successful in bringing the flavours of Rajasthan to the Taste Buds of Manipalites with an array of delicious dishes and was appreciated by one and all.