Indian Independence Day is just around the corner. And what can be a better way to celebrate other than a Culinary Trail through our mother country. And to celebrate Independence Day in a spicy mood, The Grand New Delhi is hosting ‘Culinary Trail between 1857- 1947’, a unique festival which will showcase exotic dishes from different states of the country at their contemporary all day dining restaurant Cascades. This 15 day long festival (August 1st to 15th) will let guests feast on diverse cuisines from pre-Independence times when we had undivided states, prepared with totally unaltered recipes. The traditional vibrancy and diversity of the Indian culture woven in a flavor of fusion can be enjoyed along with traditional India music played by hotel’s Live band during this festival.
The taste of these dishes is guaranteed to be just like what used to come directly from our Great Grandmother’s kitchen. I am sure our grandparents and a few parents too must have had enjoyed these unique recipes, which we don’t even know.
Also it’s a well know fact that food in our country changes its mood every 50 KMs that we travel. And to ensure that the guest can taste food from every region, the chefs at the restaurant have planned to serve food from different states on different days. And this surely is going to make a guest feel patriotic during the Independence Fortnight as the festival is going to feature the best of authentic food from Kashmir, North West Frontier, Purani Delhi, South India, Bengal, Punjab, Assam, Pakistan, Burma etc.
Besides the regions, the invasion of India before 1857 by the Moghuls and after the 1857 Gadar by the Britishers, significant changes were observed in the cuisines in different states. During the Moghuls era, rich royal cuisine, namely Awadhi, Mughlai, Rampuri evolved which we still relish. Similarly during the Raj Rule, incorporation of British recipes and influence of other European recipes that the Britishers brought with them made changes to the Indian cuisines. Most of the dishes that we relish today are a result of these amalgamations of different cuisines from foreign lands.
The ongoing food festival has been designed to showcase the authentic cuisine developed as the time progressed from 1857 to 1947. Flavourful dishes like a variety of kebabs, kormas and desserts served the authentic khansama way, Chaat interactive station, and different types of biryanis are going to be served along with mouth watering desserts like Khubani ka meetha, Kala jamun, Chena pai, pista berfi, Moti choor strawberry Rasgulla and many others.
Care has been taken to ensure that we do not miss the international flavours too while we explore India’s culinary diversity. The guests, both residents at hotel as well as non-residents can enjoy the International spread too, but with a major proportion of Indian Cuisine over 15 glorious days.
For kids too, they have organised Grand Kids Independence day buffet during this festival that include French fries, Chicken nuggets, live kulfi station, and interactive grand dessert buffet.
Our team was there on a day when the state of the day was “Punjab” and savoured Moth dal ki chaat, Tandoori gobhi, and Rajma ki Shami to begin with in the veggie section and Murg highway tikka, Ajwaine fish tikka in non-veggie section.
Our food journey continued with Salgam meat (Recipe from undivided India times) in non-veg and Dudhiya kofta, Khate methe bagain, and Lehsoni dal in veg sections accompanied with Laccha parantha, Missi roti, mirchi roti and the traditional Chooza Biryani, and Rajma ka pulao along with Achar, papad, and chutney.
An Indian culinary journey never ends without getting your tooth sweet, so we also followed in our great grandparent’s boots and savoured Jalebi with Rabri, Pinni, Kalakand, and a Three layered fresh fruit cake beautifully decorated in our own Tricolours.
So if you are in New Delhi this Independence Day fortnight, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge yourself to the splendid culinary fare at Cascades. The ‘Culinary Trail between 1857 – 1947’’
Date: August 1st till 15th
Price Adult Buffet : INR 1947 all inclusive
Kids buffet – INR 973.50 all i