Food Festival 'Punjabi Tadka' brings both authentic & refreshingly experimental cuisines from Punjab's hinterland


Punjabi Tadka' food festival has started at WelcomHotel Bella Vista, Panchkula. An event was held to announce details of the festival by organising a live cooking session of some recipes from the elaborate menu of Punjabi cuisine, which will be on offer at the festival.

Panchkula, January 9, 2019: Punjabi food lovers are in for a treat. WelcomHotel Bella Vista, Sector 5, Panchkula has announced start of a food festival - 'Punjabi Tadka'. The festival was unveiled in an exclusive live demonstration of unique recipes which will be part of the festival at the hotel by Duddi Reny Manohar, Executive Chef, WelcomHotel Bella Vista and Chef Narayan. Chef Narayan has experienced the local flavour of various regions of Punjab and has adapted them in his style of cooking, he has also been sent by the Hotel on many occasions to promote Punjabi food in other states of India. The chefs' prepared 'Pindi Channa/Amritsari Channe' and 'Amle Ki Machhi' during the demo.

"‘Punjabi Tadka’ will start from Friday -January-11, and will go till Jan 27. We have curated a sumptuous and flavoursome menu in both ala carte and buffet. On Friday , Saturday and Sunday buffet will be put up while on weekdays we will have an elaborate ala carte menu. The authenticity of flavours and spices has been maintained by our team of creative chefs, who have also experimented and produced some lip smacking recipes, which are going to be savoured by food aficionados for the first time in tricity. " Said Vivek Khanna, GM, WelcomHotel Bella Vista.

"We have followed 'deg' or single pot cooking in many of the dishes. 'Deg ka gosht' which is lamb on bone stewed in a large copper vessel with all ingredients put together and 'kunna murgh' -a rich one pot free range desi chicken preparation reflect the single- pot- all- ingredients concept. We have created new recipes like 'tandoori chooza' which is skinless baby chicken marinated over night in freshly pounded tandoori spices and hung curd. "Said Chef Narayan, who is in charge of 'Punjabi Tadka'.

The recipes preserve the original & traditional cooking style adopted in Punjab - unarguably India's favourite gastronomic capital. In ala carte the vegetarian main course includes paneer ki bhurjee, baingan ka bharta, bharwan karele , sarson ka saag, challi aur khumb tak-a-tin and many others. Non vegetarian snacks like Amritsari machli, tava Boti , amla ki machli are there. The non vegetarian main course is inviting with 'Punjabi bhuna gosht' & the quintessential 'Punjabi murgh makhanwala' among others. The desserts include preparations like 'ganne ki ras ki kheer' .

The buffet menu has welcome drinks like 'gulab ka sharbat', the soups' menu boasts of 'makki ka shorba', starters have delights like 'chollian ki tikki'. Tava onsight in non vegetarian has 'keema kaleeji' while vegetarian section here has 'Amritsari badi masala' among others. In non veg main course 'Rarha gosht' is available. While 'Amritsari aloo wadi ' & 'aloo ki launji' are there in vegetarian. 'Gud ke chawal' is the perfect sweet dish to have after a satisfying main course.

"One unique aspect about the festival is that we did a lot of research on Punjabi cuisines. This took us to places like 'Malerkotla' in Punjab which is known for traditional non vegetarian Punjabi cooking. The festival assimilates all this knowledge coupled with the experience our team has in Punjabi food. The local recipes of Punjab are heavily influenced by the agricultural and farming life style, the state is also known for tandoori style of cooking and we have recreated this in 'Punjabi Tadka'." Summed up Duddi Reny Manohar, Executive Chef, WelcomHotel Bella Vista.

The event also saw participation of a foreign culinary tourist Joshua, Neeraj Verma, a food critic and Prabhpreet Sandhu, who owns Globe Planners and is a foodie at heart.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019