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Written by Shantanu David
| New Delhi |

February 7, 2015 4:46:16 am





On the Bharat Rang Mahotsav. (Supply: Categorical Photograph by Amit Mehra)

Supplanted from the large tree (pun meant) and the machan surrounding it situated close to the centre of the NSD compound, Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2015’s meals courtroom is now adjoining to the doorway, at stage left, because it have been. Provided that style might be the capital pursuit in Delhi, that is most likely a sensible choice. Tradition, in any case, doesn’t get chilly and rubbery. And talking of chilly and rubbery, this 12 months the emphasis appears extra on the standard of the meals, fairly than serving it in a picturesque setting.

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The machan and the meals courtroom final 12 months relied extra on its visible enchantment; the meals was detached at finest. It was a sight, a monolithic tree, tacked throughout with picket platforms and tented by a ginormous shamiana, the air smoky with the odor of kebabs scorching on skewers, the inchoate sweetness of jalebis frying and naturally, the ever present litti choka, a delicate reminder that a lot of the nation’s naatakbazi is at residence within the East. The kebabs choked amid clouds of chaat masala, the biryani was extra vibrant than flavourful and the jalebi was solely good, as a result of actually, how are you going to mess that up? Not so this 12 months.

Aside from a mungfaliwala situated proper originally, there are 12 meals stalls, providing a cross-section of delicacies. What’s fascinating is that as a substitute of the standard nameless distributors shelling out characterless meals, this time round there are stalls put up by established manufacturers, from Daryaganj’s scrumptious (and contentious) Changezi Hen to common Lebanese eatery, Zizo. There are additionally stalls promoting Delhi’s favorite standby of stuffed paranthas, daulat ki chaat, rooster korma and sheermaal, tikkas and kebabs (unmired in chaat masala), pastries and the bastardized grilled Indian sandwiches so beloved of the roadside. The costs are straightforward on the pocket, with a meal for 2 setting you again wherever between Rs 100 and Rs 200, relying in your selection in meals.

We tried the rooster biryani from Khan Mughlai Kebab and the rooster shawarma from Zizo. The previous comes piled excessive on the ever-present thermocol plate, accoutred with chatni (not chutney) and sliced onions, and is, to borrow an Americanism, “simply good eatin’”. The latter is the biggest shawarma we’ve seen within the metropolis, full of rooster, truly pickled greens, and freshly crushed mayonnaise; accompanying it’s a garlic sauce sharper than essentially the most acerbic theatre critic. Each priced at a reasonably affordable Rs 120, they interact us like a piece by Ibsen; although far simpler on the abdomen.

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