Article by : Akshaya Pai, Official Team T3HM| Photos by : Tejovanth, Official Photographer Team T3HM
Entire Family sitting around a platter, rather thaal. Platterful of savoury and sweet delicacies. Everyone taking a helping and eating off the same thaal. This is the true essence of A Family that eats together stays together which is what the Bohri Dawat encompasses.
An invitation by ITC Gardenia for their Bohri Dawat is not something The 3 Hungry Men would miss. The Big ‘thaal’, the consecutive rounds of ‘Meethas’ and ‘Kharas’. A small history lesson on how the Bohris who are originally from Yemen, settled in Gujarat and how being an Elite Community shows in their exquisite meals. Yet, at the heart and soul of it is the simple motto of a family that eats together stays together.
They had on display the thaal that could easily feed a family for around 8 people. While at first the youngest one takes around the Chelamchi Lota for everyone to wash their hands in, they then start of with sea salt in their mouth and the Sodannu, which is rice cooked with sugar and ghee. Chef Zohair, a Bohri himself, explained how each course of sweets and savoury dishes are lined in concentric circles the order in which they are to be eaten. There is space between the dishes at the ends of the thaal, where the family serves themselves and eats.
While you might expect a completely Non Veg fare for the Dawat, that is not the case here. Every non veg dish had a vegetarian counterpart as well. We started off with Kharek – a rose soaked date stuffed with Khoya, Pista and Almonds. Sweet start for sure. For Drinks we have Gol Paani with Subza Seeds & Coconut Malai with Elaichi. Gol Panni was the winner and the latter had too strong a flavour of Elaichi.
For the first savoury course we were served Kheema Pattice, Kheema Samosa and Chicken Cream Tikka. All very good. The Vegeratian options were Dal na Samosa, Chana Bateta and Nariyal Kabab. Exciting names and tasty dishes! The Gujarati influence in their cuisine begins to show. For the meethas we had Salam Pak & Mango Malai. The Mango Malai, obviously won us all over.
The main course of savouries consisted of Patrel Gosht(Soya variant for Veg), which first caught our fancy as it had Colocasia Leaves(Pathrode, Pathrodo). Smeared with Gram Flour, steamed fried and added to the curry. The Kaari Chicken was a lovely homely little chicken curry. We had these with Ghakher Rotis, which were tiny laccha parathas steamed till well cooked and finished off in Ghee!
After the sweet course of Khaja(a flaky layered pastry filled with Mava and Dry fruits), we had our final “Kharas” course – Bohri Biryani! The shiny birista on top was enough to get us drooling. Made from the most succulent meat with a hint of spice and Bhunna Baigan Raita for company, this was a fitting conclusion to the savoury courses.
And of course, the final dessert, the Sheer Khurma. Thick and Delicious. This followed by the lovely Pan Goli(with desiccated coconut and rose syrup) gave us the full experience of community style eating that is the essence of Bohri Meal.
The Chef also had for us homemade lime pickle and mango pickle(Mango Chundo). He later informed us about more dishes to be presented in the coming days and we must tell you, we are bound to head back for the Khichda and Bohri Raan! And in vegetarian they will have on offer Mag Pulao Sarki, Moong Dal Khichdi Vagharela and much more.
The Bohri Dishes are going to served as part of the Dinner Buffet at Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia from 23rd June to 2nd July, 2017.
The buffet is priced at 1950 INR + taxes. Do visit and make the most out of theBohri Experience.
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