ITC Gardenia brings the forgotten cuisine of Vijayanagara Empire to Bengaluru

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Photo by Tejovanth N, Official Photographer, The 3 Hungry Men – Bangalore

We’ve all been to Hampi and we just couldn’t get enough of it right? But what if we tell you that there’s one thing which you probably haven’t gotten at all! And that is, ladies and gentlemen *drumroll* authentic Hampi food!

Yes, that’s right, the Vijayanagara Empire reigned from the 14th -16th century and legend had it they had their share of foodgams!

But who’s ever tried food from there? Hardly anyone. That’s when Chef Yogen and his team of culinary experts swooped down like eagles on prey to study this lost, forgotten cuisine and bring us the best delicacies of this empire on our plate!

History apart, the food was fantastic! Below, we delineate the 5 must try dishes at this fest:

  1. Koli Menasakai

Sounds exotic? Tastes exotic too, cubes of chicken, doused with chilli powder and an assortment of spice, fire in the belly!

  1. Ballakai Vada

Cute, bite sized dumplings of raw banana, mildly spiced, and very wholesome! Raw bananas now have a place in our heart!

  1. Seegadi Kal Meansu

Now we aren’t sure where the kings sourced their shrimp from, but this preparation of Shrimp with a heavy dose of black pepper will definitely take you into a trance!

  1. Kothmir Koli Saaru

Kothmir = coriander, Koli = chicken, saaru = gravy and Kothmir+Koli+Saaru = FOODGASM! We kid you not, dunk a piece of the fresh Akki (rice) Rotti into this coconut based curry and the food won’t reach your stomach, it’ll reach your soul!

  1. Akki Payasa

The dessert of kings! Rice, milk, cardamom, and a lot of love in bowl, served warm! This is so good you would wanna cuddle it!

We were happy and of course feeling like kings. What we missed it on our trip to Hampi, we found at the Vijayanagara food festival at Cubbon Pavillion!

Hurry, this festival is on only till the 4th of June, for dinner! Head to Cubbon Pavillion and eat it like its hot! In case you want a reservation, call Mr. Raghav (the perfect host) on +919650536643, tell him The 3 Hungry Men sent you! Cookie for youuuuu!

Stay Hungry Stay Happy Jai Mahismati!

Location : The Cubbon Pavilion,  ITC Gardenia, 1, Residency Road, Bengaluru, 560025


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