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Rampur Nawabi Food Festival At The Westin Kolkata

Rampur is known for its richness of literature, unique archiecture,art and miniature paintings.But what we can’t deny is the Rampuri Nawabi Cuisine,the perfect blend of Mughal and Awadhi cuisine.

And to celebrate this The Westin kolkata is hosting a very special Rampur Nawabi Festival where you get to experience the authentic Rampuri cuisine.

Chef Suroor Khan, Master Chef from the Gharana of Rampur, will be recreating some of delicacies for the epicureans of Kolkata. Speaking on the concept of the cuisine, he said, “Rampur Nawabi cuisine was unheard of earlier, as the nawabs at the time did not want the food that they enjoyed losing their exclusivity. Traditional Rampur delicacies are characterized by the use of dry spices, or “khada masala” (black and white peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon or cassia bark, mace, black and green cardamom pods, bay leaf, cumin and coriander), lending the dishes their unique flavour. The yellow chilli is specific to Rampur and is hotter than the green chili that you get in the market. However, it is not as hot as the “Bhut Jolokia” found in the north- eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.”

 

On a rainly Kolkata afternoon we got the chance to meet Chef Suroor in person and also try the Rampuri spread at Westin.We started off with some  ‘Kachche Gosht ki Tikia’ (Minced Mutton Tikka), ‘Fish Anjeer Tikka’ (Fish And Fig Tikka).The kebabs are something that you will surely love and i could have an entire meal consiting only these kebabs which were succulent and had beautiful blend of spices in them.For the mains we tried the heavily indulgent — ‘Tar Qorma’ (The word tar is given, as the consistency of the curry is like that of a wire when you slide out the spoon from the dish. Not too soft, nor too chewy, the mutton is soaked in flavourful spices), ‘Aloo Qeema’ (dry and looks like minced soya bean). In the vegetarian section, the rich and heavy ‘Paneer Shorma’ and ‘Baingan Achari’ should be tried out even if you’re partial to the non-vegetarian selection.

Now what is a meal without desserts?We ended our meal with the signature ‘Gulatthi’ (a cousin of Kheer and Phirni) and ‘Mirch ka Halwa’. The mirch ka halwa is something i never tried before and can’t be missed .

 

Rampuri cusine is made with simplicity but is extremely rich with flavours and is pefect to enjoy on a rainy evening in the city.And you have to be there at Seasonal Tastes,Westin to indulge in the richness of Rampuri flavours.

What- Rampur Nawabi Foof Festival

Where – The Westin,Rajarhat

When- 20th June to 1st July

Dinner 7.30pm- 11.00pm

Price- 1399++

 

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