Vegetarian Food Review – Rajasthani Food Festival Beckons at Westin Velachery, Chennai
Westin, Velachery, Chennai is running a Rajasthani Food Festival and we were invited to taste the food and share our experience here. Rajasthani Food Festival did not ring much bells in our foodie palate as we always associated it with dry desert region. Curious to know what is in store, we went for the buffet and were stunned at the lavish spread. We were left wondering if we would be in a position to taste (at the least) all of them. Buffet was categorized as starters, main course, salad counter, chat counter and dessert counter.
Quite familiar with Gujarati cuisine, much of which has impact on Rajasthani food, we expected the spread to be majority vegetarian and we were proved wrong. We leave that section to be covered by the ones who tasted it and continue on our vegetarian journey.
We thank Westin for their hospitality in running us through the menu and knowledge sharing that enlightened us on the specialty of Rajasthani Cuisine. Being a kingdom and ruled by Rajputs, Rajasthani food is rich by nature and depends a lot on dairy, quite evident by Desi Ghee use and liberal dose of dry fruits and saffron. It is fine to forget those extra calories to try out food as authentic and traditional as this churned out by Guest Chef Sataveer who has come in for this festival to satiate us with real Rajasthani food experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed the awesome Makhaniya lassi with consistency much lighter than the Punjabi one but richer with a dose of saffron.
We began our starters with Channe aur moong ki seekh and Khasta kachori. Channe aur moong ki seekh was more like dal vada but the flavors were pretty unique. Khasta kachori was a winner with a pani puri look and well defined flavors. Accompanied by Mint chutney/peanut chutney/garlic chutney/pineapple chutney prepared by the chef, this was a gastronomic delight.
One thing that was quite evident about our experience here is the importance of local spices on the preparation and its taste. Rajasthani, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali everything can taste the same if we use the spices available in Chennai. What drives the difference is the flavor of the spices in the area where the food comes from and Westin has just nailed it. The food tasted different sans that standard gravy we come across irrespective of the cuisine and made it a culinary journey of another sort.
Our main course included Palak paneer kofta, Bhindi jaipuri, Makai aur hara pyaz ki subzi,Nanne pyaz ki kadi, Jaipuri mewa pulao and Roti.
Our highlights were
Nanne pyaz ki kadi – Signature dish with slightly burnt small onions with well balanced gravy (similar to mor kuzhambu)
Jaipuri mewa pulao – perfectly cooked short grain basmati cooked in Dum with raisins, apricot and saffron. First time, had my hands on a veg pulao I could eat without any accompaniment.
We found the Palak Paneer Kofta and Makai aur hara pyaz ki subzi a bit imbalanced with salt on the higher side.
Among the desserts, we loved the Chena Malpua (exotic dessert made with pure ghee J ) with rabdi and Boondi kheer.
The review is on the items we tasted from the buffet and we had skipped many and here is the detailed list of items on the buffet menu – (Vegetarian only )
Moong sprout salad
Shakar kand ki chaat
Hari mirch ki achar/aam ki achar/nimbu ki achar
Dal baati /papad ki churi/bikaneri bhujia
Mint chutney/peanut chutney/garlic chutney/pineapple chutney
Moong dal ki shorba
Channe aur moong ki seekh
MAIN COURSE VEGETARIAN
Baked vegetable ratatouille
Palak paneer kofta
Lehsuni papad ki subzi
Makai aur hara pyaz ki subzi
Nanne pyaz ki kadi
Burnt garlic fried rice
Jaipuri mewa pulao
(Papdi chaat, bhel poori, dahi poori, dahi papdi, kachori chaat)
Besan chillas with coriander chutney and ketchup
Besan ki ladoo
Alwar ka Kalakand
Akrot ki Mithai
Interested to try out this special menu from Rajasthan, head to Westin. Here are the details –
Where: Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Chennai Velachery
When: 18th January – 31st January, 2016
Dinner: 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Price: INR 1550 plus taxes per person.
For reservations, contact:
Address: 154 Velachery Main Road Chennai,Tamil Nadu 600042 India
Contact: Shrikanth 8939892022
Posted on January 23, 2016, in Food, Restaurants and tagged 5 star, blogger, buffet, chennai, event, food, food festival, Rajasthani, review, vegetarian, Velachery, Westin. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.