They’re now serving patriotism on a platter. Whether it’s Nehru’s favourite (Malai Paneer), Gems of Tagore (stuffed steamed cabbage), Mewar ka Josh (lamb), Rajputana Parakram (Paneer Kullay) or Gosht E Razia (Kolkata-styled meat), there’s a lot to treat yourself to, this Independence Day. The Capital’s restaurants and nightclubs are making the most of the ‘season’ by
whipping up dishes named after states, freedom fighters, kings or lords who ruled during the British Raj.
Sweet shops and bars, too, are experimenting with tri-coloured mocktails, cocktails and more. Some are even going a step ahead: “We aren’t serving any cocktails that day, as we don’t want to celebrate India’s 63rd Independence Day by encouraging people to have alcohol,” says Hemant Sharma, bar manager at Buzz, Saket.
Azaadi special dishes in Delhi include everything from appetisers to finger foods and sorbets to sweets, which are part of specially-created cuisines. Chef Siddatth Joardar at Equinox, for instance, has put together an assortment of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. The list includes Tri-colour pakodas, exotica sandwiches, saffron dosas and Punjabi-styled lassi (R 999, ph: 9899925478)
The Tri Colour Kebab platter at Sequel by United in Defence Colony Market offers tikkas and kebabs from across India — Rajasthan’s Kesari Maas tikka, Mughal bawarchi khana’s Doodhiya Murg Tikka and Hyderabadi Hariyali Murg Kebab. (R 495, ph: 09650596117).
Nathu’s new fine-dining outlet is offering Khazana-e -Aazadi, an entire menu inspired by the pre-Independence period. The list includes Lassi (Punjab da Puttar), Memsahib’s Choice (Pepper and sweet lime stirred with mint) and Lord Mountbatten’s Crush (Lychees, coconut, pineapple with crushed ice and a hint of khus); 1857 The Encounter (Soya bean seekh kebab brushed with herb butter) and From the 1929 Assembly (sweet and sour crispy fried baby potatoes). Meal for two costs R 600 (ph: 43518745).
So, this weekend, fill yourself with all that gets the desh bhakt in you fired up.
Other Tiranga treats include I Love My India Platter of Harre Kebabs at Aquum (46696141) and Chingry Malai Curry (Bengal) at Radisson
MBD, Noida (4300000)
If you have a sweet tooth, try Khoya Tirangi and Meerut Masala (Rose Milk drink) at Ananda’s, or Chocobon and Peacabon combo at Cinnabon (46105147)