Quirky Holi treats
City eateries have rustled up a lavish spread with an experimental twist today.india Updated: Mar 20, 2011 00:37 IST
Fancy a kiwi paan dessert in your Holi thali? How about a mascarpone gujia? Today, food spread in city eateries feature traditional delicacies in a chic avatar. So chuck your diet plans and tuck into these trendy delicacies that keep the essence of the tradition alive . It’s going to be a Holi that you will relish!
A dash of rose in your drink
What’s a Holi without a sweet drink? So, how about sipping on some chilled Gulkand (rose petals drenched in sugar syrup) shake today? “Gulkand , is touted as one of the healthiest concoction in Ayurveda. It’s energising and a great coolant. It’s lively colour also makes it a great drink for Holi,” says chef Nishant Chowbey, who is serving this at Cibo restaurant. To satiate your sweet tooth cravings, ask for toothsome phyllos that come with a generous filling of almonds and walnuts. Also on offer are are plenty of Italian delicacies with an Indian twist.
Meal for two: Rs 1,000
Wash down the spiciest of Holi treats with thandai shots that will come complimentary with your food order at Spice Market. The food spread will include Papdi Chaat, Ajwaini Paneer Tikka, Chana Biryani and a lot more. For a sweet ending, dig into soft and spongy Shahi Tukda — that's bread slice dipped in sugar syrup, topped with thick rabri. You can also try Gulkand Phirni, and juicy Gulab Jamuns.
Meal for Two: Rs 1,500
Gujiya goes mod
Gujia gets a chic makeover at Le Café, Suryaa, today. The dollop of khoya that your grandmom stuffed in gujia has been replaced by the fancy mascarpone. Also try the fruity thandai that blends in berries to give you a fruity high.
Meal for two: Rs 1,250
Kiwi paan, anyone?
It freshens up your breath, cleanses your palate and even helps in digestion. And when it’s Holi, the unpretentious paan occupies the position of a dessert. At Chutney, The Metropolitan, treat your taste buds with kiwi paan dessert that’s stuffed with peetha, and served on kiwi slices. “It’s a contemporary twist to the traditional paan,” says chef Tarun Kapoor.
Skip the papris and bhallas and dig into toothsome mithai chaat that’s a mix of traditional sweets and dark chocolate. Other treats include Paneer Lavang Latta, Nashili Nalli Boti and Sada Bahar Tikka Masala served with paper thin Kagji Roti.
Meal for two: Rs 750
Think Rajasthan and what comes to the mind is a bouquet of lively colours, and tongue tickling spicy delicacies. At Tivoli Garden, Rajasthani chefs have been flown in to rustle up hearty traditional spread that includes chach, lassi, jal jeera, kairi ka paani and thandais. Pair your drinks with Kanji bara, Paneer launglatta , Ker Sangri, Gatte ki subzi, Pakodi wali kadi and the quintessential dal-bati-choorma.
Meal for two: Rs 850 onwards.
Let the colours say it all
It’s a treat for your taste buds and eyes too! Relish some cooling mocktails that look as good as they taste at Café Royce today. Take your pick from Strawberry Delights, Guava delight, Honey dew, Cosmopolitan and Summer breeze. Among the delicacies on offer are Jerk chicken, Wine seared prawns, Mongolian potato, Honey chilly baby corn and an array of cakes and kheers.
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
Riot of colours
The Holi special menu at Ignis Kitchen & Bar features dishes inspired by spring colours.
So, you have Bright Spring Fare, a platter of assorted hummus, White Lady —that’s chicken with basil and pepper, Red Vs Green — that’s that’s Penne with tomato and basil and Green Peace — that’s that’s Palak Lehsuni with mushrooms/paneer. Among cocktails, there are Blue Bliss, Bacardi, Blue Curacao, and Sprite concoction and Dirty Yellow — that’s a mix of Bacardi, pineapple juice and coconut cream. Also don’t forget to slurp some Vodka Shikanji.
Meal for two: Rs 800