Political kitchen: Fatty Jaya, Bofors blast
A Nagpur restaurant, The Palm Court, in a two-week theme serve, Chunavi Jhatka, has decked up in the united flavours of Indian politics.
It makes for a lip-smacking, if political, potpourri. One can actually digest 'Bofors Blast', sink one's teeth into well…'Fatty Jayalalitha,' or indulge in a steamy 'Fiery Uma Sizzler' here.
For the uninitiated, Bofors Blast on any other menu would mean Drums of Heaven. Fatty Jayalalitha is nothing but cheese balls and Fiery Uma Sizzler is what the last name suggests, of course, vegetarian, with due regard to the sanyasin.
Inspired by the boiling poll cauldron, a city restaurant, The Palm Court, in a two-week theme serve called Chunavi Jhatka has decked up in the united flavours of Indian politics.
With emblems and huge posters of all political parties adorning its glass interiors alongside party flags vying for attention at the buffet ring, it is like a city square of the times when the Election Commission had not scaled down political campaigns from the Chicken Biryani variety to plain Dal Fry.
For good measure, the routine instrumental music has been replaced by speeches of A.B. Vajpayee, Sonia Gandhi, Laloo Yadav, Mayawati and Chandrashekhar and even patriotic songs. The dishes remain the same but the menu has undergone a titular transformation.
Due attention has been paid to make these names apt. As restaurant partner Rajeev Khurana points out, it is the Kashmiri preparation of Mutton Roghan Josh which has been called Kashmir Ka Omar or then the Kerala Fish Curry renamed Antonyude Meen. Khurana says the intention is to cater to not just an epicure but also the political gourmet.
Says diner Aditya Vaidya, who was so caught up with the idea during its publicity that he made it here on Day 1: “I have decided to gobble up the NDA,” he laughs. So Vaidya is polishing Jod-Tod George (Murg Makhanwala), Sab-e-Shahnawaz and Khichadi Sarkar off his plate.
Politics, of course, always comes at a price. The rates here are reasonable though. The Janata Parivar, a sizzling assortment of non-vegetarian tandoori delicacies is an affordable Rs 150. The cheapest, at the cost of angering Lalooland, is Rabri Roti at Rs 5.
Khurana clarifies that the restaurant has no political leanings. He laments that people have a pre-conceived notion that politics is the space to make big money. “We want to change this misconception. This event is our duty and right to give the people an idea of the political scenario in the country,” he says.
PS. Do not miss the waiters. Karunanidhi lookalikes in dark glasses, Omar Abdullahs in fur caps, just about any politician in kurta pyjama and a not-to-be-missed Bajrang Dal inspired saffron cap and cream dhotis. Burp…to politics?