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Uttar Ka Swaad, “Flavours of the North”

17/07/2017

We love north Indian food, so when we heard that the Higher Taste at Iskcon is hosting a north Indian food festival called Uttar ka Swaad we decided to treat ourselves to some nice goodies. Believe me, the spread is exhaustive & there’s so much to choose from.
Among all starters we loved the fritters, I think it’s called aloo methi gota. Bafauri, I’m told it’s a Bhojpuri dish & seems to be a fine alternative to deep fried stuff, quite nice you know. There’s something called Kanji Vada, which is a nice snack by itself. Kanji is a liquid & a digestive, well the vada gives it a crunch.
The restaurant is nicely festooned & the mood too is matched by a rather happening live counter. Kids were milling around, generously treating themselves to dahi puri & paani puri. We were tempted to try Litti Chokha, which I’m told is from Bihar but looks like Rajasthan’s Bati. These stuffed littis rolled into balls have a flavor of their own.
My co-diner headed to the main course section & couldn’t resist the Kaju paneer makhani, these soft paneer cubes with the cashew gravy was heavenly. I felt even Shahi Gate was quite enjoyable & that too, it’s high in protein. Kamal kakdi or lotus stem preparation was unusual. All these went well with Amritsari kulcha. Steamed rice with Panchmel Dal, which comprises five varieties of dal was equally nutritive.
Of course, those who love south Indian food were quite happy with the usual rasam rice and gongura pappu.
There’s a generous spread, so do leave space for dessert. Apart from the usual tarts & soft cream cakes, what’s worthwhile is the Dil Khusal or a Rajasthani mithai made of gram flour. In all, Uttar ka Swaad is worth a visit.

Kavitha

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