In the month of January 2017, Chef Vishal Atreya ( Executive Chef, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar )& Kripal Amanna ( MD, Food Lovers ) set on a journey to explore the numinous state of Uttarakhand & the Flavors of the little known Garhwal cuisine.
The Team visited the homes of a few locals in the regions of Bhatoli, Bel Gaon, Kempty and Laval Gaon to understand the depths of their culinary tradition right from recipes, to storing their food, cooking techniques & much more.
Food & hospitality is deeply ingrained in Garhwal culture. Even a few of the Garhwal communities songs mention food in them. ( e.g. Bedu pako bara masa ). The food of the region is a homey & simple affair while the taste is exquisite & full of love.
With a view of sharing the delightful delicacies Chef Vishal & team experienced during their sojourn, JW Cafe is now showcasing authentic Garhwali dishes curated by Chef Vishal Atreya himself from the 1st of March until the 12th of March, 2017.
During this festival, some of dishes you will get to taste are –
Urad dal Pakodi
(Urad dal, green chili, haldi )
Soaked and washed Black gram, is crushed fine, mixed with ingredients and sesame then fried in oil.
( Cottage cheese, Jakhiya (mustard), green chili paste, haldi, curd )
Cottage cheese is marinated with curd, tempered with mustard oil and grain. Cooked on a spit fire.
Akhrot ki Tikki
( Akhrot (walnuts), potatoes, coriander, mint )
Walnuts are boiled, crushed and mixed with potatoes. Small dumplings are cooked on a griddle. We loved listening to them sizzle.
Bhangjeer ki Tikki
( Bhangjeer (seeds), potatoes, garlic leaves )
Oil seeds are mixed with potatoes, and kneeded into a dough. Small dumplings are roasted on the griddle.
Commenting on the expedition, Chef Vishal Atreya – Executive Chef, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar said, “India is a land of rich discoveries- be it customs or be it food. In a time like todays, traditional cooking styles and authentic cuisines seem to be dwindling. We have even lost some of them in the tides of time. In such a scenario, our efforts will lie in rekindling and supporting the survival of indigenous food fare. We journeyed on a road trip through the by-lanes, nooks and corners of Uttarakhand to learn more about the one such cuisine; Garhwali food. The expedition facilitated the creation of a menu inspired from Garhwal. The menu will hope to acquaint our guests with traditional, home-style yet palatable and fresh preparations of native India.”
To experience the Garhwal cuisine though the magic of Chef Vishal’s curated menu, do not forget to visit JW Café (JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar ) before the 12th of March, 2017 between 7 pm & 11 pm. ( INR 2199 + taxes per person )
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