Friday, 15 May 2015

Vivid Hues of Gujarat - A Gujarati Food Festival @ ITC Gardenia, Bangalore

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Gujarat as a state has seen tremendous growth in the past decade. In spite of a vast coastline and clearly having a possibility of abundance seafood; Gujarat is a state mostly celebrates vegetarianism. Widespread Jainism is a major influence on the culture prevalent among the people of Gujarat and their eating habits. It's a cuisine that has been spreading through the length and breadth of the country which is testimony of it's flavors, variety, simplicity and the love people have for this regional cuisine.

Gujarati cuisine has always enjoyed the limelight and attention, in particular in the recent times with our Prime Minister - Mr. Narendra Modi being a Gujarati himself and the food making it to the State dinners. Inspired by it growing popularity and demand, ITC Gardenia is showcasing and celebrating the Hues of Gujarat at the Cubbon Pavilion in the form of a Gujarati food festival.

Like any other Indian food festival held here, the Indian section of the vast global buffet spread was dedicated to the brilliant regional Gujarati cuisine. Unlike any other food festival that I have dined at; this one had a really extravagant spread of Gujarati food with over 35 Gujarati delicacies on offer. On till the 17th of May, the food is as authentic as it can get and can leave you spoilt for choice. 

A complete set up had been specially created to pay tribute to 'Farsan' the snacks that the Gujarati's swear by. A typical breakfast at a Gujarati home on Sunday is not complete without these. To name a few on offer were khandvi, fafda, jalebi, patra, assortment of mixtures, bhakarwadi and of course dhokla's with a side of chili.

What's gujarati food without ragda patties, kachori with chutneys poured onto it and thepla! Made on request at the live counters, these were delicious and only added to the feel of Gujarati food. 

I looked forward to the mains which composed of some of Puja's and my favourites. The real deal lies in the simplicity of this cuisine with dishes like 'Sev Tamatar', 'Gujarati Ghate ki Kadhi', 'Bhindi Sambhariya' and a dish without which a Gujarati meal is clearly incomplete - 'Khichdi'. The preparation was simple and so were the flavors yet successfully exuding a heart-warming experience. 

Known for it sweet and spice balance, the spread also included the famous 'Undiya' and a curry that was wonderfully flavoured and the ingredients provided for a great texture. 'Undhiya' a mixed vegetable dry preparation is possibly one of the most complex dishes to prepare and is seasonal in nature. Worth every effort in its preparation; 'Undhiyu' as it is called in Gujarati was a delight to eat with hot and fluffy puris or rotlis that are brought fresh out of the kitchen on request.

The dessert spread was no less extravagant with a wide spread of Gujarati, Indian and international desserts. In focus at the food festival were clearly the Raj Bhog, Lapsi, Srikhand, puran poli and Anjeer Barfi to name a few.

Overall, this was a feast and a treat for us and all those who love Gujarati food; its amalgamation of sweet and spice rich flavors, the simple treats called farsans or a meal by itself 'the khichdi'.  On till the 17th of May, go enjoy the enchanting aromas and the alluring flavors of the vibrant and colourful state of Gujarat.

To make things even more interesting, Review Of Restaurants in association with Foodies in Bangalore 2 - a group started to provide a platform for foodies of Bangalore to interact, converse and share information about good food; bring to you a very special offer from ITC Gardenia to enjoy this specially curated 'Gujarati Food Festival' and a lot more that's there on offer at this extravagant buffet - 
 - Specially priced buffet at Rs. 1350 Nett per person. Inclusive of 2 glasses of Indian Red/White wines or Indian Beer
 - Offer valid till the 17th May, 2015 only for dinner (which is also when the festival is on offer)
 - To avail the offer, you need to be a member of Foodies in Bangalore 2. If you are not, please click here to become a member
 - Advance reservation is mandatory and you will need to notify that you are an FinB2 member and that you'd like to avail this special offer
 - For more details on the offer T & C please read through the pinned post on the FinB2 Facebook group

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