have established a close bond with the people of
the twin cities. The rustic ambience, open air dinner,
char pais and the tasty and delectable dishes
have all added to the popularity of dhabas. People
go all the way to the outskirts to enjoy the ambience
and the food at dhabas. That is the uniqueness of
dhabas. And as the summer is on, the restaurants
in the twin cities are doing their bit to attract
the attention of the people by organising various
food festivals like 'Dhaba food festival' that
was held recently in Taj Banjara. Known for
its excellent food and hospitality, Taj Banjara
has conducted this unique festival in its lake side
restaurant 'Kebab -e-Bahar'.
which serves succulent kebabs everyday was transformed
into a place resembling a typical roadside dhaba.
The look of the restaurant was completely modified.
Just at the entrance of the restaurant, a stone
was erected and it read- Hoshiarpur is 23 km. Two
steps later there was a sign board that read-Hoshiarpur
is 5 km. These are the things which you generally
find along the highways when you go to a dhaba.
Isn't it? This of course was done to create a typical
highway road environment. The petrol pumps, bullock
carts, char pais and lanterns which you usually
find near the dhabas were all there. All reminding
of a typical dhaba. There was also a panwallah with
the pan and cigarettes and a daruwallah offering
you a variety of wines. Added to these was tuneful
old Hindi film songs that made the atmosphere lively.
what about the menu? All the dishes that you would
find in a roadside dhaba were incorporated in the
Dhaba food festival menu. "We have taken
every care to see that people get what they generally
find in a dhaba. We prepared the menu consisting
of sarson da saag, mah chola daal, dhaba murg, succulent
kebabs, makki di roti with rabdi, jalebi, and lassi
all to tickle your taste buds," said master
people who came to Kebab-e-Bahar for the Dhaba festival
thoroughly enjoyed it." I never miss the
food festivals held in Taj Banjara. And this dhaba
festival certainly has a typical dhaba ambience
and the food was really good," said a visitor
Kirpal Singh about the festival. Renowned
painter MF Hussain was one of the visitors
to this food festival.
Today people are looking for a change and festivals
of this nature are surely a break from the routine.
| -MAR Fareed
-Photographs by Srinivas Setty
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