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Succulent kebabsDhabas 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'.

Getting ready to serve	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.

Duplicate petrol pumps But 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 chef Chamanlal.

A typical dhaba ambienceMany 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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