anyone know that there is a place called Baltistan
in the Himalayan ranges which is famous for its cuisine?
Not many people know about it. But if you are a die
hard fan of food and want to know more about Balti delicacies
then check into Kebab-e-Bahar in Taj Banjara
where the on going Balti Food Festival is relishing
the guests with scrumptious Balti cuisine.
The Balti cuisine inspite of origin in the sub continent
is more popular in US & UK. Balti food was virtually
unknown outside the Baltic province until an emigrant
opened a Balti restaurant at Birmingham. The idea was
to cater to other emigrants who missed their special
cooking in Britain. But the food was so popular that
within 10 years, Balti eateries flourished at a rapid
pace all over UK.
what exactly is a Balti cuisine? "The Balti
cuisine draws flavours extensively from Punjab and Kashmir's
aromatic spices. Authentic Balti food is slightly oily
and flavoured with spices", says Mr Santosh
Kutty Food & Beverage Manager, Taj Banjara.
At the Kebab-e-Bahar in Taj, the dishes are served
in small bucket shaped vessels. The menu has thirty
dishes along with desserts. Priced at Rs 180 per dish,
the Balti Bhindi, Aloo, Chole, Khumb, Gobi, Palak
and Baingan are excellent starters. The Balti
mushrooms cooked with Kashmiri spices tastes great.
The gobi & palak cooked with a tomato base are mouthwatering.
The main cuisine which includes the bread section has
naans and rotis which you can have with the vegetables
or the Balti Mash Dal, the Masoor or the
Milaumi. The non-veg section has over all 12
dishes including Chicken Tikka Balti, Bhuma Murgh
Balti, Balti Murgh Saag Aloo. There are also few
special preparations at the festival like Khubani
Rice, Biryani & Kofta Channa Pulao and the desserts
like Phirni, Rabri, Sukhi Seviyan or the Mithe
who love food are relishing the Balti dishes very much.
As the evening starts people are getting into the lake
side restaurant to relish the delectable Balti dishes.
"I love eating ethnic traditional dishes of
Indian subcontinent. I heard about Balti dishes before
but I never tried it. But after eating them I became
an instant fan of Balti dishes", says a food
connoisseur Raj Chaudhary. "The Balti dishes
are excellent. The unique aroma of Balti cuisine is
fabulous", says Mrs Nalini Singh who relished
the Balti cuisine with her family at Kebab-e-Bahar.
The Balti Food Festival will end on August 12.