Hyderabad – also known as the City of Nizams, has always been synonymous with its food. Being ruled by the Nizams for the longest known time, the food has an influence of traditional Deccan, Turkish and Arabic. Be it to the geographical location of a plateau, the region is well famous for its meat and hence the Hyderabadi cuisine mostly comprises of non-vegetarian delicacies. After the success of the first leg of the culinary series Dine Like a Maharaja – Mahmoodabad Food Festival, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi is now ready with the second offering – Hyderabadi Food Festival from November 13 2017 to November 26 2017.
As always, a lot of efforts and research has been put into the food and also in creating the perfect Hyderabadi ambience for the patrons to enjoy while dining. Our love for Hyderabad and its food goes back to a long time – give us a bowl of some delectable Haleem and we would be the most happiest. The Hyderabadi cuisine is unimaginable without its Kachhe Ghost Ki Biryani and Haleem and the key to every dish is slow cooking. The menu is a careful mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
An array of starters that are typical Hyderabadi are served from the live counters, and few of them are not to be missed. The menu changes everyday, and the variety of the spread is amazing. From the Live Counters we tried Varqi Lukhmi – minced mutton stuffed in pastry dough, cut into square sized bites and deep fried is scrumptious and so is the vegetarian option & Murtabak – stuffed with minced meat, along with a mix of eggs, garlic and onion, the paratha is another pan fried delicacy, among others. Shikampuri and Seekh Kebabs – meat lentil kebabs stuffed with yogurt, spices and nuts, the Shikampuris were exotic and one of the appetizers that are very famous in Hyderabad. Aloo Ke Garlay – a variant of the Batata-Vada but nevertheless a good option for the vegetarians.
Defining Hyderabadi cuisine, there’s also some soulful Paya, Nehari and Haleem (with condiments) available at the live counters which were perfectly made and we couldn’t help ourselves from taking a second serving.
The main course is a spread reflecting the spirit of the festival. With options like Nehari, Handi Ka Ghost, Kodi Tamater, Dum Ka Murgh, Machali Ka Salan, Royala Iguru among others, you would be spoilt for choice. The efforts by the team are commendable, as everything we tried, was bang on.
The dessert section has a host of known delicacies on rotation – Gil e Firdaus, Double Ka Meetha, Khubani Ka Meetha, Shahi Tukra, Sheer Khurma; as well as some unique items like Aloo Ki Kheer. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Khubani Ka Meetha and Khajoor Ka Halwa among others – they are the perfect end to a majestic meal.
The Hyderabadi Food Festival is on till November 26 and is one of the ways The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi is trying to make the cuisines of India available to people of Delhi. With the pricing of1591++ (adults) and 800++ (5 – 12 years), this is deal you can’t say no to.