Earlier this year in March, when we got a preview of what Dine With Royalty would be like (read it here, we were thrilled. The cuisine of the Maharajas has been introduced to people via various food festivals and pop-ups across the city, but never before the cuisines of 26 royal families have been presented under one roof. The massive task, spread over 4 days, was planned and executed by Eat With India, a platform playing cupid for regional cuisines, home chefs and the people who love the authentic taste in their food.
Starting the evening with an insightful discussion about the history of cuisines in India, the panel led by Mr. Rocky Mohan kept the audience glued. A performance by Nizami Bandhu kept audiences so entertained that the repeated calls for commencement of the dinner went unnoticed! The Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi happened to be the venue, and the perfect one at that.
Over an exquisite and royal setup, reflecting the theme of the event, the dining areas for each royal house were setup under luxury tents. A huge dining table – donning flowers and candles and luxury cutlery were catalyst to the feeling of Dining With Royals. With about 26 royal families showcasing their cuisine, it was a hard choice to select the cuisine, but after some research on the cuisine, we settled for Bhainsrorgarh!
The experience with the food at Dine With Royalty was a different experience altogether. Everything on the table reverberated royalty. Our multi course meal was a carefully selected menu by the royal family of Bhainsrorgarh. The dinner hosted by Hemendra Singh Ji and his wife Vrinda Kumari Ji, brought delicacies from the royal kitchen to our plates and by all means, it was what we were looking for in a setup like this. Above all, it was not just the food of the royals, the members of the royal families played host and shared insightful details on the cuisine.
The starter plate of Bakre Ki Champ, Sawal Macchi Ke Sule, Bakre Ki Raan Himmat Shahi, served with a spicy chutney was a meal in itself. While every dish on the plate had a distinctive taste, Sawal Macchi Ke Sule and Bakre Ki Raan Himmat Shahi really stood out. Probably the best raan we have had till date.
The main course plate had Hari Mirch Ka Maas (just meat and green chillies, beat that!), Desi Jholdar Maas (staple meat curry), Siri – Paye (delicacy of goat head and trotters), Nawab Narendra Baqsh (chicken cooked in milk, saffron and cardamom), Shikari Chicken from the non-vegetarian section and Kathal Safed Bina Masale Ka, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Bandh Aloo, Bharwa Bhindi, Gawar Fali, Dal Bidwal from the vegetarian section. Accompanied by Gulabi Pulao, Masoor Kaliya & Sabzi Biryani, Bafla (boiled wheat dough balls), Thotadi (wheat flour pastry), Batiya (thick bread finished with ghee) & Roomali Roti. With 3 mutton and 2 chicken dishes on the plate, each remarkably different, it happened to be a meal we will remember for life. Hari Mirch Ka Maas and Siri – Paye were the stand out dishes for us – for the simplicity of flavors.
We don’t know right now if the event will be happening again, but we so wish it does. What else do you need when the royal kitchen come to you, serving you the most authentic food of the cuisine you can ever get. We are going to keep looking out for the next event being announced at Dine With Royalty. If and when it happens, you will read it here. Keep reading!