Taj City Centre Gurugram, knows how to start a brand-new year on a delectable note. Culina 44, the multi-cuisine restaurant in the hotel, is hosting a Parsi food fiesta in association with celebrated Home Chef Benaifer Bagli and Executive Chef Abhijeet Thakre until January 27, 2020. We went for a tasting session and we can’t wait to go back! By Priyanka Chakrabarti
If you are a sucker for Parsi flavours, you need to head to Culina 44 at Taj City Centre Gurugram. The restaurant is hosting a 10-day Parsi food pop-up in collaboration with Bagli’s Kitchen. The spread brings forth a treasure trove of recipes curated by the legendary Mrs Dhun Bagli. Today, her legacy, carefully preserved to the last ingredient and technique, is being showcased by her daughter-in-law Benaifer Bagli.
Speaking about this exclusive food carnival, Executive Chef Abhijeet Thakre said, “Mumbai being my hometown, Parsi cuisine has always been very close to my heart and brings back fond memories of home–cooked meals. The idea behind offering the comforting Parsi food is for guests to rekindle with one of India’s revered cuisines in the most authentic way. We are privileged to have Mrs Benaifer Bagli to unravel the aromas of her Parsi kitchen at Culina 44.”
We start with a refreshing Blue Lagoon mocktail while meticulously scanning the wide-spread Parsi menu. But thanks to Benaifer, she makes the process easy for us and decides to serve us some of her favourites from the menu.
First comes the Chutney Pattice – simple homemade boiled potato balls stuffed with chutney and lightly fried. The mélange of uncomplicated flavours instantly set the tone for the rest of the meal. We are excited. Up next is Bheja Na Cutlet – Parsi style brain cutlet. Again, this simple yet aromatic brain croquette melts in our mouths, and we enjoy the sudden outburst of hassle-free homemade flavours. Now, we try the famous Tameta Per Eeda – served in a rustic steel vessel, this dish is basically eggs baked on well-cooked tangy tomatoes. We eat this delicacy with soft, fluffy rotis, and a certain sense of comfort wash over our palates.
For main course, we start with the legendary Salli Boti – lamb cooked in spiced tomato gravy, served with crispy fried potato straws. We enjoy this dish with flavoured rice. We also love the Jardalu Boti – apricot and lamb cooked in a spicy gravy. The meat is tender, and apricots have worked magic on the flavour. It’s spicy yet a subtle undercurrent of sweetness leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth.
We move to the Mutton Dhansak served with brown rice and mutton kebabs – total winner! However, the Patrani Macchi blow our minds. This dish comprises of steamed Pomfret wrapped in a banana leaf and coated with coconut masala. To say it is mouthwatering will be an understatement.
Lastly, for dessert the jiggly block of Lagaan Nu Custard leaves us spellbound.
“I am proud to carry forward the legacy and tradition of homemade celebratory Parsi cuisine. With an experience of over 20 years of catering, I have tried to evolve the menu with more diverse set of choices for guests to choose from. It is an honour for me to collaborate for the first time ever with Taj Gurugram and showcase some of the signature Parsi dishes in the heart of the Millennium City,“ says Benaifer before bidding us goodbye.
This is undoubtedly one of the best culinary celebrations to mark the rich food and culture of India that that guests can look forward to at Taj City Centre Gurugram.
Date: 17 – 27 January 2020
Venue: Culina 44, Taj City Centre Gurugram
Timings: Lunch: 1230 hrs to 1530 hrs | Dinner: 1930 hrs to 2330 hrs
Price: A la carte
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