Craving for food that not only satisfies your taste buds but also your soul? Do not fret as you’re in luck! The Westin Mumbai Garden City is hosting a food fest, inspired by the temple towns of India, at their speciality restaurant ‘Kangan’. Coinciding with the auspicious Hindu month of ‘Shravan’- the fest is on until 30th September. A far cry from the usual food festivals, the cuisine is based on the traditional Vedic principles of healthy eating and takes inspiration from Sattvik food.
Invited for an exclusive preview, we were smitten by the delicious food and the pious ambiance. While the mogra and fragrant jasmine brightened up Kangan, the melodious music of the sitar lent an air of divinity to the environment. Served with silverware, we felt like royalty being pampered to the hilt!
The meal began with a starter each from the temple towns of Mathura, Benaras, Shirdi, and Amritsar respectively. Each dish represented the cuisine of that particular temple region and had a distinct flavour. The Kachori chaat, inspired by Benaras’ lip smacking chaats, was our inaugural dish and set the tone for the rest of the meal. Mathura’s bhunney khulley- grilled potato barrels filled with minced potato and paneer mixture seasoned with fresh pomegranate came next. ‘Sabudana wadey’ – traditional fasting food from Shirdi was perfectly spiced with ginger, peanuts and green chillies. Representing the Golden temple region was the ‘kumbh palak te paneer de seekh’ that was a kebab made with spinach, almond and cottage cheese and seasoned with black cardamom and dried ginger.
Over a drink of orange juice and mint leaves, we had a light conversation with Executive Chef Rahul Dhavale and Director of F&B Santosh Jori on the thought behind the festival. Chef also revealed how temples have had a strong influence on culture, society and of course, food.
Govind Gattey Sabzi
Benaras’ famed aloo dum and navratan kofta, Amritsars’ kadhai paneer, Mathura’s palak dal, govind gattey ki sabzi from Salasar, bhareli vangi from Shirdi were a part of the main course. Baffled with the choice in front of us, we sampled the dishes but were not surprised that each one came out on tops. Amritsar kulchas and masala rotis served piping hot complimented the food superbly.
Ras madhuri –a sandesh embellished with pistachio and almond slivers was served along with boondi ladoo had us reminiscing of the ‘prasad’ distributed at temples.
Head to Kangan to celebrate the legacy of divine food!
Ras Madhuri and Ladoo
What : Food festival – ‘Holy Kitchens of Kangan’
Where : Kangan, Westin Mumbai Garden City
Date : 7th September to 30th September 2015
Cost for two : INR 3000++ taxes for A La Carte, INR 2250++ taxes for set meal per person
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