Every year IIHM comes up with a theme and this time it was their 5th Edition of International Food Festival, which was themed as a melange of Seven Countries of World.
The food festival,was named “Untold Stories Of Culinary Invaders” was a one day event with sheer entertainment and excitement with a blend of heart warming hospitality.
#FriendsOfTheBteam were invited to grace the event.
Untold Stories Of Culinary Invaders In India.
1. Portuguese / Goan
The intermingling of Arabian,Portuguese and native cultures is reflected in the cuisine of Goa,which is an unique blend of richness and simplicity – the constantly recurring notes being struck by the fish and coconut. Goa is also unique in the sense that this mixture of East and West co-exists in a friendly and peaceful lifestyle. The best of both worlds has been absorbed and knit into a culture very distinct,different from that of any other part of India. This is well reflected in its culture. The requisites for authentic Goan cooking are certain ingredients peculiar to it.
1.Caldo Verde (Soup) – This soup is made from potatoes (boiled),onions,cloves,garlic,vegetables,spinach,salt and pepper. Mild yet flavorful.
2.Chicken Cafreal -Chicken,green chillies,ginger,cloves,garlic,coriander seeds,cumin seeds,garam masala,lemon juice,onion,tomatoes and potatoes. Nice and moist chicken breast cooked to perfection.
Awadhi cuisine is an indigenous part of the city of Nawabs,Lucknow. The dishes and cooking style of this city is inspired and influenced by the Mughals. All the dishes are prepared with exotic spices,herbs and garnished with dry fruits. The need for such a cuisine arose as the Emperors,the Nawab’s of Awadh ,being inhabitants of Persia,were used to a certain type of diet which comprised of grains,dry fruits,fruits and vegetables available in that part of the country apart from various forms of meat.This style of cooking was further polished by the Nawabs by adding exotic flavors of saffron and other Indian spices.
1.Kacche Kele ki Tikki with Peanut Chutney – Crunchy tikki with went really well with the peanut chutney.
3.Shammi Kebab with Mint Chutney
5. Dal Sultani
Greek cooking offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods and beverages that are the culmination of literally thousands of years of living,cooking and eating. While each Greek meal is fresh and inviting,it is also a trip back through Greece’s history. It is known for having a “fusion” cuisine which is easily traced back to 350 B.C
1.Healthy Salad – I had the Greek salad. It was totally bland. Had absolutely no taste. (That’s the reason didn’t click a picture of it)
Mughlai cuisine is one of the popular cuisines,whose origin can be traced back to the times of Mughal Empire. Mughlai cuisine consists of the dishes that were prepared in the kitchens of the royal Mughal Emperors. Indian cuisine is predominantly influenced by the cooking style practiced during the Mughal era. Mughal food is quite spicy and has a unique aroma. On eating Mughlai food one can get a feel of the ground spices. The spices used in the preparation of Mughlai food are easily accessible.
1.Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani – The biryani was a disappointment as it was stale.
Extreme continental climate has affected the traditional diet,so the Mongolian cuisine primarily consists of dairy products,meat and animal fats. Use of vegetables and spices are limited. The Mongolian diet includes a large proportion of animal fat which is necessary for the Mongols to withstand the cold winters
1.Mongolian Grill served with steamed noodles – A delight. A pure delight! Lots of veggies with noodles. The veggies added crunch to the whole dish. #Yummilicious
The traditional food of England has long been recognized for its simplicity of ingredients and flavors. However,England has a complex history and has featured as a major global player. This has meant that people from all over the world have settled in this country,bringing with them flavors and techniques. Overtime,these foreign influences have permeated the English cuisine,creating a multifaceted food culture than ever before. Traditionally,English food uses lamb,beef,pork,chicken and fish as its feature item. All of these products are sourced within the country,they are of the best quality.
1.Fish and Chips – The fish was missing so just had the chips which were undercooked. The service was tad too slow.
Persian cuisine is quite distinct from other Middle Eastern styles of cooking in the way it emphasizes presentation,color and fragrance. It combines herbs and spices with the main ingredients to create intriguing layers of flavors and aroma,none of which overwhelm the others. It is also healthy because it is based largely on using fresh ingredients at their seasonal peak.
1.Dhansak – The dhansak was just average.
Baked goods have been around for thousands of years. The art of baking was developed early during the Roman Empire. It was highly famous art as Roman citizens loved baked good and this love for baked goods hasn’t changed till date.
This counter was one of my favorite counters.
1.Croquembouche – A French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. Loved it! 💗
2.Baklava – A puff pastry with layers of dry fruits and dusted with icing sugar.
3.Manchester Pie / Tart – Bite size cookies brushed with white chocolate and whipped cream sandwiched between a chocolate bar… Simply drives you crazy.
4. Sheerkorma – The Sheerkorma was not upto the mark. It lacked sweetness and also it wasn’t dense.
5.Pan Shots Flavoured with Chocolate – Absolutely flavorful. A perfect ending to a meal
6.Assorted Pastries – Just the regular pastries.
There were also a few live performances by the students,lucky draw,dance,singing etc.
Over all it was a fun event and the students had really put in alot of effort.
Thanks to Mr.Yogesh Mane for inviting us and hosting us.