Craving for some paranthas, aloo chaat, mutton korma, jalebis and daulat ki chaat from Old Delhi but too tired walk the narrow lanes after a hard day’s work? Well, it’s time to go on a culinary tour of Dilli 6 spanning through time, dynasties and generations in your very own south Delhi.
Edesia at Crowne Plaza Today in Okhla is hosting the ninth edition of Dilli 6 food festival and is offering delicacies from the reigns of Tomars, Mughals, and Britishers to Punjabi, Baniya and Kayastha cuisine.
Treat your taste buds to some mouthwatering, well curated, well travelled menu from the bylanes of Dilli 6 in the form of Subz-E-Zar, Mahi Subz Posh, BiBi Maryam ki Roti, Naan-E-Pista, Sarai ki Gosht Biryani, Jahangiri Quorma, Mian Ki Halim, Prithvi Murgh ka Salan, Gosht Lagan Mela,Sunehri Tinda Moti, Nimone Ki Dal, Matar Paneer Neze, Bharta Telai, Dil Bahar Do Piaza and many more.
“The old city shares an intimate relationship with food across the dynasties which have ruled the mainland such as Pandavas, Tomars, Mughals and Britishers. The food at Purani Dilli is sumptuously garnished with culinary secrets that have been passed down through generations. Also, Delhi being the food capital of the country has the influence of several cuisines such as Kayastha, Baniya and Punjabi. The food festival attempts to unravel the culinary legacy of Purani Dilli travelled through ages,” said Chef Swaminandan.
From a red letter box for you to write letters to your loved ones to silver fairy lights sprawling the ceiling, Red Fort as entrance gate, single screen theatre ticket counter, old style scooter for photos, chaat thelas, metro stations and several real elements from a real Pandit ji with a parrot to a Paanwala and Bootwala, the venue has it all.
But the star of the show is Mega Crowne Parantha Eating Challenge in which you need to finish a mega parantha in just 10 minutes to win a free night stay at the hotel. The parantha is just too tasty to skip the challenge. The iconic Paranthe wali Gali has been recreated for guests to experience the deep fried, golden paranthas stuffed with delicious fillings – mirchi, nimbu, gobhi, methi, matar, papad, mix veg, mooli, mewa, aloo and paneer.
Indulge into the tangiest and spiciest street food flavours at the festival by trying the pakodas, matar kulcha, aloo tikki, golgappa, dahi bhalle, aloo puri, chole bhature, samosa, fish fry and fried chicken.
After you have had your fill and still have some space left for desserts, don’t forget to try Gali Dariba ki Jalebi with rabri and Daulat ki Chaat. And if you have a sweet tooth, twere are various other options for you – Feroze ka Habshi Halwa, Shafiq Kheer wale, Chaina Ram ka Karachi Halwa, Kuremal Ki Matka Kulfi, More Lala Ka Kada Doodh, Fatehpuri Lachcha, gulab jamun, moong dal halwa, gajar halwa and papaya halwa. Even though it sounds weird, you must try the papaya halwa. It is delicious.
What: Dilli 6 Food Festival
When: February 16, 2019, to March 3, 2019
Where: Edesia at Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla
Cost per person: Rs 2,199 (plus taxes)
Timings: 7pm to 11pm (only dinners)
(Story by Shailander Singh Thakur)