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Celebrating mangoes at Rajdhani

Mango season is here, and Khandani Rajdhani is celebrating mangoes with more delicious surprises than last year
Here's a picture tour of the current Aamlicious Mango festival...




The traditional welcome...


Flowers, lamp, sandalwood paste and rice grains are part of the traditional welcome gear...


Khandani Rajdhani restaurant specializes in Thali meals comprising of cuisines from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Thali is a round platter used to serve food. A variety of food is served in small bowls called katori.  A thali offers all six basic flavors of salt, sweet, sour, astringent, spicy and bitter in a single plate. According to Indian food serving customs, a proper meal is a perfect balance of these six flavors...



The starter snacks included Kairi Chili Samosa, Kairi Potli Kachori and Aam Bhare Papad roll...


Potli means a cloth bag and Kairi Potli Kachori looks like one. It is a deep fried snack with a filling made of lentils and spices...



The food from Gujarat have always made me happy. The  Maharaja Dhokla is one excellent dish from the region...


My thali is filled with an assortment of sauces and curries of various flavors. Since Rajdhani is celebrating Mangoes, most of the dishes have mango as a main ingredient...



They serve an assortment of breads with this. Phulka roti, Khoba roti and the sweet puran poli. 


My favorite was the Khoba roti, a thick whole wheat, pinched bread... 


The star of the day was Aam ki launji, a raw mango pickle tempered with fennel and nigella seeds. The tangy and sweet taste is just awesome...


Aam panna is the best drink for the summer. The tasty drink made from raw mango has great heat resistant properties...


Mango dal dhokli - Lentils tempered and served with savory dumplings with Mangoes, a typical Gujarati delicacy...


Mango and carrot salad...



The smart and attentive wait staff serves the food in small helpings and keep replenishing to ensure that the food is eaten hot...




I am constantly in awe of the diverse indigenous food from different parts of India. This time round, Rajdhani did well to include some dishes from South India. The Malabari Manga Curry made from ripe mango...  




Mango pickle...



Mango Pulao...



I had copious amount of Aam Panna...



Kairi Samosa Ki Sabzi was another outstanding dish...



Aam ras mango nectar...




Sadly there was no space for dessert in anyone's stomach. But I could definitely squeeze in the Mango Jalebi with rabadi. Possibly one of the best desserts...


Overall it was a very satisfying meal. Here's a picture of the complete thali...




 Leaving you with a couple of beautiful smiles...






Baking Masterclass at Courtyard by Marriott

What is more pleasurable? The joy of seeing someone biting into a slice of cake or the joy in making it?
The Baker's Basic masterclass  at Momo Café gave me an opportunity to experience both.  Here's a photo tour of the fun morning at Courtyard by Marriott, Bangalore. I have also included the recipes from the masterclass... 


Baker's Basic is an initiative by Courtyard by Marriott to impart baking skills to the guests...



The masterclass was conducted by Pastry Chef Rahul Kumar...


Chef Rahul talked about one of my favorite baking ingredients, chocolate. The percentage of cocoa determines how strong chocolate is.


At 44% cocoa, this one was more to my liking...


A welcome sweet made with a combination of dark and white chocolate... 


Some essential reading on the subject...


The welcome drink, Ferrero Rocher shake was delicious...


I did love connecting with fellow bloggers. Attired like a chef, we were all excited to hit the kitchen..


Some handy tools...


After some more selfie fun, we headed to the kitchen for some actual baking...


The kitchen was state of the art...


As soon as we entered, a pretty lady chef welcomed us with the most amazing red velvet...



Our first bake was Focaccia bread, an Italian bread with olive oil and herbs...

Focaccia bread turned out really good...


Here's the recipe...


Next we made New York Cheese Cake...

After plating...



Here's the recipe...

Finally the Tiramisu...

Here's the recipe...

The Croissants from the bakery were meltingly soft in my mouth...

After the baking experience, we were served one lavish lunch. Here are some of the stuff I liked...

Prawn salad...


Grilled pepper salad...



Five spice fish...


Green pea chaat...


Tenderloin with beans and tomato salad...


Watermelon with feta salad...


Tawa Machhi...


A variety of mezze dips...


Pumpkin and Peanut Quiche...



Cabbage stuffed with risotto roll...



Chicken Lasagne...


Honey garlic roasted chicken...


Tandoori Aloo...



Ice tea - Berry blast, Ginger, Hibiscus, Kiwi and Cinnamon...


  Pineapple Frangipane...



Strawberry Pastry...


Overall it was great fun. I learned a few new tips. The next Baker's Basic session is on 30th April. Leaving you with the beautiful smile of one of the participants... 


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