The perfect 10: Here's how Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel is celebrating Indian cuisine
Ahead of August 15, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel has decided to celebrate the cuisines of the country in a 10-day long food festival, A Culinary Tour of India. This ongoing festival is the first attempt by this five-star hotel to bring 10 cuisines and 10 chefs from across the country and will offer around 150 dishes everyday. Executive chef Amit Dash recalls that it took three months to get the chefs from Amritsar, Mussoorie, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Lucknow together. “They were so keen to replicate the exact flavours of the dishes from their home state that they even packed spices in their suitcases before they flew here,” he shares. For instance, Chef Deepak Singh Rana from JW Marriott, Mussoorie brought Gahat Ki Daal (a pulses variety found in the mountains) and Chef Mohammad Asif Qureshi carried sweet ittar all the way from Lucknow, to ensure his biryani and Korma bring out the flavours of the Awadhi specialities.
Before we joined in for the buffet, we walked from counter to counter trying to check what the chefs have in store for us. We were quite taken in by the cuisine from Garhwal, as it is not as popular. We tried the Red Rice with a generous helping of spicy chicken curry, Kukade Ki Shikar. This delicacy is a staple at Garhwali homes. As we relished this entrée, we spotted Dal Baati Churma in the Rajasthani counter, which balanced the spicy Garhwali chicken curry. The delicate sweetness of the churma paired with the ghee-laden and flavourful dal was a hit with us! Steering clear of the usual Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda, we checked out their desserts basket.
The raw papaya and carrot murabba were subtly sweet without being over the top. It was a pleasant surprise indeed as carrot had never tasted so good! At the Awadhi counter, helmed by Chef Mohammad Asif Qureshi, we tasted the Gobi Musallam — roasted cauliflower in thick cashew gravy. It went perfectly with the buttery Tawa Paratha that the chef served hot. Our culinary tour finally came to an end at the Goan Counter, where we savoured the Konkani drink — Sol Kadi. The mildly spicy kokum and coconut milk drink was certainly the highlight of the evening, apart from the Garhwali cuisine of course!
Available as buffet, till August 15.
Priced at Rs 1,400 ++.