While I polished off the last spoon of Qimmami Sewainya (Vermicelli Dessert), my partner in crime, Attulah Shaikh commented,” The beginning was great, so was the end and in between the two, it was a delightful journey of taste”. This sentence sums up the experience we had at Gharana-E-Rampur, a food festival curated around this lost cuisine by Chef, Food Critic and Culinary Historian Osama Jalali at Doubletree By Hilton, Gurgaon.
I came across this dish called Nasi Lemak at every possible opportunity. You find it on the road side and you find it in a 5 Star hotel. You can eat it for Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Mid Meal or otherwise. You can have a basic version and you can have various condiments to go along with it. It is a poor man’s food and it is rich man’s food too.
He invited me to Dakshin, a South Indian restaurant in the hotel, where he has curated a “Chef’s Special” menu of Telangana cuisine as part of an ongoing festival. I had to and ,now I feel, I would have regretted if I missed that evening. It was a South Indian rare treat which is a story of symphony of flavours.