Chokhi Dhani – padharo mhare desh | Jaipur

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life enter into a village created at Chokhi Dhani Village. It has been the mirror of Rajasthani culture since 1989. Started as a restaurant, over the years it has evolved into a theme park showcasing the authentic village life of one of the most colorful states in the country.

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At the entrance Ladies dressed in Rajasthani costumes with arti, tikka, and garlands welcome the guests. Folk dance by local artists welcomes you further for this royal night. It is one of the best ways in which you can experience a Rajasthani village, food & buskers in one place. The entire food is costed at Rs. 800 (Non-AC) and Rs. 950 (AC) respectively.

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After having bought our tickets, we made our way to the piao (aka water well) where we were served refreshing jaljeera drink and cold water to quench thirst. The decor and facilities are quite basic. Cots are placed at multiple location, for everyone to relax as they explore the entire village. Every one is dressed with ethnic cloths, turban and beautiful lehenga-choli.

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The girls had fun at the henna (mehendi) counter. Its free, so you can enjoy the lavish treatment.

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The epic battle of Haldighati and its glorious history is recreated at Chokhi Dhani cultural village.

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In 1576, the Haldighati battle was fought between 20,000 Rajputs against a Mughal army of 80,000 men where Rana Pratap showcased exemplary valor. The Haldighati mountain pass is built beautifully with every detail preserved.

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The bazaar built inside gives you –  banglesmaker, potter, blacksmith, sword maker, puppeteer, painter displaying and selling their products. The snake charmer, astrologer & palmist are also there to draw attention.

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The food hall is renowned for the mouth watering and typical Rajasthani food, served to you on a leaf platter. You have to wait for your turn to be given this royal treatment and its worth the wait. The food is heavy with ghee & butter used in profusion but the taste is awesome so be prepared to over indulge. Ker sangri, kadhi, khichadi, bhakri, papad are some of the specialties. 

The cooking style followed in Rajasthan is based on the natural climatic conditions of this desert land.  it is preferred to use milk, butter milk and butter in larger quantities to minimize the amount of water while cooking food.  Gram flour is a major ingredient and is used to make delicacies like ‘ghatta ki sabzi’ and ‘pakodi’. Bajra and corn, the staple grains, are used to make rotis and ‘kheechdi’; and various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic. Out of all the Rajasthani dishes, dal bati churma is perhaps the best known.

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They serve white butter in small terracotta plates for eating with the bhakri (thick bread made from millet flour) and buttermilk in terracotta glasses.  Elaborate dinner menu including specialty Indian and mughlai preparations served by traditionally attired staff. Self service concept is considered rude and thus it does not form part of the etiquettes of Rajasthanis._MG_3159

You can also entertain yourself, with several leisure activity – Camel Ride, Elephant Ride, Play Balloons Games.

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Kalbeli are traditional snake charmers. They are the folk dancers who sway to the lilt of the SnakeCharmer (been) and beat of the drum. Their graceful and sinuous dance movements captivate all visitors

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Magic Show is one of the most looked out event.

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The colorful Puppet Show transports you into the world of valiant Kings, beautiful princesses and all powerful magicians. The puppeteer makes episodes and scenes from their lives come alive to give you a glimpse of their lifestyle.

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A must visit, weekend getaway experience to Chokhi Dhani Village promises you rajasthani ambience for a day. A festive celebration every time in a different manner with a aura of real rajasthani culture in term of fun, entertainment, games, thrill, shopping, rajasthani diet. Visit for more to look… to feel… to breathe… to taste… to experience….!!

NASVi Street Food Festival – 2014 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

“I am a lover of street food. ”

In recent years, foodies have retaken the streets celebrating all that great pop-up eating experience on the go. And today as I head to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where a total of 175 stalls were meant to spoil me for each of my choice at the Street Food Festival, organized by NASVi, I just couldn’t resist the temptation and it made my mouth water.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - NASVi Street Food Festival
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – NASVi Street Food Festival

Imagine gorging on cuisines from 25 Indian states at one venue. That’s tempting !! This street food festival of 4 days is food haven in the centre of City that starts each day at 12pm uptil 10pm and last till 28th December, 2014. The festival has a ticket of Rs.50 per person.

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A mere ticket of Rs.50/- as entry per person.

The festival has dishes prepared specially by chefs coming all the way from Amritsar, Lucknow and other cities. We tasted Litti Chokha from the state of Bihar first. They had three different varieties – Simple Litti Chokha, Chicken Litti Chokha and Palak Litti Choka. This was a great savory experience.

We then moved on to a platter of Kebabs and Roomali Roti (Indian Bread) and must I say, if you are that Non-Veg lover, this is a must have. They were as soft as butter and delicious. The spices were perfectly balanced. No wonder this was the most crowded of all.

No street food taste is complete unless you have had the authentic Gol Gappe along with other specialities of Dilli (Delhi). You could see multiple people in support enjoying local and regional speciality food crafters.

At the fest, you can savor the flavors from Bihar, Lucknow, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh with a diverse array of foods and beverages provided by quality food crafters. Attendees can expect to find a wide selection of flavors to please anyone’s pallet. We just loved how well the stalls were lined. There was everything for everybody.

The festival provides a chance to gorge on popular dishes like chole kulche to a little-known staple of Himachal Pradesh – sepu badi – made of lentils and mandi ki kachori. The festival also, acquaints visitors with dishes like mutton biryani from Karnataka’s Dharwad district and Mysore’s kalini kebab, deep-fried chicken pieces that evoke the flavour of kasturi methi. Stalls from Kerala offer a potpourri of rice dishes like the palappam chicken stew made of rice, chicken and coconut milk; Malabar biryani; Kerala biryani; dum biryani; ghee biryani and Kerala Khichdi.

Dehati murg bhaat, a tribal delicacy of Jharkhand and Bihar’s litti – made of sattu – served with mutton curry are some of the other dishes to look out for.Apart from these, there are stalls of popular street dishes like Punjab’s sarso ka saag and makke ki roti, West Bengal’s fish fry, Mumbai’s famous pav bhaaji, Hyderabadi biryani from Telangana, Rajasthan’s kachori, Delhi’s aloo tikki and chaat.

A dessert is a must have after every Indian food diet. The festival had Jalebi, Laung Lata, Chandramukhi, Mewa Kachori, Candy Floss, Roller Ice-Cream and many sweet delights for that special corner of your stomach. The food was indeed a treat to both your eyes and to your tummy. The most extraordinary dish, that I couldn’t resist was Lehsun ki Kheer. I was full with all the eatery that I could not taste anything more. Should you have a chance to taste it, you must and share your taste-full experience. Ohh, you must have Pan, for that extra fireworks in your mouth to celebrate your tangling tastebuds like never before.

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The festival celebrates the variety of food available in and the different cuisines from every corner of our country.  The chicken 65 from Dharwar in Karnataka served at the stall of street food and Makke ki Roti with Sarson ka Saag and chipped Paneer at Patiala based food vendor were among those items which became hit at the festival.

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As a child, eating street food was something you indulged in without adult supervision. I indulged in the delights and I can never skip classic street food ever. This food festival is a call to all foodies! You are also invited to view, taste, and buy from speciality food exhibitors at this Street Food Festival. Celebrate your taste buds.

Food For Your Eyes Only

There’s an old culinary proverb which I’m sure you’ve heard before, “you eat first with your eyes.” This means that before you even taste a dish, your opinion of it is shaped by how it looks.

Eating is a sensuous experience and one thing we all have in common and that makes people connect easily is Food. For that true sensory delights, food not just just have to taste or smell good but the visual arrangement should make the food more enjoyable to eat. The appeal enhance the aesthetic value altogether.

Nonetheless, everyone (including me) prefer the flavor of the artistic dish over the same ingredients jumbled together or placed neatly but creatively on a plate.

Every time I am sitting at the table of one of these fine dining establishments, and the plate is placed in front of me by the server, then rotated to face me properly – I realize, how important it was for the chef that I take the first view the dish before I eat it in a specific way.

I love to cook but yeah, no artistic ability over here whatsoever. And when it comes to styling food in the most artistic manner – believe me, it is quite a time-consuming activity compared to cooking.

My First Attempt at Baking | Oat Walnut-Raisins Cake | Borosil
My First Attempt at Baking | Oat Walnut-Raisins Cake | Borosil

With Borosil aka my true savior, I never have to care for appearance. The food is given an entertaining look and that is all that matter. Borosil help me have pride in what I’ve made. I do not have to take the trouble to try to make the food attractive or to entice the people I am making it for.

Food served in borosil gets all the slow-motion effect where the minute that plate is in front of you, suddenly the other dinner guests disappear into the blurred background. Borosil (http://www.myborosil.com/) gives you the sense of the dish in front of you. The beauty of its composition, the slow wafting aromas, and the delicate flavors. (May be your mouth is already salivating).

And in the end what matter is, the arched eyebrow, the awe-d expression and that lustful desire to just tear into that dish – with dignity of course – gives you a ear-to-ear grin splayed across your face.

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