Saturday, April 18, 2015

Baisakhi Meal with Spice Terrace | New Year Celebrations continues

Baisakhi this year was celebrated on April 14,2015, Tuesday. It is an important harvest festival in Punjab in North West India and is celebrated as Punjabi New Year and also marks the establishment of the Sikh Khalsa or the Order. 

On such an auspicious day what better than to enjoy an authentic Punjabi meal and learn more about the Punjabi Cuisine from none other than chef Surjan Singh Jolly at SpiceTerrace restaurant,JWMarriott Bengaluru.

Spice Terrace, an Indian speciality alfresco restaurant in JWMarriott, Bengaluru  is celebrating Baisakhi all this week or to be exact from April 10th -April 19th, 2015. The menu all designed based on the travels and decade long experience of  Chef Jolly  helps showcase the authentic Punjabi cuisine.

Having heard and tasted the popular Punjabi food items like regular bhartas, lassi and ofcourse the 'Paneer' when served with rooh afza shikanji was an eye opener. It was time to relearn stuff and get acquainted with the authentic cuisine made modern. Instead of the regular greasy and calorie laden Punjabi food  which is available elsewhere like tandoori chicken and  oily dishes, we were served flavourful items like Rajma Anjeer tikki, Kathal(jackfruit) and dried amla achar along with flavourful pulao and Amritsari Kulcha.

One spoonful of pulao feels very very light and yet having full flavour of desi ghee will put you in doubt on how the Punjabi food which is popular for ghee and fats can be this light? The doubts were obviously clarified by Chef Jolly who insisted that desi ghee having low smoking point is always added at the end of cooking as a garnish and not used a cooking medium per se. 

The chef shared his experiences during travels to Punjab, his search for authentic yet rarely seen now foods and how he always makes sure the olden times food is given to the modern day calorie conscious customer without losing the flavour, taste and authenticity.

It was a great experience and an auspicious start to the New Year. Especially when we saw the soft hot big khoya stuffed Jamuns or the jalebi with rabdi or other mouthwatering recipes. Let me leave you with visually tantalising images so that you can ring in Baisakhi once more with Spice Terrace, JWMarriott.

Baisakhi calls for gourmet indulgence. Continue celebrating Baisakhi with Spice Terrace @ JWMarriott till April 19th,2015.

In a nutshell

Ambience: Backdrop of Traditional Street in Amritsar, with live entertainment 
Type : Buffet
Cost: Rs.1599/- + taxes
Time : 7pm -11pm
Date: Till April 19th, Sunday

* Rains might play havoc, but the restaurant has a plan B.
 *Service might be slow, as some of the food is served hot and fresh in live counters (which is actually good        as you can be assured its not from a freezer)

Go and grab it Punjabi style so that you can be happy and lucky entire year round.


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