That’s how pretty much I felt when I was invited to the Telangana Food Week Festival at The Westin Hyderabad recently.
What: Telangana Food Week
Where: The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace
When: Ongoing till 11th June
For a North Indian who recently shifted base to Hyderabad, south Indian food suddenly has an altogether new connotation. Move over Idli, Dosa and Sambhar, what I have discovered is a whole new treasure which I am going to savor till the time I call this city my home and even later (I will learn to cook some dishes by then, for sure)
Telangana Food Festival is being celebrated till June 11th to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the Telangana state formation which is now the youngest state in India.
With dishes that sounded Greek to me but tasted heavenly, you have a wide variety of mutton, chicken and vegetarian dishes to choose from. There is a range of starters like Kodi fry (country style fried chicken), Chepa Fry (spicy tawa fried fish with home made masalas) and Mirchi Bhajji (green chilly fritters) which are quite similar to Mirchi vadas you find in Jaipur. For the main course, there is Mentem Koora Mamsam (mutton) and Oori Koodi Koora (chicken), you can forget the pronunciation for now and just get your taste buds to tickle as Sous Chef Yaddaih who has his roots in Nalgonda district in Telangana, will help you with the correct pairing and pronunciation of food. I was delighted by the huge spread of lentils, curries and vegetables and my ultimate comfort food from Telangana cuisine remains Mudda Pappu which is arhar dal pressure cooked which is eaten with plain rice and a generous amount of ghee and it tastes awesome. You can add a pinch of mango pickle (avakai) to make it taste even more heavenly.
To make things sweeter is the huge spread of Telangana sweets like Khubaani Ka Meetha, Bakshalu (something like Pooran Poli which is a famous sweet fromMaharashtraa), Rawa Laddos, Parvannam and more.
Price: Buffet at Seasonal Tastes (Lunch priced at INR 1487 AI and Dinner priced at INR 1730 AI) and
Set Thalis at Kangan (Lunch and Dinner) priced at INR 1999+ taxes for vegetarian
INR 2299+ tax for Non-vegetarian thalis