Food fest at In­dia Gate lawns from to­mor­row

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: If win­ter is com­ing, can food fes­ti­vals be far be­hind? The Aa­jee­vika In­dia Food Court, set up un­der the aegis of the Union min­istry of ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Ru­ral Liveli­hood Mis­sion (NRLM) will of­fer mouth-wa­ter­ing cuisines from 19 states at the In­dia Gate Lawns from Oc­to­ber 10-23.

There is plenty on of­fer for those with ad­ven­tur­ous taste­buds. To be­gin with, there’s the spicy and flavour­some chicken vana­sun­dari from At­ta­padi, Kerala. Ma­soppu, a Mysorean dish made from leafy green veg­eta­bles, lentil, tamarind, co­conut and onion is an­other in­ter­est­ing item on the menu.

Bhutta ka kees, grated corn sim­mered in milk, will of­fer a taste of Mad­hya Pradesh to the vis­i­tor. Ragi mo­mos from Jhark­hand, Sel roti from Sikkim, sweet round shaped soft pret­zel made from fer­mented rice bat­ter, and Boorelu from Andhra Pradesh, which is made of chana dal, car­damom, urad dal and rice, will also be avail­able.

The less ex­per­i­men­tal need not worry. There’s chicken galauti from Luc­know, dum biryani from Hy­der­abad, litti chokha from Bi­har and makkediro­tiand­sar­son­dasaa g from Pun­jabi. The tim­ing is 11am to 10pm.

The fair is called Saras (Sale of Ar­ti­cles of Ru­ral Ar­ti­san So­ci­ety) Mela. More than 400 en­trepreneur­s will par­tic­i­pate in the event to be in­au­gu­rated by Union min­is­ter of ru­ral de­vel­op­ment Naren­dra Singh To­mar. The con­cept of In­dia Food court has been pi­o­neered by Kudum­bashree, the state poverty erad­i­ca­tion Mis­sion of Kerala, with one of the big­gest com­mu­nity net­work of women in the coun­try.

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