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Day 3 for kept solely for eating at one place! There was a food event planned in the city, and that is where we were headed. The event was called Shaadi Ka Khaana, and it was all about the food served at a muslim wedding. Organized by the Hyderabad House, the food event advertises itself as exclusively non vegetarian affair!
As if we needed any more motivation!
But before that, we had to make one pit stop.
We had to have their chai once more! We ended up having more than just chai though. We had their fabulous bite sized samosas and osmania biscuit. Just to get our appetite going, you see!
The Shaadi ka Khaana event is listed on BookMyShow. Rachit, our generous host had already made reservations for us.
The venue was a bit further away from the city in a function hall. When we reached, there weren’t many people around. We put that down to it being a Sunday afternoon and the venue.
We were to be served at the table. The menu (taken from the event listing) was:
- Green Salad
- Warqi Samosa
- Mutton Haleem
- Marag (Mutton)
- Sona Zaffrani Tikka
- Tali Hui Machhi
- Malai Murgh
- Kali Mirchi ka Murgh
- Zaffrani Biryani
- Bagaare Baigan
- Qubani ka Meetha
- Gil E Firdaus
- Breads and Accompaniments
For Rs 800 a pop, this was not a bad deal at all! The haleem was the best we had had so far. Fragrant, well balanced and smooth! It left us wanting for more !But we had to watch how much we ate, since there was a lot of other good stuff to follow!
After the haleem, we were served with Marag, and Dil naan. Marag is a thin mutton soup served as a starter in Muslim weddings. Dil naan, so called because of it’s heart shape! The cutest thing!
This was followed by an assortment of meat and chicken dishes. Some fabulous, some just about passable. One item that i had for the first time was luqmi – a pastry filled with minced and spiced mutton. Very light and something i think will make an excellent finger food at cocktail parties. Thankfully there were no naans or rotis, but just dil naans and roomali rotis only to mop up the gravy.
A special mention of the talli hui machhi (fried fish) must be made. I am not very fond of fish, but this completely blew my mind. Though it was fried, it was not reeking or dripping of oil. Only a master frier could have achieved this feat.
The biryani was a humdrum affair. Everyone keeps talking about Hyderabadi biryani. But in my opinion Hyderabadi biryani is a bit overrated. I feel it has a balnder flavour profile to what we are used to. Even the biryani we make at home, has a lot of spices and our favouritest part of the biryani – the boiled potato! The potato in the biryani embodies the essence of the dish. It is like the soul of the biryani.
The mutton biryani served looked promising. But lacked the masala punch that i so love. I had a few potatoes in it though.
I was a little disappointed with the desserts though – qubaani ka meetha (sweetened apricot served with fresh cream) and double ka meetha (Indian Bread pudding). I like my desserts just rightly sweet, and sometimes I prefer a little less sweetness as well. The double ka meetha here was overtly sweet and seemed to be drowned in a sugary syrup. I failed to evoke any lasting memories.
The double ka meetha, was a slightly better affair though. Someone had cared enough to make it well. It was a nice palate cleanser, had the right dry fruits and most importantly wasn’t diabetes inducing sweet.
Overall it was a nice lovely afternoon meal, one that would recommend you try next time it happens. May be take a few friends too.
But don’t forget to carry your own mouth freshner. They serve none.