Rajasthani Food Festival at Jamavar, The Leela Mumbai

Rajasthani cuisine is one of those cuisines of India which have not gained much popularity up till now. However, for those who have tasted it, they keep going back for yet another bite!

The Rajasthani cuisine offers a fabulous range of mouth-watering recipes with a huge variety. Although the food is usually a little heavy on spices.

Members of kpl
Team Kpl

One morning while going through chats in one of the food groups, the group admin mentioned about the dinner invite for Jamavar, The Leela. First question was is it for lunch or dinner because I had tasks lined up already. As soon as she mentioned that there’s invite only for 7 people(first come first basis),so without giving any 2nd thought I replied by saying I am in the reason being I love Rajasthani food and did not want to miss this one. Thanks to Shilpa Chawla & Sunila Duggal for inviting me to such a beautiful place with amazing food, amazing people & making my evening more memorable.

Kpl Team
Kpl Team
Ambiance - Entrance
Ambiance – Entrance

Ambiance

A restaurant with  modernised traditional Indian setup. Classical artifacts, floating candles, rose petals & dim lights created a perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Beautifully lit Chandelier created a feeling as we were having some Royal dinner,like kings do. Amazingly set dinner tables with proper cover setups.

Ambiance
Ambiance

 

Ambiance - Artifacts
Ambiance – Artifacts

Food

We kick started with Aam Panha. Sweet and tangy drink made up of mango puree. A perfect balance of flavors & very refreshing. Which tickled my taste buds before the Rajasthani Feast.

Welcome Drink
Welcome Drink

They served us some traditional and classical Rajasthani food. We had special set menu curated by Head Chef. Here’s the list:-

Appetizers

We all opted for non vegetarian option, so we started off with an appetizer platter which had 3 non veg appetizers and 1 veg appetizer served along with laccha onion, lemon wedge & mint chutney.

Appetizer Platter
Appetizer Platter

1. Macchi ke sooley

Basa marinated with chilli & spices cooked on spit oven. Fish preparation was crisp from outside and juicy from inside. As soon as you bite through it will melt in your mouth. The combination of spices along with smoky flavour of charcoal made it fabulous. A good dish for seafood lovers.

2. Murgh ke Parchey

Breast of chicken marinated with curd & cream and seared on Tawa. Generally chicken breast if over cooked , turns dry. But this breast was perfectly moist and juicy.

Murgh ke Parchey
Murgh ke Parchey – Breast of chicken marinated with. cream,curd and seared on tawa

3. Mewari Pasaliyan

Ribs of lamb marinated in Mewari spices traditional to the northern India and cooked in a tandoor till succulent. It is then tossed in Lemon juice, Amchur powder & chopped mint. The spiciness of spices & chillies, sourness of curd & splash of lemon juice along with tender lamb made it the dish of the day.

 Mewari Pasaliyan
Mewari Pasaliyan – Succulent lamb rib with Mewari spices

 4. Pithiwali Tikki

The one and only one vegetarian appetizer served on the platter  was similar to “Kachori chaat” the only difference was that the dumpling was made up of mash potato stuffed with spiced lentil and deep fried. It was topped up with sweet date chutney, spicy corriander & mint chutney and dahi. A perfect blend of flavours which left us lingering.

Pithiwali Tikki
Pithiwali Tikki – Potato patty with filling of spiced lentil.

Main Course

Assorted Indian Bread Basket - Accompaniment for main course
Assorted Indian Bread Basket – Accompaniment for main course

Main course was served with assorted Indian Breads. Each bread was unique in its taste and was served as it should be. Freshly made, hot & with perfect texture.

1. Machli Jaisamandi

This dish gives taste buds a flavourful shock . Tender fish pieces were marinated in green paste, fried and further cooked in a mouthwatering gravy full of spices. The fish was soft and moist.

Machli Jaisanmandi
Machli Jaisanmandi – Shallow fried fish filet cooked in green gravy

 2. Murgh ka soweta

Murgh ka Soweta was a wonderful blend of Indian spices and chicken simmered for long hours in yogurt, till tender. It was garnished with ginger julienne & Tomato. The gravy was rich and smooth which gave chicken enough moistness after cooking for long time. A perfect combination of cracked corn,capsicum & tomato.

MurghKa Soweta - Chicken cooked with cracked corn, capsicum & tomato.
MurghKa Soweta – Chicken cooked with cracked corn, capsicum & tomato.

 

3. Lal Maans

Lal maans  is a classical meat curry from Rajasthan. It consist of Lamb cooked in spicy hot gravy . It  is served along with chapati made out of wheat  or bajra. Lal Maans that they served was packed with full of flavors. It was little less spicy as compared to classical preparation. But the lamb was as tender as it could be – perfectly cooked, juicy and full of flavor. I couldn’t stop licking my fingers till the end. A complete winner on the plate for the day.

Lal Maans - Traditional Rajasthani preparation ol lamb cooked with spices.
Lal Maans – Traditional Rajasthani preparation ol lamb cooked with spices.

4. Ker Sangri Dak

Another classical Rajasthani delicacy  made up of  dried wild berry & beans. The Ker is a wild berry & sangri is a type of wild bean grown in Jaisalmer. Normally these are dried and used when required. Ker Sangri they served was extremely tasty, which left a lingering taste on my tongue. The addition of Raw Mango powder enhanced the flavor of spices used in the dish. A treat to have such kind of delicasy in Mumbai.

Ker Sangri Dak
Ker Sangri Dak – Dried wild berry & bean stir-fried with raw mango powder

5. Dal Baati Churma

Rajasthani food is incomplete without  Dal Baati Churma. It consists of baatis which were fried in ghee. The dal was cooked with ghee, the masalas in the dal were fried in ghee and more ghee is mixed into the dal before serving .Few deep fried baatis are crushed and sugar is mixed into them to make a sweet dessert- churma. This dish was very heavy in terms of other dishes. No Rajasthani festive or wedding menu is complete without this popular dish.

 Dal Baati Churma
Dal Baati Churma – Lentil,Chutney & whole wheat flour dumpling.

Rice Preparation

1. Gatta Pulav

A perfect blend of flavours in rice, which acted as the best accompaniment. Each rice grain was cooked to the perfection.

Gatta Biryani
Gatta Biryani

Desserts

Though we were stuffed well with appetizer & main course, desserts were little on disappointing side.

1. Kesar Malai Kulfi

Being a frozen dairy dessert, kulfi is technically an ice-cream. It generally has rich flavour & unique texture of condensed milk. It was served along with a drizzle of rose syrup on top.

Kesar Malai Kulfi
Kesar Malai Kulfi – Saffron flavoured Ice Cream

2. Malpua Rabri

Saffron syrup soaked fried sweetmeat. It was little more on sweeter side.

Malpua Rabri
Malpua Rabri

Service

Amazing service, specially by the manager  Mr. Anup Yadav along with his team who made us feel like a family. Always kept us updated abouth the plan of action. He made sure that every dish was explained before being served. So much food to serve, so many plates to change and yes he did it without any mistake & disturbance. Kudos to Jamavar service team.

 Stats

A good place to have Romantic dinner.  If you wish to spend money for good Indian food, then definately this is the place to try. Cost for 2 is Rs 4000 only.

Ambiance – 9/10

Service – 10/10

Value For Money – 8/10

Food – 9/10

Address

 Jamavar – The Leela, Andheri-Kurla Road, Sahar, Andheri East, Mumbai

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