Sanatkada Festival: An Awadhi Home-Cooked Food Event In Lucknow
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The Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival, which has been the first-of-its-kind food festival to take place at Safed Baradari in the city of Lucknow, has been a success for the home chefs and guests sampling delicious, home-cooked Awadhi delicacies. Dishes like the slow-cooked, 40-hour laal mirch keema, yakhni pulao, mutton raan, gosht ki nihari, murgh zaafrani, achari machhli, galawati kebabs and gosht ke pasande were some of the many offerings available for visitors to relish. Besides this, desserts like chane dal ka halwa and shahi tukda, as well as vegetarian Awadhi thali were big hits at the five-day event, which sees its final day today.

The food festival not only drew patrons from within the city, but also pulled crowds from other cities, with those who were curious to explore more about the cuisine. Besides food stalls, cultural programs, literary sessions, dance performances and dataasngoi were also organised as part of the experience. Some of the stalls were also selling chaat, homemade pakoras, Awadhi khichda, kulcha-nihari and Kashmiri chai with malai. In addition to this, iconic eateries like Tunday Kababi, Raheem’s and Tiwari Chaat have also found a place at the bustling venue.

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Said to have had a turnout of more than 2000 people over the weekend, the home-cooked food stalls have been considered to be a highlight at this event. Putting family recipes and undiscovered culinary gems in the spotlight, a plethora of saalans – mirchi, mutton or chicken, kormas, boti kebabs and keema dishes also make it to the list of showcased preparations. From regional representations like the Bundeli thali to tandoori flatbreads, the festival has something for meat-eaters and vegetarians, alike.