A television network of Bengal, Tara recently hosted an event of music, art, film and food. On a bright sunny day at the India International Centre’s Rock Garden, the Haanir Khabar-Khunti Kadhai Food Festival was inaugurated near the Fountain Lawn. The festival, which continues till December 31, serves some of the best cuisine of the subcontinent.
Hailing from Bangladesh, the chef of the food festival Shawkat Osman, says he is from “the fluke plains of Bengal.” Here he presents some of his best dishes. The chef knocks down stereotypes by serving foods like the delicious rasam which, while it originates in South India, is popular as a soup as well as in combination with rice across the country. There are other excellent dishes like fish molli, mutton vindaloo, tomato chicken and moong khichri. While the latter is associated with Bengali cuisine, some of the chef’s dishes are the result of Anglo-Indian fusion.
The chef is interestingly also Chairman of New World Trade Industries Limited. His favourites are tomato chicken and fish molli , simply because they are easy to cook and healthy to eat.
Beside these hot and spicy dishes, one can also enjoy sweets like bread and butter pudding with or without a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream.
“No love is as pure as love for food, as it is not at all diluted,” says the chef.
Tara network has arranged food festivals like this, previously in Mumbai.