India is a country full of age-old recipes and regionally unique dishes. Wherever you go, every state and city has a taste and flavor to discover. Among this variety, Bihari cuisine has not yet been explored by Indians. The jewel of the Orient is not only rich in culture and heritage, it also offers a wide variety of dishes. While the state is mainly known for the famous Litti Chokha, you will be surprised by the other tastes you can find here. So if you are also interested in trying the dishes of this region, Desi Connoisseurs is hosting a Bihari Food Festival- Purvaiya 2.0 at the Holiday Inn, Mayur Vihar! We visited the festival ourselves and sampled some of the delicacies prepared by them and Chef Suraj Chauhan.
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As soon as you enter the festival, you will find that the restaurant is decorated in an authentic Bihari style. As you enter there is a live counter where a duo prepares fresh litti chokhas as well as special varieties of parathas. As you walk through the restaurant there is another live counter of puchkas, aloo tikki and bachkas! Right next to it, the main course is presented in traditional artisanal pots! Desi Connoisseurs have kept every detail of Bihar and gave an experience of the region in Delhi!
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As for the food, first of all, we highly recommend trying the puchkas. These puchkas were as spicy as you would expect. Believe me, having two pieces of this deliciousness will put you in your mouth! So, after the spicy puchkas, opt for the aloo tikki, with mild flavors.
Then, before starting the main course, you can’t miss their Litti Chokha. The aroma of mustard oil is perfectly present in both aloo Chokha and baingan Chokha. And with the fresh tomatoes on the side, the ghee-laden littis get tastier.
Now, coming to the main course, just looking at the hands will make you dig into them. In the vegetarian section, we highly recommend trying the aloo baingan, Suran sabzi and chana dal. These dishes, accompanied by an aloo pyaaz paratha, will make your mouth water! For non-vegetarians, you can’t miss the fish curry and the mutton ahuna!
While you might want to have more and more of the main course, save room for the special Bihari mithai! There is a selection of Parwal mithai, laddoos, bondi, khaja, and more. Along with that, there is also a selection of brownies, desserts and gulab jamuns!
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Overall we think Desi Connoisseurs and Holiday Inn have captured the essence of Bihar wonderfully through the ambience and the food. If you want to have a taste of it, we recommend you to go to this festival!
When: September 2 to September 11
Where: Cafe On 3, Holiday Inn, District Centre, 13A, Mayur Place, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110091
Cost per plate: INR 1900 plus tax