Food Bytes: Unusual Foodie Goodies This Diwali For An Outré Spin On The Festivities

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I’m not one of those people who appreciate fusion too much. Be it a mélange of silhouettes in an ensemble, a mix of genres in a film festival or worse a ‘con(fusion)’ of cuisines on my plate. But every now and then I see some method to the whole fusion madness and more so during festive times like these, when ingenuity wins the war over the tried and tested tropes and comes up victorious with wonderfully brilliant ideas as the ones I am about to highlight. I hope you enjoy reading about them and making your Diwali a zarra hatke one this year. Have a good one!

PS. And to placate the purist in me, I’ve also listed a couple of usual suspects at the end of this column.

Rasmalai and Saffron Mousse with a Pistachio Sponge by The Sassy SpoonFestive Desserts at The Sassy Spoon
It really pays rich dividends when the owner of this fancy Nariman Point restaurant is a trained pastry chef herself, that too under the tutelage of Rachel Allen of the TV bakery show Rachel Allen: Bake! fame. So, this season Chef Rachel Goenka comes up with four ultra-unique east-meets-west desserts for the restaurant’s first ever Diwali. Indulge in yumminess that take the form of a silken Lemongrass Panacotta with Sevaiyya Kheer daintily served up in a martini glass, a Rasmalai and Saffron Mousse with a Pistachio Sponge, a Thandai Crème brûlée with a Nankhatai and a Layered Cardamom and Motichur Mousse that are simply whimsical and divine… and thus perfect for the season of divinity.
How much? Rs 325 each.
Till When? 10th November.
Where? Ground Floor, Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point. Call, 022 22888222.
Ka-Boom by Mad Over DonutsDiwali Explosions Range at Mad Over Donuts
All you doughnut lovers out there, listen up! Your favourite fried pastries of sugary goodness get a twist this festive season, as the Mad Over Donuts (MOD) chain introduces “Diwali Explosions”. Infused with traditional Diwali goodies like mohanthal, boondi, kaju katli and coconut, these doughnuts make for a perfect Diwali gift. The range includes the Boondi Bomb where a doughnut is dipped in MOD’s signature glaze and topped with a burst of boondi, melon seeds and a dark chocolate drizzle. Ka-boom consists of a doughnut dipped in milk chocolate and filled with kaju-katli custard and even topped with mini kaju katli. The Coconut Blast is a doughnut dipped in rich white chocolate and sprinkled with desiccated coconut. While the Nuts Over Mohanthal (my new favourite!) consists of a doughnut dipped in milk chocolate, filled with mohanthal custard and then anointed with almond and pistachio flakes.
How much? Rs 55 each.
Till When? 17th November.
Where? 23B, Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway, Colaba. Call, 022 32090000, 22875535.
(also at 21 other locations across the city)

And now for the not so unusual…

Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport Brings Alive the Festival of Lights (1)Festive Buffet Spread and Gift Hampers at Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport
This modest, but impressive hotel by the airport celebrates the energy of the festival of lights at their MoMo Café with an exclusive Diwali Buffet. The elaborate North Indian cuisine line up includes live station counters and sinful desserts. Mouth-watering delicacies such as Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Kofta and Baag-e-Bahisht will beckon you.
For the hampers you can choose from a variety which include chocolates, diyas and other sweets.
How much? Diwali Buffet: Rs 1,350++. Hampers: Rs 3,500 ++
Till When? Diwali Buffet till 3rd November, from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.
Where? Andheri Kurla Road, Near Mumbai International Airport, Andheri (East). Call, 022 61369999.

Khandani Rajdhani Diwali ThaliDiwali Special Feast at Khandani Rajdhani
This Diwali, festive recipes from the royal books have been unlocked and are being prepared for diners like you by the Maharajs at Khandani Rajdhani restaurants all over the city and the country. The farsan in the special Diwali Thali includes an exotic mix of Mattar khasta roll, Surti plaza, Barsa dolla, Hariwali patra, Jodhpuri pakoda, Dakor na gota nu chat and Leelwa kachori amongst others. Sabzi’s include traditional dishes like Surati undhiyu, Jaisalmer panch kuta, Pithod ki sabzi, Jodhpuri Gatta, Sangri ke kofte, Rabodi hara pyaaz, Tilwale aloo, Makai mirch jajariya and much more. Mouth-watering desserts like Apple jalebi, Tamatar halwa, Akhrot halwa, Doodh pak, Khajur barfi, Dry fruit halwa, Makai jajariya and Sutarseni kheer ensure it’s the perfect way to end your royal meal.
How much? Rs 415 at all the three general Khandani Rajdhani outlets in the city and Rs 650 at the premium Rajdhani’s RASOVARA, at Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills outlet.
Till When? 5th November.
Where? Level – 1, Nirmal Lifestyle, LBS Marg, Mulund (West). Call, 022 65888088.
(also at three other locations across the city)

HAPPY DIWALI MUMBAI!

Pics courtesy: Mad Over Donuts, The Sassy Spoon, Khandani Rajdhani and Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.