‘Andaaz-e-Awadh’ food festival at ITC Narmada attracts authentic flavours of Awadhi cuisine lovers

The specially curated ‘Andaaz-e-Awadh’ will be held at Adalaj Pavilion till May 21


By Rafat Quadri

Ahmedabad, May 15:  The diverse and delicate flavours of Awadhi cuisine are renowned the world over as an evolved embodiment of gastronomic sophistication. Reiterating its commitment to create unique experiences for its patrons through its hospitality and culinary offerings, ITC Narmada has specially curated the ‘Andaaz -e- Awadh’ food festival to celebrate the gourmet refinement and authentic recipes from royal kitchens of the Nawabs of Awadh. Featuring extraordinary culinary preparations from Awadh, authentically prepared with a blend of flavourful ingredients that are slow-cooked to perfection, the festival began last week and is set to continue till May 21, 2023 at Adalaj Pavilion – the signature all-day dining restaurant at ITC Narmada.

The Kingdom of Awadh was known for its love for culture, music, and epicurean delights. As part of the food festival, a plethora of sumptuous vegetarian as well as meat-based preparations will be prepared by ITC’s master chefs, reminiscent of the times of the Nawabs, when food was not just a meal, but an indulgent experience.

The menu has been carefully curated for the 10-day food festival by Asif Qureshi, Master Chef at ITC Maratha in Mumbai. Chef Qureshi is well-versed with the nuances of regional variations in Indian cooking, especially the art of slow cooking which is the hallmark of Awadhi cuisine.

“The gourmet offerings at the ongoing food festival not only serves authentic Awadhi cuisine to our patrons but takes them on a gastronomic journey that reflects the finesse, luxury and nuanced flavours perfected in Awadh by the Nawabs. We strive to offer a unique, especially curated spread that is reminiscent of a melange of ingredients, flavours, textures, and culinary techniques of Awadh. Gourmet vegetarian and non-vegetarian Awadhi delicacies, including Qormas, Qaliyas, Nihari, Biryanis and Salan and more – all slow cooked to perfection, are part of the carefully crafted offerings on the food festival menu,” said Asif Qureshi, Master Chef at ITC Maratha, Mumbai. 


“Known to bring forth the unique aspects of Indian culture through its hospitality and culinary offerings, ITC Narmada strives to bring to its patrons the finest cuisines from India, and from all over the globe. ‘Andaaz-e-Awadh’ is one such endeavour through which we presents the delicate nuances and subtle flavours of Awadh for our patrons. We at ITC Narmada are committed to creating memorable experiences which are not only contemporary and exciting, but also explore a diverse range cultures and culinary heritage,” said Keenan McKenzie, General Manager, ITC Narmada.

Gaurav Lavania, Executive Chef at ITC Narmada, Gayatri Hurra, Public Relations Manager explained BILKULONLINE as to what makes ITC Narmada different from the many hotels of Ahmedabad both in the quality & taste of the variety of cuisines it offers its valuable members and customers. Also the décor and hospitality which is what makes it distinct from others. 

Architecturally inspired by the stepwells of Gujarat and the traditional ‘toran’ gateways adorning its façade, ITC Narmada welcomes you with regal splendour. In keeping with the philosophy of ITC Hotels, ITC Narmada is a glowing celebration of the culture, arts and crafts of the region. A prime location and luxurious facilities make each stay memorable.

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