Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 24:
For many in the garden city of Bangalore, it was just another food festival. But for Odias across the city, it was a must-to-go event for some ghar ka khana. Organised by Rootz group, the Odia Food Festival was held in the St.John’s auditorium in Kormangala area of Bangalore.
Four chefs, all the way from Odisha cooked a sumptuous meal beginning with tanka toraani (served as a welcome drink upon arrival) and the quintessential dahibara-aloo dum as starter.
The main course comprised of jeera rice, puri, dalma, amba khatta (Mango chutney), dahi baigan (fried brinjal in curd), paneer curry, potola-aloo kasa, pariba ghanta for the vegetarians and mutton-potato curry, mustard fish curry, machha munda chencheda (made of just the heads of fish) for the meat lovers.
The dessert menu had rabidi, chenna poda and rasagola to round off the delicious meal with.
Priced at Rs. 449 and Rs. 585 for vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals respectively, a cultural programme was also organised to entertainment the guests.
Rootz group is an effort by three non-resident Odias who work in the IT sector in Hyderabad, dedicated to promote Odia cuisine and culture and give Odias away from home an opportunity to keep their taste buds from missing the aroma and flavour of the food from back home. Rootz has already conducted two such fests in Hyderabad this year. With over 500 people turning up for our flagship event in Bangalore, we are thrilled at the response, ” said Sunil Patnaik, founder of Rootz.