Serving royalty on a platter

ANI | Updated: Oct 31, 2017 19:12 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct 31 (ANI): Dine with Royalty, a unique culinary initiative which was held at the Belgian Embassy gave an opportunity to food connoisseurs to taste the heavily guarded royal culinary heritage of India.

This four-day festival starting from October 26 also witnessed the Royal families interacting with the guests as they took them through a walk down memory lane sharing their family's culinary history.

Six luxury tents served 35 guests at one point of time and had been set up in a manner to create the distinct royal look of the families.

The Royal families from across the country served food made according to their family's culinary traditions. The cuisines on offer was an amalgamation of dishes from 12 Indian states and the menus have been limited strictly to "what the maharajas ate in the palaces", authentic historically and not available otherwise to be a part of the festival.

"The idea behind this concept was to promote the rich and unique culinary heritage of India. We also wanted to encourage Indian cuisine internationally and assured that it gets the respect it deserves, given the depth and diversity of the Indian cuisine," said Sonal Saxena, Founder, Dine with Royalty.

She also added, "Each royal house not only extended the hospitality through food, but the members of that royal house themselves played host to the party of guests. To get the right mix of royals who could showcase the strength and diversity of the cuisine the team has travelled across the length and breadth of the country."

The participants in the event included the royal families of Jodhpur, Patiala, Awadh, Amarkot, Rampur, Kotwara, Badnore, Limbdi, Balasinor, Bhainsrorgarh, Bedla, Bhopal, Bolangir, Deolia, Kalan, Jhabua, Jhalamand, Kangra, Kanota, Aaron and Myana Kishangarh, Loharu, Mahmudabad, Nimaj, Patiala, Raghogarh, Sandur, Rampur, and Santrampur.

A set course meals was served everyday by different royal families. The tents, decorated by some of the renowned art designers, were unique in their representation of the heritage of the princely states serving the meal. (ANI)