Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter

Photo for representation only.

Chandigarh: Royal secrets are rarely laid open before out before you attracting greedy, and hungry, looks. And when you dig into this royal plate, you have a mouthful of best kept secrets to savor.

That is exactly what a team of cousins from an erstwhile royal family of Madhya Pradesh — Kunwar Shivraj Singh Limdi and Kunwarani Vijaya Singh Sirmaur — is doing in a 10-day ‘Royal Food Fest’ (till March 13) at Chandigarh’s JW Marriott Hotel’s restaurant.

Shivraj, who comes from the royal family of Limdi in Gujarat, and Vijaya, who was born in the royal family of Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh) and is married into the royal family of Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh, have donned the chef’s mantle to give a royal break to people coming in to eat.

“We are doing this for the love of food and cooking and to let others experience dishes which used to be the domain of royals alone,” said Shivraj.

“Good, authentic food is all about playing with the ingredients. It should not be the same kind of masalas being used for all dishes. Our food is cooked from the heart,” Shivraj, 39, who took to cooking at the age of 13 by making an omelette, said.

What Shivraj and Vijaya are cooking is not limited to a particular area alone.

From the Mughal specialty ‘Keema Biryani’, the Nepalese specialities ‘Sekhwa Charu’ and ‘Sandheko’, Kashmiri specialities ‘Kabargah’ and ‘White Urad Dal’ and the ‘Nabab’ from Madhya Pradesh and more — the cousins are doling out rich fare.

“Some of the recipes have come from our grandmothers. These have been passed on for generations. Women in our family used to cook on alternate days so that these recipes were not lost,” Vijaya told IANS, adding that the dishes were from different regions and royal families.

“The fundamental backbone of my recipes remains unchanged; impeccable seasonal ingredients accurately cooked and brought together on a plate in harmonious and elegant manner which also satisfies a grumbling tummy. Picking up the nuances of royal cooking from a young age, one key point which I learnt was the need to ensure authenticity,” Shivraj said, adding that he makes his own curry powder to give authentic touch to his dishes.

Among other dishes being offered by the duo are ‘Shikari Murgh’ and ‘Maas Ke Sooley’ for starters, the ‘Lahsun ki Chutney’ and ‘Kachri ki Chutney’, the ‘Desi Malwa Gosht Curry’, ‘Shahi Haryali Murgh’, Desiccated Coconut ‘Paya Kush’, ‘Shekhawati Paneer Roll’, ‘Rajwadi Kalmi Vada’, ‘Dahi Palak’, ‘Susa Aloo’, the ‘Yakhni Pulao’, the latter is rice cooked with Lamb Stock, flavored with Potli Masala and Bati bread (Roasted whole wheat dumpling, soaked in Ghee).

In the deserts, on offer are ‘Pineapple ka Halwa’, ‘Rose Petals Flavoured Rice Pudding’, ‘Gulab ki Kheer’ and ‘Paan Kulfi’ which take the taste buds to another level.

“The Royal Food Festival is giving our patrons a rare glimpse into the past and an opportunity to experience an art of cooking which was confined to the royal kitchens of yore,” said Pallav Singhal, Director Food and Beverages, atthete hotel.

The cost for two to taste the royalty of Madhya Pradesh is Rs 3,150/- for a non-vegetarian menu and Rs 2,600/- for vegetarian, for two people. (IANS)



It is very important to keep checking the diabeties

The festive season is around the corner and with sugar-laden sweets, snacks and luncheons, festive eating tends to tip towards an indulgence. The pandemic, along with the holiday season, provides us with a double incentive to take care of our health, especially if you have a chronic health condition like diabetes.People with diabetes need to find ways to manage their health smartly and effectively to mitigate risks that come with the disease such as kidney problems, heart diseases, nerve issues, foot problems, and so on. Controlling glucose levels, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular medical consultations are key to managing this disease effectively.

Dr Jothydev Kesavadev, Diabetologist and MD of Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centres said, "It is imperative for one to always make sure diabetes is being well-managed, but, during the festive season, it is important than usual. Uncontrolled diabetes can heighten the risk of developing severe diseases or complications. Regularly monitoring glucose levels helps you catch spikes or trends that suggest your diabetes may be getting out of control. This also helps you to take timely measures," he explains.

Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated.

Keep Reading Show less

non-governmental organization HelpAge India working for disadvantaged elders

As the country slowly steps towards some form of normalcy amidst the pandemic, this Diwali, non-governmental organization HelpAge India working for disadvantaged elders, celebrates the festival of lights with a message of hope and togetherness through its campaign and film, 'Andhero Se Roshini Tak.

In a marathon celebration, HelpAge marks the festival across 100 old age homes across the country, bringing happiness, hope and joy to senior citizens, many of who were suffering from isolation, loneliness and a sense of abandonment during the pandemic. The campaign aims to bring them back into the fold and give them a ray of hope and support them.

Follow NewsGram on Instagram to keep yourself updated.

The campaign highlights the impact of the pandemic on India's elders vis a vis their health, livelihood and the pervading sense of loneliness and feeling of being forgotten by their own, as social distancing, led to social isolation for many of our elders who were left to fend for themselves.

According to a survey done by HelpAge earlier this year, 36 percent elders at home in India 'were just waiting for the phone to ring'. During the first lockdown, 65 percent of elders lost their only source of livelihood, leaving them with no resources for medicines and no one to reach out to.

Keep Reading Show less

people like to live a life with meaning and purpose

By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe

The spiritual element of wellness can be the most personal piece of the puzzle when trying to place all dimensions of wellness together. Generally, people like to live a life with meaning and purpose. When these goals are met, It brings harmony into one's own life as well as the lives of people around them.

So, what can you do to connect with your spiritual self? It's best to figure out what techniques work for you. Since connecting with the spiritual self involves one's values, beliefs, and purpose, it can be achieved in several ways-both physically and mentally.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

Keep reading... Show less