Media Contacts: JW Marriott Mumbai Simonti Majumdar Phone: 99879 41499 Email: simonti.majumdar@marriotthotels.com MSLGROUP Stacy Fernandes/ Anchal Arora Phone: 9819829870 / 9821887543 Email: stacy.fernandes@mslgroup.com/ anchal.arora@mslgroup.com INDULGE IN THE RICHNESS AND AUTHENTICITY OF WAZWAN FOOD ~ Authentic Kashmiri Food Festival at the JW Marriott Mumbai~ Mumbai, 1st January 2014: The history of Kashmiri cuisine can be traced back several hundred years to the invasion of India and the migration of merchants, craftsmen and cooks to the Kashmiri valley. The descendants of these cooks, the Wazas, are now regarded as the master chefs of Kashmiri cuisine. This January, JW Marriott Mumbai welcomes the expert duo Chef Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat from the lush valleys of Kashmir to host and entice the guests with the ‘Wazwan - Kashmiri Food Festival’ that will kick start on 17th January till 2nd February 2014 at Lotus Café. Celebrated visiting chefs Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat from RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar have been invited to Mumbai to host the traditional Kashmiri Food Festival at JW Marriott Mumbai. The philosophy of these talented chefs is to deliver an authentic Kashmiri dining experience, laying emphasis on different spices and flavours. Along with the finest organic ingredients from the valley, the master chefs will prepare dishes infused with the richness of cinnamon, cardamom and saffron – the key ingredients of Kashmiri cuisine, making the festival a must-visit for every Mumbaikar. Lotus Café promises to provide a true Wazwan experience to guests using ingredients indigenous to the region. Guests can taste dishes like Rogan Josh (Lamb Cooked in Spicy Red Gravy), Yakhni (Lamb Shanks Cooked in Curd Based Gravy), Tabakh Maaz (Fried Rack of Lamb also known as Qabargah), Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes Cooked in Spicy Gravy) and Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually a Dessert). For the vegetarian palate, one can binge on dishes like Lyodur Tschaman (Cottage Cheese Cooked in Creamy Turmeric Based Gravy), Dum Oluv (Whole Potatoes Cooked in Spicy Red Gravy) and Marcha-Wangan Korma (Chilli Eggplant Korma). A Kashmiri meal is incomplete without Sheekh Kebabs like Spicy Ground Lamb on Skewers, Roasted Chicken, Beef and Lamb Kebabs. For dessert, the traditional and flavourful Kheer and Phirnee will lure your taste buds and end a complete feast. JW Marriott Mumbai presents to you an opportunity to experience a novel cuisine. Discover the opulent flavours of different spices with Kashmiri Food Festival at Lotus Café. Embark on a culinary journey with Chef Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat at Lotus Café this January only at JW Marriott Mumbai! Restaurant: Lotus Café Date: 17th January till 2nd February 2014 Time: Dinner Pricing: INR 1700 all inclusive dinner buffet Visit www.jwmarriottmumbai.com for further information. *** About JW Marriott JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 45 JW Marriott hotels in 19 countries; by 2013 the portfolio will encompass 73 properties in 28 countries. About Marriott International Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,400 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites Inn and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland USA, and had approximately 137,000 employees at 2009 yearend. It is recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2009, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $11 billion. For more information, please visit our web site at www.marriott.comWazwaan - The Great Kashmiri Cuisine, Jw Mariott, food blogges Association, Food blogger, Restaurants, Hotel, Mumbai, Kashmir, Cuisine, Cheg Himmasnhu Gupta,
Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine in Mumbai, JW Marriott
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Authentic Kashmiri Food Festival at the JW Marriott Mumbai 

Media Contacts:									 JW Marriott Mumbai Simonti Majumdar Phone:                                                                                                                                                                 99879 41499 Email:                                                                                                           simonti.majumdar@marriotthotels.com                                                                                     MSLGROUP                                                                                                               Stacy Fernandes/ Anchal Arora Phone:                                                                                                                                      9819829870 / 9821887543 Email:                                                          stacy.fernandes@mslgroup.com/ anchal.arora@mslgroup.com 					 INDULGE IN THE RICHNESS AND AUTHENTICITY OF WAZWAN FOOD ~ Authentic Kashmiri Food Festival at the JW Marriott Mumbai~  Mumbai, 1st January 2014: The history of Kashmiri cuisine can be traced back several hundred years to the invasion of India and the migration of merchants, craftsmen and cooks to the Kashmiri valley. The descendants of these cooks, the Wazas, are now regarded as the master chefs of Kashmiri cuisine. This January, JW Marriott Mumbai welcomes the expert duo Chef Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat from the lush valleys of Kashmir to host and entice the guests with the ‘Wazwan - Kashmiri Food Festival’ that will kick start on 17th January till 2nd February 2014 at Lotus Café. Celebrated visiting chefs Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat from RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar have been invited to Mumbai to host the traditional Kashmiri Food Festival at JW Marriott Mumbai. The philosophy of these talented chefs is to deliver an authentic Kashmiri dining experience, laying emphasis on different spices and flavours. Along with the finest organic ingredients from the valley, the master chefs will prepare dishes infused with the richness of cinnamon, cardamom and saffron – the key ingredients of Kashmiri cuisine, making the festival a must-visit for every Mumbaikar. Lotus Café promises to provide a true Wazwan experience to guests using ingredients indigenous to the region. Guests can taste dishes like Rogan Josh (Lamb Cooked in Spicy Red Gravy), Yakhni (Lamb Shanks Cooked in Curd Based Gravy), Tabakh Maaz (Fried Rack of Lamb also known as Qabargah), Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes Cooked in Spicy Gravy) and Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually a Dessert). For the vegetarian palate, one can binge on dishes like Lyodur Tschaman (Cottage Cheese Cooked in Creamy Turmeric Based Gravy), Dum Oluv (Whole Potatoes Cooked in Spicy Red Gravy) and Marcha-Wangan Korma (Chilli Eggplant Korma).  A Kashmiri meal is incomplete without Sheekh Kebabs like Spicy Ground Lamb on Skewers, Roasted Chicken, Beef and Lamb Kebabs. For dessert, the traditional and flavourful Kheer and Phirnee will lure your taste buds and end a complete feast. JW Marriott Mumbai presents to you an opportunity to experience a novel cuisine. Discover the opulent flavours of different spices with Kashmiri Food Festival at Lotus Café. Embark on a culinary journey with Chef Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat at Lotus Café this January only at JW Marriott Mumbai!  Restaurant: Lotus Café  Date: 17th January till 2nd February 2014  Time: Dinner Pricing: INR 1700 all inclusive dinner buffet    Visit www.jwmarriottmumbai.com for further information.   ***  About JW Marriott JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 45 JW Marriott hotels in 19 countries; by 2013 the portfolio will encompass 73 properties in 28 countries.  About Marriott International Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,400 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites Inn and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland USA, and had approximately 137,000 employees at 2009 yearend. It is recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2009, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $11 billion. For more information, please visit our web site at www.marriott.comWazwaan - The Great Kashmiri Cuisine, Jw Mariott, food blogges Association, Food blogger, Restaurants, Hotel, Mumbai, Kashmir, Cuisine, Cheg Himmasnhu Gupta,

Move over global cuisine thought I, on sitting down for dinner- cross legged Wazwan style. With the aura of beautiful Kashmir surrounding us andauthentic Kashmiri food being rare in Bombay, we were treated to the rich delicacies of the paradise state. JW Marriott Mumbai welcomed us along with the expert duo Chef Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat, from the lush valleys of Kashmir enticed each one of us  with the ‘Wazwan – Kashmiri Food Festival’ They completely enticed the taste buds by laying emphasis on the different spices and flavours.

Along with the finest organic ingredients from the valley, the master chefs will prepare dishes infused with the richness of cinnamon, cardamom and saffron – the key ingredients of Kashmiri cuisine, making the festival a must-visit for every Mumbaikar.

 

The extensive menu for ” Kashmiri Wzawan Cuisine was :

Rogan Josh (Lamb Cooked in Spicy Red Gravy),

Yakhni (Lamb Shanks Cooked in Curd Based Gravy),

Tabakh Maaz (Fried Rack of Lamb also known as Qabargah),

Syoon Olav (Meat with Potatoes Cooked in Spicy Gravy) and

Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, usually a Dessert) and for vegetarians Lyodur Tschaman (Cottage Cheese Cooked in Creamy Turmeric Based Gravy), Dum Oluv (Whole Potatoes Cooked in Spicy Red Gravy) and Marcha-Wangan Korma (Chilli Eggplant Korma).

The family that eats together stays together. Hence Wazwan cuisine that’s rich and flavourful and very spicy, is served in one big thali and the entire family sits around on a jhamawar carpet to eat.        The main course always ends with goshtaba, more on which later.
Kashmir  Cuisine, Jw Mariott , etc
To begin :
The appetisers were lovely. The shammi kabab was excellent. There was also rambo trout – marinated with garlic and mustard.
rambo trout
  For the vegetarians, there was soft hara bhara kebab and two varieties of malai paneer.hara bhara kebab
The difference was in the marinations. It was melt in the mouth.
The welcome drink was a sort of sherbet, like a rooh afza with milk.
welcome drink
Main Course :
Rice is what most of the subjis and dishes are eaten with. A lot of preparation is yoghurt based while some is also milk based. Frying is the norm! We had noorani gobi, waza palak (chef=waza), yakni that is, lotus stem and paneer kaliyan. The lotus stem, the specialty, was flavoured and soft, the gravy giving it a different taste. The waza palak had a nice spicy tinge and was my favourite. The yakni had a yoghurt based gravy while the fried paneer kaliyan had a milk based gravywazwan.
Nalli nihari (lamb) was also served and attracted the maximum eyeballs.
nalli nihari
  

The goshtaba mentioned earlier, the last dish in the main course is mutton meatballs in yoghurt gravy using saunf and jeera during preparation.
kahwa
Dessert-
Kheer and phirnee – It was light, consistent, lovely, not too sweet. And we ended with the kahwa – a lovely tea without milk.
Our Mumbaikar, Puja Vora  freelance food blogger represented “Photokatha “visited the Lotus cafe to experience Kashmir cuisine and share wit us .

Overall, an authentic Kashmiri dining experience. Thanks to  JW Marriott ,Mumbai along with Chef Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat  for this experience

So now tell us who all have tried Kashmiri cuisine ?