Amar Mahal’s Bundelkhandi cuisine featured in the food show – “Zaika India Ka” NDTV

Move aside exotic international dishes. Here’s a cuisine that can give signature Indian dishes a royal run for their money. Shocking but interesting, these dishes come from the ‘tribals in the jungle areas of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha, Jhansi and Indore.

The luscious flavors of Bundelkhandi cuisine brought Mr.Vinod Dua with his team of “Zaika India Ka” of NDTV to Amar Mahal,Orchha and left them licking their fingers!!

Shot on July13th and 14th, 2012 at Amar Mahal premises, you can follow the telecast of Bundelkhandi food episode of “Zaika India Ka” in the month of September.

Termed as ‘tribal cuisine experience’ the uniqueness of the taste lies in the style of preparation; the use of raw materials and extensive consumption of different types of millets. Bundelkhandi cuisine claims its roots back to the Jain cuisine.

The specialty is the unique amalgam of wheat and milk with local culinary products. Bundelkhandi cuisine extensively uses clay pot for the preparation of their food and the fact that it is cooked on firewood gives it a unique flavor. The famous dishes of the region are Kunde Ka Bhatta, Murar ka kebab and Tapu. The rice variety is also unusual, one famous being the Kodu til ka bhaat. The two types of rice widely used in this region are Kodu and Kudki. Kodu til ka bhaat is a preparation of rice with black sesame.

Most of the dishes contain very little oil and no use of artificial flavors. The dal prepared from green sprouts is to be tried. The kunde ka bhatta is somewhat similar to the traditional baigan ka bharta but it has a different steamed feel to the dish. Also the use of the green egg plant gives the dish a bland taste. The puris of the region are made from bajra and jawari and should be tried.  In the non-vegetarian range, fish is generously served. Some dishes are Bhunji Macharia, Macharia ke kebab or Machariya tarkari.

The Bundeli gosht and Sighdi wala kukra are two dishes that need a special mention. They go well with the masala rice.

The desserts are a few but nevertheless each of them should be tasted. The best of them is the Rass kheer a sweet dish which is prepared by mixing the extracts of the mahua flower with milk and millets no sugar is added in this.

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Savor the palatable cuisines of Bundelkhand amid the luxurious settings of Amar Mahal and let the flavors titillate your tongue …

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203






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