Dastarkhan restaurant in Bistupur. Picture by Bhola Prasad
If biryani joints in Hyderabad can patent authentic delicacies, their Jamshedpur counterparts aren’t far behind.
Dastarkhan, the year-old restaurant in Bistupur, patented two of its dishes this April to stamp their seal of authenticity on the culinary delights. The dishes comprise Bihari kebab and chouza kebab, which the owners claim are hardly available anywhere else in the country.
The eatery got the patents in April from the controller-general of patents designs and trademarks, Union ministry of commerce and industry.
Shakeel Khan, one of the partners of Dastarkhan, said that Bihari kebab was currently a popular dish in Pakistan and the Middle East.
“However, very few people know the roots of this culinary delight lie in Bihar. It originated as a family dish among Bihari Muslims. But, unlike Mughal cuisines like biryani, it sank into oblivion. We revived and patented it,” he added.
Chouza kebab, made of chicks, is a delicacy that has also been patented.
The owners are, however, not content with two patents.
“We are currently experimenting with a few more dishes and will be organising a food festival in the first week of September. If we receive a good response from foodies, we will apply for patents on a few more dishes,” said Khan.
Located right in the heart of the city in Bistupur, Dastarkhan uses authentic recipes and cooking methods.
All spices are prepared by crushing ingredients the traditional way to keep the flavour and aroma of herbs and spices rather than by using high-end machines.
The three partners — Abdul Hamir, Shakeel Siddiqui and Shakeel Khan — hail from Vishakhapatnam, Gaya and Allahabad, respectively. They claim their diverse backgrounds influence the Dastarkhan menu that offers a range of Deccan, Magadh and Awadhi cuisines.
The restaurant has also received mention as an accredited food joint in Jamshedpur in the National Geographic Traveller magazine.