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Dine like a Nizam at Swissotel, with t2

There is a time machine at Swissotel. It will be there till March 9, so feel free to hop on for a culinary trip that will take you back almost 300 years to the days of the Nizams in Hyderabad, when a casual dinner meant an army of bawarchis cooking for more than 18 hours for the shahi spread!

Your pilot in command will be chef Mohd Ishaq Ali Khan Lodhi, a descendent of the ancient line of bawarchis of Delhi’s Lodhi dynasty, who later moved to south India for “a better job”.

The hot seat is at Durbari, the Indian restaurant in Swissotel, where t2 presents Dawat-e-Nizam, the Hyderabadi food festival.

“Most places serving Hyderabadi food in Hyderabad offer a modified version of what Nizami food actually is. It is difficult to adhere to the exact cooking techniques in a restaurant set-up. I am glad that t2 and Swissotel gave me the scope to prepare the food just as it used to be in those days. Try the food and you will never forget it,” said the guest chef, flown in from Hyderabad specially for the festival.

What’s on the menu? “It packs in four different kinds of shorbas (soups), five kinds of kebabs, more than 15 main course dishes including the famous haleem, Hyderabadi biryani, five royal desserts and more!” said chef Lodhi.

Sibendu Das
Pictures: Rashbehari Das