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Beat the chill with balle-balle platter

Ranchi, Jan. 14: The chill is on, but there’s a feast to warm the cockles of the heart.

And it lasts for 10 whole days. The 10-day Punjabi food festival Khao Pio Bhangra Pao at multi-cuisine restaurant-Samrat of Chanakya BNR Hotel kicked off today.

To last till January 23, it promises food lovers an authentic platter to celebrate Lohri.

The restaurant is decked up to evoke the ambience of the land of five rivers — yellow mustard fields, vibrant music and dance.

“We thought we’ll offer Punjabi flavours — food, music and Bhangra — as Lohri is here,” said Sudhir Mishra, Chanakya BNR Hotel residency manager.

Last November, the hotel had organised a tawa and tandoor food festival.

“Our rates are reasonable. We want gourmets to know that our city, just like metros, has started a vibrant culture of food festivals,” Mishra said.

Hotel chefs Radheyshyam Singh and Ashok Poddar were seen making arrangements in the kitchen.

Singh said that they would offer traditional favourites makki di roti, sarson da saag, fish amritsari, bhatti ka murga, jhinga ka curry, aloo methi and gajar ka halwa, among others.

“We are leaving no stone unturned to make the festival a success,” he said.

In recent years, hotels of the capital are organising food festivals regularly. “We used to go to food festivals in Delhi. But now, Ranchi hosts them, which is great,” said Anurag Sinha, a foodie.

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