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Saturday , August 12 , 2017

Taj Bengal serves up a slice of 1947

What: History Recreated
Where: The Hub, Taj Bengal
When: August 14 and 15, all day
Pocket pinch: Rs 1947-plus per person

As the clock struck 12 on August 14 in the year 1947, India was declared independent. Most of us weren’t there to experience the celebrations but Taj Bengal has decided to make a slice of that available to us 70 years later.
Taking us on an unforgettable culinary journey, The Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris across India are recreating the historic menu that was served at Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, seven decades ago. The set menu that was presented to guests partaking in the jubilation of the historic night is a fusion of French and Indian recipes. Although it is not on record, the menu was in all probability created by the Goan chef Minguel Arcanjo Mascarenhas, fondly called chef Masci. 
“Anything classical is synonymous with Calcutta and as Taj is an iconic hotel chain, we believe that the menu will connect well with everyone as it has been done in a stylised manner. Since it is the 70th year of Independence, the facade of the hotel will also be lit up in tricolour. It will be quite a spectacle,” said general manager Samrat Datta.

While the presentation has been modernised to some extent, the flavours remain the same. Many of the dishes on the menu are peppered with words like “liberation” and “independence”, reminding us of our tryst with destiny. 

Vacherin de Peches Liberation
A macaron-esque almond sponge sits on the base and is topped with slices of poached peaches, mascarpone cheese and a tart raspberry sorbet that balances out the sweetness of the poached peach. The other dessert on offer is Friandises — petit four of hand-rolled gulkand-filled chocolates.

Text: Deborima Ganguly
Pictures: Rashbehari Das

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