Traditional Christmas menu gets an “Indian Twist”
By Sahar Adil | Published: December 18 2009
Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield, Bangalore introduces “Christmas with an Indian Twist” – A part of the a la carte menu from the 18th of December till the 3rd of January 2010.
Executive Chef Sheroy Kermani, Vivanta by Taj-Whitefield has carefully planned out a Christmas lunch for everyone looking to feast during the season, but also in the mood for some Indian fare.
The Turkey Trio at the "Christmas with an Indian Twist" at Terracotta, Vivanta by Taj
As part of the menu, the Apptiser is a little coriander & asparagus mousse with a dash of tamrind chutney. The starters is where the meal got a little exciting when we were preparing to savour some good ‘ol Christmas turkey. But what was served up was wholly unexpected but quite tasty nonetheless. Turkey in a “gilafi”, turkey in a “galouthi” and a Turkey Mathania. The gilafi comes chargrilled and like a sheekh, seasoned with the traditional spices and peppers; the galouthi came in small patties, almost like “shami kababs” sered on baby parathas, seasoned with saffron, scented with kewda and had a stuffing of cheddar cheese; the Turkey Mathania was like a reshmi kabab, marinated in yogurt, with chillies and lemon. I personally would prefer my turkey cooked traditionally but this was a new way of cooking this meat.
Norwegian Pink Salon Curry, broccoli jalfrezi and Khumb Pulao
For the Plated main course Terracota serves you a Norwegian Pink Salmon that’s re-invented in a curry seasoned with fenugreek (kasturi methi) and mustard. The tangy curry is served with a Khumb pulao - Fresh assorted wild mushrooms cooked with Basmati & whole Indian spices. Along with this you are served a broccoli, sered in a “jalfrezi” which in most Indian homes is a traditional onion, tomatoes, and the pounded five spices seasoned with fresh coriander(dhaniya).
Just as there can be no Christmas without a Tree, you can hardly call it Christmas without plum cake and Chef Sheroy still had some tricks up his sleeve. The plum pudding was served up as a warm rich halwa, that had been set over the weeks leading to Christmas to give its rich dark colour fragrant texture with all the fruits and their juices slowly maturing together. There was another Christmas treat another treat in a divine Caramel Nut Tart served with a slightly curried choclate sauce, spiced with curry leaves and a light paprika. For those of you looking for your ice-cream after a nice Indian Christmas meal, there is a Rose petal ice-cream that is rich in the rose fragrance and delicate in its texture.
Plum Pudding halwa, Curry Choclate with Caramel Nut Tart and The Rose Petal Ice-cream
There is also the regular wine list to choose from, but also cocktails made traditional with their use of kokum, and coconut water made more exiting with the liquors and liqueurs.
All in all, if you are looking for a meal that ses itself apart in terms of traditional ingredients and the way it is served you can head to the Taj by Vivanta for Turkey Kababs and plum pudding halwa. This Christmas Menu will be part of the regular Indian spread at the Terracotta, and if you’d like to go traditional on Christmas, you can always try out this meal on the days leading to the big celebration. The Chirstmas menu with and Indian Twist will be served until January 3rd of the New year!