Enjoy Gujarati Thali at Trident BKC for Rs. 1500

Last night I ate the most humble vegetarian Thali at Trident, BKC. The moment I was getting inside their premises, I saw a big hoarding announcing “Khattu Meethu Teekhu” which was to attract the patrons for the Gujarati Thali Festival at their Indian restaurant, Maya. Located on the first floor, I reached Maya where I was cordially seated in front of a Gujarati style decorated table. Bandhej, red cloth was used to create the ambience. The traditional music added to the Gujarati flair. I realised it was to attract customers from the nearby locations like Ghatkopar and Andheri that have a lot of Gujarati residents and on top of it Diamond Bourse is next door, where maximum diamond traders are Gujaratis.

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The waiting staff told me that both a la carte menu and Thali were available. But I was already craving for the Gujarati Thali. My friends know that I am a hard-core non-vegetarian and it was surprising for me to get inclined towards a vegetarian dish. I must clarify that it was more out of curiosity and the drive to try out a new cuisine than anything else. So, I ordered for the Gujarati Thali. Back in Delhi, two decades ago, I had tried Gujarati Thali once at Delhi Haat. And what I remembered from that tryst was sweetened food in all shapes and forms. Be it daal or kadhi, Gujarati’s use jaggery to sweeten the dish. Of course, the sweetness isn’t very pronounced. Many have felt that it doesn’t go well with their palate.  That’s when I thought that I should try authentic home-cooked style Gujarati food to know the exact flavours.

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The meal started with Khakra and papad basket that I enjoyed with the three dips. One was a sweet and spicy dip, a green chutney, but the best of the lot was the garlic and chilli dip which went very well with Methi Khakra. I spoke to Chef Jeevan about the menu and he told me that the major ingredients used are besan, yogurt, jagerry and moong dal. I felt the farsan was a bit dry, especially the dhokla. But I loved the carrot sambharo, a grated salad garnished with lime and oil splattered mustard seeds. Paatra was soft and delicate. But the star farsan was green pea kachoris. Round, hot and mildly flavoured deep fried kachoris were an absolute delight with the spicy chaas. The sliced ginger and green chilies just added the zing element to the cool chaas. We had ordered for two mocktails – Fire and Ice and Sunrise, but realised it didn’t go well with the home style simple food. My advice will be to stick to chaas or fruit juices or any other traditional drink.

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Shortly, the elaborate meal arrived. Small vatis with various dishes were carefully decorated on an oval thali. My heart exploded with a foodies delight, but my stomach questioned my appetite. Well, you definitely need a serious appetite to finish the entire thali. The menu consisted of paneer bhurji, Giloda nu shaak, dahi wali bhindi, hara moong daal, aloo watana nu shaak, Gujarati Kadhi, moong daal khichda, yogurt and sliced banana, pulao and Gujarati breads like thepla and bhakri. I ate to my heart’s content but I couldn’t finish it all. Loved the breads, aloo watana nu shaak moong daal, khichda with ghee, dahi bhindi and Gujarati kadhi. Simple food, no excessive oil or spice, light on my palate, and light on my tummy. I enjoyed my meal completely.

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Later, we were treated to a round of traditional sweets which consisted of mango shrikhand, lapsi and doodhi halwa. Mango shrikhand won hands down. Last night I realised my love for yogurt and the various dishes which can be prepared using it, be it sour, sweet or spicy (#KhattuMeethuTeekhu). Gujarati Thali Festival is a must visit if you love to eat home style cooked Gujarati food. The Thali will cost you Rs. 1500 plus taxes and is available both during lunch and dinner.

To book a table, you can call 91 22 6672 7777.

Will I go there again? Fore sure.

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