द ललित लक्ष्मी विलास, उदयपुर में 11-20 अगस्त तक फ़ूड फेस्टिवल चलेगा । इस दौरान लक्ष्मी विलास, उदयपुर आपके लिए लेकर आया है 10 तरह के पराठे । इस मानसून में अगर आप पराठा खाना चाहते है तो आपको कहीं इधर-उधर जाने की ज़रूरत नहीं है । इन 10 दिनों में आपको 10 अगल-अलग तरह के पराठो की वैरायटी मिलेगी वो भी रॉयल व्यू के साथ ।
फ़ूड फेस्टिवल ‘पराठा जंक्शन’ 11 अगस्त से 20 अगस्त तक चलेगा ।
कुछ चुनिन्दा पराठो के नाम इस प्रकार है : डबल डेकोर पराठा, ये आपको चीज़ स्टफिंग के साथ मिलेगा । इसके आलावा बीटरूट पराठा, चायनीज़ लिफ़ाफा पराठा, चिकन कीमा पराठा, मेवा पराठा और भी बहुत कुछ ।
जब हमने हेड शेफ़ सुदर्शन से इस आईडिया की बात करी तो उन्होंने अपने ही शब्दों में इसके पीछे की कहानी बयां कर दी,
“ जब मैं दिल्ली में था तब सुबह उठते ही पराठा और लस्सी चाहिए होती थी, उसके बाद ही पुरे दिन के काम के लिए घर से बाहर निकलता था । मैं उदयपुर आया तो देखा, यहाँ पर्टिकुलर पराठो के लिए कोई अच्छी जगह नहीं है । बस तभी ये सोच लिया था, उदयपुर को तरह-तरह के पराठे खिलाऊंगा ।”
अगर आप पंजाबी खाने का लुफ़्त राजस्थानी तौर-तरीकों से लेना चाहते है तो पराठा जंक्शन आप ही के लिए है ।
मानसून, फतेहसागर, राजस्थानी मेहमान-नवाज़ी और पंजाबी टेस्ट, इससे बेहतर क्या कॉम्बिनेशन मिलेगा ।
A two day food festival has been organised in the city by Shikshantar, a Non Profit organisation on the theme of Jaso Ann, Vaso Man or You are what you eat. The fest has been organised in the Hanuman Temple at Devali near Fateh Sagar between 4-8 p.m. in the evening. Being a variety food lover I made up my mind to visit the place. When I went there I was warmly welcomed by Mr. Manish Jain, the co-founder of Shikshantar. There were many stalls with mouth watering dishes.
The dishes were few famous national and international cuisines we have often heard of, but they have been modified with the local and healthier contents. To begin with, I started with Tacos, originally a Mexican dish, but modified as per the regional grains and vegetation stuffs of Rajasthan. The crispy base was prepared of the “Khakhra” and the topping of salads and “Rajma” or red kidney beans. The next attraction was of the Veg Kababs made of beetroot or “Chukandar”, with a nice blend of flavours of coconut and coriander chutney.
The cookie sandwiches made of Mal, Ragi or Finger Millet and fresh fruits stuffed within redefined my dictionary meaning of sweet dish, to a healthier one. Sweet dish made of sanwa, a local foodstuff, coconut laddoos, pineapple puddings, Jwar ki kheer, pinapple and Sabudana Kheer , Kokam Sharbat (Squash made of kokam) and Pina Colada (A blend of coconut milk and pineapple juice), Ragi steam bread sandwitches, etc were few more delicious, yet healthy food items present at the fest.
“Fast food has always harmed the healthy living. This food fest is in support of the concept of Slow Food movement, or the movement for switching to our home made food with local food stuffs. Today the high price we are paying for our eatables in the market is actually for the bulk amount of pesticides, insecticides, and harmful chemicals which eventually make way to our stomach. The crops like Ragi, Mal, Bajra are available locally and has been grown in villages and tribal areas from ancient times in this region. They have capacity to withstand intense climate changes. They are not so often attacked by insects, pests, etc and have great nutritive values, much greater than our conventional sources such as wheat, milk etc. These things just need to be promoted to the common masses, who want to sustain with a healthy living”
I met the enthusiastic team behind this innovative concept. The concept was coined by Manoj Prajapat and Surendra Gandharva, popularly known as Sunny. The team is energetic, confident, determined, and making every effort to promote the healthy living.
“I started working on the concept of Healthy food and healthy alternatives to fast food with Manoj Prajapat. We have worked for many years, and evolved with our idea, and made them better day by day. All the dishes presented here are cooked in zero oil and zero fat (Ghee/Butter), all the stuffs are either in their raw forms or steamed, as every nutritive value is lost on frying or cooking. We haven’t even used the cow’s milk, so as to ensure zero animal content. Coconut milk has been used as its alternative. In the sweet dishes, every care has been taken care of to ensure that there is minimal usage of additional sweeteners, and the natural sweetness has been emphasized. Still, wherever needed, we have used Gud and Misri instead of sugar.”
– Surendra Gandharva
The Food Fest will be continuing today also, with an entirely different menu than yesterday. This fest is open to all. This is a healthy initiative, and I recommend all to give a visit and taste the health. 🙂
Finally it was the 16th of January, when the 16th National Youth Festival ended, everyone was sad for they had enjoyed a new world in these days, as the whole India was brought to our own beautiful city of lakes for 12th to 16th January, and yes, we too were happy and proud to host such a great festival in our city for the first time, which was otherwise held in the capital cities of the states only.
Everyday there were variety of competitions at different locations of our city, along with a great night show in the Maharana Bhupal Stadium (Gandhi Ground). For those who have missed any part of the NYF, here we bring to you a complete wrap up of these Festive days
Here below I am mentioning the day by day different events that were held throughout the city. But before that take a look on two events that was open for all the days.
1. Yuvakriti: The mouth watering food festival at Shilpgram
Inaugurated by the sports minister, Mr. M.S. Gill, this was a mouth watering event open for all Udaipies; different cuisines were prepared which represented the complete India in Shilpgram itself. They were available at a price scheme of NO PROFIT NO LOSS fixed by the organisers.
2. Adventure Camp at Railway Training College ground
This place was all about the thrill, the excitement, and huge bursts of adrenaline rushes. Para-sailing, Para-gliding, Hot-air balloon thrilled Udaipies to the extreme.
DAY-1 (12th January 2011): Opening
This day marked the opening of the youth festival in our city opening ceremony was held in Gandhi ground in the day. It was inaugurated by our hon’ble Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari, in presence of the delegates from SAARC, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Sports Minister Mr. M.S. Gill, and many more honourable guests.
There was a march past of all the participant states in which the city witnessed the overwhelming spirit and culture of entire India
Night Show: At night, there was a laser show depicting the life of Swami Vivekananda, followed by massive boosts of fireworks, and then foot tapping performance by Punjabi singer Jasbeer Jassi.
Day-2 (13th January 2011)
The day was full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.
Night Show: There was a show by Sudesh Bhosle at night in the Gandhi ground.
Day-3 (14th January 2011)
A Day full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.
Night Show: A heart throbbing performance by Rock Bands made people thrill to their max. The show was started by “Soulmate”, followed by “Mystic Rhythms” and finally the excited adrenaline rush was taken to the extreme by “Parikrama”.
Day-4 (15th January 2011)
A Day full of competitions, whose glimpses we provide you below.
Night Show: Much awaited performance by Sonu Nigam who made Udaipur wait for his entry for a long time. Uncontrollable crowd made the work of Police Force and the security much difficult. But finally he entered the show, and really rocked it.
Day-5(16th January 2011): Closing Ceremony
The closing ceremony was held in Railway Training College ground, where there were amazing stunts performed by the Indian Armed Forces. Nine divers of Indian Air Force, from the team “AKASHGANGA”, headed by Wing Commander Jai Kishan, were dropped by an IAF Aircraft. They showed their extra-ordinary courage and performed different styles after jumping from an altitude of 5000feet carrying the Indian National Flag.
This was followed by the acrobatics and stunts, the “DAREDEVILS” team of Indian Army (Military Police). All were equipped with their “SAFED ASHWA/WHITE HORSE” which were white coloured Bullet motorcycles, and did amazing wonders with them, along with the stunts; there were two army men, dressed as jokers who amused the audience with their crazy stunts.
For a detailed photo story on the Daredevil Show, Click here
There was performance by the army band, which was followed by cultural programmes, and the prize distribution ceremony, and finally the Youth Festival said “Good Bye Udaipur” with a pledge to keep alive the spirit of “Sabse Pehle Bharat” forever.
We are thankful to our team members as well as our contributors for getting us news updates, photos and videos from across all parts of the city for all these days of the youth festival.