Last month, a wonderful opportunity came my way when I was invited to be a part of a home chef event by the 5* hotel The Resort at Malad, Mumbai. The proposal required me to cook up a few Bohri delicacies as part of their Sunday Lunch buffet for 2 consecutive weekends.
I belong to the Dawoodi Bohra sect of Shia Muslims who are known for their lip-smacking food which is very different from the other popular Muslim curries and gravies. Bohris not only love eating but also hosting and treating others to their food. Besides non-vegetarian dishes, Bohra cuisine also boasts of certain vegetarian preparations that are whipped on auspicious days.
I chose to prepare a non-veg main course and a sweet on each day. Day 1 dishes were Dabba Gosht and Kalamro. Day 2 dishes were Kari Chawal & Malida. An impromptu drink called Gol Paani was also served on both the days.
I started to prepare for the event a day in advance as the expected number of guests was around 100. I was assigned a section of their main kitchen and a hardworking Chef trainee to help me around. The feeling of stepping into a professional kitchen after almost a decade was nostalgic. Dressed in our traditional outfit – Rida, a colourful 2 piece burkha I interacted with the guests while they sampled my food. Recipes were also handed out to guests who requested for them. All in the entire event went off well and the final seal of approval came from a visiting Bohra family who appreciated the food and my effort to popularize the cuisine. The event was also well covered before and after by media houses and bloggers who were specially invited.
I am really thankful to the staff and General Manager of the hotel to give me this brilliant opportunity that let me experience the joy of cooking and serving Bohri dishes to an enthusiastic crowd that had never tried them before. It was a wonderful experience which I shall cherish lifelong.
Till then, Love Being a Mommy!
- The event also received a 2 page-coverage in Wedding Vows Magazine- October 2015 issue. The magazine has featured the article in their ‘Food section’. I shall upload the link/image of the same, soon.