Highways occupy a special place in every Indian’s heart, especially for the Dhabas and the unparalleled flavors that they offer. Our country being one of vast diversity, every state has their unique highway Dhaba food to offer. Novotel Hotels and Residences, Kolkata had recently organised a unique Dhaba food festival, The NH2. True to its name, the festival included popular Dhaba delicacies from all the states covered by the National Highway 2, from West Bengal to Delhi.
Litti Chokha, whole wheat flour ball stuffed with Sattu (roasted chickpea) mixed with herbs and spices served with Baigan Bharta (mashed brinjals), Aloo Chokha (mashed potatoes) and chutney, a delicacy from Bihar occupied a special section. The Chicken Bharta and Aloo Bhujia were just about perfect and made my nostalgic about my college days when they were a staple with paranthas. On that note, the festival also included a special Maggi and Chai corner which was almost a trip down the 90s lane. Other delicacies included Bhuttey ka shorba, Keema Gurda Kaleeji, Butter Chicken, Kolkata style Mutton Biriyani, Durbari Jhinga. The salads were given a desi twist and the desserts included Laddoo, Sandesh, Moong Daal Halwa among the other regular sweet treats. The spread had three choices of drinks, namely Nimboo Pani, Lassi and Chaas.