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Ministry of Tourism organises webinar on “Promoting Destinations with Authenticated Cuisines” under Dekho Apna Desh

Newdelhi:21/9/20: The Ministry of Tourism’s Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series titled “Promoting Destinations with Authenticated Cuisines” on 19th September 2020 focused on India – a land with varied cuisines. Each state, area, and region has unique traditional dishes which are suited to its climate and the grains, vegetables, spices, herbs, and fruits that are locally available are cooked in different styles and variations. India’s traditional cuisine is not only delicious but also extremely healthy and the spices & herbs added to the dishes help boost immunity and good health. Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series is an effort to showcase India’s rich diversity under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat and it is continuously spreading spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat through a virtual platform.

The webinar focused on some traditional dishes from three states – Uttaranchal, Punjab, and Delhi.   The webinar was presented by Mrs. Radha Bhatia, Chairperson of Bird Group, Mr. Anooj Wadhawan, Executive Chef of Roseate House, New Delhi, Mr. Chetan Rana, Executive Sous  Chef of The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh, and Mr. Anand Panwar, Executive Pastry Chef of The Roseate, New Delhi.

Mrs Radha Bhatia who is also the author of the book ‘Lassis of India- Smoothies with a twist’ has won the prestigious World Gourmand Award presented the webinar. She started her presentation talking about civilization, tradition, culture, religion, weather conditions and natures which have played a major role in the way the food is prepared.  India’s civilization starts from the Stone Age and traditions, recipes and their secrets have been passed on from generation to generation.  Invaders like Mughals, Afghans and Persians have also brought in their food techniques & cooking styles to India.  Spices grown in India were a big fascination for the Europeans and the Britishers for trade purposes.  India is a mysterious country with different climatic condition, varied vegetation, soil, natural resources, cooking techniques etc., Mrs Bhatia further added in her presentation.

Chef Chetan Rana shared the recipe of Pumpkin leaves BhajiChutney and conducted a live cooking demonstration for the viewers to see & learn. He cooked the main dish in an iron kadhai with basic spice ingredients and also insisted on moderate use of spices in order to maintain the natural taste of the pumpkin leaves.  Chutneys made using a grinding stone taste authentic & delicious.  He also displayed a beautiful Satvik Uttarakhand Thali containing KafuliChutneyPhaanuBaadi, Rice, Kumaoni RaitaDubukJhangora ki Kheera etc.

Chef Anand Panwar shared the recipe of Ram Ladoo, Daulat ki Chaat and conducted a live cooking demonstration for the viewers to see & learn.  Talking about Chandni Chowk & its street food, he highlighted the different food lanes (Gali) like Paranthewali Gali, Chaatwali Gali etc.  Ram Ladoo, a preparation of Channa & Moong dal with ginger, cumin, salt is fried in oil and topped with sauce, raw onion, radish and pomegranate.  A very popular dessert in Chandni Chowk called Daulat ki Chaat was first named by Mr Khem Chand of Moradabad.  This dessert is prepared with full cream milk, sugar, dry fruits and saffron.

Chef Anooj Wadhawan highlighted on Avadh food and the concept of Dum cooking.   He conducted a live cooking demonstration of Murgzamendoz, a preparation of chicken marinated and rolled in Roomali Roti and cooked in Dum.

All the Chefs were inspired & motivated by their mothers’ cooking which inspired to pursue cookery as a profession.

India believes & promotes Athithi Devo Bhava, the concept of treating guest as God. Summing up the webinar, Ms Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Government of India urged people to cook, experience and enjoy the beautiful nature that all of us are blessed with.  She also underlined the need for us to respect nature and learn to coexist with nature.

The Dekho Apna Desh webinar series is presented in technical partnership with National e Governance Department, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The sessions of webinar are now available on the https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbzIbBmMvtvH7d6Zo_ZEHDA/featured and also on all social media Handles of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

The next webinar titled “Rural Tourism: From Previous Niche to future norm” is scheduled on 26th September 2020 at 11.00 am. Register in advance:

https://digitalindiagov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6ydAovSPQtaSCTwzaaNwtw

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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