The only thing I was aware about Bihari Cuisine is the Litti Chokha, before landing up at Ohri’s Tansen for their Bihari Food Promotion. For a market like Hyderabad, Bihari Cuisine is never heard off and perhaps this is the first time I’ve seen a restaurant come up with a full-fledged Bihari food promotion.
Chef Amey Marathe – the Corporate Chef at Ohris is although a Maharashtrian by birth, he has spent his entire childhood in Netarhat area of Bihar. Hence the love for Bihari Cuisine. “The cuisine of Bihar is predominantly vegetarian while Fish, Chicken and Mutton are frugally incorporated. Litti Choka might be the crown jewel of Bihari cuisine but there is lot more to it. Sattu, Nimki, Dal Pitha, Aloo Dum, Bhuna Gosht etc” says Chef Amey before we got to indulge into these scrumptious & drool-inducing cuisine.
Started off with Sattu Ki Thandai – a thickened drink made of powdered Bengal gram and onions which is known to act as a coolant. The thandai was a like a meal in itself, extremely rich, heavy and yet delicious.
Next up were a range of rustic appetizers of which most of them were new to me. First up was the popular Litti Choka – made using whole wheat, black gram flour, boiled potatoes and brinjal. I’ve been exposed to Litti Choka at the various food promotions that I have attended, the one served here was huge and had very minimal Smokey eggplant flavour. A dallop of warm ghee made this litti quite a delicacy.
Nimki with a flavor of kalonji was crisp that I thoroughly enjoyed with the green chutney accompaniment. Then there was Dal Pitha – a Bihari version of rice flour dumpling that was shaped ala momos.
Dal Poori with Alu Dam was the most sought after combination for the evening. Stuffed with dal, the deep fried Poori with Alu Dam was quite good. Papad Ki Sabji that was on offer also complimented well with Dal Poori.
Although the popular Bihari Kebabs were not part of the promotion, was happy to see Bhuna Gosht – a fiery lamb based gravy sautéed in onions and some whole spices. This was indeed my favourite among the mains. There was also Bihari Chicken curry that went well with steamed rice.
For the desserts – Malpua with Rabri and Balushahi were on offer which were good in their own different league.
Chef Amey deserves a Thumbs up for coming up with city’s first Bihari Food Promotion. Special mention to Chef Santosh and the entire team of Ohris who have put in so much of thought process to come up with a different menu plus giving an opportunity for the city to this niche regional cuisine.
Thumbs up for this one !