A stay at one of the newest gems in the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad is incomplete without a royal meal at the famed Dum Pukht Begums. Celebrating the hidden and undiscovered recipes from royal kitchens, a meal at this restaurant is nothing short of delightful.
A bunch of us bloggers from Bangalore were invited for a weekend stay at the newly opened ITC Kohenur and our first meal at the hotel was at the magnificent Dum Pukht Begums.
Specially crafted, rich and delicious food served in the best silverware. The ambiance is beautiful, with crystal chandeliers leading us to our private dining space and the elegance and grandeur of the decor are in sync with the royal feast awaiting us.
The menu at Dum Pukht Kohenur is all about celebrating Hyderabadi Nawabi flavors. Each of the dishes cooked to perfection that the amalgamation of flavors in the mouth give you a taste of the divine experience of dining like the royals.
Dum Pukht is a signature ITC offering and stories of the Nihari and Raan at this royal restaurant is quite popular all over the country. The style of cooking is slow cooked with a lot of love and use of traditional spices. We were in for a royal feast of close to 20 dishes, each with a different taste and flavour profile to bring to the table.
The first dish that made its appearance on our table was the Hara Kebab Awadhi and I was completely enamored by this one, it stays true to the phrase ‘melt in your mouth delicious’. Being a pescatarian, I thought my options at the restaurant would be limited, but I was in for a pleasant surprise . The next Veg starter was the Seb Zamini, a beetroot starting oozing with ghee, another dish that was well appreciated by both the vegetarians and non-vegetarians at the table. The Mahi Lagan Zaffrani was lovely too, a beautifully cooked slice of Murrel fish flavored perfectly with saffron, cumin and cardamom.
Next up, for the Qorma, Qalia, Salan and Niehari. We had the Dakhni Chowgara and Begum’s Mahi Qaliya, both of which had prominent subtle flavors, the latter boasted of the rich Hyderabadi flavors of tamarind and mustard. The paneer Qasar-E-Pukhtan was delightful and the Dal Dumpukht at Dum Pukht, is one that has earned a name all over the country. As accompaniments, we were served the Warqi Paratha, and traditional Khamari roti, both of which was just perfect to mop up the delicious curries.
What a trip to Hyderabad without a good biryani right? We were treated to a phenomenal Gucchi Pulao of saffron flavoured rice with morrels stuffed with herbed cheese. The non-vegetarians were quite happy with the Dum Pukht Biryani which was specially brought in a sealed handi.
To end our meal in true royal fashion, for Meetha, we had the royal platter consisting of Badami Kheer, Khubani ka Meetha and Shahed-e-Jaam. All the desserts were absolutely delightful and had an exquisite balance of flavours and textures. I loved the texture of the ground almonds in the Badami Kheer and the freshness of the Khubani ka Meetha ensured that it’s the best one I’ve eaten.
On you’re trip to Hyderabad, if you’re looking for a meal that takes you on a gastronomical journey of the royal kitchens on India, then Dum Pukht Begums at ITC Kohenur is the place to be.
Blog on my stay at ITC Kohenur: https://alittlebitofcaro.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/inpired-by-the-nizams-itc-kohenur/
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