By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

January 13, 2016

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Pongal – The Harvest Festival Celebrating Prosperity

 

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India is a land whose primary occupation is agriculture. Changes in season thus play a very important role for Indian farmers. Their lifestyles and celebrations are thus exclusively linked to the seasonal landmarks in a year. There are many Indian festivals which are in tune with a farmer’s lifestyle and also with the seasonal variations in a year Pongal is the harvest festival in South India. Pongal in Tamil means “boiling over or spill over.” The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered auspicious and denotes the future prosperity for the family. Pongal is big celebration in Tamil Nadu and Tamils worldwide. Pongal festival is associated with the harvest festival. On this day people thank the rain, sun and the farm animals that have helped in the harvest. Everyone wears new clothes and dress to the finest.

 

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In continuation of its efforts to serve authentic culinary treats from various parts of the country to its guests, The Stadel had geared up to celebrate ‘Pongal’, the harvest festival of the southern Indian state, from 13th January to 17th January at Rasam, the Pure Veg South Indian restaurant of The Stadel. The festival brings forth delectable southern delights that are sure to set the taste buds ablaze. Rasam has been hosting an annual Pongal festival since its inception and this festival is the tenth in the row.

 

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On 13th January, the opening day of this festival will witness the esteemed presence of Mrs. Tanushree Shankar (Chief Guest), Mrs. Rita Bhimani, Mr. Kishore Bhimani and other eminent guests at lunch. The curated a-la-carte menu will consist of – Pesarattu, Warangal Dosa, Amma Dosa, Khir Payasam, Gunappam, Bisi Bele Bhath, Venn Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal and more. The best of South Indian dishes are relished during the harvest festival of Pongal, making the occasion a gourmet’s delight.

 

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Talking about the festival Chef Putcha Kamraju from Rasam kitchen said “Wishing that this festival is one, which brings good luck and prosperity and hoping that it is joyous, and fills your days ahead with happiness. Have a wonderful Pongal with Rasam.”

 

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A taste of Rasam’s hot and spicy Rasam is all you need to get yourself convinced that the place is an authentic South Indian restaurant. Neat and no-fuss, this 60 cover restaurant has a cream span of marble as the floor and yellow textured walls. Huge glass windows and sleek wooden tables further characterize this eatery. The traditional south Indian touch is also added in the form of ethnic wooden artifacts and idols. It has a low calorie, pocket friendly and enviable array of mouth watering delicacies such as Dosa, Idli, Vada, Uttappam. Aficionados of South Indian cooking should also try the Rasam, Mysore Dosa, Payasam and Pongal.

 

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Relish the celebrated tastes of South across an authentic fare that heralds the harvest festival. The serene ambience will enhance the festive experience and entice you to savour a specially made lunch and dinner menus to mark the auspicious occasion. This festive season, partake a culinary journey to the southern coasts of India at Stadel.

 

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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website www.gourmetstravelguide.com.

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

Zomato ranks Rajdeep among the top ten food connoisseurs in the city. He has also been ranked number 5 and 6, in this year's Network 18 and Burrp surveys respectively, as one of the discerning food critics in the country.

Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

Rajdeep counts is as his forte the wonderful rapport he shares with different media houses. Thus his writings have already been picked up by top food journals and news dailies apart from the exposure he has to talk about them on social media. Reputation management of his clients come naturally to him be it on the virtual platform or in print.

He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.