The Radcliffe Line was published on 17 August 1947 as a boundary demarcation line between India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India. The Radcliffe Line was named after its architect, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who was chairman of the Border Commissions.
This line divided Punjab in two parts and then that created not just another country, but another Punjab too. If we look at pre-independence era, both Lahore and Amritsar has similar cuisine, yet they are distinctive. They are rich, however food in Amritsar gets its richness because of cream and butter and food in Lahore has its richness because of slow cooking and generous use of cooking oil.
It is said that the food in Punjab (Pakistan) has very distinct flavour even when they were part of Undivided India. I never got chance to visit Pakistan but have tasted their food while I was in Saudi Arabia. The slow cooking process and generous use of oil makes the food very different from what we now eat in Punjab. I have attended couple of events in past where I have eaten food from undivided Punjab and the experience was amazing. While the generous use of butter and cream makes food in Amritsar and other parts of Punjab, rich and delicious , the counterpart ( Pakistan ) relies a lot on slow cooking and generous use of oil.
Vivanta By Taj, Dwarka which opened couple of months back , launched their specialty restaurant Indus Expess where food is inspired from undivided Punjab and result is you get to taste some amazing dishes. Restaurant was inaugurated by Maharaja of Patiala Captain Amarinder Singh , who was once chief minister of Punjab. He shared his experience as food lover. I go to know that he is a great cook and very fond of eating. He also shared rare recipes of his family with the restaurant.
Indus Express brings Kashmir, Sindh, Rajasthan, Kyber along with Punjab – The food items that depict the natural flavor and taste of the colorful culture. The spicy foods with a traditional touch in them are clearly a worthy delight for any food lover. The aroma of these dishes has a intoxicating power to attract people towards it and the diversity of the these various places makes the food, even more special. This amalgamation is probably one of the best ways to pamper your taste buds while taking yourself on a cultural extravaganza. Geographical and cultural differences create a wonderful blend of a delicious cuisine which you have to taste to believe. Be it Khyber ki sardai, Sialkot Kadhai Jheenga, Dum murgh lahori, Pista khumani kofta, Gucchi aur gandane da saag – the elaborate menu curated by chefse are the dishes which have their ancestry from previous times. These have been cooked and served presently by same method. These dishes are also part of our culture.
Indus Express has a seating seating capacity of 70 people. You shouldn’t miss their signature delicacies like Kebab e Bannu, Rawalpindi Chole, Balti Dal meat, Dum Murgh Lahori, Raan e Khyber, Afghani Kabuli Palaw amongst others.
You wouldn’t mind travelling all the way to Dwarka, Delhi to taste food from undivided Punjab – This place promises to take gourmet on a food of yesteryears – The food is robust with a premium on quality and purity – The diverse culinary influence of the undivided Punjab.
The fine dining Indian restaurant located at the lobby level and will be open for guests for dinner between 7 pm to 11 pm.
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.