The Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan may have met in Delhi for diplomatic talks to improve bilateral relations, but in Lucknow efforts of another kind are on to improve ties between the two countries.
The city is hosting a Pakistani food festival—Zaika-e-Pakistan — and on the platter are Peshawar’s famour Chappali Kebabs.
“We are preparing Chappali Kebab. These are made from mutton and are usually bigger in size. They are very popular and a real favourite with people,” said Mehboob A Khan, executive chef, Hotel Avari, Lahore.
The idea behind the ten day long festival is not just to familiarise people with Pakistani cuisine, but also to bring them close together through this unique interaction.
“Our governments are talking to improve relations with each other. We in the hotel industry also wanted to contribute in some way and thought a food festival will be ideal,” held Sanjay Aggarwal, executive chef, Taj Residency.
The festival offers a sumptuous spread of dishes with exotic names like Lahori Machli and Murg Baluchi.
“I enjoyed the Murg Baluchi and Chappali Kebabs. Even the fish tasted really good,” said a visitor.