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Holi celebrated at Stratford hotel restaurant with special five course menu

Leamington Editorial 18th Mar, 2024   0

A TOP Indian chef at a Stratford hotel is hoping his special Holi menu will leave a colouful impression.

No.44 Brasserie at The Arden Hotel is hosting a “Holi Special” five-course food event on Saturday (March 23) to commemorate Holi – the Hindu festival of colours – which is being officially celebrated by millions across the world on Monday March 25.

The festival is based on a Hindu legend with people seeing the festival as symbolising new beginnings, and as a time to mend relationships and start afresh – with many smearing bright colours on friends and family.

Chef Abhijit Dasalkar, who left India for the UK 20 years ago, is behind the restaurant’s limited edition Holi menu, and is hoping to leave a colourful impression on customers later this month.




The menu takes diners on a mini tour of India’s states, including Haleem with Pav, which is a stew composed of meat, lentils, and pounded wheat made into a thick porridge, and served with soft milk bread roll.

Dessert features the Gajar Halwa, Rabri “panna cotta” which is an enriched carrot pudding made with grated carrots, milk nuts and clarified butter, along with milk flavoured with cardamom, rosewater and saffron.


Abhijit started training to become a chef in 1999 in India but – keen to expand his knowledge – he packed his bags and moved to London to complete a diploma in French Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu in 2004.

He said: “My aim is to introduce Indian food lovers to a whole new dimension of the cuisine – to the point where they won’t be able to look at a chicken tikka masala or chicken korma in the same way ever again.

“Diners will be amazed at the different depth of flavours generated by different combinations – most curry lovers wouldn’t normally associate a stew with Indian cuisine for example.

“Being able to sample such a variety of Indian dishes at the home of Shakespeare next to the river Avon is a special occasion – and I’m sure The Bard himself would approve.”

For more information visit www.theardenhotelstratford.com/event/holi-special

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