Kesariya, the very name instills a cultural and traditional vibe and no place better than Kesariya (Shekhawati thali restaurant ) can live upto the expectations. Kesariya takes its patrons on a royal trip full of rich lavish food and elegant traditional decor, doing complete justice to what it intends to deliver – the unique Culinary experience from the dessert land.
The food is served in a thali because a la carte ordering wouldn’t render the true essence of a Shekhawati meal, which is complete only when the blend of flavours from all 25 delicacies are together. One outstanding feature of this place, the thali and other utensils are all silverware, not regular steel, thus ensuring the royal maharaja touch.
It ensures to keep the food very real and authentic by incorporating traditional ingredients like jaggery, Kesar, ghee, Bajra and so on. Not only are their masalas, but there cooking team is also brought down directly from the region it is from. This beautiful place is located above the Nexa showroom and has an elegant traditional palace like decor with wooden tables and cushion base chairs.
Two drinks– masala chass and pudina neembu Pani were served. Masala chass was light and decent in taste, with apt masala not killing the intended essence. Pudina nimbu Pani was unique and a gem of a drink in itself. It had Tulsi touch as well. Served lukewarm.
Starters included pyaz ki kachodi, bhutte ka pakoda and mirchi vada, all well spiced up and flavourful.
It is said that Rajasthani’s also believe in having a little sweet before the main course, and hence the jalebi rasmalai sandwich, such a delight to eat.
Dal Bhati churma with kachumbar was served. It tasted good , not very authentic though. Still the kachumbar was done excellent.
Green chutney, garlic chutney and acharwere served. Papad was crisp and flame cooked, not fried.
Dal panchmel was excellent, had real flavor and spices were correct, had light consistency.
Dum ka paneer was excellent, soft pieces well simmered in delicious veggie loaded gravy.
Mawa kaju mutter was a winner , light whitish gravy with well cooked peas and excellent flavor of cashews being rendered, I personally loved it.
Sangar ki sabzi , a vegetable not so common and very popular in Rajasthan, this was a good try. Had mild spices.
Bhindi masala was another decent affair, mild spicy and rightly cooked to softness.
The very special daily diet item of Rajasthanis, bajre and dahi ki raabdi, having light consistency and slightly khatta taste, something new for me and admirable.
Kanji ka pakoda was pungent as supposed to be due to mustard based liquid and soft pakodas.
Moong dal ka halwa was an instant heart winner, it had the right texture, the right sweetness and a splendid flavor. I ate more and more of this.
Fruit cream was part of dessert along with moong dal halwa.
Phulka, bikaneri dal ka parantha and Bajra methi ki puri were all served hot and nicely prepared.
Ram kheechdi was my personal favourite in the two rice items as it had the flavour is so longed for, the very homely flavor of North Indian kheechdi.
Lauki dum biryani was decent and steamed as well as ghee rice were also available.
Finally ending the thali with chopped pieces of delicious Kesari kulfi, absolutely tasty.
My visit coincided with their running chaat festival which had the following chaat delicacies-
Pani Patasha– with tangy water and chickpea sprout filling and tamarind chutney.
Raj kachodi and katori chaat are some rare dishes to find in Bangalore, and hence having them here was quite elating.
Papdi Chaat,Palak Papdi Chaat were some other traditional items available.
Aloo Tikki chaat ,kachori Kadhi chaat and Samosa Chole Chaat topped with sweet curd, spicy coriander chutney and tangy tamarind chutney all ensured that the chat festival had all the prime items.
Urad Dal Pakodi chaat,Moong Dal Ka Dahi Vada and Dahi Gunjiya were also available and quite delish.