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This August 15, Qualia is serving Colonial India-inspired dishes

Pratishtha Rana

An Independence Day special feast from the food specialists at Qualia is here! This year-old restaurant by star Chef Rahul Akerkar has stirred up the gourmet food scene with its finger-licking dishes ever since it started. It also won the Condé Nast Traveller’s Best New Restaurant Award in 2019.
The celebratory feast for August 15, Arré Too Good Man!… is a complete set of mains, desserts and drinks that serves around two to four people, and can be delivered to your home.
Qualia Saffron Coconut Rice
What’s special is its exciting theme that revives the authentic palate of the Colonial Indian era. The menu is all about rich Anglo-Indian recipes; think Tamarind Coconut Pomfret Curry, Cashew Curry, Saffron Coconut Rice, Railway Vegetable Cutlets, Goan Red Rice Halwa and a lot more.
Chef Akerkar takes LuxeBook on a flavourful journey of Colonial India through the festive menu. We trail along.
Chef Rahul Akerkar
Chef Rahul Akerkar
A shout out to the Anglo-Indian community
Back in 1999, Akerkar opened Indigo in a Colonial bungalow in Colaba, which introduced the concept of European fine-dining in the Maximum City. This week, he revisits the nuances of Europe through the lens of the Anglo-Indian community in India. “It seemed like a really nice thing to recognise Anglo-Indians and their transition between Britain and India during the Independence phase,” says Chef Akerkar.
He adds, “We got our independence from the British, but they’ve never been able to shake off the influence of our rich culinary heritage in their food!”
Qualia Railway Vegetable Cutlets
A flavour fusion like no other…
The chef thinks that the menu has a really nice blend of sweet and sour and a wonderfully balanced play on aromatic spices. “Anglo-Indian food evolved from the Indian ‘khansamah’ cooks who used to work for the British in their homes, government agencies and administration offices,” he says.
He further adds that these cooks brought their culinary traditions to the kitchens of the British and improvised those recipes to suit the English palate. The resultant dishes ended up becoming a fusion of Indian and Western elements.
From the current menu, Dak Bungalow Chicken & Egg curry is a great example of it.
Qualia Dak Bungalow Chicken & Egg Curry
Akerkar’s top 3 picks from the menu
His personal favourite is Mother-in-Law’s Fiery Tongue, a chutney with amazing flavours. Others on his must-have list are Buff Glacie, a Colonial Buff thick-gravy curry with tangy mango chutney; Portuguese-inspired Brinjal Potato Vindaloo that packs hints of vinegary taste; and a really unique dessert Dhol Dhol made from Goan red rice, coconut and black jaggery.
Qualia Dhol Dhol
Other dishes in the meal include Snake Coy Stuffing Curry, Radish Red Lentil Curry, Cabbage Foogath, Dol Mash and Groundnut Chutney. Chef reccomends pairing this Anglo-Indian feast with The Teatotaler, a mix of Earl Gray, hibiscus, lime, and tonic.
Qualia Teatotaler
Family Experientials
Akerkar plans to continue to explore family experiential meals during the festive season as things are going to be dialed down and people are going to stick to home dining experiences.
It (the meals) will be a play on comforting, wholesome dishes,” informs Akerkar.
Qualia’s Independence Day special menu Arré Too Good Man!… is available for pre-orders only.
Book your meal by August 14 to get it delivered on August 15. For August 16, home delivery, order latest by August 15.
Call +91-7304586862 to place your order.
Price: ₹4,135 for two; ₹8,270 for four (Price inclusive of taxes).
Read: Good food for a good cause: The Bombay Canteen’s Independence Day Daawat is back

Pratishtha Rana


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