Royal food: An Interview with Executive Chef, Nishesh Seth who prepares Maharaja Thali for the prince and Maharani Thali for princess at Hotel Usha Kiran Palace in Gwalior, MP of India.
It’s not served on the menu but prepared on special request at Hotel Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior. The cuisine is an ode to Prince and Princess by Taj team. The Maharaja Thali symbolizes the Maharashtrian culture of Maharaja Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia and Maharani Thali depicts the Nepalese Culture of Maharani Priyadarshini Raje Scindia. “It takes 25 minutes to prepare the Maharaja Thali which is a mix of Nepalese and Marathi cuisine”, says Nishesh Seth, who got the idea of developing this cuisine.
The Maharaja and Maharani Thali are offered in a silver dish:
₹1,750 (veg thali)
₹2,500 (non-veg thali)
- Kachumber Salad: Onion tomato salad speard over the cup shape papad.
- Nepali Sekuwa: Fresh river sole (freshwater fishes) along with Gram flour batter with Indian spices.
- Lamb Barbat: Mutton is cooked with Kaala masala (a Maharashtrian spice mixture) to gain a special aroma and taste.
- Dal Amti: It has a special tadka of curry leaves and mustard seeds.
- Bharli Vangi: Fried brinjals with Indian spices paste.
- Tarkari Kaala Masala: Kaala masala with mix vegetables.
- Nepalese Palungo Ko Saag: Fresh garden spinach cooked with chopped tomato, onion and garlic.
- Puran Poli Shrikhand: Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread and and Shrikhand is an sweet dish made of strained yogurt.
- Bhuteko Bhat: Rice prepared with brown onion and corn.
- Masala Chaas: Flavoured buttermilk.
- Raita: Prepared with Cumin (zira) and black mustard (rai).
- Salad: It uses vegetables.
MAHARANI THALI: Aloo Tareko (fried potatoes) replaces Nepali Sekuwa and Lamb Barbat is replaced by Pada kombdu (stuffed chicken).