Karwari Food Festival, the moment I heard this, I thought it would be inclined more towards non-vegetarian dishes. But I was wrong. They have a perfect balance of Veg and Non-Veg items for everyone.

Contents of this post:

1. What is Karwari Food Festival
2. Where is Karwari Food Festival
3. What is the Menu
4. What is the Cost
5. What are the Dates & Timings
6. How to Book the Table
7. Video
8. Photographs
9. Who is the Chef of Karwari Food Festival
10. Interview with the Chef (Audio)
11. Where is Karwar Located

What is Karwari Food Festival

Karwari Food Festival is an attempt by Masterchef Madhavi Kamat to bring the authentic Karwari cuisine to the people of Mumbai. Some of the best organic vegetables and spices which is found only in the Karwar region are used in this festival to get the real taste of Karwar. The coconuts used in the preparation of all the items are procured from Karwar. Each item is cooked in the fresh coconut oil bought directly from the coconut oil factory in Karwar.

VEGETARIAN MENU

Welcome Drinks

  • Panak
  • Butter Milk
  • Sol Kadi

Salad/Papad/Pickles

  • Green Salad
  • Sukhe Sungta Chutney
  • Toushe Hulyar
  • Beet Root Kismor
  • Utka Ambli
  • Awalya Lonche (Gooseberry Pickle)
  • Hindi (Chopped Tampared Raw Mangoes)
  • Assorted Papad
  • Fruit Sasam (Mix Fruit Salad With Masala)
  • Assorted Green Salad

Starters

  • Nirphanas Kaap (Bread Fruit)
  • Vaygan Kaap (Brinjal)
  • Kelya Kaap (Raw Banana)
  • Surna Kaap (Yam)
  • Batata Kaap (Potato)
  • Dal Vade (Lentil Cutlet)

Main Course

  • Vatane Dodi Randay (White Vatana & Red Pumpkin Curry)
  • Batata Talasini (Mustard Tempered Potato)
  • Chitmitke Opcurry (Gavar & Potato Curry)
  • Kairi Udid Methi (Raw Mango and Bitter Guard Curry)
  • Pughe Mirsang Rose (Capsicum Coconut Curry)
  • Jeera Meera Kadi (Served at Room Temperature)
  • Bhindi Sukhe (Karwari Style Bhindi with Coconut Masala)

Lentil

  • Dal Toy (Split Pigeon Pea Curry)
  • Maska Sang Amti (Lentil With Drumstick)

Rice & Bread

  • Ambe More Rice (Steamed)
  • Ukda Tandul (Parboiled Rice)
  • Chapati

Desserts

  • Sukrunde (Gram Flour & Jaggery Dumpling)
  • Kelya Mulka (Banana Flitter)
  • Chana Dal Payasam
  • Gadbad Ice Cream
  • Hangyo Ice Cream
  • Patoli (Steam Rice Batter with Sweet Coconut Stuffing on Turmeric Leaves)

NON-VEGETARIAN MENU

Starters (Fish)

  • Bangado Bhajillo (Mackerel Fry)
  • Visvan Bhajillo (King Fish Fry)
  • Sungta Bhajillo (Prawn Fry)
  • Papleta Bhajillo (Black Pomfret Fry)
  • Nagli Bhajillo (Lady Fish Fry)
  • Tisrya Vade (Clams Cutlet)

Main Course

  • Visvan Ambat (King Fish Curry)
  • Mori Sukhe (Shark Curry)
  • Sungata Che Lonche (Prawn Pickle)
  • Kurlya Sungta Sukhe (Crab and Prawn Semi-dry)
  • Karwari Chicken Masala (Green Chicken)
  • Nagli Ambat (Lady Fish Curry)
  • Tisrya Amti (Clam Curry with Drumstick and Raw Mango)

VIDEO Overview

I visited the Karwari Food Festival hosted here in Mumbai from 6th to 17th November this year.

Karwari Food Festival

Getting my hands on the starter counter, I tried three different kinds of drinks.

Panak: This was a little bit like jaggery water with a couple of more ingredients like ginger. But it was light, I mean they made sure the jaggery didn’t take over the other ingredients.

Butter Milk: It was thick with the right amount of Coriander and a mild taste of green chilly.

Sol Kadi: It was thick because they used the right amount of coconut milk in it. Secondly, the colour was like super-light purple and brownish. That means the heavy amount of Coconut milk overpowered the purple colour coming from Garcinia (Kokum). This was a different type of Sol Kadi which I had in Ratnagiri district. Of course, I was in Karwari Food Festival; hence, I got to enjoy the Native taste. I loved it.

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Welcome Drinks - Panak, Butter Milk and Sol Kadi served at Karwari food festival
Welcome Drinks – Panak, Butter Milk and Sol Kadi

Going ahead, I took my plate that came with a round cut banana leaf on it and moved to the main course counters.

Now, as soon as I opened the lid, I saw something which looks like fish, but they were not because I was on the vegetarian side of the Karwari Food Festival.

The texture creates a different impression unless you read the food labels before looking at the food. These were Vaygan Kaap (Brinjal or Eggplant), Surna Kaap (Elephant Foot Yam), Kelya Kaap (Raw Banana), and Batata Kaap (Potato). Fried with the masala. But It was not at all oily.

Vaygan Kaap and Surna Kaap
Vaygan Kaap and Surna Kaap

“I was surprised by the failing assumptions that I made by looking at the dishes of the Karwari Food Festival.”

Kelya Kaap and Batata Kaap
Kelya Kaap and Batata Kaap

Moving further, I came across two pickles.

Mango Pickle: This was super finely chopped, with very less amount of oil. The masalas are entirely different, not the usual taste that you get in Aam ka achar.

Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Pickle: These were cut in the shape of orange pieces, again semi-dry with good masalas. But I found the taste of the Amla overpowering the masala, which again I loved it.

Dal Vade has a good stuffing with a lot of grated coconut in it.

Dal Vade - Karwari Food Festival
Dal Vade
Salads at Karwari Food Festival
Salads at Karwari Food Festival
Fruit Sasam
Fruit Sasam
Utka Ambli
Utka Ambli

This is Idli made in the leaves of Jackfruit. The leaves are turned into a cone shape with the Idli dough.

Muga Mollo - Karwari Food Festival
Muga Mollo
Puughe Mirsang Rose
Puughe Mirsang Rose
Kairi Udit Methi
Kairi Udit Methi
Vatane Dodi Randay - Karwari Food Festival
Vatane Dodi Randay

Vataney Dodi Randay, had a very strong flavour of a spice which I was not able to recognize. Finally, I couldn’t stop myself by asking the Masterchef Directly about her secret. She wholeheartedly told me that she has added some Kapur in it. I was clean bold on this item.

Vatane derived its name from Kokani language which means white Pea Beans, Dodi means Pumpkin & Randay is a term for Curry. Vatane Dodi Randay is highly authoritative in Karwari cuisine.

Authentic preparation comprises of red chilli and desiccated coconut spicy, temper with mustard and garnished with coriander.

Where is Karwar

Karwar is a coastal city on the west side of the Indian peninsula, located in the Uttar Kannada district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Karwar lies at the mouth of the Kali river. It is situated between Sahyadri mountain range in the east, the Arabian Sea in the west, Kali river in the north, and harbour towards the south end.

Bhindi Sukhe
Bhindi Sukhe

The Kannada way of preparing Bhindi is generally without any gravy and is white in colour. But in Bhinde Sukhe, Masterchef Madhavi Kamat has used some of the spices used for Non-Vegetarian items with a thick gravy made up of grated coconut.

Dali Toy
Dali Toy
Steamed Ambe More Rice and Ukda Tandul (Parboiled Rice) - Karwari Food Festival
Steamed Ambe More Rice and Ukda Tandul (Parboiled Rice)
Chana Dal Payasam
Chana Dal Payasam
Sukrunde with Ghee
Sukrunde with Ghee

Sukrunde with ghee was a big surprise to me. Initially, I thought it’s a Batata Wada with oil (I don’t know why). But when I tasted it, I felt like I was having Poran Poli. So basically Sukrunde is a Wada which has a stuffing of Poran Poli, which is dry. So to balance it, one can use ghee.

Patoli
Patoli

The Patoli is made with Rice Flour and Jaggery with a lot of grated coconuts steamed in the fresh turmeric leaves available in this season. I just fell in love with Patoli.

Chana Dal Payasam, Sukrunde and Patoli - Karwari Food Festival
Chana Dal Payasam, Sukrunde and Patoli
Karwari Food Festival - Vegeterian Starters
Karwari Food Festival – Vegeterian Starters

My first round for starters.

Karwari Food Festival - Vegeterian Main Course
Karwari Food Festival – Vegetarian Main Course

My second round for the Main course. (I forgot to have rotis)

Gadbad Icecream
Gadbad Icecream
Topings and Garnishing for Gadbad Ice Cream
Toppings and Garnishing for Gadbad Ice Cream
Toppings - Gadbad Ice Cream
Toppings – Gadbad Ice Cream

Where is Karwari Food Festival

Karwari food festival is hosted by the Kohinoor Continental at their Solitaire Restaurant in Mumbai. It’s their 3rd edition.

Book Your Table

You can book your table through the phone – 9323782597 / 022-30806666 / 8879791081 / 9004058886 or book your table through our website.

Who is the Chef of the Karwari Food Festival

Mrs Madhavi Kamat is the superchef of the Karwari Food Festival hosted from 6th – 17th November 2019, here in Mumbai. She is also the vice-president of the Hotel Kohinoor Continental, it’s a 4 Star Property.

Masterchef Madhavi Kamat
Masterchef Madhavi Kamat

Full InterviewMasterchef Madhavi Kamat (AUDIO)

Full Interview with Masterchef Mrs Madhavi Kamat at Karwari Food Festival
Masterchef Madhavi Kamat - Karwari Food Festival
Masterchef Madhavi Kamat – Karwari Food Festival
Karwari Food Festival - Masterchef Madhavi Kamat
Karwari Food Festival – Masterchef Madhavi Kamat

What is the Cost of Karwari Food Festival

LUNCH

The lunch will cost you Rs. 1,100 (Approx. US$15.50*) + Taxes.

DINNER

The dinner will cost you Rs. 1,200 (Approx. US$17*) + Taxes.

*Cost in US$ may vary based on current exchange rates

What are the Dates & Timings of Karwari Food Festival

The Karwari Food Festival is from 6th to 17th November 2019. The timings are from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm for lunch, and 7.00 pm to 11.30 pm for Dinner.

Karwari Food Festival - 6 to 17 November 2019
Karwari Food Festival – 6 to 17 November 2019
The Solitaire
The Solitaire
The Solitaire Restaurant - Kohinoor Continental
The Solitaire Restaurant – Kohinoor Continental
Decorations at Karwari Food Festival
Decorations at Karwari Food Festival

This is a real boat with the oars and the fire lamp.

Leaf Decorations at Karwari Food Festival
Leaf Decorations at Karwari Food Festival
Decorations at Karwari Food Festival
Decorations
Solitaire Restaurant - Kohinoor Continental Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Coconut Malai with Vanilla Ice Cream
Coconut Malai with Vanilla Ice Cream

This was another shocker of Karwari Food Festival, they served me a Karwari coconut with tender malai mixed with vanilla ice cream. It was a blast in my mouth. Simply can’t forget it.

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