Saliha & Talli Joe Create Indo-Pak Independence Menu
MasterChef winner Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed will be commemorating 70 years of India’s and Pakistan’s Independence next month with a menu that celebrates the culinary heritage that joins both nations.
Teaming up with renowned Indian restaurant Talli Joe’s Executive Chef Sameer Taneja, the pair have designed a sharing feast inspired by the gastronomically renowned Grand Trunk Road on Sunday 17th September.
For centuries, Grand Trunk Road has linked the eastern and western regions of the Indian subcontinent – running from Bengal, across north India, into Peshawar in Pakistan and up to Afghanistan – and is one of the oldest and longest routes in history.
Celebrating their respective heritage, Sameer and Saliha will present a menu made up of 10 dishes that helm from Pakistan to India, with many stops in between.
This meal celebrates the culinary heritage which binds these two nations together and celebrates all we have achieved. – Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed
Each dish has been created to celebrate the flavours of Grand Trunk Road – with many authentic regional techniques used, as well as some fun twists.
Small plates such as the Chappli kebab which originates from Peshawar in the northwest of Pakistan and is traditionally made with mutton, will instead be served with venison and topped with egg and a pickle salad for the occasion.
Also the old favourite Indian Delhi butter chicken will be presented in the form of a crispy samosa and served with a rich spiced gravy.
There will be two sittings available on Sunday 17th September, 1pm and 6:30pm.
Tickets will be priced at £45pp and include two traditional welcome shot drinks and a generous selection of celebratory sharing dishes.
Saliha said: “This food journey on the Grand Trunk highway means a great deal to me. India and Pakistan share a deeply intimate food culture that has historically evolved together. This meal celebrates the culinary heritage which binds these two nations together and celebrates all we have achieved in gastronomy as a collective region, irrespective of geographically defined borders.”
WELCOME DRINK SHOT
House made fresh spiced lemonade
Sweetened yogurt & nuts topped with khoya
KOLKOTA MOCHA CHOP
Banana blossom and black chickpea fritters
SINDHI ARBI TUK
Twice cooked colacasia tossed in Sindhi spices
RAWALPINDI CORN CHAAT
Charred corn, mango and red onion salsa & yogurt foam
CHAPPLI KEEBAB GHOTALA
Lahore style mince venison with egg, mooli & pickled onion salad, anardana chutney.
OLD DELHI BUTTER CHICKEN SAMOSA
Nations favourite butter chicken but in samosa form and served with gravy
PESHAWARI KARAI NAMAKMANDI
Classic lamb stir fry from a famous food market in Peshawar, served with naan
JALANDHAR WALA SARSON SAAG & MAKKI ROTI
Mustard and spinach greens saag with corn roti, house white butter and jaggery dot.
TAXILA KHAGA MACCHI CURRY
Spiced seabass curry, served with steam Basamati rice.
ISLAMABADI PHIRNY BRÛLÉE WITH RASPBERRY, GULKAND ICECREAM
Raspberry flavour crushed rice pudding burnt with gur and served with rose jam kulfi.
Flower shaped lentil based pudding, soaked in cardamom stock.
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