THE Indian Street Food Festival is this month’s giveaway from Garnish, as Namibia’s favorite Indian restaurant dives into its annual celebration.
A tribute to the beloved foods handed out by food carts, carts and street vendors across the country, this year’s festival explores dishes from four regions.
Delicious in Indian Delhi kathi fried chicken and mutton rolls, tastier in Mumbai puri and serving a selection of Chennai dosa as well as a variety of chili, chow mein and dumplings (momos) from Gangtok, the festival celebrates street food from a handful of India’s liveliest cities alongside a seafood bazaar and jalebi rabdi candy.
“Food is a religion in India and people love to eat out. In most of the streets of India you will find these little kiosks, food stalls and small trucks serving all the Indian street food that is there, ”said Garnish owner Harsh Akheniya, who hosted the Indian Street Food Festival for over six years. starting at the original location at Trift Towers. The festival usually takes place in October and November just before Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.
“Street food is part of our daily life. When someone goes to the office in the morning and hasn’t had breakfast at home, they quickly grab something and have masala chai on the road, ”he says.
“It’s part of all of everyday life. From breakfast to lunch and a quick evening snack when you leave the office. In India, people can also venture outside to enjoy a variety of drinks or treats after dinner.
“It’s inexpensive compared to what you find in restaurants. It is part of the culture and people enjoy eating out a lot in India at low prices. They can’t go to restaurants all the time, so they do. They go out on the streets and eat all this amazing Indian street food, ”Akheniya explains.
“What we are showing on the menu here would be barely 15% of the total street food we have in India, so there are many more varieties of food available there.”
While Garnir is known for its mouthwatering curries, naan, and more hearty meals, Akheniya hopes to introduce Namibians to another flavor of India.
“It’s not butter chicken, lamb curries and naans that are our daily food. This street food is consumed much more in our daily life compared to all restaurant food. We try to bring this culture because it is the flavors of India. It’s not just the flavors of Indian restaurants, ”says Akheniya, who is delighted with the continued support from customers as well as their requests to hold the street food festival more than once a year.
Garnish is also planning to host something special for Diwali, which begins on November 4, and Akheniya has the added ambition of including a rotating specialty of regional cuisine on the menu.
Almost eight years old and still going strong in Windhoek and Swakopmund, Garnish presents the Indian Street Food Festival as a love letter to Indian food on the go and an invitation to Namibians keen to experience a new level of Indian cuisine.
Garnish’s Indian Street Food Festival will take place October 1-8 at their City Plaza site in Windhoek.
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