This year, Accès Asie honours India and thus brings you Flavours of India, a journey into a captivating culture rich with many culinary delights, flavours and rhythms. To cook in an Indian way is to discover a world of thousand flavours and delicious smells. So, thanks to this food demostration andtasting called « Flavours of India », we will be delightfully introduced to the Indian culinary treasures.
Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Restaurant Buffet Maharaja, boasting the largest Indian food buffet in North America, will open its doors and welcome you to a food demonstration on how to make naan (Indian bread) and chai (Indian tea). With the expertise of Chef Ashok THITRA, you will learn the step-by-step process to making Indian naan, a staple accompaniment to curry dishes and other Indian foods. In India, naan is served with mostly all meals, as bread in western food culture. Persians also use « naan » as the word for « bread » where the basic ingredients of flour and water are used, yet other ingredients are added to preparing Indian naan, making it a flavourful and easy food to prepare to share with friends and family.
You will have the pleasure of also learning how to make « chai ». « Chai » means tea in India and is often a black tea from Ceylon or Assam. Milk, sugar and spices are added with the types of spices varying within regions and the simmering of these lending to the specific taste of chai. You will also enjoy a tasting of various Indian specialties prepared for this occasion by Restaurant Buffet Maharaja.
But such enjoyment will not stop there. You will be in the front row to watch Kathak dance performed by the internationally renowned Sudeshna Maulik, and accompanied by Shawn Mativetsky, Indian tabla player and virtuoso. As the tabla beats out its rhythm, let yourself be seduced by the percussive sounds and the swift movements of the hands and feet bringing intensity to this narrative dance style, representative of North Indian music culture.