Indian dishes such as Amritsari fish, butter chicken, and saffron rice left a mark at the International Food Festival held in Cairo, attended by thousands of Egyptians and other foreigners.
India was part of the annual cuisine festival which provided an international menu with delicacies from across the world. India was represented by two chefs – Chefs Mr. Vikas Anand and Mr. Baijanath from New Delhi's Ashok Hotel.
According to Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Ambassador of India to Egypt said, "Indian food is prepared from the heart and it connects the people of India with those who taste it. The cuisine festival is over but it has left Cairo with a craving for more Indian delicacies”. The Indian Ambassador also said that the Indian cuisine represented well the diversity of the nation and highlighted the local ingredients, tastes, customs and seasons.
"The chefs worked hard to provide authentic tastes and flavour while providing a slight twist to meet local expectations…..the Indian booth was decorated with the tri-colour, tourism banners and films. The adoring guests, with their 'namastes' and 'shukriyas', kept coming back for more food and photographs and the chefs kept obliging them", an Indian embassy statement informed while praising the effort.
The event was organized by the leading Arab publication Al Ahram at the Dusit Thani Hotel, which saw the participation of 10 other countries.