Indore, at the cusp of the Bundelkhand region in North-Central India, is a quaint little city, its streets filled with honest denizens in search of a meaningful existence. Industry, enterprise and education rule the place, as do a strong sprinkling of royal families who belong to India’s erstwhile princely states.
Rajputs and Marathas turned the city into their home, living in havelis that are two generations old, sprawling and majestic. The scions of the Jhabua, Jobat, Barwani, Sailana and Limdi families all live here, mingling with each other and keeping their world of understated elegance alive; the craft, culture and cuisine that defined princely India.
HELLO! meets some of them at the graceful home of Kumar Ganesh Singh and Arunima Singh of Jhabua, a stunning and sprawling abode where their daughter Vijaya Singh, the Kunwarani of Sirmaur, along with her brother and self-taught chef Shivraj Singh of Limdi in Panchmahal, rustle up splendid fare. Both custodians of their inherited culinary legacy, they create a blend of Mewari, Nepalese and Bundelkhandi cuisine.
The delectable lunch menu features an assortment of recipes from the royal kitchen of Jhabua. On the spread were Mutton Pasanda, Kadaknath Desi Chicken Curry, Hari Mirch Ka Keema, Yakhni Pulao, Anda Sadeko, Bhutte Ka Kees, Akhi Lal Mirch Ke Aloo, Palak Kofta, Urad Chana Dal, Golbheda Ko Pakeko Achar, Onion Tomato Raita, and Paniya. Mawa Bati Bambaison completes the meal as dessert.
Here are three of the dishes that you can try at home as well...