The food that brings us closer to our roots

Our heritage project Mukundgarh - Food

We didn’t much realise initially that our Haveli cooking will be so well received. We had feared that our food preparation and the flavours would be considered way too alien and adventurous because much of what we cook is rapidly disappearing from the palates of even the native Rajasthani people. Fortunately, we are now well appreciated for our sincere efforts and a demand for getting our own cookbook published is rising with every cooking engagement. Our food revival in Haveli is aimed at achieving certain objectives which are below.

Traditional Indian food is simple and delicious

Our efforts are to put forth the relevance of Indian cuisines in Indian life, spiritualism, wellness and hospitality.

Reinventing relevance of traditional foods that relied on seasonal green harvests dried and preserved for later use.

Making wholesome and delicious food which may be possible using ingredients procured locally and making use of seasonal produce. The emphasis is to cause minimum carbon footprint by avoiding ingredients that involve long transportation or upkeep.

Explaining old cooking techniques involving nutrient rich ingredients and whole grains.

Growing several vital ingredients on our own in completely organic way.

Making sense of Ayurveda inspired diets that governs balance in tastes, effects on body, wellness, aromas and visual appeals.

Indulging in pleasures of slow cooking methods that best preserve the subtle flavours and aromas. Making sense of Thali meals, the prearranged set of several dishes which are all cooked afresh and wonderfully compliment each other.

Making Indian cuisines more relevant to various palates by offering fusion of various preferences. Some Indian foods and desserts have intense tastes and imaginatively combining them with dishes of mellow flavours help westerners to relish things that they would never feel the courage of doing.

Involving our guests in the food preparations. This involves procurement of fresh provisions to even mixing of spices. Making food central to the idea of cultural exchanges that include discussions, entertainment and dining together.

Mukundgarh is among the several villages of Rajasthan’s Shekhawati region, a region which was once famous for its wealthy merchants who had built great mansions decorated with frescoes. These villages in later times were deserted and currently this region is a scene of crumbling beautiful havelis and rapidly decaying fresco paintings. Indian Moments’s own activism in Mukundgarh attempts to bring new functionality to these beautiful living spaces and the life around.