Neel Kamal Review – Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur – India
While staying at the Taj Lake Palace I was fortunate enough to take a cooking class from Chef Chhote Lai Yadav at the renowned Neel Kamal Restaurant. This restaurant focuses on Indian cuisine and uses local Rajasthan ingredients in all of their dishes.
I was taken in to the main kitchen amongst the prep chefs preparing for the evenings dinner rush. I was immediately impressed by how immaculately clean it was, and that they were willing to take members of the public into the main kitchen.
The Chef showed me around the kitchens, went through an array of spices and explained the different tandoori ovens used. We then started cooking. We made two dishes – Mathania Lal Murg – a sauce covered chicken dish made from masala, tomato, turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds, chilli’s and other Indian ingredients. The other dish was a wrapped pomfret that was cooked inside parchment paper with bay leaves, yoghurt, turmeric and ginger.
The Chef took me through the methods of making each dish and we talked about the restaurant. The meals we made were regularly served in the dining room and both made from scratch, using fresh ingredients. It really is best when food is made this way. The food was authentic and each dish was rich in flavor. It was a valuable experience and allowed me a window to see how true Indian dishes are made. If ever at the Taj Lake Palace, it is worth taking in the cooking class. If was informative, enjoyable and the Chef was very professional. The best part is that you get to eat the dishes at the end of the class.