Celebrating Women’s day with Mrs Nomita Khanna’s pop up restaurant!

Dear readers

This women’s day, we celebrate the excellence and creativity of a woman, who is an embodiment of the truth, that is – ‘Hard work is the only key to success and achievement.’ Be it creative writing, public speaking, nutrition, beauty or most importantly home making. Once she puts her mind into something, you know that the outcome will be the best it can be.

I am talking about Mrs Nomita Khanna, a resident of our little city who has this gift of outdoing the class of the finest in even the simplest of things that she signs up for. It is my great pleasure to share some amazing pictures with you of a ‘RAJASTHANI THEME’ pop up restaurant that she created for a luncheon hosted at her palatial residence this February.

From the menu to the decor to the ambience, everything came together on this beautiful spring afternoon to leave her guests awestruck from entry to exit. The grandeur of the whole affair is what her guests are not going to be able to forget anytime soon.

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DRINK : Dhungari Chaach (Smoked buttermilk)

Dhungar (smoked) is a technique used to impart a smoky flavour to the chaach.

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Other accompaniments included some traditional pickles and chutneys such as Kachri ki chutney, Lehsun ki chutney and Malai mirch.

Any praise of the richness of the taste of the food and the artistic detail with which it was served would be insufficient! The highlight – the PAAN KULFI was so good that it would leave even sternest of food connoisseurs at loss of words. In all, a thoroughly enriching journey through the traditional spices and flavours of the dunes of Rajasthan.


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  • The colour theme used of orange, red and yellow, the shades associated with the aridness and wilderness of the Rajasthani desserts, were truly reflected in the gorgeous furniture, canopies and table settings of the party area.
  • A beautiful white canopy placed at the entrance with its soft muslin drapes loosely flowing with the wind gave it that eternal feel of the elegant hallways of the Rajasthani mansions.
  • Finally, the well manicured green gardens and the breezy blue sky added on the charm of the Royal palaces that the state is famous for.


  • Guests were received with a tikka ceremony from a silver thali to offer them a warm welcome.
  • The entire serving staff was dressed up in crisp uniforms with traditional jodhpuri pagris which made them look so unique.
  • As part of the table setting, each table placement held a printed menu tied up with a rugged rope to a chilli and a napkin.

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  • The guests too were dressed in Rajasthani attire adorned with traditional Rajasthani jewellery bringing alive the royalty of the kings and the queens of this regal state of our country.

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  • At the end of the lunch, each guest was gifted a nicely wrapped pack of ‘home made besan’ as a see off present from the ‘Mohan thal’.

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Finally, we thank Mrs Nomita Khanna for sharing the following recipe of ‘PAPAD KI SABZI’ with our readers (one of the tastiest dishes in the menu!) as a token love.

पापड़ – 3
दही – 1/2 कप
टमाटर – 2 पिसे हुये
हरी मिर्च – 1
अदरक – 1 इंच टुकडा़
तेल – 2-3 टेबल स्पून
हरा धनिया – 2 टेबल स्पून (बारीक कटा हुआ)
कसूरी मेथी – 1 टेबल स्पून
जीरा – ½ छोटी चम्मच
हींग – 1 पिंच
हल्दी पाउडर – ¼ छोटी चम्मच
धनिया पाउडर – 1 छोटी चम्मच
लाल मिर्च पाउडर – ¼ छोटी चम्मच
नमक – ¼ छोटी चम्मच
सबसे पहले पापड को भून लीजिये.
दही को आधा कप पानी मिला कर फैंट लीजिये.
सब्जी बनाने के लिये: कढा़ई में 2 टेबल स्पून तेल डालकर गरम कीजिए. तेल गरम होने पर इसमें जीरा डाल कर भून लीजिए. जीरा भून जाने पर हींग, हल्दी पाउडर, धनिया पाउडर और कसूरी मेथी डालकर हल्का सा भून लीजिए.
टमाटर, अदरक, हरी मिर्च का पेस्ट डाल दीजिए. लाल मिर्च पाउडर डाल दीजिये, और मसाले को तब तक भून लीजिए जब तक की मसाले से तेल न अलग होने लगे.
मसाला भून जाने पर मसाले में 1 कप पानी डाल दीजिए और ग्रेवी को ढक कर के उबाल दिला दीजिए. ग्रेवी में उबाल आने पर इसमें दही को थोडा़-थोडा़ डालते हुए, ग्रेवी को लगातार चलाते हुये, ग्रेवी में उबाल आने तक पकाइये, इससे दही फटेगा नहीं. उबाल आने के बाद नमक और थोड़ा सा हरा धनियां डाल कर मिला दीजिए.
पापड़ को छोटा-छोटा तोड़ कर ग्रेवी में डालिये, और सब्जी को ढककर 2 मिनिट धीमी आंच पर पकने दीजिए.
सब्जी बनकर तैयार है.
We hope you enjoyed reading about this unique themed luncheon and we look forward to your emails to tell us about any of your unique parties too!
Write to us at : anushkatandon19@gmail.com
Have a great day!


  • Nomita Khanna March 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Thanks a lot ‘thehushhushdiary’ & the very talented and prolific bloggers Aakriti & Anushka for showcasing my pop-up restaurant so beautifully.

  • Ashish Chaudhry March 8, 2018 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Nomita ji wow decor amazing ambience and sumptuous menu 😊and of course the hidden talent 🥂do invite us next time regards Ashish

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