Continuing with the love of Ludhiana for unique and culturally inspired kitties, this luncheon hosted by Mrs Nomita Khanna, transported its attendees to the mystical lands of the Arabic nations. From the folk tales of Aladdin and the magical lamp to the alluring dances and gastronomical delicacies of the deserts, this 1000 year old culture holds some of the most spectacular inspirations to host an outstanding kitty.

So this October, Mrs Nomita Khanna (the hostess), cooked her way to the Middle East and put up a lavish spread of exotic dishes bursting with freshness and intriguing flavours; right from the appetiser to the dessert. Using the backdrop of her master lounge, which is truly an ode to architectural beauty, she rightly replicated the splendid lifestyle of the Arab Sheikhs and offered her guests an experience that they are going to remember for a very long time.

Here are some stunning pictures to take you through her wonderful work and a recipe for you to try too in the end. Thank you so much for sharing this with our readers. We are loving it!


First, THE DECOR – A gorgeous layout with use of precious silverware and Arabic props such as hookahs, mashaals and bright colourful bowls of fresh fruits.






THE WELCOME  – By Mrs Nomita’s little grand daughter, Advika, who graciously received the guests by putting a drop of itra (Perfume) on their wrists and setting up the mood for a beautiful afternoon.




THE DRESS CODE  – Harem pants, coin belts and daggers too!




Sheikh Awadh Khanna – Mrs Nomita Khanna’s grand son

Dress code for THE STAFF


Now for the most wondrous part of the afternoon – THE FOOD

For appetisers :

Yogurtulu ispanaki – Warm spinach topped with garlic yoghurt and crispy onion straws, a Turkish speciality.
Organic farmed ivy gourd timbale

For Main course – A lavish spread consisting of :

Iced almonds, olives and dates
A selection of salads – Watermelon and feta , Grilled greens and halloumi cheese.                        Dips – Chickpea and roasted beet Hummus, Baba ghanoush




Beetroot parcels
Falafel in pillow soft pita
Dukkah’s oil and carrot puree

For desert :

Persian trifle

WOW! Isn’t that what you are thinking as well? Here’s a recipe for you to try too!


Ingredients :

400 gm Beetroots

400 gm Mashed fresh cottage cheese

2 Chopped green chillies

2 tsp Chopped ginger

1/2 tsp Sugar

1 tsp Olive oil

Salt to taste

Method : Peel and slice beetroots into paper thin slices. Blanch in hot water with salt. Mash cottage cheese till smooth. In a bowl, mix green chillies, ginger, salt, sugar, olive oil and cottage cheese. Fill each beetroot slice with a little of this mixture and roll tightly. Tie with a string from a green onion. Steam theses rolls till done. About 6 minutes. Serve hot.

Once again, many thanks to Mrs Nomita Khanna for sharing this with our readers and giving them lots of ideas to host their own Arabic themed kitty.

Have a great day!

One Reply to “An Arabic theme kitty in Ludhiana (Free recipe inside!)”

  1. Thanks Aakriti & Anushka, the prolific bloggers for capturing the essence of the lunch so beautifully.

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