Awadh hosted “A Taste of Dum Pukht” on February 3rd and it was a night dedicated to Chef Gaurav Anand’s rendition of a cooking style rooted in ancient Indian culture.

The delicious menu of the night included: Galouti Kebab, Lagan Ki Raan, Awadh Murgh Biryani, Mahi Musallam, and Kurkuri Bhindi. The Mahi dish was deemed the crowd’s favorite as it was in high demand all night. This fish entree is made ‘Dum Pukht-style’ with a mahi fillet seasoned with turmeric and masala.

The plates were paired with drinks like the Gingers Tale, Hari Ghortra, and the specialty cocktail of the night, Indian Summer – Rum, Mango Purée, Club Soda, Muddled Lime, Mint & Fresh Green Chillies.

Chef Gaurav Anand, owner of Awadh, believes he has skilled the Dum Pukht technique to perfection. From the Awadhi region of India, Dum Pukht originated over 200 years ago. Anand’s dishes capture the historical method of cooking, which involves a slow cooking over very low heat. The food spends hours marinating and tenderizing. With the many sauces, spices and herbs, Chef Anand’s food is sure to awaken the palate.

Awadh is one of few Indian restaurants in the area that knows how to recreate the taste of genuine Awadhi ‘Dum Pukht-style’ cuisine and the only place IN AMERICA where you can find it!

Quaint and hospitable are some words to describe the exemplary service at Awadh. The mood was also set with candles and festive music. It is a great place for an intimate dinner or having drinks and food with friends.

Chef Anand also owns two other highly successful restaurants in NYC called Moti Mahal Delux and Bhatti Indian Grill.

If you’re looking for authentic, upscale Indian food in the NYC area, Awadh is the place to be!

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Get ready to dish it up! My name is Dina Deleasa-Gonsar and I am so happy to have you join me in my little kitchen of big dreams. You may have seen me appear alongside my family on the E! Networks “Married to Jonas.” As seen during the show food is synonymous with family and life events. I have grown up with Sunday dinner being treated like a weekly holiday. Family dinner is serious business and perhaps a lost art. My formal training comes first and foremost from my mom and grandmother. Along the way I have picked up techniques from various cooking classes from the Institute of Culinary Education and the Ninety Acres Culinary Center. I hope to continue to inspire home cooks to venture out and create meals that are the centerpieces for family time and traditions. I can put on some heels and hit up a 5-star restaurant then, chase down a food truck. Join me as I try to land somewhere between Martha Stewart and my mom in my home cooking and entertaining adventures. If you can dish it, you best believe I can eat it!