Madras aka Chennai has always been synonymous with the Taj Coromandel. Even as five stars and seven stars prop in and out of the city, there is always an aura around the Taj.So, when I was invited for the preview of the Claypot festival in the Golden Dragon, I could not refuse.

Flavours from the claypot at Golden Dragon

I am not too much of a foodie. In fact I hate to cook. What has however fascinated me is pots and pans. I am more interested in the tradition behind cooking than cooking itself   – the vessels used, the spices grounded, the methods used, the little stories and legends behind a dish . So, Chef Radi Prakash, Sous Chef – Golden Dragon, of Golden Dragon decided to make my meal interesting by telling me how “Claypot” as a concept originated in China as a meal for the family. Most family members used to eat out of one claypot or every member had a claypot for himself or herself. Rice, noodles, meat, vegetables and sauces were all cooked and served in that claypot and it was probably the Chinese version of a kichdi, but a family meal nevertheless. And the traditional clay cooking added more textures and flavours.

Dumpling at Golden Dragon

I started my meal with varieties of dumplings – my favourite in any Chinese meal. I can actually have a meal of dumplings. I was served Water chestnut and cilantro dumpling,Imperial vegetable dimsum and Spicy bean Dumpling. Being a vegetarian, my claypots had a mix of mock meats, flavoured rice and tofu, but for those who like a bit of meat, there is fresh sea food and imperial duck served in their claypots.  But the most sinful experience was the dessert – Water chestnut and peanut roll with Litchi Basil seed ice cream.

dessert -claypot

So, get your taste buds ticked with some interesting flavours at the Claypot festival at the Golden Dragon at Taj. The festival is on till May 4.



  1. Abhilasha 29 April, 2014 at 10:16 Reply

    OMG!! this meal looks and sounds divine 🙂 and so healthy too…..I feel sorry for what we Indians have done to chinese food aka manchurian and fried noodles..
    I just came across your blog and I am smitten…your words and the beautiful pictures mingle with one another to tell such wonderful stories..
    I am going to dive deep into your archives..

    • Lakshmi Sharath 29 April, 2014 at 15:52 Reply

      Thanks so much for dropping in and for your kind words..

      Its true that Indian Chinese is more like fast food and it has lost its flavour..that said, a lot of people do crave for Indian Chinese cuisine

  2. Narend Rajan 7 May, 2014 at 14:56 Reply

    Yummy…Yummy….Feel like having it. Great detailing about these awesome foods. The pictures makes me jump into those dishes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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