I was busy playing with humongous traffic with back-to-back meetings, when my calendar reminded me of a special dinner hosted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Tomasz Lukaszuk, along with his wife Ms. Maria Lukaszuk. It’s not an everyday phenomenon when you get to meet-greet the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Poland, Ms. Ewa Lech and learn of the various traits of India as a global business hub. So, despite the tiring schedule, on that Tuesday evening (15th March) I made a point to visit Hyatt Regency Delhi and experience an evening full of interesting thoughts and delicious food.
The evening carried on among the guests and I went ahead to talk to the guest of honor. Ewa spoke at large about the numerous opportunities witnessed in India, which is the sixth most important target market place. She clarified that Polish food products have found a place in around 70 countries globally and now she expects to find their acceptance in the kitchens in India too, after all it’s one of the growth markets. In fact, Ewa’s, along with her delegation’s, participation in the ongoing Ahaar fair is aimed at finding a conducive environment and identifying the target market for Polish food in India, thus augmenting business opportunities between the two countries. Be it vegetables or fruits, especially apples, or meat and dairy products, she feels Poland has a lot to offer that can cater to the Indian palate really well.
In fact, the event celebrated the iconic elements of Polish cuisine, and guests sampled and relished the Polish products. I too joined the others in savoring the mouth-watering Polish delicacies, from Polish Confectionery, Cheese, kielbasa sausages, juices, Vodka and Milk products, sampling of Smoked Polish sausage, beetroot soup, Chicken meat ball, Polish lamb goulash, Buckwheat groats, Pork ribs cabbage and stuffed onion, stewed green peas, carrot Buraczki, braised beetroot, roasted vegetable, rye bread, a variety of cheese, wine, Roasted potatoes, pierogi and cottage cheese. On a sweeter note, there were baked cheese cake, karpatka, creme patisserie, among others. The distinctive flavors of the ingredients without overpowering each other created a sensory blast in the mouth. It wasn’t surprising to see such impact of the food, after all Polish cuisine draws inspiration from German, Austrian, Hungarian, Jewish cuisines as well as French, Turkish and Italian culinary traditions. And the food is always rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef, and winter vegetables and herbs.In all, I had a great time indulging in conversations and getting a new perspective on the Polish culture, of course the delicious food added to the charm.
– EB / Anjali Sethi Joshi