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Crab Papad Rolls from Indique - A big hit at the Varli Food Festival NYC


 Our Chefs getting the crab papad cones ready.


Varli Singh and the chefs at the Varli Food Festival in NYC


L to R: Chef Vikas Khanna, Padma lakshmi, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Varli Singh. Hmm..Not sure what the joke was, Vikas is laughing away.


The Varli Food Festival, an Indian culinary and chef showcase, concluded about three weeks ago on April 5th, 2012 in New York City. I must say that the Varli Festival was very well organized and flawlessly executed. Padma Lakshmi, host of the show Top Chef, and Sanjeev Kapoor, celebrated chef from India, were joined by several other celebrity chefs from around the world. 

It was such a delight to see so many Indian restaurateurs and chefs come under one roof to showcase the cuisine of India. There was wide media coverage for the event from various television channels and newspapers such as The New York Times.

Our crab papad rolls from Indique/Indique Heights turned out to be such a big hit that they were featured in The New York Times, in "Outlook India" and above all Padma loved it... Padma Lakshmi loved it...

The photo below was featured in The New York Times - Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi enjoying the crab papad roll from Indique.


See what "Outlook India" magazine had to say about Indique's crab papad roll at the Varli Food Festival.

"CRAB APPLES - Not that it requries any great skills to catch crab in Manhattan, but curing the meat is a lesson best learned from experience. Masters in the art descended on NYC from the US northeastern seaboard to showcase their skills at the Varli Food Festival. Of those partaking, Padma Laksmi played the bait." - Outlook India


Welcoming Padma Lakshmi


Surfy Rahman greeting Padma Lakshmi 


In conversation with Padma Lakshmi


Being introduced to Executive Chef S.Balamurugan


 Being introduced to Executive Chef Abraham Varghese


Padma Lakshmi enjoying her crab papad roll


She goes in for seconds!


At Junoon restaurant - Surfy Rahman, K.N.Vinod, Walter Rozario, Prasad Chirnomula, & Rajesh Bhardwaj


With Chef /Restaurateur Vikram Vij of Vij's in Vancouver, Canada


With Chefs Maneet Chauhan, Vikram Vij, Jehangir Mehta, K.N.Vinod, and Shipra Khanna.



Ready to get in to the Limousine - for the ride with fellow chefs 


Restaurateur Surfy Rahman at the Red Carpet walk


L to R : Chef K.N.Vinod, Chef S.Balaurugan,Chef Vikas Khanna, and Chef Abraham Varghese


L to R: Restaurateur Rajesh Bhardwaj, Chef Hemant Mathur, Chef K.N.Vinod, and Restaurateur Surfy Rahman



With Chef Floyd Cardoz and Surfy Rahman

With Chef Maneet Chauhan


 With  Chef Walter d" Rozario


With Chef Aliya Leekong  


 With Sant Chatwal at the Varli festival.


L to R: Chefs K.N.Vinod, Ajay Chopra, Kunal Kapoor, Vicky Ratnani, Shipra Khanna, Varli Singh, Peter Beck, Prasad Chirnomula, Saransh Goila,Romy Hardeep Gill,and Harpal singh Sokhi.


Restaurateur Surfy Rahman and Chef Vicky Ratnani at the Varli festival.


 L to R : Chefs Vikram Vij, Vicky Ratnani, Kunal Kapoor, Ajay Chopra, and Hari Nayak


L to R : chefs K.N.Vinod, Ajay Chopra, and Kunal Kapoor

With a Correspondent from TV Asia, Chefs Prasad Chirnomula, Kunal Kapoor, Ajay Chopra,Sanjeev Kapoor and K.N.Vinod

Some of the photographs - courtesy - Varli food festival