If you want to include new spices in your kitchen, visit the topmost floor of the Maharashtra pavilion. Green chilli thecha (a dry chutney) and garlic chutney that go best with rotis and vegetable curry flew off the shelves on Saturday. The vendors also sell peanut chutney, another hit among buyers. ‘Kolhapur Kanda Lehsun Masala’, made with onions and garlic.
Weavers from Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Punjab sell traditional dresses for men and women at the trade fair. Kanjivaram and tussar silk sarees at the Tamil Pavilion, embroidered silk sarees at the Bihar pavilion are a hit among the women.
Products made by the inmates of Tihar Jail are available at the Digital Tihar exhibit at the three-storeyed Delhi pavilion. Visitors can buy cookies (Rs 42), rusks (Rs 55) and namkeen (Rs 20), and bedsheets (Rs400) woven by the inmates. This is one of the most crowded areas at the pavilion.
Visitors will find traditional food items at stalls put up by cooks from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Sweet dishes such as Imarti, Rabdi Malpua and Moong halwa are sought after at these stalls. Another attraction for foodies is the Mughlai cuisine, consisting of chicken nihari, chicken dum biryani and chicken seekh kebab.
Craftsmen from Afghanistan sell rugs and carpets. Afghan carpets, known for their design, are handwoven and each piece is different and. Most of them are thick woollen pieces. They can be used for many years, vendors said. Dry fruits such as walnuts, dates and almonds also drew crowds.