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Mother’s Day traditions in India

With Mother’s Day in the UK approaching next month, we’re sharing how the day is celebrated in our native India.

Inheriting the tradition from the US, Mother’s Day in India is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May and is a fairly modern addition to the Indian calendar. As a non-traditional Indian holiday, Mother’s Day is celebrated across the whole of culturally diverse India, unlike other festivals that are only recognised in certain religions. As a foreign festival, it’s remarkable how quickly the day has taken off across India, but then Mothers are respected and loved across the globe, and this special day is a great way of saying thank you.

Mother’s Day in India is celebrated in a variety of ways. Some celebrate in the Westernised way of giving a card and flowers, and in the capital Delhi, Mother’s Day is regarded as a big deal with discounts being offered and special TV segments dedicated to mothers. Schools are also known to put on plays and performances for the mothers of the schoolchildren. Another big Mother’s Day tradition in India is where the children take over the cooking to give the mother a break from the kitchen.

Just like many other countries across the world that celebrate this special day, it’s important to make sure our mothers get the treats they deserve. Mothers are there to guide you through life and tackle any hardships you encounter. They give you eternal love and acceptance, so make sure you say a huge thank you to your mother this Mother’s Day.

Here at multi award-winning Itihaas, we’ve created a bespoke 3 course menu, full of tasty Indian cuisine for the special day, and not only that, but mothers get to eat free! Book now to avoid disappointment. 

Click here to view the menu.

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Celebrate Holi with a feast of colours

Holi has become particularly famous in Western countries the past few years, as more and more people take on the Indian and Nepalese festival of colours/sharing love. As a great signifier that good triumphs over evil, the ancient Hindu religious Holi festival embraces all that is good and fun in the world. The celebration of Holi often involves a giant water fight, where dry powder and coloured water are thrown around in large crowds of people gathering for Holi, who then dance and party the night away.

Here at Itihaas, we’re celebrating Holi through our feast of colours. Stop by and try our Thali lunch selection for the ultimate Indian food selection and embrace colour this March 13th.

 

 

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Come see Itihaas at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Wedding Fayre!

Engaged and planning that dream fairytale Indian wedding? A huge part of the fun in getting married is the planning process, searching for that perfect venue, sampling delectable cuisine and of course, hunting down what you’re wearing on the big day! That’s why you should head on down to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Wedding Fayre this 26th February, so you can see this wonderful venue in all its fairytale glory.

From the intricate detail of its tall glasshouses, to the epic surroundings of a tropical paradise, this venue has it all to make your wedding feel truly magical.

We’ll be at the wedding fayre on the 26th, so you can come and speak to us personally about how we can turn your day into an enchanting event that will leave you and your guests forever spellbound. Talk to us about our menu options, and how we can tailor the food to suit you. We can also deliver a wide variety of other services to make your day extra special, these include, but are not limited to:

  • Wedding Décor
  • Music & Entertainment – DJs, classical music, bands, live singers
  • Wedding video filming
  • Event lighting
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Kids Buffet
  • Chocolate Fountains
  • Bars & Tailor made drinks packages
  • Ice sculptures & ice bars
  • Champagne fountains
  • Floral arrangements
  • Top table décor
  • Chair covers
  • Fruit displays

We look forward to meeting you on the 26th ! 

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Woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day with our seductive cocktail recipe

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so we’ve put together a seductive cocktail recipe video you can use to woo your other half.
Mumbai Sunset is a fruity infusion of raspberry, orange and peach for that real taste of an Eastern Romance this 14th Feb. Each layer tantalises you with a new flavour, while the kick of vodka adds a flirtatious twist, guaranteed to bring a romantic spark to your evening.

You will need:

1 x Whole lemon (freshly squeezed)

25ml Sugar syrup

25ml Raspberry vodka 

25ml Peach Schnapps

25ml Raspberry puree

Ice

Cocktail shaker

Orange juice

Fresh fruit to garnish

Instructions: 

  1. Squeeze lemon juice into glass
  2. Add sugar syrup, raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, raspberry puree and ice to glass
  3. Put cocktail shaker on top of glass and SHAKE!
  4. Get a fresh glass and fill with more ice, then pour in shaken mixture
  5. Add fresh orange juice
  6. Top off with straw and fresh fruit as garnish

 

Why not go all out this Valentine’s Day and treat your loved one to our special Valentine’s lunch or dinner? View the menu here.

 

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GET READY TO RUM-BALL WITH A NIGHT OF CURRY AND COMEDY

Spirits are set to be high this March, with the return of Itihaas’ popular curry and comedy night at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. Following the sold-out whisky-fuelled feast last September, the event is back on 31 March, giving guests the chance to indulge in a culinary feast like no other.

The Comedy Rum-Ball will see Itihaas’ head chef Pavneet Sangwan and comedian and chef Hardeep Singh Kohli join forces again, this time with Ampersand’s head chef Phil Bradley and rum specialist, Alessio Franzese from London’s famous Rum & Sugar in the Museum of London Docklands.

Combining comedy and curry, the experienced chefs have created a bespoke four-course fusion menu that starts with a selection of canapés, including samosas with a twist, mini fish and chips, and even a shot of soup. Guests will then sit down to enjoy a fabulous menu paired with the perfect rum tipple to accompany each course.

BBC Celebrity MasterChef finalist and famed comedian, Hardeep Singh Kohli, is looking forward to his return to the second city and said:

“After the tremendous success of September’s event, I can’t wait to serve up something just as exciting. During the evening, we hope to have mouths watering and sides splitting, so if you’re looking for an evening of fun and food in equal measure, you’d better book your tickets fast!”

Known for being a much-loved comedian and TV personality, Hardeep Singh Kohli is one of the UK’s finest Indian chefs. He will bring his cooking prowess to Birmingham for this special event, giving guests the chance to not only taste his award-winning cuisine but also enjoy entertainment and comedy in between courses when he takes to the stage.

During the evening, guests will also enjoy a hearty dose of rum to wash down their meals. Chosen by Alessio Franzese from award-winning London-based Rum & Sugar, a selection of fine rums will be served throughout the evening. Based in the historic and atmospheric warehouse at the Museum of London Docklands, Rum & Sugar boasts close to 200 rums, and a selection will be tasted during the Comedy Rum-Ball.

Whilst Hardeep aims to raise the roof, he will also be raising awareness of a cause close to home, as this year’s Comedy Rum-Ball will be supporting Let’s Feed Brum. A local campaign that hopes to help Birmingham’s homeless population, Let’s Feed Brum is uniting restaurants, businesses, and individuals to provide the city’s homeless with food, drink, essential supplies and friendship. Let’s Feed Brum hopes to create a pathway off the streets by providing the support that statutory services do not, with the aim of reducing homelessness in the city. If the event sells out, like the first did, then enough money will be raised to provide almost 4,000 sleeping bags or 780 five-litre flasks that would provide over 9million hot drinks a year.

Owner and Managing Director of Itihaas, Raj Rana, is a Director of Let’s Feed Brum, and hopes that the event will help raise vital funds for the homeless support group. He commented:

“The event is a wonderful excuse for a night out with your friends; an evening to indulge in food of the highest standards, with stellar entertainment and rum-galore!

“However, by supporting Let’s Feed Brum, it is so much more; it is a chance for the city to get together and show that they care about those in less fortunate circumstances than they are. The proceeds from the evening will go on to help hundreds of people throughout the year and we hope everyone gets behind our chosen cause.”

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £65 and can be booked via ticketing website ChiliTickets or by calling Itihaas directly on 0121 212 3383 or 07493 165 318.

 

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Birmingham Valentine’s Date Ideas

February 14th is only a few weeks away, and we’ve got your back when it comes to treating your loved one this Valentine’s Day with our date ideas around the wonderful city of Birmingham.

Stroll along Birmingham’s canals

Take advantage of the many canals we have here in Birmingham and take a nice, quiet stroll and see a different side of Birmingham along the canal route.

Spice up your Valentine’s at Itihaas

Book a table with Itihaas and we’ll serve you up a 3-course Valentine’s lunch or dinner that’ll be enough to make your heart skip a beat. Where better to spend Valentine’s than in the heart of Birmingham at our restaurant?! Stop for a few cocktails after your meal while we set the mood with our captivating vintage décor.  

 

Visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens is a fun day out anytime of the year, but it can be an extremely romantic setting for spending the day with your loved one. The beautiful gardens and majestic greenhouses would also make a wonderful spot if you’re planning on making a proposal, or are already engaged and want to spend V Day wedding venue hunting!

Help the homeless

If you want to do something different with your partner this V Day- why not volunteer with Let’s Feed Brum? Come join Itihaas as we serve up food to the homeless every Monday night, or volunteer on Valentine’s Day itself and do something extra special with your loved one. You won’t regret it.

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How to create your fairytale Indian wedding

Everyone deserves a wedding day that is special in every way, which is why we’ve put together some tips to create your very own fairytale Indian wedding, so that your day is everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Venue

Your venue should reflect the grandeur of a magical castle if you’re going for a fairytale theme, but the most important thing is to remember that your venue is the foundation of your big day. When visiting venues, you need to be able to picture how your special day is going to play out. Wait for the goosebumps, they will come once you’ve found the right place!

For that touch of luxury and elegance for your big day, some of our favourite venues include New Hall Hotel, Chesford Grange Hotel and the magical Botanical Gardens. Another great local option is the Hilton Metropole NEC, where Itihaas can also offer you bespoke rates on your catering!

Décor

Decorating your venue is the fun bit. This is where you can really bring your dream to life. Bring in bright colours and fairy lights to create a spellbinding ambience that will bring those fairytale elements into reality. Draping tulle fabric through your venue will immediately create an enchanting setting for those important romantic moments. Of course, flowers are essential to a wedding, and no flower is more symbolic of a fairytale romance, than the rose.

Catering

Searching for the right Indian wedding caterer is one of the most important factors of recreating that elegant fairytale wedding. Food brings people together and making sure you have a wedding caterer who will listen to all your desires and requirements is essential for your wedding celebrations. You need to be able to trust your wedding caterer so that on the day all you have to do is sit back, and tuck in!

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If you want to recreate that fairytale wedding, give Itihaas a call now on 0121 212 3383 and get a special menu created just for you and your special day.

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Give the gift of food this Christmas

The decorations are up, twinkling lights are illuminating our homes and every day we’re waking up to frosty mornings- it’s no coincidence, Christmas is nearly here!

Most of us will use this time of year as an excuse to get together with friends and family, creating memories and showing them how much they mean to us, and there’s no better setting to spend some quality time with your loved ones this Christmas, than in the enchanting, luxurious comfort of the Itihaas restaurant.

Gather your parents, children and partners, and give the gift of food this Christmas. There’s nothing more comforting than good company and great food, and Itihaas’ Christmas menu is everything you need to make sure this year is extra special.

With mains like Turkey Chettinad and Rum infused Tandoori Lamb Chop, there’s more than enough to make sure you leave feeling full of Christmas cheer.

Spending time with those you love is the greatest gift anyone could have- Let Itihaas be the place you celebrate this year, and we promise to serve you up a Christmas you won’t forget.

To book, call 0121 212 3383 or email: info@itihaas.co.uk

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Turn those Christmas leftovers into delicious Turkey Shammi Kebabs!

With Christmas Day just around the corner, many of us will be compiling a shopping list that will no doubt be more than you and your loved ones can stomach! Every year we buy a huge, succulent turkey to devour, and chances are, you’ve still got plenty left at the end of the day.

So if you’re sick of the same old Boxing Day turkey sandwiches, we’ve got a recipe for delicious Turkey Shammi Kebabs that will set your taste buds buzzing! We’ve even made a quick video to show you just how easy this recipe is to make!

 
 

Ingredients

  • 250g cooked minced turkey
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp chopped red onion
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Cooking Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix together
  2. Using your hands, form small round kebabs out of mixture
  3. Add vegetable oil to a frying pan and put on a low heat
  4. Once pan is hot and oil is beginning to sizzle, place kebabs in pan, and fry until brown on both sides.
  5. Serve on a plate and garnish with coriander
  6. Enjoy!
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Itihaas show support for Birmingham charity SAFS

Itihaas’ Managing Director, Raj Rana, has been at it again, showing support for yet another charity, Birmingham-based SAFS.

SAFS is a charitable organisation that provide health, social care and well-being services for children, young people and adults with disabilities. SAFS’ mission is to enhance the quality of life, and create opportunities for those who might otherwise be deprived from certain positions in society. Their work is invaluable, and therefore needs to be acknowledged, which is where Raj and Itihaas step in!

Raj and Itihaas used their wedding catering and event experience to help organise a fundraising event at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in June of this year. The event also marked the 20th anniversary for the charity and featured a live musical performance by four of the service users, who performed Rap, Punjabi and Rock songs. Attended by 350 guests, the event included a variety of companies linked to the charity service users and their families.

Raj and Itihaas’ support for SAFS is ongoing, and they are currently working towards creating more fundraising events for the charity. As an additional show of support for SAFS and the service users they help, Itihaas recently provided a three course meal for one member’s birthday party, with 25 guests attending.

No matter how big, or how small the event, Raj and Itihaas are ready to provide what they can to show their appreciation of such a worthy cause.

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