Yaoshang, the Manipuri Holi festival, is celebrated for five days commencing from the full moon day of Phalguna. The spirit of Yaoshang reverberates in the capital with some finger-licking food at Rosang.

Located in south Delhi's Green Park and owned by Mary Lalboi and her husband Muan Tonxing, Rosang celebrates the festive spirit by serving authentic Manipuri delicacies made specially for the occasion. The restaurant has a homely ambiance. The walls are decorated with photos about the culture, customs and lifestyle of the Manipuri people.

"Holi is widely celebrated in Manipur. Food festivals like this are an attempt to provide a homely feel to those who are far away from their family," says Lalboi. The owner, a good cook herself, added that Rosang equally celebrates other festivals from northeast by hosting niche food festivals. "All the spices and herbs are brought from Manipur to give an authentic touch to our food. Rosang is an attempt to promote the traditional foods of northeastern states under one roof," added Lalboi who is not in favour of a bar or live music in her restaurant.

The speciality of the food festival is the Yaoshang thali. Through this one thali they serve  a variety of food which will leave you bewildered about where to begin the meal. Starting from the beverages to desserts, the thali comprises of 13 delicacies - all authentic Manipuri dishes. You will be mesmerised by the well-maintained balance between the rich taste and the homely flavour.

The Yaoshang food festival began March 3 and will continue till March 15. The Cost of Yaoshang thali is Rs 799 that serves two people.


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