Culled from different KITCHENS
`Mattancherry Re-Invaded', a food festival showcasing the culinary variety that exists in the historical area of Kochi begins tomorrow.
CASINO HOTEL'S Brunton Boatyard, Fort Kochi, is once again spreading out a culinary feast of the several communities that inhabit the area. After the success of last year's, `Mattancherry food festival,' this year the gastronomic extravaganza is aptly called, `Mattancherry Re-Invaded.' It is of course a most welcome invasion!
The Brunton Food Army as they call themselves, headed by `Kitchen General', chef Sanjan De and `Minister', , Erine Louis, the manager, are all set to stage the formal culinary invasion tomorrow, which will last till 28 September.The siege that began last year with the raids on ancestral and colonial homes in the area to collect authentic recipes has brought Brunton Boatyard, a rich booty, which no one ever thought existed!
The `Mattancherry Re-Invaded' culinary festival as Erine Louis points out are repeats of some popular dishes at the festival last year, as well as new ones . Chef Sanjay De has done a critique of the response last year and hopes that in this year's version he has been able to include a more balanced menu, which takes into account various food items, and preferences considering the differing tastes of the wide clientele that a festival such as this one would attract.
The meal has authentic Portuguese appetisers such as Solkadi, made of ripe cocum, coconut milk and home made wine, soups based on recipes of the Kutchi Muslims, Christians, Portuguese traders and Tamil Brahmins, vegetarian and non-vegetarian starters from Bohra Muslim, Christian, Kutchi and other traditions and a wide variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries, though this time there is greater accent on the cuisines of the Christian and Muslim communities here. There are also the rich rice repasts without which a meal in Kerala would be incomplete.
For dessert, there are seven sweet dishes to choose from, besides which the historically named cocktails will raise your curiosity. Perhaps your hosts would tell the story behind the names. A couple of mocktails are there to savour from as well!
The Brunton Boatyard hopes to publish the uncommon recipes both from last year's and the present food festival, `Mattancherry Re-Invaded' menu, informs Mr. Louis.
So get ready to be a part of the culinary invasion.
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