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The thattu kada porotta becomes elitist

The on going porotta festival has many delectable surprises!


IN THE great Kerala tourism dream, after the backwaters and Ayurvedic packages, eating at a 'thattu kada' is a must-do for most travellers. Practically every one from outside Kerala wants to savour the taste of eating porottas from the push carts found parked at strategic junctions all over the city. Unfortunately, while the heart desires, the un-hygienic preparations and seedy appearance makes most people balk at the thought of eating there.

For such hungry souls the Avenue Center Hotel at Panampilly Nagar, is holding an authentic porotta festival that attempts to give you the same delicious fare in their swank, ultra-modern coffee shop Hot Plate. Choose from a range that is both time tested and new. For example for the traditionalists there is the `thattu porotta' made the way Kurien Kutty (who runs the thattu kada in your neighborhood) does. But if you are in the mood to experiment the `two in one porotta' comes highly recommended and is very popular with customers. Made of alternating layers of egg and beef, it is light, fluffy and practically melts in the mouth. If you wish to substitute it with any other meats the chef will definitely oblige. "We have a lot of customers who want to add different fillings to their `two in one' porotta. Someone wants to add more cheese or mushrooms or vegetables and we always do it for them," said Regee Savior, F & B Manager, Avenue Center.

Some of the other porottas on the menu include erachi porotta (beef), fish porotta, chicken porotta, vegetable stuffed porotta, cheese mushroom porotta and Kichipalayam porotta (a roomali roti look-alike). These porottas may be eaten with accompaniments like chicken curry, mutton curry, beef fry or vegetable korma. But our pick of the accompaniments is the fish roast that comes with a smooth, tangy gravy that tastes divine. Another interesting addition to this predominantly Kerala menu is the `kothu porotta' that is very popular in Tamil Nadu. This porotta, if it can be called one, is a made of porottas and egg which are shredded and pounded together. When served it could pass off as scrambled eggs!

The porottas are priced between Rs 15 - 35 while the accompaniments are priced much higher at Rs 60-75. Portions are quite generous and filling. For those with a sweet tooth, the honey and dried fruits porotta will prove to be a big surprise. Primarily included in the menu for children, it's a delightful dessert after such a heavy-duty meal. Or you could sip on a refreshing glass of Sulaimani tea (a light decoction of tea, mint and jaggery with no milk), which is a Malabari drink that is said to aid digestion.

So indulge yourself at the porotta festival that is open for lunch and dinner till the October 5.

VINITHA NAIDU

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