Kerala Food Festival at Courtyard Marriot Paprika Café till May 20th
Kerala food is quite popular in Chennai with few specialty restaurants serving authentic mallu cuisine. It was a welcome food festival at Courtyard Marriott – Paprika café as Chef Saji P Alex, the masterchef who has cooked for Ellen de Generes, curated the special dishes that spelt traditional Kerala food in every mouth. The festival is on till 20th, do read our experience and look out for that exquisite offering at Rs.1399 plus taxes. The festival menu has the special dishes along with the regular menu and is quite widespread and quite satisfying to our palate. We had starters, main course, dessert and a special mention to the chips and pickles that drew us repeatedly towards the counter. The ambience was so aesthetically organized to give a street food feel and being in Kerala environment. Now to the food – We had two starter options Cheeri masala vada. This was our typical south Indian vada, a crunchy spicy starter, a good start to a lovely culinary experience.
Kool Mulugutthu is a spicy mushroom masala with a good dose of red chilies. It was interesting to know that in Kerala, people cultivate their own mushrooms and use it in their daily food preparation.
The live Appam counter made sure we got hot appams – the necessary attribute to this dish. We had it with onion and tomato and coconut based veg stew.
Pachakari Valarthiyathu is a dry curry with vegetables that includes drumsticks with a liberal dose of curry leaves and onion.
Then there was puttu with pachakari mappas. Pachakari Mappas is a coconut and coriander powder based gravy with generous helping of local vegetables, carrot and potato. We loved the fact that this food festival was celebrating the locally grown vegetables and specifically mushrooms and drumsticks being the most popular ones.
Muringakakai thakkali chaaru was more like a sambar and went well with white rice. The chaaru had organic drumstick and it was surprising we were served white rice instead of typical Kerala rice which we understood would be served from the next day onwards.
Accompaniments included kai murukku, sweet banana chips, nenthrankai chips and jackfruit chips. An amazing addition which came from the mallu land exclusively for us.
All types of pickles were available, the heroes to us were the garlic pickle and the bittergourd pickle. This too from Kerala.
Added to the beautiful presentation we saw, Pachadis, pineapple and beetroot were too good.
In dessert, it was regular fare, exceptions are the Elaneer payasam served in coconut shell, gulab jamun, carrot halwa was superb, mysore pa and cakes.
In beverages, you can enjoy the Sulaimani tea and authentic nannari sherbet. Do not miss Mango sin, a spicy mango drink that gave the taste of mango pachadi with a difference.
In addition to the above specialty dishes, we enjoyed the regular menu too, an interesting collection of dishes that made the whole menu interesting and full of options.
Location : Courtyard Marriot – Paprika Cafe, Anna Salai, Chennai
Kerala Food Festival From 14th May to 20th May
Price : Rs.1399 + taxes
Posted on May 18, 2018, in Food, Restaurants and tagged chennai, courtyard marriot, food blogger, food festival, food review, kerala food, paprika cafe, vegetarian. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.