Food blogger confession time. I hate making flatbreads of any kind. Hate the rolling pin with a vengeance. In fact whenever I think of general paratha making, I think of a Bollywood matha types, the Nirupa Roy kind of lady, who is whipping up buttered parathas and poignant one liners with equal ease. Now I am not that kind of paratha maker. I belong to the made-parathas-and-transformed-my-kitchen-into-a-flour-fest kinda gang. So I try to avoid making the stuff as much as possible.
I have a little snippet for you that I have hidden away from as many people as I possibly can for a while. I am known as Ramya Menon. But I belong to the matrilineal Malayalee Nair community from the area popularly referred to as Valluvanad (around Shornur, Edapal etc). And the popular custom there is to name the children with a suffix of the ancestral family name, so my real name ends with, wait for it, KARUMATHIL PULLARA!
I think ‘Ma Ke Haath Ke Aloo Parathe’ have been a permanent fixture in Bollywood films since the longest time. Almost like the mandatory wisecracking sidekick, these Aloo Parathas have managed to become a staple in the Hindi film hero’s diet along with the other ‘Maa ke haath ka’ favourite Daal Chaawal.
I have never been a big Pork eater. I have only condescended to eat it on Pepperoni Pizza or Ham sandwiches. Currys, never!
But all that changed when a dear uncle of mine introduced me to some spicy, yummy pork, ‘shaap style’. I have messed up several attempts to make it. But this recipe from the Nadan Kerala Cuisine FB group and Matthew Alexander is a huge hit 🙂 !
I used tinned lychee for this, but I bet you can get the same result with fresh ones, possibly even better. I made it a bit too boozy, so going to reduce the alcohol level in this recipe.
There are so many types of biryani that it becomes hard to keep track of what you like best. Hyderabadi, Ambur, Zafrani, Mughlai, and so many others. But I have a soft corner for my mom’s Chicken Biryani.
“I swayed my daughter’s father-in-law with my Puran Poli!”
Surekha, my aunt’s trusted housekeeper cum confidante, told me this with a cheeky smile. Before you get any wild bollywoodesque ideas, she was simply talking about how her delectable puran polis ensured that her daughter got a great ‘rishta’. Okay it is slightly bollywoodesque, but in a good way.
This is one of those non spicy chicken kebabs which were uber popular with the Chinese friends we had over for dinner 🙂