If there is one sub –culture cuisine that is popular all over India then it is the Chettinad Cuisine. From sun dried meats, salted vegetables and freshly crusted spices, the cuisine of the chettiars is a bagful of flavors.
The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace is hosting a 10 day long festival to celebrate this most renowned fare of the Tamilnadu repertoire. Was happy to have been invited for a preview the past week where a plethora of deceptively delicious dishes were on offer by Chef Jagadeesh from Westin Velachery.
Started off with the insanely addictive Uralai Kuchi Varuval – a spicy and crisp potato snacker that was later followed with Karuvepillai Era Masala – a golden fried deep prawns in curry leaves. Kozhi Malli Varuval on the other hand was a spicy chicken roast that was quite flavorful and perfectly served as a side dish.
Vendakkai Rassam – a thin soup which forms as an essential part of the Chettinad cuisine was comforting, warm and delicious. The live counters as part of the spread at Seasonal Tastes also had incorporated some of the signatures from Chettinad Cuisine. I thoroughly relished Grilled Pink Perch, Kothu Paratha topped with a sunny side up, and the ubiquitous Kadala Curry served with Kal Appam.
Exploring the spicy and spirited cuisine of the Chettinad, we started off with the mains. Kai Gari Khorma – Mixed vegetables in coconut gravy, Kavi Poo Melagu Perratal – Pepper cauliflower, Vathal Kolmbu – Pea Aubergine were some of the dishes for vegetarians while Kari Melagu Curry – a mutton pepper masala worked wonderfully well with steamed rice for a non-vegetarian. A Chettinad meal is never complete without the popular Chettinad Mutton Biryani. The biryani is the best example of how special ingredients and freshly ground spices lends it a unique flavor to the whole cuisine. The biryani served although was not cooked with sera samba rice, this was absolutely fuss free, immensely satisfying and one pot meal in itself. A true medley in one pot !
Pal Paniyaram – a comforting sweet preparation of deep fried rice-dal crisps soaked in milk was an instant hit on the table. The other dessert Suzhiyam that was on offer was made of lentil, jaggery and then deep fried. They were strikingly similar to poornam boorelu.
With every dish being a culinary masterpiece in its own right, this spirited promotion at Seasonal Tastes offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
The promotion is on until 12th February for both lunch and dinner.
Address: The Westin Building, Raheja IT Park Mindspace, Hi-Tech City Road, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081
Phone: 040 6767 6888
Disclaimer: I was invited by The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace to review the Taste of Chettiand at Seasonal Tastes, the opinions expressed in the review are Honest & Unbiased.