Ente Keralam hosts Moplah Food Festival
The festival showcases handpicked dishes of Ms. Ummi Abdulla
Chennai, 1 June, 2015: Ente Keralam, the fine-dine Kerala cuisine restaurant is hosting their distinctive ‘Moplah Food Festival’ from the 1st of June to the 21st of June at all its restaurants. The festival is being anchored by Ms. Ummi Abdulla, a pioneer in Moplah cuisine, and will feature some of the most typical dishes like Arikkadukka (Mussels stuffed with seasoned rice), Podi Pathiri, and many more.
Moplah refers to the Malayalam speaking Muslim community in Kerala and the word is derived from ‘Mappilai’ meaning ‘bridegroom’ or ‘Maha Pillai’, a person held in high esteem. Moplah cuisine is an integral part of Ramzan and auspicious occasions like weddings in the Moplah community. Though the cuisine is similar to the local Kerala food, the special Moplah flavours distinguishes the cuisine. The festival displays some of the best creations of Ms. Ummi Abdulla who has to her credit 6 books, including Malabar Muslim Cookery also known as ‘The Bible of Moplah Cuisine’.
The Festival menu includes a variety of traditional refreshments like Nannari sherbat a traditional Moplah thirst quencher which contains fresh lime juice scented with sarsaparilla and a few varieties of Kanji, porridge. Also, not to forget the Muthari sherbat a summer cooler made with palm sugar, ragi and fresh coconut milk.
The appetizers menu includes Arikkadukka, a timeless moplah classic which contains mussels stuffed with seasoned rice mixture, cooked in the shell, Kallummekkaya ulathiyathu (Mussels marinated with traditional spices and stir fried with onion) and many more. The festival offers a variety of breads like Podi pathiri, Ari pathiri etc.
To go along with the breads the menu offers mouth-watering curries like Nei meen mullagittathu ( Tamarind based sear fish gravy), Malabar fish/ prawn curry (Fish cubes/prawns slow cooked in red chili and coconut gravy, enhanced with aniseed), Kozhi kodan pothirachi curry (traditional Muslim style beef curry) and many more. A meal is incomplete without the Malabar biriyani, exquisitely spiced short grain kaima rice with meat or vegetables of your choice.
Treat your sweet tooth to Unnakkai, Falooda etc. The festival is a creation of highly skilled work displayed by Ms. Ummi Abdulla.
To make reservations at Ente Keralam, please contact Poes Garden 32216591, MRC Nagar 32216590 and Anna Nagar 32216589.
Price starting range: Rs. 150 upwards
Average meal for two: Rs. 900
Available for Lunch and dinner: Yes
Restaurant timing: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm ; 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm