Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The traditional Kerala cooking, using natural fire wood...What is cooking?




As a repeat visitor, this time I got entry into the Mullapandal kitchen. I got in there by around 12.30 and they were all busy with the preparation of lunch items. Here are some of the photos I clicked there. This looks like the traditional kerala kitchen before the gas stoves became very common. Before the arrival of gas stoves, we used to have stoves ( aduppu in the local language Malayalam), which were lit by the natural wood (viraku). The experienced say that when the food is cooked using the natural wood, in earthen pots, it gives it a special taste, especially for the fish curry. Is that the trade secret of serving very tasty food, at affordable prices, consistently at Mullapandal?....

5 comments:

Binu Thayamkery said...

Aby, I will be in Kerala end of July-August. We should meet...preferably at MullaPanthal ;-)

Aby said...

I will definitely provide you with all the support to reach the place, and if health permits, will share some toddy as well. It is not an air conditioned place, still people go there with family to enjoy the great Kerala food, prepared the local way. Since you are coming in July - August, it will be the peak monsoon time, and it will not be that hot. Look forward to meeting you here at Kerala.

Aby said...

I am really delighted to meet you here at Kerala. Look forward to it.

R Niranjan Das said...

Awesome. Its got anostalgic feel to it. Love the smell of that smoke.

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Aby said...

Hmmmm. Only very few kitchens are left like that now. Majority of them gave way to designer kitchens. The joint families of Kerala had them, supported by a big work force who were supervised by the lady of the house (muthalalathi). When the families became nuclear, the traditional kerala kitchens also got transformed.