Potato ishtew (stew)

Another classic, traditional dish that enjoys its quiet spot on the Onam sadhya spread. For decades, like most Mallus, I called this dish potato ishtew (well, that’s how this dish is known everywhere in Kerala!) Finally, it dawned on me that its stew and ‘ishtew’ was just another example of how Mallus would copy something [...]

Beef Ularthiyathu (Slow Roasted Beef with Shallots, Spices and Coconut)

Beef Ularthiyathu (Slow Roasted Beef with Shallots, Spices and Coconut)

This dish has a rich culinary history and has become almost synonymous with the Syrian Christians of Kerala. The beef is slow roasted in a spice mixture and coconut shaves which gives it the rich, dark colour, texture and flavour. The ideal way to cook this would be in an earthern pot but since I [...]