And then a North Indian Punjabi in me made Shorshe Diye Ilish Maachh Bhapa (Steamed Hilsa in Mustard Sauce) and Ilish Maachh Bhaja (Fried Hilsa) and enjoyed it over at least four meals. If you are able to lay your hands on this Wonder Fish which is full of flavours, do try these simple recipes in your kitchen.
Then came in the much awaited Mutton Puttu Biryani. Had altogether a different look than a Biryani. My colleague, a vegetarian, explained me that Puttu is a breakfast staple in Southern India, particularly Kerala. Steamed cylinders of Rice Flour with Grated Coconut, and not rice grains, serve as the main ingredient and the dish has sweet or savory fillings of you choice. Ours had Mutton.
I was happy to have had some great food despite a short and tight trip. The Dal at Kesar, the sweet & savoury offerings at Chacha, the Fish at Amar and Matka Kulfi & Tutti Fruiti at Brothers’ are the high points of my trip. These surely give strength to my resolve to visit the city soon to explore more places and dishes which are on my list. Till then..