Bringing alive heirloom recipes

PRIYADARSHINI PAITANDY sits in on legendary cook Mountbatten Mani Iyer’s workshop for a lowdown on some traditional recipes

“Yethana molaga?” ask the eager students as Mountbatten Mani Iyer artfully throws in a bunch of red chillies into a simmering pan of gingelly oil. Before he can answer, there’s another barrage of questions. At the workshop conducted by Puliyogare Travels at Vidya Bharathi Kalyana Mandapam, the 85-year-old legendary cook shares five of his favourite recipes with a group of 30 students. This feels like a throwback to my Math class, where I often felt clueless as first-benchers asked the teacher a hundred questions. As everybody around feverishly takes down notes, Iyer stands there, quite like a rockstar, manning four burners............Read more


Source: The Hindu

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