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Kozhukattai with a twist

On your plateA dish featured at the Annam to Arancini Festival at The ParkSpecial Arrangement

On your plateA dish featured at the Annam to Arancini Festival at The ParkSpecial Arrangement  

Mangarasamin shot glasses and salads inthattaicones, traditional South Indian dishes take on a new avatar at this fest

Who would’ve thought the humble rasam or spongy kozhukattai could shed their ‘girl next door’ image and instead take centre stage like a beauty queen?

That’s exactly what good old South Indian food intends to do at the Annam to Arancini festival at The Park this week. Curated by Rakesh Raghunathan of Puliyogare Travels in association with The Park’s master chef Baskar Ramdass, the festival aims to present trusted old South Indian dishes in a new avatar.

So, from a puliyogare wrapped in crunchy appalam and served on a bed of kuzhambu a la its Italian cousin the arancini, to manga rasam in shot glasses and a traditional South Indian cucumber salad with a mustard and tamarind dressing served in thattai cones, there’s lots of fashionable food to look forward to.

According to Raghunathan, the idea for the festival came about because of how underrated South Indian food usually is. “In reality, something as simple as a rasam also has intricate flavours and complexity in terms of cooking. Our food is just not presented that way. Think South Indian food and you think of a mound of rice and heaped vegetables. This is our attempt at presenting the same food with a modern take; almost like an Italian or Continental dish,” he says.

It’s also an attempt to reinvent and re-imagine dishes that were forgotten with our grandparents’ generation.

“These are things we probably might have eaten as young kids. But due to the complexity of the cooking methods, a lot of them have been forgotten or sidelined. What we’ve done is preserved the same recipes and flavours, and just given them a more contemporary spin.”

The fest will feature dishes such as varagu arisi kozhukattai, kunukku, javvarisi bonda and sev vazhai kola urundai among others.


Dished out

  • Annam to Arancini is on from April 20 to 29 for lunch and dinner (except Sundays).

  • The fest features a set menu priced at Rs. 999 plus taxes and a la carte as well.

  • The fest is on at Six-O-One at The Park.


  • The fest is an attempt

    to reinvent and

    re-imagine dishes

    that were forgotten

    with our grandparents’ generation

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