Just desserts

WHILE MALAYALIS cutting across barriers of caste and creed are busy welcoming the benevolent ruler, hotels too have been gearing up for the festivities.

To coincide with the harvest festival, most of the upmarket hotels in the capital and those in Kovalam are offering `paysamela', `onasadya', `special onam menu' and food festivals.

The `payasamela' organised by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, at Hotel Chaithram at Thampanoor, has been drawing huge crowds since it was kicked off on Wednesday. A special counter has been set up in front of the hotel for the festival.

Different kinds of payasams such as `paladapradhaman', `pazhapradhaman', `adapradhaman' and `palpayasam' are on offer. Every day, a special `payasam', made from pineapple, pumpkin or plantain, is provided.

A team headed by the KTDC's master chef, Sasidharan Nair, has prepared the payasams for the fest. ``The response has been tremendous and `paladapradhaman' is the most sought-after,'' says the manager, Rajmohan.

Take-home packs of `payasams' are also made available in half a litre and one litre jars as in the previous year. `Payasams' are sold at Rs. 10 a cup.

Since the corporation's flagship Hotel Mascot is being upgraded into a five star hotel, the authorities avoided the food festival and `payasamela' at the hotel this year. Instead, the payasam is being supplied from KTDC's Sabala restaurants functioning at Karamana, Statue, Veli and Museum till Monday.

By Anil Radhakrishnan S

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