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iXiGOers Aug 02 2013

What is Malvani Cuisine?

Kasturi Saikia Aug 02 2013
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Konkani cuisine, also called Malvani cuisine, is a gourmand’s delight. Understandably, it has a strong bias for sea creatures and is distinctive in its liberal use of tart, plump kokum berries and spicy-sour flavours. The use of farm-fresh ingredients and fish that comes straight out of the nets heightens the epicurean experience. In the restaurants here, you will come across names like Chamchamit masali tikhle, zanzanit kombdi sukhe, kurkurit bombil. The last, of course, is the famous Bombay Duck. The second is succulent pieces of dry-fried chicken, while chamchamit is pomfret or surmai or bangda in a tangy masala — spicy, just like the Malvani language. Shellfish, when made by Malvankars with an ambrosial masala of kothmir (coriander) finely ground with coconut and tamarind pulp, is worth the nuisance of scooping teeny pieces of succulent meat out of tiny shells.

Kolambi, or prawns, inflamed by a magical concoction of Malvani spice, is the perfect lunchtime curry. And crabs! What genius lies in the genes of the people of this region that induces legions of polite people to plunge, fists and all, into pots of steaming kekra? You will get a taste of Malvani curries anywhere on the coast, but why not try it in the town called Malvan, 7 km from Tarkarli. This quiet coastal town is surely the biggest miracle to happen to the Konkan after Parashuram and before the Railway.

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