Being part Malayalee, I’ve cherished my stays in Kerala, especially during my childhood. Our ancestral house was in Pullurampara, a quaint village in Kozhikode. Along with my cousins, we spent our days building rudimentary swings and taking a dip in the stream behind our ancestral house. We were a mischievous lot, and as we grew up, we would sneak out to our car, a rickety Maruti 800 and drive to Kozhikode city to eat the famed biryani and catch a late-night movie. Malayalam films often have a powerful storyline and excellent actors, and are often remade into Bollywood (I’m looking at you Priyadarshan).
Memories Of Ustad Hotel
One of these excursions was to watch Ustad Hotel- a drama about a young man (Dulquer Salman) who goes against his family’s wishes and becomes a chef running a hotel along with his aged grandfather. The movie was delightful and had stellar performances by Dulquer and the late Thilakan. And as the title of the film suggests, food plays a major role in it.
To list the various dishes in the film would take age; we’ll progressively cover all of them. For now, we cast a spotlight to the Malabari biryani – the flagship dish at Ustad Hotel.
Serve this biryani as a dish for lunch with a side of raita.