Mark Wiens: Biryani for 2,000!! Malabar Coast, Kerala, India!


Mark Wiens

The biryani ended up being for 2,000, maybe even 2,500 people!

KANNUR, KERALA – Welcome to the Malabar Coast of Kerala, India, a place of friendly people, warm weather, and hospitable people.

Thanks to our friend Roshan from Seashell Haris Beach Home (…) in Kannur, Kerala, India, we were invited to attend a housewarming celebration.

A housewarming is a big event – it’s a time when the

family officially moves into a new home, offers a blessing, for the house and the people, and amazing Indian food is served.

We arrived early in the morning to see all the cooking of the biryani. The chefs were amazing, master of fire, and ratios. No recipes are used in their cooking, it’s just experience, and the knowledge of ingredients and method. I was impressed at how the head chef knew all the ingredients, and how much of what to be added where, all while keeping track of all the different dishes prepared.

After the first preparation of the biryani, we then enjoyed breakfast – Kerala style “chicken parts,” curry. Including chicken parts and ovary eggs, it was outstanding.

Later, in the middle of the day, the housewarming biryani celebration began. Guests started arriving, all lining up for a taste of this special Malabar Coast, Indian biryani.

Thalassery Biryani (Malabar Biryani) – Much different from any other biryani I’ve had anywhere else in India or the world, the rice in Thalassery Biryani just melts in your mouth and goes down so easily. It was so moist and juicy, and the flavor and spices were perfect.

Having the privilege to attend a housewarming Indian food celebration in Kerala was truly an honor. Thank you to the family who hosted us, and wishing you all the best.

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