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A Malabari feast for Pune

A Malabari feast for Pune

There’s sambar, avial, meen curry, mutton stew and more on this menu Photograph via Authenticook

If you’re craving some avial and idiyappam, there are few places in Pune where you can get them. This is also why Arjun and Mona Narikunni’s Malabari pop up sounds like a great weekend plan. This is the first time that the Narikunnis are hosting a pop up at home. Says Arjun Narikunni, who runs a farm about 65 km from Pune, “I will be doing all the cooking for this pop up. I’ll have to begin by 3 am.”

That should tell you that Narikunni indeed has a feast lined up. This weekend’s Malabari menu is a balance between well-known vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. There are vegetable and tuna cutlets to begin with, sambar, vegetable stew and avial besides idiyappam and two kinds of stew. The non-vegetarians get three kinds of meat to tuck into – a mutton stew, a meen curry and chicken fry or chicken ularthiyathu. There will also be rice, which is grown at Narikunni’s farm. While most Keralites eat the fat-grained red rice, Narikunni says that he wanted to serve white rice for his first pop up. “I wanted to play it safe.” Of course, there’s paal paayasam for dessert as well.

All the spices used to make the dishes for the pop up are home made, tells us Narikunni. “I learnt cooking by myself over the years. If I had to go out to eat the kind of food that I can make at home, it is quite expensive.”

Earlier this year, the Narikunnis also set up Underground Kitchen, a take-away enterprise, which has on its menu Malabari, Coorgi and Goan dishes such as Pandi curry (pork curry), Chicken Xacuti, Halwa Moilee, Prawn Balchao, which can also be stored and eaten as a pickle, Prawn xcec xcec made using roasted dry spices and coconut milk and an extensive vegetarian menu as well.

To book your spots for this Malabari pop-up on August 6 at 1 pm in Kalyani Nagar in Pune, go here.