Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cooking Solo for 500 people

Okay it is official. In Dec I'm attempting to cook solo for 500 people. Right from the purchase of vegetables & rice  to cleaning, cutting, cooking and serving, everything will be done by me alone. As far as I know this has not been attempted before, anywhere in the world. So I might get a shot at setting a record if I carry this through.

The idea is to showcase the unity of South Indian cuisine and to promote my book - 1001 South Indian curries. Accordingly, the menu ( see below)  will have dishes from all four states. If you have tips, suggestions, or just a word of encouragement mail me or leave a comment. I need all the help I can get !

The menu ( In the serving order)
1. Paal payasam ( Tamilnadu) 
2. Dali thove (Karnataka)
3. Tomato Pappu (Andhra) 
4. Shunti Thambuli (Karnataka)
5. Cabbage chickpeas Paalya ( Karnataka) 
6.  Rice
7. Thenga Chammandi (Kerala) 
8.  Potato Majjiga Pulusu (Andhra)
9.  Olan (Kerala)
10. Drumstick Sambar (Tamilnadu) 
11. Kerala Pappadam
12. Puli rasam ( Tamilnadu)
13. Yogurt 


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. Good luck!

jayasree said...

Good luck with your solo act.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

that's unbelievable.. good luck and let us know how it went. what's the occasion? may i know?

Sheeba D'Mello said...

I just came across your blog and find it fascinating. It might even achieve what my mom has been praying for - get me to cook on a regular basis! :)

All the best for the event. Am sure you'll have fun churning out all that food.

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