THERE ISN'T A PALETTE MORE DIVERSE THAN AN INDIAN ONE. AND YOU'D BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND THAT KIND OF VARIETY FROM JUST A SINGLE SECTION OF THE COUNTRY ANYWHERE ELSE.
One of the earnest ideas behind The Permit Room is to introduce people to the sheer variety of traditional South Indian cuisine, but with a modern-day take on it. Essentially it's recipes from your ajji's (Kannada for grandma) kitchen, but served in a rather modern, and also cocktail-friendly form. Your ajji may or may not approve.
The Christmas Menu at The Permit Room is exactly this, with a sprinkling of Christmas cheer. So that's some serious South Indian magic, backed by Santa. It's a seasonal attempt to take you one step deeper, the equivalent of getting you to eat that meal with your fingers, and hopefully help you appreciate south-indian cuisine, and all the in all its gastronomic glory.
But come now, child. It is time to make merry.
We begin the food festivities with the Mutton Cutlets—crispy and full of minced mutton and spices, and served with a fresh salad and chutney, this dish has a Christmas colours theme to it too. Awww!
Furthering the crunch factor, are the Seafood Bondas, which are wrapped with Tapioca mash and crumb fried.
Between these two, that's all the crunchiness you'll need this joyful season.
Christmas is for everyone. Even vegetarians.
Keeping with that spirit, we made a delicate Au Gratin of Usili baked on Bagaare Baingan. You must try this to believe it.
And if you thought there was no way something like beans could ever be enjoyable, then think again. Our Poriyal Puffs with stir fried asparagus, carrots and beans, served on a puff pastry with sauce Mornay will definitely make you go yay! (And also feel compelled to use forced rhymes.)
We usually don't like picking favourites. But come on. Santa has them and so do we. And in our list of nice, the Butter Curry Roast Chicken would be right on top. Of course there had to be Roast Chicken, it's Christmas! And of course it had to have a special twist to it. It's us!
Also, Biryani. Obviously. Nothing makes anyone merrier.
Finishing things off and paying homage to the sweet, lovin' feeling that only comes with this time of the year, is our 'Dulce de Leche' Pazam Pori.
That's Kerala plantain stuffed with dulce cream and crumb fried and served with vanilla ice cream and citrus caramel sauce. It's warm like everything Christmas, and it'll leave you feeling that way for a long while after. Like Dolce & Gabbana, but Dulce & Banana. (That one's straight from the Chef.)
The Plum Pudding and Mulled Wine will do well in extending this feel-good feeling. Consume in copious amounts, we say.
But no Christmas Menu has meaning without having friends and family to share it with. So bring Kutti, Cheta, Ajji, Thatha, Chechi and just come off. Christmas is came!