Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Palagattan's Confusion: Resolved

One of the true blueblood (non-resident) Palagattans we know who is holding the Palagattan flag high in Austin, TX, wrote me a query in response to this outstanding, provocative blog. She wanted to know what was the difference between 'Molaguttal' and 'Poricha (Poritha) Kozhambu'. She conceded that she was often confused between the two. And perhaps used one to describe the other.

Well, the answer is simple. They are as different as chalk and cheese. Or Royal Challenge whisky and McDowell's No. 1 whisky.

'Molaguttal' is Palagattan. 'Poricha Kozhambu' is Thanjavur Tam Bram cuisine. The latter contains asafoetida (peringayam), dry dhaniya tamarind (puli) which are spoilers as far as 'Molaguttal' is concerned.

Besides, 'Molaguttal' is classy, aristocratic dish while and 'PK' is just another gruel.

Hail 'Molaguttal'.

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