‘One is lucky to eat like a Chettiar’ – an old tamil saying
Hosted at The Park Hotel, Delhi, when we were invited by Sumeet for the Book launch, which also promised along with it – a Chettinad thali experience, there was little anyone could to keep this 38 week pregnant me from braving Gurgaon-delhi traffic and be there. And I would totally do it again, mind you, having promised myself that I would not head out more than 10 km away from my hospital.
The food spread was elaborate and absolutely lovely. Wasn’t spicy or overwhelming – it was just right for any palette. We specially loved the Pineapple curry and the sambhar. The who’s who of Delhi was present and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves talking and eating some good Chettinad sappadu!!
The Bangala Table – Flavours and Recipes from Chettinad – A book by Sumeet Nair, Meenakshi Meyyappan with Jill Donenfeld. Photography by Rohit Chawla
– First look at the book cover and it is gorgeous. You open it up to quickly browse and fall in love with the pages (good quality heavy pages, I’m such a sucker for that kinda stuff!!), the photos look amazing and the text looks easy and inviting (to make you actually wanna go through the recipe and cook!!)
The event was great – Sumeet and others involved with The Bangala Table talked passionately about the whole experience of coming up with the book, how it started and what drove their passions. The book and the idea originates from the heart of Chettinad, Tamil Nadu and a quaint luxury boutique hotel called – The Bangala. It looks so lovely and having now heard and read about it, I have already convinced V that we need to make a trip soon, next time we are in Chennai.
Check it out here –http://www.thebangala.com/index.html
It’s when Sumeet visited this place with his family, that he loved the food so much that he got inspired to write this book. This book is a must have and I can’t wait to try out the recipes myself! Get it here at Amazon – Click the pic below – to get it at a special price –