Last weekend, the air was hot, mood tangy and thoughts spicy. Something was cooking! Literally.
Men in the house had hijacked the kitchen and they looked as busy as popcorn on a skillet. The kitchen was out of bounds for the day with occasional utensil-falling, water-splashing and smoke-spewing episodes. After hours of heated activity, the son and father-in-law duo emerged out of the kitchen well-prepared for the journey to the all-hyped cooking contest in town.
Kannada Koota members had announced a ‘Display of culinary skills’ contest. Guess what? It was for all men in the group! The event was hosted by the lovely couple, Pratibha and Sujay Kamat in their beautiful and cosy abode.
The 16 contestants were full of beans that evening. They put-together a variety of mouth-watering, finger-licking, lip-smacking delicacies with a good sense of humus.
Each one took utmost pride in showcasing his culinary masterpiece. Following were the items on the menu that evening.
|2||Sujay||spicy Chilly volcano (menasinakaay bajjees)|
|3||Ravishankar||heavenly Anna + Koli saru|
|4||Raghuveer||luscious Khara Pongal + Veggie Chinese|
|5||Rajendra||flavorsome Fish fry + Malai Tikka Boti|
|6||Manjunath||ambrosial Panna Cota|
|7||Ganapathi||classy Pasta Italian|
|8||Nagendra||zesty Papdi Sevpuri|
|9||Shivanand||aromatic Steamed turmeric leaf fish + Sabudana Payasa|
|10||Sanjay||soothing Curd rice|
|11||Sunil||hot Masala tea|
|13||Rahul||desi Makki roti + Himachali Redu|
|14||Murali||succulent Corn strawberry salad + spicy buttermilk|
|15||Vineesh||heartfelt Veg Cutlet|
|16||Vijay||savory Veg Biriyani + Kashi halwa|
All contestants put up a legendary effort and great show, giving the judges a tough time in choosing the best among the best! Judges were in full swing, under the leadership of Pratibha Aithal who devised a democratic voting and unbiased scoring system.
Everyone scores. No one scores their own family.
All contestants gave their best shot at presenting their fruits of labor, while at the same time looking as cool as a cucumber.
Selecting the winners was indeed a hot potato. After much tasting, analysis and score-tallying the cream of the crop were announced by the esteemed judging panel.
All other contestants were awarded with consolation prizes for their contribution. Cooking is not a piece of cake. It does take a lot of effort to cook and showcase! (agreed by the men this time).
While the contest was on, members felt free to indulge in the buffet and treat their taste buds. There was so much food all around. We did bite off more than we could chew!
To spice things up, the day also happened to be the wedding anniversary of Krishna and Sharada, which all members celebrated with joy and cake cutting.
In a nutshell, it was a fabulous evening, where every contestant was worth his salt!
We look forward to more such fun-filled events and cooking (by the boys) in the future.