The name Ceylon brings back a lot of memories – Ceylon Tea, Ceylon Parotta and Radio Ceylon (Binaca Geethmala), to name a few. These came to my mind when I got the invitation for the ‘Ceylon Tales’ Sri Lankan food festival currently going on at the Garden Grill restaurant at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum and surprisingly, I could get a couple of them there. Long story short, the dinner only buffet food promotion was a culinary extravaganza as we tasted a wide range of delicacies from our neighbouring island nation at the media tasting session.
The term ‘Tandoor’ refers to a variety of ovens but the most commonly known used is a cylindrical oven made of clay meant for cooking and baking. According to Dehkhoda Persian Dictionary, the word Tandoor originates from Akkadian ‘Tinûru’ where the ‘tin’ means mud and ‘nuro/nura’ means fire. So it was very apt when the Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum decided to name their tandoori food festival as ‘Flavours from the Clay Pot’, The food promotion at the Garden Grille restaurant as part of their dinner buffet aims to provide the foodies of the capital city a peek into the prominent dishes cooked in the Tandoor, the traditional clay oven.
Dad, can we go for a long drive? My kids ask this question quite often. That ‘long drive’ is just an indication to visit Bread Fort, their favourite bakery to have some donuts and muffins, fresh out of the oven. And surprisingly, the ‘long drive’ is only about 10 kms long.