Beef has been a talking point - from political controversies surrounding the beef ban to a full one minute story in a recent box office hit where the hero passionately builds a case for the sentiments that Malayalis attach to parotta-beef curry. It is into this milieu that Sree Muruka Café – the humble wayside hotel in Trippunithura is adding its own culinary twist to the beef lore. From 12.30 in the afternoon to 7 in the evening, the hotel is thronged by regulars and curious visitors lured by the pazhampori (bananas dipped in batter and deep fried) and beef roast combo.
Doubters might compare pazhampori-beef roast to unpalatable combinations like halwa-mathi curry (sardine). But anybody who has given it a try will assure you such presumptions are misplaced. The best testimony to the fact is that Sree Muruka had an inconsequential presence at the same spot for over 73 years before pazhampori-beef roast put it on the culinary map of Kerala.
The slow-cooked beef chunks swimming in a thick gravy flavored with ginger, garlic, and pepper is served on a plate garnished with lots of freshly chopped onions. Next to the rich brown beef roast and the pinkish white onion rings are the golden yellow slices of crispy fried bananas. For a first time visitor, the delectable visual appeal of the platter is difficult to miss as is the unorthodox mix of flavors. Bite into a fried banana soaked in the beef roast and all doubts vanish. Why didn’t anyone think of bananas and beef before?!
Sree Muruka Café has earned a loyal clientele consisting of politicians, film stars and beef loving foodies after the star combo entered the menu in 2006. The hotel, close to the mini bypass junction in Poonathara, Trippunithura, has retained pocket-friendly price tags over the years. Other dishes are available although it’s the famed pazhampori-beef roast that has the most takers.
Note: The pazhampori -beef combo is a bit oily. If you are into a healthy eating fad, this is not for you.
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