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Poomaram: Pothichoru

So, today ended up being another day where I was craving for a Pothichoru for lunch… Recently a friend of mine posted a status about this Pothichoru from the Poormaram Restaurant and I had not tried the same from Poormaram yet… So, what better opportunity to try, rt??? So, placed the order for their Non-Veg Pothichoru and as always, the Thalasseryite in me woke up and so placed the order for an extra portion of Fish Peera to go with it, cause of obvious reasons and especially because of how much I liked the same when I had last time… Anyways, it didn’t take long for the food to arrive and here we are 🙂

According to the menu, the Non-Veg Pothichoru is said to consist of 2 veg curries, 2 Ozhichu curries (the stew kind to mix with the rice), Achar, Egg, Fish Fry, Chammanthi and Fish Gravy… What arrived, as can be seen in the pics was Erissery, Vendakka (Okra) Mezhukkupuratty, Meen Peera (as part of the Pothichoru itself, other than the extra that I ordered), Chammanthi, Lemon Pickle, Sambar, Rasam, Fish Curry Gravy, Mathi (Sardines) Fry and a piece of Omelette, along with the Rice…

Coming to the taste, first of all, everything was cooked and Seasoned perfectly… Just the right amount of Spice and Salt… I didn’t eat the Okra though, simply cause I can’t eat them unless they are crispy and without the slime and this one being a Mezhukkupuratty, was not like that and was quite Slimy… So, I discarded them just like I discarded the Okra pieces from the Sambar… Now, the Sambar felt quite nice with all the vegetables… The Carrot ended up being a bit too crunchy for comfort as they were put in as large chunks… It was indeed refreshing to see a properly done Kerala style Sambar here instead of the heavily watered down makeshift kind that we see served with rice in most restaurants… I loved the Fish Gravy too as it had a rich flavour of Fish itself along with what felt like Mango and it was Coconut based as well… I loved the flavour of the Erissery and it seemed to have been made using Plantain, Lentils, Pumpkin, Coconut and Arbi too (if I’m not mistaken) and it had a nice flagrance of Coconut Oil and Mustard to it… The Chammanthy, Pickle and the Omelette were just like any other that we usually get with Pothichoru from most places…

Regarding the Mathi Fry and Fish Peera, they were exactly like how I mentioned in my previous first impressions post about Poomaram… The Sardines were cooked perfectly that it came off the bone very easily… Seasoning was slightly on the spicy side but in no way overpowering the taste of the fish and anything else had with it… The Fish Peera, again made with Anchovies as can be seen from the pic below, had mild flavours but I found this version to be seasoned a bit better than last time… Unfortunately, the abundance of Curry Leaves which tasted raw, ended up overpowering the taste of the dish and so I ended up removing them… Once they were removed, the Fish Peera was very enjoyable with the Pothichoru for me… 🙂 Last but not the least, the Rasam ended up being the spiciest item among all that arrived today… It really tasted quite hot and sour with strong flavours of Tomatoes, Chillies, Garlic, Mustard and Coconut Oil… It was nice to sip it from the cup as a palette cleanser from time to time 🙂

So, yet another Pothichoru option that I could thoroughly enjoy… And the quantity as you can see from the pics above, was just right for me with just the right rice to curries ratio… So, as you can guess by now, there were no leftovers (except of-course, the Okra that I discarded)… From the menu, I saw that they have what they call as their Athazha Pothichoru menu which includes a Chicken Pothichoru and a Beef Pothichoru as well… So, hopefully soon, I’ll get the chance to try the Chicken version… Fingers crossed… 😛

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