October 25, 2015
The annual Diwali shopping festival is now on at Brookefields Mall, a place which is known to celebrate every occasion with innovation. As part of the celebrations, the Mall organized a cooking contest today.
Senior citizens do not normally step out of their homes. With the aim of bringing the granddads and the grandmas out of their homes, and to recreate the awareness about traditional Indian vegetarian cuisines, the Mall organized a cooking contest rightly titled ‘Naana Naani,’ which, when translated, means granddad and grandma.
“We wanted to provide a platform for the senior citizens to display their talents and skills and we thought a cooking contest for them would be a good idea. We chose to focus on traditional Indian cuisines as they are seldom prepared these days,” N.A. Sujatha, Marketing Manager of Brookefields, said.
Judging the ‘Naana Naani’ cooking contest were Puthi Sreedhar Reddy, Executive Chef; and Pritam Kumar Jena, F&B Executive of Aloft Hotel, Coimbatore. There were about 11 participating teams of two members each. By rule, each team was supposed to have at least one member who was a senior citizen. The contest had husband-wife, mother-daughter, and friends come together as teams. The teams were allowed to ready their dishes at home. At the Mall, which was the venue for the contest, the teams were given space and time to display their dishes.
Dishes from various Indian cuisines found their way to the cooking contest. There was Kambu koozh that contestants Tilikam Vijay and her husband had prepared. It was displayed in an earthen pot. Displaying Kallakottai and Puttu, prepared with Puttu flour, grated coconut and jiggery, were Vijayalakshmi, V. and Nagalakshmi, V., the mother-daughter team. Also participants in this cooking contest were B. Bagyalakshmi and M. Aruna, who have been friends for nearly three decades. They had prepared healthy delicacies like a sweet made from semolina and paniyarams made from maize. Urmala Surana, who regularly participates in cooking competitions, had prepared a traditional Marwadi dish called Gud ki lapsi.
Anitha Ramesh and Kalavathi, the mother-daughter team won the first prize for their spicy adai and Chettinad halwa. Mr. and Mrs. Gopinath won the second prize for their paniyaram made from millets, and Tilikam Vijay and her husband Vijay won the third prize for their Kambu koozh. The winning teams were given a cash prizes and gift hampers from Brookefields, and gift vouchers. “I’m happy that my husband and I won. It was team work. If our dish has come out well today, it is because my husband had helped me.” Tilikam Vijay said.