If you think Buzzfeed Tasty has aced the idea of one-pot meals, I beg to differ. A glimpse of Indian cuisine and we would realize how this concept has been rooted in our culture, from Biriyani, Khichdi, Pazhankanji, Bisi Bele Bath to dishes we might not be even aware of!
While these ‘yummers’ have a solid recipe and procedures for us to follow, the humble chatti chor came to life thanks to man’s greed. The pleasure of mixing leftover rice in the ‘Chatti’ (earthen pot) in which a spicy fish curry was cooked, is a luxury. The face of a person devouring it can give you a better idea of the emotions galore! How and when this simple routine transformed into a dish one would pay for, we do not know, but it truly did take the Kerala restaurant industry by storm.
A teaspoon of homely emotions, A tablespoon of ease of service, mixed together with a drizzle of local produce is what makes Chatti Chor popular. If we were to place an order for veg/non-veg meals in a restaurant, the first thought would be of how many little containers would be arranged in front of us. Discarding the assorted fair and bringing together all those tiny elements into a single platter reduces the herculean task of dishwashing (wink). That being said, the options aren’t limited: variants of veg, eggs, fish, chicken, beef, chicken and beef, beef and fish, we are spoilt for choice.
The world is moving rapidly, people do not realize what they are feasting on. It took me 14 days of being locked up to acknowledge that what I paid for was what my parents have been feeding me. Better late than never, in these 14 days I have been able to understand that when you look at things from a marketing perspective even the smallest of elements are worth more than what one can imagine, like a Chatti Chor that gets sold for approximately Rs.100/-.