THE first meal we had after landing in Chennai earlier this year was homecooked appam with mutton stew. I loved the combination, and especially the stew because it was so tasty and aromatic. Our friend Becky said it’s an easy dish to prepare, and just recommended a Keralan cookbook for the recipe.
I made that meal but with chicken, the first weekend after I came back from the trip to cure my post-holiday blues.
I failed miserably at making appam – even with the non-stick pan I lugged home – but the chicken stew is easy to make.
It’s still the aroma of the spices, curry leaves and green chillies that I love most, and it’s always a reminder of a wonderful holiday with good friends who pampered and spoilt us.
Ivy Soon writes for the Don’t Call Me Chef column in Star2.