April 09, 2010 15:32 ET

Third Malabar Food Festival Comes to Toronto at Maroli Restaurant

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) -

WHAT: Third Malabar Food Festival comes to Toronto at Maroli Restaurant
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd May 2010, any time between 12 pm and 10 pm.
WHERE: Maroli Restaurant, 630 Bloor St. West (Bloor and Bathurst)
  Tel: 416 483 5393  
Malabari Food Festival on May 1st and 2nd, 2010

The Malabar Food festival was first hosted in 2008. Due to the overwhelming response and popularity to Malabari culinary excellence, we have decided to conduct it twice a year from 2010.

The Malabar region of India lies along the southwest coast of the Indian peninsula and forms the northern part of the present-day Indian state of Kerala. Maroli holds the distinction of being the only Indian & Malabari (Kerala) restaurant in Toronto.

Maroli will showcase savoury items from Malabar and allow visitors to taste unique Malabar cuisine, which has been influenced by Dutch, British, French, Portuguese and Arab culinary arts from various regimes in the 17th through 20th centuries.

Malabar is noted for its variety of pancakes and steamed rice cakes, biryani made of mutton, chicken, egg and fish. Arikadaka, a concoction of rice, fennel and coconut filled in mussels and steamed, are a Malabari gem. Meen moilee (a greenish yellow fish curry), Mathi Fry (Pan Fried Sardine), Oyster stewed in Coconut sauce or Pan Fried Sardine are also staples of a Malabari diet. Olath erachi (fried mutton or beef) are amongst the more popular meat items in the region. Another interesting feature is the abundant use of coconut, coconut oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and coconut milk.

A $30.00 entry fee allows foodies access to this unique Indian culinary experience which includes viewing of live food preparation, as well as relishing in intricately carved fruits and vegetables and a drink inclusive. This intimate experience is open to the public from 12 pm to 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 1st & May 2nd, at Maroli, the only Malabari (& Indian) restaurant in Toronto.

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