Pittu” at Biryani Park is absolutely heavenly!
Whenever I think of “Pittu”, it is time, to take a trip around the world, to fill up daily on this addicting dish. It was a pleasure and delight for me, to hear about Biryani Park’s Exotic Sri Lankan Cuisine at 105 Broadway, Route 99, Malden, MA 02148.
We were warmly welcomed in, by the owner Premila Mathews for lunch today, the Bollywood music and smoke arising from the incense felt very homely as we entered.
We started with “Mulligatawny Soup”, of lentils and vegetables, flavored with herbs and spices, it was served hot and was very tasty, ideal for this cold afternoon.
The “Onion Dosa”, a thin rice and lentil crepe, stuffed with sautéed onions was a huge and crispy portion served with coconut chutney, we needed an extra refill of it.
The “Pittu” (with Hothi/Coconut Sambal) is rice flour mixed with shredded coconut and steamed in a bamboo pittu mould, it met my expectations. I quickly ordered an extra portion to take home. This is a very popular breakfast dish in South India, eaten with sliced ripe bananas and coconut milk.
The String Hopper “Kotthu” (or rice noodles) stir fried with vegetables, eggs and lamb, the meat was tenderly cooked and shredded, served in an elegant mold.
Dessert is a must, “Wattalappam” is a crème pudding, made with coconut milk, jaggery - palm sugar, cashew nuts, eggs, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. It is very beautiful to look at and even more beautiful, when it melts in your mouth, followed with Sri Lankan Hot Tea. Meeting the Chef at the end of the meal, was quite a treat, to compliment him and thank him for a memorable lunch.