Gary Mehigan Relishes An Authentic Kerala Thali Meal In Australia

Celebrity chef Gary Mehigan’s tryst with India and its diverse cuisines is a love affair that has been long-standing. Continuing his experiences with Indian cuisine on home ground, Gary recently had the chance to sample a delicious Kerala-style meal served on an elaborate thali. On the menu of what looked like an all-vegetarian spread was the quintessential red matta rice served with a drumstick sambar and a cabbage thoran cooked with lots of grated coconut. Accompaniments also included a fried poppadum, inji-puli, banana chips, avial, chammanthi and a pinch of salt.

The frame captured by Gary also showed two other plates of what appeared to be a beautifully plated mound of food dressed with a wreath of microgreens, as well as a carpaccio-like dish served with a compote. The delicious spread, which the chef claimed to be some of his favourites from the ‘South west of India,’ was bursting with colour and ready to be devoured. Gary, who had recently spent some time in Sri Lanka, also shared glimpses of the food he enjoyed on the trip with his followers.

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From a medley of curries made with raw mango, ash banana and aubergine, as well as enjoying street-side kothu rotti, the chef is known to embrace local food culture of the countries he travels to. While he has also spent an extensive amount of time touring parts of India, Gary made sure to relish everything from chhole-bhatures to butter chicken and even fiery Hyderabadi biryanis during his visit. Known to be a huge fan of South Indian cuisines, the television host also had a chance to enjoy some traditional delicacies on a trip to Madurai last year.