What would be the turnout if chefs added fizz and flavour to dinner diplomacy? Should do wonders for the countries if executive and sous chefs whip up recipes that warm the taste out of gourmet palates. And if envoys need to be beholden to anyone in their camp, it should surely be the executive chefs, who, like Ratatouille, try hard to please diplomats and their entourage, for example, Kochi-native Jose Thomas! To be precise, he is Jose Thomas from Veliyil Veettil, Vypeen. Jose is executive chef to the Jordanian envoy to Russia. For years, he's been a food ambassador and his kitchen is a fusion of the cultures and flavours of India, Russia, and Jordan.
The chef is an ace at cooking and dressing Indian dishes and an expert in the Mediterranean and Continental styles. Jose Thomas chose to tickle the taste buds of Metro Manorama readers with the classic Maqlooba, a Palestinian upside down rice dish. Shorn of glamour and dressings, Maqlooba is deceptively humble with a dish full of rice, strewn with mutton or chicken and some choice vegetables. But a bite would knock down any notions one could have formed. It's deadly delicious!
Maqlooba is easy to make and almost all ingredients are available in our part of the world. How about a try! Make it and treat your friends to it.