The ancestral homes at Malabar love to host guests and serve some of the most delicious dishes which interestingly have delightful names as well. Dishes like alisa and muttamala are well known Malabari delicacies, and topping this list of sheer gastronomic bliss would be 'pulivaral,' a sweet dish served exclusively at the homes in the region.
Pulivaral is a sweet, thinly battered dish which is as long as a banana. The strange name of this dish may have originated at a quaint kitchen in some home in Malabar which is famous for naming dishes as per its shape or pattern. There is even a funny story which narrates the naming traditions for dishes in Malabar. Once, a woman made a snack using almost all the ingredients that were available in the area. It was such a disaster that the cooked ingredients looked as if they were chocking in the serving bowl. Seeing the dish, the patriarch of the family had apparently named it ‘wagon tragedy’.
Pulivaral is the Malabari alternative of the sweet and soft unniyappam. But those who have tried this amazing dish vows that you would go back for more helpings. Here is the recipe of the Malabari pulivaral.