Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Yeh Dil Maange Moru!!

What has to be one of the most popular catch phrases in the early 90’s, it is no secret the ad gurus created the punch line after the famous bollywood actor had come down to my place and was treated to a nice oonu with lots of curries…And usually the last curry for a typical naadan meal would be our humble moru curry…Shah Rukh was so impressed that day that he told me...

’Yeh Dil Maange Moru’

Poor guy I thought… and I kept serving the moru until he was so full that after 4 rounds of chooru moru and kadumaanga pickle, he got all sentimental:-

‘Bade Bade Deshon Mein, Aisi Choti Choti..uh..sorry..“

Shahrukh suddenly looked so distraught and tears welled in his eyes like in Devdas.....his voice quivered like in Darr...

“kk.kkk.kk..kya boolu .what I really want to say is….. this curry is so awesome ...“

Later as well all know some ad guy who was there for lunch sold the line to Pepsi and raked in all the money. But the history of Moru dates back to a village in US called Baltimoru where once a caveman invented this classic dish by twist of fate. ..There is a intriguing story that links the past and the present.

Based on studies conducted on the cave paintings archaeologist have found the origin of the curry. It had happened that a Caveman by the name Sasi Kazhakuttom did not manage a kill one particular night. The furious wife and cavewoman Mrs. Gloria Fernandez (she was half Mexican) scolded the poor hunting skills of her hubby and hollered how they are going to feed their 32 kids that night. Sasi was heartbroken and timidly walked out of the cave…He went to the hilltop nearby and shouted at the sun god..

‘thilothomia thilothomia…why on earth did you do this to me!!’

But the sun just kept shining like as usual and Sasi trotted back home…but he knew it would not be glorious to meet Gloria under current circumstances. Back in those times it was legally possible in the state of Baltimooru for the wife to file for divorce if the husband did not bring atleast one wild boar for dinner every night. Sasi was heartbroken and could not imagine a life without his wife and 32 kids (20 of which he could remember by name).

Desperately Sasi decided to visit the chief priest S.R. Kattabomman and ask him for a solution to maintain harmony in the family. S.R.K was a very wise man…a man of knowledge…a man who was known to have magic powers from years of meditation.

When Sasi told SRK his sad tale he felt sympathetic towards him. He wanted to help him by giving the secret formula which would keep Gloria happy ever after. But there was the curse of the pagan gods that would kill SRK if he ever disclosed the formula to anyone. And thus SRK did the supreme sacrifice by sharing the recipe of Moru curry to Sasi for the greater good. In a dramatic heart wrenching moment while SRK was losing consciousness ,Sasi promised that he would never forget this noble deed and he swore to pray for his return to life. SRK passed away peacefully due to the curse of the then powerful god Coca Cola.

Sasi ran to his home in slow motion and made the moru curry using the secret formula which was passed on to him. In honour of SRK he immediately spread the word of Mooru curry to make it popular and even uploaded the recipe in Pachakam.com from where this author got the recipe.

The lip smacking Moru curry with rice and pickle was served that night at the Cave instead of the usual steak. Gloria and the 32 kids were content and Sasi was finally smiling ….A family disaster averted and peace restored.

Several several centuries later.

Moru curry was by now popular throughout the world….it had spread wide across to places as far as Kerala, Tamil Nadu...etc….And one day when a Sasi Junior had gone to the movies the karma of what happened several 1000 years ago unfolded in front of him in a dramatic climax. As the movie Karan Arjun moved to the final scenes and SK and SRK met face to face...there was a drop of tear in Sasi’s eyes…..it was sign of a prophesy that came true….

*Salman Khan is supposed to have a uncanny resemblance to Sasi Kazhakuttom.
*SRK is believed to be a direct descendant of S.R Kattabomman and Pepsi had adopted the line Yeh Dil Maange Moru in honour of the legend from Baltimooru.


Sakshi said...

U didn't add rum to the moru?? coz i see the number of kids came to 36 in the end...
What a heart wrenching story for the humble moru...

Varsha Vipins said...

GOsh..I seriously hope n pray that your brain is in the right place n not flushed out into that moru curry..Sasi..ROFL..:D:D..I am having a hard time controlling myself now..:D..n by the time sasi prepred moru in slow motion they got 4 xtra kids?(36 kids)..:P
btw the dish looks really nice..thick..:D

Pooja said...

Haha that was an interesting read! Moru curry in a cave..hmm!! Btw it looks delicious :)

silverine said...

"But the history of Moru dates back to a village in US called Baltimoru where once a caveman invented this classic dish by twist of fate"

You will be hearing from the lawyers of the Kerala Govt soon. Take care.

p.s I had to tell them that I did not know when they came inquiring. Hope you dont mind.

Seena said...

Hey, Asking the same query of Sakshi..pavam moru, athinem veruthe vittilla. :)

mathew said...

LOL!! what to do..please understand those people were poor with numbers!!;-D

hehe...ayyo when you type fast u dont check the numbers..;-P
correct cheyaam before anyone else find it..

thank you.. and why not!;-D

hahhaa..yeah but am sure that US must have already patented it..no worries.;-D
you are a 'mol' of the kerala govt..i dont believe you!!;-P

ishe..am sharing some serious info here..;-P

Anonymous said...

Ho,what a story..the climax made me weep like a baby..
Btw,the divorce idea of Gloria may not have worked..But why couldnt she approach Vantitha commission for an abuse at least ? oru kathayakumpol alpam eriyum puliyum vende ? yes,am sure eventhough the author belongs to Kottayam,the so called "ma" publications have not helped him so far which is evident here..
entammo ee kathaparachilukaran kottayathinte mathramalla,keralthinte mathramalla,foodistukalude mathramalla,cavemente yo Bollywoodenteyo mathralla,entire manhood nte tharamaaane..sammathichu..haha
alla,keralathilippol imagination illatha ezhuthukaranennu parathi..engane allathirikkum ? avarokke ippo hamburgilalle ?

Lol ketto Mathew..

tinu said...

amazing story...n i loved the name 'sasi kazhakuttom'....while reading it i tried to picturise the whole thing n i think salim kumar resembeled sasi more than salman....lol...

Pramod Abraham said...

Moru curry with rice and Bef fry ?

Ashwadhy said...

Hillarious! All from our humble 'mouru curry'!

Hey by the way, for the foodie in you, check out the two links on my page for foodies. Enjoy.

Dhanya said...

entammee.. paavaam moru curry yeyum veruthe vidaan vayyalle :)

Mallugirl said...

srk..me thinks u are watching too many reruns of "akkara kazhchakal" and maybe u should give the poor guy your ideas to make the next series..:))

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Sreevalsan said...

Mathew.. Thks for scribbling something in my blog!

I had n't written a thing for a long time !

Umm.. your culiniary blog
is good man.. ! I have already asked my wife to go thru it.. and find some jewels..!

Ria said...

Funny read ! :D And a good looking moru! :)

kochuthresiamma p .j said...

all about moru! :-)
y no updates here?

Divz said...

hi mathew...
how u doin?? long time i have been away from blogworld...hopefully now i shud be regular in reading blogs...abt updating my own blog i guess i really need to push myself hard to shed off the rust accumulated since 4 months..so u keep writin and hopefully me too gonna bounce back soon..

mathew said...

sorry for the late reply to comments

hahha..yeah i am not a big fan of the ma publications..;-D

ente eeshoyee with comments like this you dont need drugs to boost adrenalin..;-P

hahah..salim kumar would be a wise choice for that role..;-)

well...athu oru ugran combination alle..:-)

thank you..;-)

pinee alla..its a very important ..you know!!;-P

sigh..i miss that serial now..hope they come back soon!!!

I havent tried lemon rice with beef..but sounds quite good!;-)

well..if you dont comment in 20 days because of that..i can assume the obvious!!;-P

thank you..:-)

@kochuthresiamma chechi.
hehe..well..its often the same things repeating again..and moreover my recipes hardly stand a chance..;-D

Hey..am doing good..nice to see you still checking blogs...and hope to see you active again..It was only recently that mishmash was brought back to life...so you can too!!;-P

Pooja said...

I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award.Do check my blog for more details :)

Mallugirl said...

what happened?went on a break?

mathew said...

thanks a lot for the award...mucho honoured!!;-D
though a lil embarassed too coz getting such a award amidst some real cusine specialists!!;-)

hehe..no...well..been repeating the samething again and again in the kitchen...and nowaday spending more time on the other blog...will update soon...thanks for checking!!;-)

Rachel said...

hilarious!!! and courtesy the moru!!!

Annie said...

Why this Ambrosia is idle now a days?

Bharathy said...

Mathew!..I can't put in words to show how Glad to see you in my place.. :)!!..

Well, I have yet to read your post...wait till I come back..ok?? ;)

Bharathy said...

LOLOL :))...That was SOME STORY!!, boy!.. :D!..

Just came to know that you(too ;)) are a 'Kothazhuthukaran'(as per Ann..up);)

Now,Ann.. :)...dint you know KTM guys are very talented?..humourous,? creative? wonderful story tellers...bloggers and cooks?? ;)

It's a pity (truth) that the Ma publications never recoginised our talents(a great loss to them ;)) and all what we had to do was to WALK OUT of sweet li'l KTM, settle elsewhere to get recognised ;)!..

Morucurry looks just the way it should be, Mathew..

P.S- Painting the sky(when it comes to a scenery) is like story telling too, Mathew,!!..you can 'Play' with colours..while the other objects have restrictions..(just as you have 'played' wonderfully with words and have restrictions when it comes to the ing of a recipe)
... All to make another heart happy!! :)

P.P.S-You (somehow)had made my Day, Man !! ;)

mathew said...

thank you :-)

too lazy to make something different from the regular fare..;-P
will update soon..:-)

actually am equally glad to read the comment..:-)

oh..thanks for the good words abt kottayamkaars..we rock..hehe..

well..strictly..am half kottayamese and half trivandrumite..if you considered i lived mostly there..:-)

well..i love paintings..and am really envious of people who can do it well..and the ones you have done look so professional!!

Abhilash Pillai said...

yeh dil maange moru! yeh bahut jyaada hain boss...

I hope you did a lot of research to find this funny history.

This was interesting to read. Nice item...

Dhanya said...

mathew..really funny..I came here after a laugh riot with some of your "sparks" posts...i am an ardent fan of moru curry + choru+ mathi varuthathu combo.... really drooling now :0

harimohan said...

once again mathew what a delightful imagination