Cookery series ‘Singing Chef — Oru Paattu Paachakam’ on Surya TV presents 10 recipes for Onam within the kind catchy numbers
Ok Gireeshkumar, programming head of the channel, says he struck upon the concept whereas searching for a cookery present “with a difference” for the festive season. “I have noticed similar shows blending music and food in other languages. We felt this would be a novel idea in Malayalam television and help reach more viewers. Also, we wanted to break the typical pattern of cookery shows that feature celebrity guests or a travelling chef,” he says.
It is conceptualised as an “interactive show” within the type of a musical trade between a mom and a daughter or a daughter-in-law. The present is enacted by actor Reshmi Boban and tv anchor Bella George.
Gireeshkumar says the short, three-minute format helps in telecasting repeats of the identical episode for the day and serves as useful programme fillers. “An episode’s first slot is at 9 am and is shown randomly depending on the need for fillers. Also, since it is only about three minutes long, the content is kept to the point,” he says.
Ajith Sukumaran, who composed the tunes to the lyrics expounding recipes, says he went for “semi-fast, feel-good tones” with a purpose to deliver out the texture of having fun with the method of cooking. “For instance, when we speak about, say, spluttering mustard in oil or stirring thoroughly, the music had to enhance that sensuous element of cooking. That was the challenging part,” he says. The tracks are sung by Sobha Sivani, Anagha DR and Vandana Nair, with Reshmi Boban herself crooning one.
Lyrics had been penned by Rajani V Menon, who runs a YouTube cookery channel, Rajani at Kitchen. “The producers were keen that the lines had to be simple, lucid and musical to appeal to a general audience. We wanted to look at some uncommon recipes, both curries and payasams, showcasing variety but still easily doable at home during Onam. Also, the dishes had to be visually appealing,” she factors out.
The 10 recipes lined for every day of the series are ari ada ellu payasam, kattar vazha (aloe vera) sambar, chendamuriyan (nenthra kaaya) payasam, vazhakoombu (banana flower) cutlet, thengin chotta payasam, cashew koottu curry, kurukku kaalan, vada koottu curry, thalagam and perakka (guava) pachadi. Rajani, who likes to experiment with conventional Kerala recipes, says she had tried out all of the dishes cherry-picked for the series to make sure they’re match for the event.
Singer Sobha Sivani, who crooned seven of the songs, says it was an fascinating expertise. “If what I try to appeal to are emotions when singing film numbers, here I had to try and tickle the taste-buds through my voice. It was like singing as if I was experiencing the true taste of the dishes,” she provides.