Cooking to serve, serving to cook : Palakkad Kitchen
Today (July 9, 2022) afternoon, we received a packet of sweets by courier. Palakkad Kitchen a household initiative started by a family in the suburbs of Mumbai during the pandemic gave us a pleasant surprise by sending a sweet packet with this sweet message : “On the first year of Palakkad Kitchen, here’s a small token of our thanks for your continued patronage with us” During medical and other emergencies we used to depend on Palakkad Kitchen for lunch and dinner which used to arrive by courier. Home cooking and sharing with others who were not able to cook their own food has been a service broad-minded families in cities and urban areas have been taking up as a remunerative pastime since long. Perhaps after the breakdown of successful joint family system during the second half of last Century. Palakkad Kitchen catered to those who were comfortable with Malabar type of vegetarian food. For us it was a blessing because they followed exactly our pattern of cooking with no garlic and less spices. As the courier person used to take only the minimum travel time, we used to get the food hot and fresh whenever we depended on Palakkad Kitchen. What attracted us more is the daily change in the variety of ingredients and mode of preparation within the constraints and the hygienic way of packing. This is an initiative which can be replicated by families with inadequate income to supplement other regular income sources. Local Self Governments and NGOs can play a proactive role by coordinating acceptance of best practices by the entrepreneurs and supporting local networking among service providers. There are successful working models like Kudumbasree in Kerala which work with government support and high level of self-regulation penetrating into various work areas.