‘Sorry, meant no offense,’ says Kerala govt on ‘beef fry’ tweet row

Photo: Twitter/Kerala Tourism

After a storm erupted over a “beef fry” tweet by Kerala Tourism on Makara Sankranti day, the CPI(M)-led LDF government on Friday (January 17) clarified its aim was not to hurt anyone’s religious beliefs.

Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran criticised those who were trying to give a communal colour to the department’s tweet on the Kerala delicacy – “Beef Ularthiyathu”; and said in the southern state none links food with religion.

“Tender chunks of beef, slow-roasted with aromatic spices, coconut pieces, and curry leaves. A recipe for the most classic dish, Beef Ularthiyathu, the stuff of legends, from the land of spices, Kerala,” the tweet read along with a recipe link.

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Some Twitter users had showed their displeasure as the tweet had appeared on January 15 on Makara Sankranti day, a Hindu festival celebrated as Pongal, Bihu and Lohri in other parts of the country.

Surendran said those trying to communalise the matter were the ones who were creating a controversy by saying that pictures of pork dishes should also be uploaded by the department.

Various dishes made of pork are already on the website, he pointed out.