October 5, 2009

Brahmin Food Festival @ South Indies

Where was I ?? Well, I was on a much needed get away with family & now, I am back to the grind. Sigh ...

As you all know, South Indies, my series on South Indian cuisine is an inspiration form South Indies, an upscale South Indian Vegetarian restaurant in Bangalore.

South Indies is one of my favorite eat outs in Bangalore. And why, because We both love South Indian food, & we don't have to make do with all the various same old udipi joints that have sprung all over the city.

Last weekend, we were at their much talked about, Brahmin Food Festival. We both being Brahmins, aren't really new to Brahmin cuisine, but the 4 course meal they offered had me craving for even more.

We started off our meal with a light carrot & lentil soup. It had some lovely spices which offsets the sweetness of carrots.

Next came the keerai vadai, which is a deep fried lentil dumplings with spinach & spices. It was crispy on the outside & soft on the inside. The Ulundhu Bonda was good. It was nothing but medu vada in a new avatar, but you will love this one no matter how many times you've had it.
The urulai vadhakkal, which is spiced shallow fried baby potatoes was not really impressive & could have been better.

Yennai Kathrikkai ( Baby Brinjals in a tangy curry ) was very good & went very well with oothappams.
The cluster beans & lentil curry was a little too try for my taste. But I think, I would have enjoyed it with Rasam & rice than with Adai Dosas.
The highlight of the menu was the drumstick & tamarind curry (Murungakkai vendaya vathal kuzhambu)
This one literally got me licking my fingers. It was tangy & I loved that slight flavor of fenugreek seeds.

I am not blessed with a major sweet tooth, but I thoroughly enjoyed this
rice payasam with jaggery and coconut milk (Idichi puzhinja payasam). It was creamy & wasn't overly sweet & I enjoyed the flavor of coconut milk.

What I would have loved to try was Avial with some steamed rice. But, We had so much on our plates already

I have been to this restaurant several times, But the food festival was very different in more than one ways. I loved the golu collection. It really did remind me of my childhood.

Oh BTW, the dishes had no onions, & no garlic. It is definitely something that your amma & ajji would look forward to. I absolutely love the calm & serene ambience. If I had to take my family, this would definitely be the place.

This is a perfect place to rediscover the taste of authentic Brahmin food. If you want a break from the regular Udipi joints, do try this place & let me know if you liked it.

PS:- Do Not miss the very South Indian Kumbakonam Degree kaapi

24 comments:

Prathibha said...

hey deesha,never heard of this restaurant dear..looks lik eu had a fabulous feast there.when I googled got to know more abt it...will definitely try during my next visit to blore...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Good you had a nice long break. I know the feeling after coming back after a long vacation...

notyet100 said...

looks like u had a feast,.:-)

rekhas kitchen said...

Wow looks like u enjoyed a lot.This restaurant is new to me will visit whem i came next time to Bangaluru. Nice post dear.

Cham said...

The menu sounds like Tamilian recipe, haha "ulundu bonda" is only available in TN as a evening snack! But other state people usually says it is "Ulundu vadai". Sounds the rest serve a comfort food!

Sunshinemom said...

Degree kapi and idichhu puzhinja payasam win hands down for me!

Sujatha said...

Of all the items that you have mentioned, degree kapi is the one thats tempting me to try that place :) I can smell the aroma already!

Priya said...

Real feast, degree kappi the word itself tempting me a lot..

Priya said...

seems u had good time..pls check my ongoing event "Diwali 2009" on my blog..
http://priyasfeast.blogspot.com/2009/10/announcing-diwali-2009-event.html

Thank u
Priya

Sush said...

South Indies is one of my fav resturant too. I prefer MTR/Kamat Group of resturants for authentic Karnataka food ;)

Sush said...

South Indies is one of my fav resturant too. I prefer MTR/Kamat Group of resturants for authentic Karnataka food ;)

Vidhya said...

looks like you had a good feast there...very tempting post

Sushma Mallya said...

even i had been to south indies..Very nice food i must say..lucky u, u had so many yummy dishes and u must have had a good time too....

K said...

Everything sounds so tempting. I will definitely visit this place next time we're in B'lore. BTW, where is it?

sowmya.s said...

btw, i tasted the degree coffee in kumbakonam this time..yum..nice post..lovely delicacies they were..

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

looks like you had a wonderful time...then i tried ur baby corn stir fry this time..it was awesome.. :)

Cynthia said...

You have been missed!

Shri said...

That is one great meal there Deesha!Love Avial with rice too:D

Smitha said...

Glad to have you back Deesha,
Looks like you have some fabulous Tam-Bhram food :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh..this sounds like one awesome place Deesha..you got me drooling for the mere name of that ennai kathrikkai n kuzhambu n all that..sigh..I have never got a chance to taste such authentic dishes..:(

my kitchen said...

I never heard about that hotel,u enjoyed a nice meal,i really missed it

Shreesudhi said...

the way you have described would like to try it by this weekend.

Team southindies said...

Thanks Deepthi,
We are glad you liked our food and the overall experience at our place.
Looking forward to your visit again!
In fact looking forward to all you people's visit, Shreesudhi, Varsha, Sushma, Rekha, Pratibha.
Thank you all for the love :)

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