From masala kalakki to mutton uppu curry, rounding up the ‘Spice Boys’ of Chennai

As diners slowly return to comfortingly acquainted restaurant areas craving their pre-pandemic social life, kitchens provide the flexibility of combining dine in and takeway

Madurai Military Hotel

I do my first kerbside pickup for 2 causes. The hefty margins that supply apps demand from eating places (whereas concurrently charging clients) eats into the already slim income that cloud kitchens make. If you’ll be able to decide up your meals, it’s an effective way to assist your favorite eating places.

My second motive is extra egocentric: I simply need a mid-pandemic, getaway drive (Now there’s a sentence I by no means thought I might say in the good outdated days of 2019).

I pay on-line and park at Savya Rasa in Kotturpuram, the place my order is neatly packed and prepared to go. Although this newly-launched cloud kitchen by Pricol Gourmet presently runs out of Savya Rasa, which is intentionally old-fashioned, Madurai Military Hotel (MMH) goals at a extra rustic fashion of ‘mess’ impressed meals.

Which means, you may as well select to snack on Savya Rasa’s crisp vazhaipoo vadai at the quiet restaurant, after which depart with lunch ordered from the utterly totally different MMH menu.

Inspired by the metropolis’s navy motels, which specialize in fiery, meaty dishes, the menu gives competitively priced combos, that includes favourites like biryani, mutton sukka, pepper hen and masala kalakki.

In the fingers of cooks in a structured restaurant atmosphere, flavours are vivid and clear; a step up from the chaos of spice that often defines this meals. Admittedly, there are higher biryanis in the metropolis, however MMH scores with the flurry of accompaniments — from juicy prawns in patiently caramelised masala to shredded hen speckled with chillies.

Pichu Potta Kozhi by Madurai Military Hotel

In typical mess fashion, in addition they provide flaky parotta, idiappam and kal dosai. Breakfast shall be launched in a number of weeks, so you can begin your day the navy method — at 7:30 am, with kushboo idlies and pepper paya.

Call MMH Kotturpuram on 7397774841, and Perungudi on 739915044

Knockout Rusi

When Patricia Narayan began making mutton biryani at residence, it was simply to cheer herself up. Now she and her son, Praveen Rajkumar, have their fingers full dispensing fish cutlets, hen 65 and kozhukattai for a big, rising viewers.

Knockout Rusi’s Badam Halwa

Patricia runs the restaurant Prasan Sandeepha in Madipakkam and was additionally catering to the Infosys Food Court until the begin of lockdown in March. Praveen is a accomplice at restobar Barracuda Brew. With all the things on pause, the mom and son mixed their restaurant expertise with Patricia’s cooking expertise to begin catering from residence.

Patricia started with a ‘ready to fry’ part, providing hen 65 and cutlets to inventory your freezer. Now the menu has expanded to provide ghee roast hen, mutton uppu curry, and her signature, badam halwa. She retains the menu intentionally versatile, so she will be able to make adjustments relying on what she will get contemporary from the market each week.

Knockout Rusi

“For the past two weeks I have been making a pepper chicken fry,” she says, including with amusing, “Next week, I am planning Knockout Rusi fried chicken… like KFC, but I can boldly say mine is better.”

Call 9840199000 or 9884149333

Shree Konar Vilas

Like many of his clients, Karthik Mukesh shouldn’t be a fan of supply. This Purasawalkam restaurant, well-known for its fluffy bun parottas, prides itself on the irreplaceable seductiveness of steamy kothu parotta, egg dosa and barbecue straight off the tava, and onto your plate.

The restaurant makes use of Karthick’s mom’s recipes and takes pleasure in utilizing hand floor masalas and chilly pressed oils. “It is a very simple restaurant serving typical Madurai food,” says Karthik. “We are operating a very limited menu now and have not reopened our Besant Nagar branch yet.”

A meat-based meal spread at Shree Konar Vilas

A meat-based meal unfold at Shree Konar Vilas
| Photo Credit:
B Velankanni Raj

Fortunately, the parottas are again — served with their flavour-packed, slow-cooked “free” salna. With lockdown, they’ve made some adjustments. “We used to get mutton delivered from Madurai everyday, but that is not possible now. Also, mutton prices are soaring, and I want to keep every dish affordable,” says Karthick, including, “We now make our kolai urundai with hen, and it has turned out pretty much as good as the unique!”

Konar Vilas is again to virtually 70 p.c of the enterprise they did pre-pandemic, which is an encouraging signal. Although, as with different metropolis eating places, many shoppers pop in for a fast chat, chai and snack, whereas selecting to ‘parcel’ their major meal: the sociable desi model of a kerbside pickup.

Call 48596480

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