Southern comfort


I’m sorry if I sound like a caught file, however, to my thoughts, there’s nothing nearly as good as South Indian non-vegetarian fare. The vegetarian meals of the South, after all, is unbelievable, however the flavours of the fish and meat dishes are unforgettable, too. Within the South, the delicacies of Kerala by no means fails to present me pleasure. A good friend, who was pondering order-in choices, had instructed us final week that Mahabelly — a Kerala restaurant in south Delhi — was delivering throughout city. I had eaten at Mahabelly when it opened and liked their meals. So I did some browsing, had a take a look at the supply menu and positioned my order.

We requested for gunpowder idli (₹220), pork fry (₹440), vegetable stew with appams (₹225), Alleppey fish curry with appams (₹495), prawn mango curry (₹565), parottas (₹65 every) and further appams (₹65 every). We paid ₹3,300 or so (with taxes, packing expenses) for the meals, and it was sufficient for 3 meals: lunch, dinner and breakfast.

Needless to say, I liked the pork essentially the most. The dish consisted of fatty chunks that had been roasted with grated coconut, spices, and chillies. The pork was juicy and delicate, and the spices, together with crispy curry leaves, added to the style. The prawn-mango curry was a lot liked at dwelling, and I loved it, too — the sauce was mildly candy and deliciously tart (with little items of mango in it), and the prawns within the gravy had been crispy from the surface and tender inside. I had the pork and the prawns with a flaky, layered Malabari parotta, and loved the meal totally.

We had the idli for breakfast the following day. It got here with a coconut and a tomato-onion chutney. The idlis had been, as I anticipated, smeared with a spicy podi, however I didn’t assume they’d be fried. I might have most well-liked them steamed, for the fried items had been slightly too toasty.

Lunch, once more, was a delight. The vegetable stew was a mixture of greens (beans, carrots et al) cooked in a lightweight coconut milk, and went nicely with the delicate and fluffy appams. The Allepey fish was in a coconut-based gravy, too, however had a special style altogether. The fish — Mahabelly often makes use of seer fish — got here in an outstanding sauce made vibrant and tangy with kokum, after which lightened with coconut milk. The gravy was ready with fried shallots, a ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves, rice powder, Kashmiri chillies, turmeric, floor coriander and fenugreek. We had this with home-cooked joha rice, a small and aromatic Assamese selection.

The supply menu contains Thalassery rooster biryani (₹350), mackerel (aila) fish (₹445), rooster 65 (Rs 385) and gobhi 65 (Rs 299). There are small meals, too, resembling Amrit’s Dal Khichdi with pickle and pappadam (₹199), three chapattis with potato curry (₹199), two parottas with tomato fry (₹199) and two appams with rooster stew (₹250).

I’m glad Mahabelly is delivering (and all the way in which to East Delhi, too) for that’s the one manner meals companies can survive in these troublesome instances. The restaurant is run by a bunch of younger males who’re enthusiastic about meals (they’ve an outlet in Saket and Gurugram) and I hope they do nicely.

The author is a seasoned meals critic

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