Restaurant Scoop : Vegetarian Koththu Parota, Homely Kerala Food

Are you a vegetarian longing for a go at Kothu parota? Check out  Rasam Fine Dine restaurant specializing on vegetarian kothu dishes and Kongunadu food. If you are looking for Kerala style home food, head to Kudumbam.

Rasam Fine Dine restaurant 

Rasam Fine dine Vegetarian restaurant serves

Kongunadu Special Foods
Spl. Kongunadu thali
Varieties of Kothu Parotta
Varieties of Kothu Idiyappam
Biriyani
Appam
Paniyaram
Chettinadu food

Location

Rasam Fine Dine Restaurant
Contact Person Renuka
Mobile +91 9940092919
Landline+(91)-(44)-24339515
Address
No 25e, Raja Annamalai Road, Purasaiwalkam, Chennai – 600084

Kudumbam for home made Kerala food

A quaint bungalow opposite Palmgrove Hotel on Kodambakkam High Road, Kudumbam offers an ambience perfect for a complete fine dining experience.

Spices are specially procured from Kerala as is the fish (karimeen). Some of the dishes they offer takes up to a week to prepare. The food is cooked without added colours and preservatives.

The restaurant also serves soups like Vegetable soup (more like a thick stew preparation with pepper and ginger), Pumpkin soup, Aatin Kaalan Soup (Mutton soup) and various varieties of Rasam type soups with meat variations. We went straight for the starters and ordered Meen Porichathu (Seer fish fry), Beef Ularthiyathu (Kerala style beef fry with coconut) and the Chemeen Vada (Prawn vada). We also ordered Vendakka Varuthathu (Ladies finger bhajji) and found it absolutely heavenly!

If you are visiting the restaurant during lunch time (which is what we did) you must have the elaborate Sadhya. This is an all vegetarian affair with 15 dishes (both curries and vegetable preparations called thoran), pickles and Payasam (kheer) dessert. Our favorites were the Ada Pradamam (payasam made from ground and steamed raw rice) and Pazha Payasam (banana-based). We also had the in-house ice cream made of Jackfruit and Coconut which tasted truly different from the off-the-shelf ones. Eating off a banana leaf completed the experience.

For those of you who must bite into meat during lunch, there are multiple options available. These include Meen Polichathu (fish marinated in spices and steamed in a banana leaf), Chemmen Manga curry (prawn curry with mango), Syrian Beef Curry and Meen Moilee (fish in fragrant yellow coconut gravy). Mutton pepper fry is a must-try and goes well with the flaky Kerala style Parothas. Beef Ularthiyathu is also a great combination. For those who like appams, have them with Mappas (Kerala style preparation with thick coconut milk and spices). Don’t walk away without ordering the traditional Puttu (steamed rice/wheat flour based snack) and Kadala (channa) curry and the ever famous Kappa (tapioca) with a flaming red fish curry.

The restaurant also serves snacks like Ela Ada (sweet steamed dumpling made with rice flour in a banana leaf) and Pazhampori (fried plantains with sugar) in between lunch and dinner time.

The Ambiance

The sit-out or Poomukham with its elegantly roofed tiles utters a soft but warm welcome note. You stand there, gazing at the grandeur of the traditional Kerala Padippura.

The sit-out or Poomukham with its elegantly roofed tiles utters a soft but warm welcome note. You stand there, gazing at the grandeur of the traditional Kerala Padippura.At the doorstep is an antique armchair (charukasera) that once was the seat of the Karanavar or the eldest hailing member of the household.

Shop for Kerala Artifacts

The first Kerala boutique restaurant in the country, it offers you more than just a fine meal. At Kudumbam, you can also shop for authentic Kerala artifacts while enjoying a good meal . At the waiting area, you will find a small boutique. Buy yourself a kasavu saree or mundu or pick a pickle – bitter gourd, garlic, chilli, beef and fish. These pickles come in special baranis – reminiscent of the yesteryears when our grandmothers would make various pickles and store them in these jars. In large glass jars, you will find sweet items such as achappams and shakkara varati.And to indulge the bibliophile in you, they even have Malayalam classics and their English translations for you to pick up – literary delights including Ochendu Menon’s Indulekha and Tagazhi’s Chemmen.

Conclusion

Kudumbam is a great place to dig into some home style Kerala food in Chennai. The interiors have a fine dining feel but the prices are extremely affordable. The portions are generous and so there’s good value for money. The restaurant is ideal for a casual family or office lunch / dinner. Valet parking facility is available. Make sure you book a table in advance as it is busy during lunch time and weekends. Also, if you know Malayalam, make use of it here. The staff will have a perennial smile on their face to hear someone speak their language.

More Information

What you pay for a meal for two – Rs. 650

Anytime between – 11 AM –3.30 PM, 4 PM – 6 PM and 7 PM – 11 PM

Kudumbam

40/156,Kodambakkam High Road
opp. Hotel Palm Grove
Nungambakkam, Chennai-600 034
ph:044 28212821, 28212822,
+91 9677052277
email: kudumbamrestaurant@gmail.com

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