What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about cuisine from the south of India? Something like idlis, dosas, medu vadas, chutneys, and sambar? These are, of course, the more popular cuisines from the south. But that’s not all! Far from it, in fact. Food from the southern region of India, which we are so used to calling South Indian food, is a lot more eclectic. And since its Pongal today, we decided to focus on food from a region in Tamil Nadu called Chettinad.
Chettinad cuisine comes from a community known as Nattukotai Chettiars, or Nagarathars, who hail from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. The cuisine is famous for its spicy non-vegetarian dishes and fresh masalas. Bayside Journal brings to you four places in Mumbai to enjoy an exquisite, Chettinad-style meal.
1. Dakshin Coastal – ITC Maratha (Chakala, Andheri)
This is one of the best places to enjoy spicy Chettinad food. Since it is ITC, we will not bother with the ambience and experience, so lets quickly come to the food. ITC offers authentic and delicious Chettinad recipes such as Murungakai Kaara Kozhambu, Vendakai More Kozhambu, Valaikai Podimass, Vellai Poriyal, Nei Meen Policht, Butterfly Prawns, Lamb chops, and so on. The list is never-ending, and the restaurant ought to be a priority for every foodie.
2. South of Vindhyas – The Orchid (Vile Parle)
With a rating of 3.9/5 on Zomato, this place is definitely a go-to for every person who craves some spicy South Indian meal. Its must-haves are: Chicken Rassam, Prawns Chettinad, Basa Fry, Nalli Soup, Kozhi Vattal, Eral Varuval, Poricha Vavval, and lots of other mouth-watering meats that Chettinad is famous for. This restaurant specialises in Chettinad cuisine.
3. The Palm Chettinad (Kharghar)
For all those staying in Navi Mumbai and find Mumbai and its suburbs too far to merit travelling on the weekend, The Palm Chettinad is right where you want it. The Chettinad Chicken and Aapam is a must-try in this restaurant.
4. Banana Leaf (7 Bungalows, Andheri)
As the name suggests, Banana Leaf is a purely South Indian restaurant that serves cuisines from various regions in the south. There are several dishes that are worth a try. Its Vegetable Chettinad and Chettinad Dosa are a definite hit among everybody who tastes it. The staff here is very efficient and the service is quick as well.
So, the next time you are hungry and in the mood for some spicy South Indian delicacy, you know where to head. Bayside Journal wishes all its readers a very Happy Pongal, and hopes that you enjoy it the Chettinad way!