Contributed By: Zeba Rohila
The festivities are on, what with a couple of South Indian festivals just around the corner such as
Puthandu- Tamil New Year on 14 April,
Vishu Kani – Malyalam New Year on 15 April,
also the Panguni Uthiram on 3 April, that just passed – the famous festival for Tamil Hindus.
The South Indian joints in Delhi NCR are prepping to serve their guests with the yummiest delicacies from down South. It is the time for great rejoicing and festivities, and people from South India celebrate it with good food, a lot of cheer and wish each other good health and luck. Food is the main attraction on these dates and various dishes are prepared like Rasam, Sambhar and Manga Panchdi to mark the occasion. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, ‘pachadi’ is a side curry dish made with raw mangoes, jaggery and Neem flowers which contains a mixed taste of sweet, salty, sour and bitter. The significance of this dish is that it represents all the colours and tastes of life.
So, if you are in Delhi and want to get into the real spirit of celebrating the festive season, check out these popular joints that promise you yummy delicacies and flavours from South India. From spicy Andhra cuisine, to the soft and succulent seafood of Kerala, from home-style food from Karnataka, to Chettinad cuisine of Tamil Nadu, Delhi joints serve all the delicacies from every state of South India.
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Here is a list of famous restaurants in Delhi NCR, that serve arguably the best South Indian fare.
Carnatic café- This not-so-big restaurant welcomes you with a huge queue waiting to get a table every time you are here. Known for serving a plethora of yummy dosas, this joint offers other authentic and lip-smacking Carnatic dishes. Malleshwaram dosa is the best pick served with yummy tricolour chutneys. Among other attractions on their menu is Rasam accompanied with buttermilk, and golden crispy Paddus or potato mash balls that are freshly made and taste the best with the green, red and white chutneys. Majjige Huli is a signature Karnataka dish that complements the menu of Carnatic café.
“As the name suggests, we offer only Carnatic food that is prepared in authentic Banglorean and Mysore style. We strictly stick to Carnatic way of cooking dishes where we make it a point that our dishes should be balanced in taste, i.e. not too sour not too spicy,” says Pavan Jambagi, the owner of Carnatic café.
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Cost for two @Carnatic Cafe: Rs. 550
Carnatic Cafe Address: New Friends Colony, Delhi
Contact: 011 41008630
Carnatic Cafe USP: Authentic Carnatic food
Must-haves @Carnatic Cafe: Majjige Huli, Malleswaram Cross Dosa, Paddu, Vada Sambhar
Naivedyam- Termed as a “veggie’s delight”, this restaurant is a decent place to hang out with friends and family. With a beautiful setup in authentic South Indian style, Naivedyam serves the best South curries and yummy snacks in town for veg lovers. Moreover, the sculpture of Nandi at the entrance and the interiors add up to its ambience and gives it a temple-like look. Naivedyam has total 6 outlets in Delhi NCR and each one of them promises quality food and best service. “We serve pure vegetarian Karnatka based dishes and try to offer our guests a new and improvised menu from time to time,” says Narender Mendon, manager of the outlet.
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Cost for two @Naivedyam: Rs. 500
Naivedyam Address: Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
Contact: 011 26960426
Naivedyam USP: Authentic South Indian setting
Must-haves: Mysore Rava Masala Dosa, South Indian Thali, Rasam Vadai
Saravana Bhavan- Another South Indian eatery which is centrally located and easily accessible promises you the real authentic South flavours. The food is served in a simple, light and clean manner that satiates the pallet of food lovers. Not only in India but across the globe, this joint has marked its presence. With an international presence in 12 countries with 52 outlets across the globe, the joint is planning to expand further. “Every day we get around 2000 customers most of them are repeat customers. We offer mixed South Indian dishes mainly from Tamil Nadu and Kerala which are prepared with spices we get from these two states. Our special best selling dish is Pongal which is made with raw rice and lentils and is served as a breakfast special,” says the manager Jomon Thakazhyil.
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Cost for two @Saravana Bhavan: Rs. 550
Saravana Bhavan Address: Connaught Place, Delhi
Contact: 011 28844305
USP: Serving great breakfasts
Must-haves @Saravana Bhavan: Any Dosa, badam halwa, Appam, Vegatable Korma, Malabar Parotta
Dakshin-Sheraton New Delhi Hotel- This popular South Indian joint serves flavours from all the Southern states of India, from spicy Andhra style chicken to Tamil Nadu’s chettinad style fish, from seafood of Kerala to Mysore style Saaru. It boasts a huge variety of food both in vegetarian and non vegetarian categories which tells us that South Indian food is more than just idli, dosa and rasam.
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Cost for two @Dakshin-Sheraton Hotel: Rs. 3700
Dakshin-Sheraton Hotel Address: Saket, New Delhi
Contact: 011 33106191
USP: luxury dining, serving all the flavours from South
Must-haves @Dakshin-Sheraton Hotel: Meen Varuval, Kuzhipaniyaram, Gobhi Kemphu, Gnandu Puttu, Eraichi Ishtoo
The Toddy Shop- The word Toddy means local Kerala wine that is made from rice. Toddy shop is a restro bar that serves authentic Kerala cuisine and an interesting variety of liquors. This South Indian joint offers you a warm and cosy ambience with yellow walls and bright blue sofas that gives it a modern and chic look with a small dedicated corner for guitarists and musicians, yet maintaining its traditional fervour with a beautiful rangoli at the entrance. This place is a heaven for pure Malabari non vegetarian food lovers, serving them with a huge variety of non veg dishes made with authentic Malabari style and spices straight from Kerala.
“We offer authentic Kerala cuisine for which we get all the ingredients from Kerala, especially coconuts because Kerala coconuts have a distinct taste, rich in sweetness and give a good consistency when they are grinded to make a paste. Besides, we also offer a traditional dessert called Madakkusam which is not easily available in other South Indian restaurants in Delhi,” says Shriniti, manager Toddy Shop.
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Cost for two @The Toddy Shop: Rs. 1200
The Toddy Shop Address: Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
Contact: 011 40519338
The Toddy Shop USP: Authentic Kerala cuisine
Must haves: Malabar Kozhi Korma, Stella’s Potato Roast, Mutta Roast, Kothu Porotta, Prawn Moilee
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