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When it comes to festive vegetarian indulgence here in Namma Bengaluru, one looks forward to a good baale ele oota, a meal that is served on a banana leaf. And a popular one at that is the 20-dish special lunch served at the Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi outpost of Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan, a vegetarian eatery that first opened doors in 1926. In this episode, I not only savour this special lunch but also step into their kitchen to catch the making of a steamed ‘kadubu’ and the South Canara style rasam, known as the Tilli Saaru, by Ganesh, their ‘adige bhatru’, or chief cook, who has been cooking here for over 40 years. There is something truly auspicious about eating off a banana leaf. I hope you enjoy this episode.
Special Banana Leaf Lunch
This is an indulgent lunch affair representative of the flavours of the Udupi-Kundapura region in most of the 20-dishes that make for a typical baale ele oota offering here. The food is served hot and fresh, and conveys a wholesomeness that is pleasing and satisfying. One begins with a traditional grape juice and mosaru vade, menasinkai bhajji, kosambari, kadubu-chutney, couple of coconut-rich vegetables before proceeding to the substantial mains of poori-saagu, anna (rice) served with tilli saaru and sambar. Servings are unlimited, and the servers are quick and efficient in dispensing refills. Make sure you save space for the desserts, a payasa and hollige, before you close with curd rice, banana and beeda, in true South Canara style.
Rs. 220 (usd 2.9)
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TIMINGS: 12pm to 330pm on all days.
Note: They also offer a limited lunch option should one not be feeling indulgent enough to try the special banana leaf lunch.
ADDRESS – Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan, No.115, 116, Gandhi Bazaar Main Rd, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004; tel: +91 80 2287 0456/ 2228 4777/ 2228 4999
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