Happiness is when you get a meal made of Indian ingredients with no modern cuisine drama. We have plenty of regional cuisines to celebrate our culture, the food which can satisfy our soul and body. I am talking about one such cuisine you must try if you love spices – the Rayalaseema cuisine from Andhra Pradesh which covers four major regions – Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadappa, and Kurnool. I recently tried this amazing cuisine at the ongoing Rayalaseema Food Festival at The Square at Novotel Bengaluru curated by Chef Mani and Chef Pradeep Rao. To start with what I loved most – a tennis ball sized Ragi Sangati (Ragi Ball) with a bowl full of goodness oops.. it was Mamsam Koora (melt-in-mouth Mutton Curry) followed by piping hot Paya soup, Pesara Punugulu (Moong Dal fritters), and Chepa Vepudu (Fish fry). They have kept an array of pickles and chutneys to have with starters and main course out of which my favorites were the Alam (Ginger) Pachadi, Beerakaya (Ridge gourd) Pachadi, Green Chilli pickle and Vankaya (Brinjal) Pachadi.
From the main course counter, I carefully selected all the stuffs which I was craving for all this time. My plate was a jugalbandi of interesting flavors like Karivepaku Annam (Curry leaves flavored rice), Rayalaseema Kodi Biryani, Ulavacharu (Horsegram curry), Gutti Vankaya Koora (Stuffed Brinjal curry), Dosakaya Pappu (Yellow Cucumber Dal), and second round of pickles and chutneys. I simply loved this meal. The food was not too spicy as Novotel mostly have corporate crowd, expat guests and Bengalureans who doesn’t like to eat spicy food. But Chef specifically told me that upon request they will increase the spice level to enjoy the Rayalaseema cuisine to the fullest. After all their tag line says ‘Brave enough to try it’?
The desserts were very simple and homely stuff- Kajjikayalu (a cousin of Gujiya with coconut, semolina, sugar, and nuts filling), Ariselu and Bobbatlu (Obbattu/Holige in Kannada).
The Rayalaseema Food Festival is on till 1st March and it’s available for lunch and dinner. Don’t miss it all you spice lovers…
Wallet Factor - ₹ 1299 + taxes (Lunch)
₹ 1499 + taxes (Dinner)
Novotel Bengaluru Techpark
Opp RMZ Ecospace
Outer Ring Road - Marathahalli
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