Kuteeram- For Thali lovers

Kuteer means house or a cabin. Kuteeram evokes the same feeling of an earthy household with soulful food made with love and care. It reminded me of this word called “Hiraeth” – longing for a house which was never there. I was overwhelmed with the striking similarity of the decor with one my friend’s house back in Tamil Nadu. The chairs, tables and even the aangan was enough to transfix me.

 

This place serves six thalis from the six states, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. You get plain simple thalis here with enough food to suffice your cravings for south Indian cuisines. We ended up ordering most of it.

We had: Telangana Thali: Kobbari Saddi (Coconut flavored rice), Ponganalu (Black bean fritters), Gongura Pachadi (Sorrel leaves chutney), Cabbage Tomato Kurra, Vankaya Veppudu (Fried Eggplant), Mamidikaya Pappu (Raw Mango Dal), Chamadumpa Pulusu (Aravi gravy), Pachadi Pulusu (Tamarind based gravy), Rice, Roti, Desserts, Allam Pachadi (Sweet ginger chutney) Papad and Curd.

 

 

Kerala Thali: Thenga Choru (Coconut flavored rice), Uniyappam (Black bean fritters), Pineapple Pachadi (Sweet and tangy chutney), Varutharacha Sambar (Mixed veggies dal), Ullitheeyal (Onion and Coconut curry), Beans Thoran (Bean and coconut fry), Thakali Rasam (Tomato Tamarind based gravy), Mor Kuzhambu (Dahi ki kadi), Rice, Roti, Desserts, Lemon Pickle, Papad and Curd.

Maharashtra Thali: Vatana Bhaat (Peas Pulao), Pav Bhaji, Kothimbir Vadi (Coriander and Bengal gram flour-based fritters), Vaaran (Dal), Bharli Bhindi (Stuffed okra), Vangyache Bharit (Baigan Bharta), Takachi Kadi (Dahi ki kadi), Rice, Roti, Desserts, Lemon pickle, Papad and Curd. Add-ons items were: Fish Curry, Fish fry, and Mutton Fry. The meal was sumptuous with all the flavors coming through in every dish. Every dish had contrasting while plainly put striking flavors.  My personal favorite was the Maharashtra thali which had baingan bharta, stuffed bhindi, kadhi, pav bhaji and was very well prepared!

 

The thalis are cheap at 250 Rs, and you can even add non-vegetarian items like fish, chicken, and mutton fry on sides. I would love to go back to this place to have some peace and soulful food.

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