Onyumm! @ Madras Cafe & Co.

staffOnyumm! – the yum Kerala food fest is happening at Madras Cafe & Co from today i.e 25th August – 30th August. I was invited as part of the bloggers meet to sample the menu. The restaurant is decked up in all its festivities – banana leaves at the entrance, Onapookkalam (flower rangoli), the servers dressed up in traditional attires.

decorThe interiors are vibrant and quirky! You can’t help but notice the colourful hand-made Athangudi tiles on the floor.

appalamThe welcome drink served – Inji Tanni , made with ginger was very refreshing. While we were sipping the drink, the Appalam basket (banana chips, jackfruit chips & jaggery-coated banana chips) made its way to our table.

IMG_2780The soup for the day was Thakkali Murungakai Rasam served from a kettle!

nonveg_startersNext up were the starters – Palkatti Chuttadhu and Sakarvali Kalengu in the veg options and Pacha Melagu Koli Veruval(chicken), Meen Polichadu(fish) in the non-veg options.  Succulent chicken with green chillies -the chicken starter was my favourite!.  The steamed fish in banana leaf  with tomato paste was melt-in-the-mouth. Yum!

veg startersThe Palkatti Chuttadhu – paneer coated with spicy and crispy coating was good. The Sakarvali Kalengu, a sweet potato with green chillies cutlet was decent enough. The veg starters surely pale in front of the non-veg counterparts.

The Veg main course consisted of   – Kalan, Avial, Eryssery, Ulli Theeyal and Kai Kari Thoran. While the non-vegetarians can choose from Aadu Thenga Masala or Chimeen Manga Curry.

accompanimentsThe main-course can be had with the very fragrant Nei Choru , kerala rice, the flaky Malabar Parotta or soft Appam.

IMG_2794The Chimeen Manga (prawns with raw mango) curry had a nice sour tang and the prawns were cooked nicely. It went very well with the Nei Choru (ghee rice).

IMG_2803Aadu Thenga Masala (Mutton curry) was my favourite – perfectly done and rightly spiced, I couldn’t stop licking my fingers.

Ulli Theeyal

The Ulli Theeyal (made with pearl onions) was my favourite in the veg course and I relished it with some kerala rice.

The Kalan (raw banana and yam), Avial  (mixed vegetables) and Eryssery (yellow pumpkin) have a strong fresh coconut base. Even though the above dishes have kind of similar ingredients, the taste of each dish was distinct.

avialThe beans and carrot Thoran, a simple stir-fry of vegetables garnished with fresh coconut was a simple dish but very flavorful. I was too stuffed to do any justice to the Malabar Koli Biryani and just had a spoonful.

For desserts we had Palada Pradhaman and Pazha Payasam. IMG_2822

The Onyumm! festival is on from 25th August- 30th August 2015. On Friday, 28th August, the Onam Sadya will be served on a banana leaf. Call 040 69995333/040 69997222 to book a table.

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