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Review – Gokul Kuteera, Indiranagar, Bangalore

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Review – Gokul Kuteera, Indiranagar, Bangalore

We’ve been trying to explore a few vegetarian restaurants around home. Some have been ok, and some not so great. So this weekend we decided to go a little further and check a restaurant that had great reviews.

This brought us to Gokul Kuteera, Indiranagar which had pretty nice reviews online, and the menu online was also pretty tempting.

We reached around 2pm and with a pretty good appetite. Parking was a bit of an issue and there is no dedicated space. We found space for the bike in the footpath/parking space of a previous building. But most people would need to pass the restaurant and park in the lane on the left.

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The main entrance of the restaurant

Ambiance-wise, the restaurant is pretty ordinary. There was a small air-conditioned room inside the main restaurant, which was where we were seated. The place was pretty crowded.

For starters, we opted for the vegetable sheekh kabab and spicy sweet corn manchow soup. The soup was pretty loaded with pepper and was quite thick. In fact, with the amount of vegetables and noodles it had, it was more of a spicy stew. Though I must accept, it was very satisfying. The sheekh kababs were the perfect match for the soup. It was light and tasty and the chutney served with kababs was a delight!

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Spicy sweet corn manchow soup and veg sheekh kababs

The main course was 2 butter rotis each with green peas masala and veg ginger masala. The servings of the curries was pretty large, and we felt that we could have ordered just 1 curry and it would have been enough. Both the curries were pretty mild and tasty.

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Butter rotis with green peas masala and veg ginger masala

For dessert, we opted for the hot chocolate fudge with vanilla and butterscotch each. And it was YUMM! Both the desserts were topped with a whole lot of cashew nuts, which was a surprise given the pricing. The ice cream itself was of good quality, as was the chocolate sauce. The serving size was great, making this the ideal end for a great lunch.

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Hot chocolate fudge with butterscotch and vanilla ice cream

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Close-up of the cashews 😉

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Aloo Bajji with Green Chillies

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The credit for this dish goes to my mother-in-law on her recent visit to our house for Dussera.

As part of their usual ritual of getting us all the lovely vegetables available in Andhra, and not so easily available in Bangalore, they got us some lovely green chillies ideal for bajjis. Unknown to everyone, I’d managed to procure some myself on a recent visit to Chikpet. SO it was mirchi overload at home! 🙂

On mahaNavami, part of the menu included vadas. But the DH and I had earmarked that particular dish for VijayaDasami. So it was aloo bajji that became a part of the menu.

Owing to the excess of mirchis at home, my ma-in-law decided to use that as the base for the batter, instead of the usual red chilli powder. The result was quite interesting!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup besan
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 8-10 bajji mirchis
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of cooking soda

Method:

  • Grind the chillies to a fine paste.
  • Mix all the batter ingredients and add water till it becomes a thick batter, thick enough to coat the potatoe slices. Make sure there are no lumps in the batter.
  • Using a slicer,cut the potatoes into fine slices
  • heat oil in a deep wok for deep frying
  • Dip the slices of potatoes into the batter and drop into the hot oil. The bajji will puff up a bit if the batter is mixed right.

Serve hot! The green chillies in the batter give a more subtle taste than the red chillies. So the final result will tease the senses with the taste without the spicy heat.

 

Adyar Ananda Bhavan – Indiranagar, Bangalore

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We first became acquainted with this name when a colleague of Hubby’s handed out packets from sweets and savouries as a part of a birthday party. The taste was absolutely yum, and we then decided that we should check this place for ourselves sometime. That was over a year back.

This weekend, we randomly decided to go out for lunch when we originally planned just to go for grocery shopping. Since there are no decent eateries near the place we stay, we decided to make the long trip to Indiranagar. A couple of the restaurants we checked out on the way had a waiting time of at least 1 hour. Not interested.

We then decided not to look at any other place; just go directly to Adyar Ananda Bhavan and see what they have. The location was easy to figure out – right next to Namma Metro Station. 🙂

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Indiranagar Metro Station

THe moment we stepped in the first thought I had was: it’s so small! Given its popularity in Bangalore, I was expected a much larger space, and definitely more than 6 dining tables. That was it. 6 tables, and about 4-5 snack tables (where there are no seats, just stand, eat and go!) Typical Tiffin Center style.

Not to be put off, we went ahead to check our meal options. There is a mini-meal served in the afternoons. Other than that there is a huge range of tiffins available, ranging from dosa and idlis to khara bath and bissibile bath (bath: rice in Kannada).

We opted for mini-meals as we were seriously hungry. The amounts being served in the plates didn’t seem too much, so we ordered another plate of curd rice to share. We were served: 1 roti, potato vegetable, veg kurma, bissibile bath, tamarind rice, curd rice, kesari bath and vadiyams (crunchy deep-fried snacks to be had with rice). Eventually we literally had to force ourselves to eat the curd rice! It was so filling….

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The food was hot, and the taste was really nice. It wasn’t too spicy, nor was it bland. A perfect mix for any kind of palate.

The main focus of Adyar Ananda Bhavan is, however, sweets and savouries. There is a huge counter that runs almost the entire length of the shop. The shelves in the counter are filled with different kinds of sweets. And on top of the counter, are the savouries. Since we were keen on eating any more sweets, we picked up 2 kinds of savouries. Both were amazing, and had a flavor we had missed at most other sweet shops.

In all, we had a nice lunch, and need to plan our next outing there… to pick up more of the savouries! 😉