Ten-Second Takeaway

An Andhra-Brahmin thali meal made from scratch by home chef Sumitra K with authentic ingredients, seasonal produce and plenty of love.

What’s On The Menu?

Sumitra serves vegetarian food, typical of the East Godavari District in Central Andhra Pradesh. The meal, traditionally served in a thali, proceeds course by course and often doesn’t use onions, garlic or ginger. We started off with deep fried mirchi and raw banana bhajjis {fritters} and paired these with hot rice, topped with an Andhra-style Dosakai Pappu {tuvar dal cooked with tamarind and Mangalore cucumber} with lashings of ghee. We couldn’t get enough of the double-fried crispy colocassia or arbi and plump mini brinjals stuffed with a mix of chana dal, urad dal, red chillies, spices and asafoetida. The Majjiga Pulusu, a curd-based curry cooked with white pumpkin went rather well with the Andhra take on the Puliyogare or tamarind rice {so called Pulihara}.


A special paragraph needs to be dedicated to the array of hot and sweet chutneys, pickles and dal podi served with the meal. We loved the sweet ginger pickle, gave our hearts to the Gongura chutney, which you are supposed to mix with rice and eat, and generous spoonfuls of the powdered podi which we mixed with our pappu and rice. And the good news? You can buy these chutneys and pickles as long as stocks last. We ended our meal with a sweet carrot kheer thickened with cashew paste.

House Special

Visiting Sumi’s Kitchen for a meal will remind you of a favourite aunt who always cooks up a storm when you stop by at her place. You can eat your food, chill out anywhere, coax the lady of the house for recipes and even ruminate over the merits of the famous Guntur chillies, some of which go into her pickles and dishes. Hanging out with Sumitra’s adorable Golden Retriever Jade is an added bonus.

So We’re Thinking…

Don’t waste your time. Gather a bunch of friends, book yourself a meal and head over to Sumi’s Kitchen for a spread that will remind you of food made by the best chef you know in the world: your mamma!

Where: B3, Hutchins Court, 18/1, Hutchins Main Road, Cooke Town

When: Every Saturday, 1pm onwards {but depends on the number of bookings}

Price: INR 300 per person

Contact: +91 8951153518 {a place needs to be booked at least three days in advance.}

Find Sumi’s Kitchen on Facebook here.

Photos: Sumi’s Kitchen


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