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A Bit of Maharashtra Right Here In Jayanagar, Thanks To Rajvardhan Foods

    Jayanagar, Bangalore


    Maharashtrian food is done just right at this little eatery in Jayanagar. Thalipeeth, Poha and Sabudana Khichdi — vegetarian food has never tasted so good.

    Chow Down

    Thalipeeth, Poha

    Sip On

    Buttermilk, Lassi

    Winning For

    Homely, traditional and pocket-friendly Maharashtrian specials. Also, the hand-pounded masalas that you can take home.

    Lowdown On The Ambience

    This is a basic setup and includes a spick and span kitchen helmed by the owner — U Madhuri. It’s all about self-service here. After your order is printed out and paid for, you wait by one of the tables placed on the footpath.

    What’s On The Menu?

    Hanging from the wall, above the teller, Rajvardhan’s limited menu features breakfast and street-food treats from Maharashtra. We ordered up the Thalipeeth, Poha, and Sabudana Khichdi before parking ourselves at the tables by the roadside. Arriving on disposable plates, the dishes were some of the healthiest eaten by the LBB crew. Ever!

    Pav Or Poha?

    The Thalipeeth was our pick of the lot. The thick, hot pancake {of sorts} was made up of ragi, sabudana, onions, and spices. We dunked pieces of it into the accompanying spicy lime pickle, a bowl of curd, and a sweetish mint chutney. The melting dollop of ghee on the Thalipeeth added a touch of  richness to the dish. The Poha hit the right spot too. Tossed up in spices, the unbelievably soft poha came with the crunch of peanuts and specks of mustard, coriander and chillies. The simple, no-fuss flavours bowled us over. Similarly, the Sabudana Khichdi had little else other than spongy pearls of tapioca, cumin, chilli, and a squirt of lime. Yet it packed a punch.

    Masala Club

    Want to add a sprinkling of Maharashtra’s famed flavours to your food? Then, pick up one of the neatly arranged packets of homemade masalas at Rajvardhan. There’s the ubiquitous Goda Masala, that’s made with a long list of spices and is regularly added to the region’s dishes. There’s also a fiery Peanut Garlic Chutney that’s a must try.

    So We’re Thinking…

    From here on, every time we hear someone lament the supposed the lack of authentic Maharashtrian food in Bangalore, we’ll be directing them towards Rajvardhan Foods. And may even merrily accompany them to said spot.

    Where: 1291, 25th Main Road, Near Big Bazaar, 9th Block, Jayanagar

    Price: INR 200 for two

    Contact: +91 9886303088

    Timings: 10am-3pm, 5pm-10pm

    Photos: Devika Raman

      Jayanagar, Bangalore