Their millet-based Thali
Choco Malt, Aralu Majjige
Their concept of serving healthy millet-based fare.
A grainy thought
Ask Jyothi Madinur what drove her to start a cafe purely based on millet foods and she has an instant reply: the need to serve healthy food to people. Her interest in and research on the grainy stuff is what led to start her own brand, Vaathsalya, which has been selling millet-based foods (think ragi popcorn and flavoured ragi malt mixes, among others) for the past decade. Inspired by the great response she received, she started Vaathsalya Millet Cafe, one and a half years ago.
What we ate and drank
The menu (everything is gluten-free) at this cafe may be limited and the list of items might not make sense to you, but the staff will happily decode the dishes for you. While you wait for the meal (service can be a tad slow), sip on a cup of hot Choco Malt, chocolate-flavoured ragi malt or the chilled Aralu Majjige (buttermilk with puffed rice and sprouted fenugreek). The nutritious Thali, comprising a rice dish, jowar rotis and curries (with daily variations), is what you should order here. The rotis come with mint chutney, Ridge Gourd Curry, Peas Curry and Raw Banana raita.
Untainted by overpowering flavours or spices, the dishes taste simple and homely, letting the veggies take front stage. The wholesome Navara Khichdi (a gooey dish made of Navara rice, sprinkled with a helping of veggies like peas, beans and tomatoes) goes well with the Buttermilk Curry, seasoned with coriander. Top off the meal with a bowlful of Baragu Payasa, kheer made with proso millet.
The DL on ambience
The cafe clearly believes in keeping it simple with its minimal decor (with wooden tables and chairs) and relaxed ambience. The outdoor seating with bamboo furniture might seem more inviting on breezy days.
So, we’re thinking…
Bowled over by Vaathsalya’s healthy fare, we might just enjoy taking a break from junk food every now and then.
Where: 277, 15th Cross, Outer Ring Rd, KR Layout, J P Nagar Phase 5
When: Tuesday-Sunday, 8am-10am, 12pm-3.30pm and 6pm-8pm
Contact: +91 9449064494
Price: INR 400 for two
Find them on Facebook here.
Featured image via: Devika Raman