Moilee, Mutton, Malleshwaram: Get your South Indian Fix

Rashi posted on 19 October

We must admit, until recently our south Indian vocabulary didn’t extend beyond idli and dosas, with a side of sambhar. But now, we can’t stop raving about everything from appam to chettinad, and chutney to rasam at Southie bhavans, cafes and more.

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Carnatic Cafe

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Sagar Ratna

Coast Cafe

This is hands down one of the best coastal restaurants in the city, and the divine cocktails and near-perfect ambience just makes it better. Don’t go home without trying the Fish Tacos, Prawn Moilee, the Masala Fish Curry, Goan Prawn Curry or the Malabari Cokum Fish Curry. PS: The Red Rice and Malabar Parantha are fabulous too.

Casual Dining

H-2, 2nd & 3rd Floor, Above Ogaan, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

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Carnatic Café

Modelled as a home-style South Indian Kitchen, the dosas over at Carnatic are lovely. Start your meal with their buttermilk, and as for dosas, skip the staple masala and ask for the Malleshwaram 18th Cross or the Rava Coconut. Also try their traditional South Indian filter coffee.

Fast Food Restaurants

Ground Floor, The India Mall, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Saravana Bhavan

Although the service is slow {relatively}, the food is worth the wait. You need to order the Rava Kesari, 14 Mini Idlis in Ghee & Sambhar, Panchavarna Utthappam and the Onion Rava Masala Dosa. The thalis are great for when you’re really hungry. PS: They open at 8am for breakfast, if you want to beat the crowds.

Fast Food Restaurants

P-13, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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Dakshin

The Meen Varuval and Dakshin Yera are much talked about. Bookmark for the finest fare from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Fine Dining

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi

Andhra Bhavan

Andhra Bhavan provides the feel of a college canteen. Arrive early if you’d like to sit, and get ready for lightning-speed service, and communal/mess style dining. You will get served rounds of food, and you must order non-vegetarian dishes separately. Definitely try the Prawn and Mutton Fry. Biryani is only served for lunch on Sundays. They are also open for breakfast

Casual Dining

1, Ashoka Road, Near Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi

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Mahabelly

A Keralite foodie destination, the restaurant came to life because its founders craved home-style, traditional Keralite fare. The menu features food influenced by the Syrian Christians, traditional Nairs, the Malabar region’s Moplah coastal cuisine, and authentic food from the toddy shops of Kerala.

Casual Dining

MA-A05, Ground Floor, Restaurant Block, DLF Place, Saket, New Delhi

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Karnataka Food Centre

Always crowded and with long waiting lines, Karnataka Food Centre is a popular dosa-idli hotspot. Must trys are the Onion Rava Masala Dosa, Mysore Masala and Plain Dosa, and the Maharaja Sajjige Dosa. Start the meal with their rasam and papad combo and end it with the Rava Kesari.

Fast Food Restaurants

Ground Floor, Delhi Karnataka Sangh Building, R. K. Puram, New Delhi

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Zambar

Another one from the fine-dining family, Zambar offers South Indian fare from four different states—Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradhesh. They’re most popular for their authentic and interactive cuisine {live appam station and show kitchen}. If you’re spoilt for choice, the Chicken Chettinad, Malabar Vegetarian Stew and Allepey Prawn Curry are good bets.

Casual Dining

Ambience Mall, 3rd Floor, DLF Phase 3, Sector 24, Gurgaon

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Chidambaram's New Madras Hotel

Again, contrary to its name, you’ll also find Indian Chinese options, but we suggest sticking with their South Indian menu. We recommend sampling their uthappams {especially the paneer and Nilgiri}, and a side of fried idlis.

Fast Food Restaurants

7, Khanna Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi

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Kerala Hotel

A dhaba by any stretch of the imagination, you’re probably better off taking the food home and eating off your own sanitised crockery. The Prawn Curry and Egg Curry should definitely accompany you home, but be warned, it’s only for iron-cast stomachs

Fast Food Restaurants

211-A, Mohan Singh Market, INA Market, Aurobindo Marg, INA Colony, New Delhi

Karnataka Restaurant

Although the name might suggest otherwise, they also serve Chinese and North Indian fare. A limited South Indian menu; order the Andhrapesarattu, Appam and the Set Dosa. Their Mysore Paneer Dosa is also a winner.

Fast Food Restaurants

60/5, Yousuf Sarai Market, Yusuf Sarai, New Delhi

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Sagar Ratna

Still the best paper plain dosas in town. We also love the Masala Fries here {Idli Fries guys!} Also, the rasam is free.

Where: To know more and find a location, click here.

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Casual Dining

K-15, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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Naivedyam

You cannot go wrong while choosing from the dosas, idlis and vadas. If you’re looking for a switch up, definitely get the curd rice and lemon rice. We love all the little boxes of chutneys that come along with every delivery.

Casual Dining

Shop 1, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

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Swagath

Sagar Ratna’s not so distant cousin has the best Butter Garlic Crabs and Koliwada Jumbo Prawns on the menu.

Where: To find a location, click here.

Price: INR 1,500 for two {approx.}

Casual Dining

14, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi

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