Mahabelly

If one fine day you wake up on the right side of the bed and wish to unwind the uncanny old-school way then think no more and head to city’s only full-fledged Malyali cuisine foray at Mahabelly, behind DLF Place mall, Saket. The place debuted on 24th march and is the brainchild of Thomas Fenn and Zachariah Jacob who calls himself Zac. Those two have been itching to do something of their own for a considerable time and here they are with the outcome.

Some quirky poster work as interiors
Some quirky poster work as interiors

The restaurant focuses on 4 major cuisines coming from Kerala; the Malabar being the easily recognizable one and Moplah, Syrian-Christian and Toddy being the lesser explored one where the Toddy is the most sensational for me, as Its not really a cuisine but the generic finger food that you get with Toddy or Taadi (that’s how Maharastrians address it). The food from Kerala is highly influenced by Portuguese, Arab and Dutch owing to the earlier reign of all three.

Erachi Double Fry
Erachi Double Fry

The place gives a relaxed feel and the food seems to be very easy going, I started my order with Erachi double fry, a good portion of cube sized beef double fried with local spices, coupled with a Malabar parota this could well be the perfect breakfast of a Malyali. From the vegetarian section it was Kezhangu-Varathathu or the Spicy potato wedges to work their magic.

Kezhangu varathathu
Kezhangu varathathu
Shaapu-meen curry (red-hot fish curry cooked with tangy tamarind, staple of toddy shops of kerala)
Meen Pollichathu (the downer for Taadi)

Next up was the highly recommended Meen-Pollichathu, which is a great combination with liquor and if you are someone who does not consume alcohol then the Sharjah shake could well be your combination just like me.

Sharjah shake (Kerala special fruit and nut with milk and horlicks)
Sharjah shake (Kerala special fruit and nut with milk and horlicks)
Vegetable stew & Mutton curry with Appam
Vegetable stew & Mutton curry with Appam

From the mains I tried the Mutton curry and Vegetable stew with Appam, where the mutton curry could simply give a run for their money to any eatery in a close periphery and Vegetable stew being my classic favorite cooked in coconut milk was nothing less than a dream come true. A Classic Malabar biryani can never be ruled out which comes with an acquired taste of overpowering hot spices but iv’e certainly had much better ones.

Mutton biryani, Malabar style from Muslims of North Kerala
Mutton biryani, Malabar style from Muslims of North Kerala

The dessert section does not offer much of a choice; hence, I chose the Caramelized banana with ice-cream which is as smooth as it gets with a banana affair. In all, the place treads the water nobody dares to in the NCR; miles away from the typecast of Idli, Dosa and Vada with a milder tone on heat of course.

Caramelized banana with ice-cream & palm treacle
Caramelized banana with ice-cream & palm treacle

The PLF for the place is 1000 INR for 2, the place can be contacted on (+91)9911462757 and the suggestive orders are Mutton curry, vegetable stew and Caramelized banana.

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