Everyone relishes a plate of steaming Idlis with Sambhar and Chutney or a spicy Masala Dosa or even Curd Rice or an elaborate Vegetarian Thali in Mumbai. But, while vegetarian dishes are popular in South Indian cuisine, it is equally known for its robust and spicy non-vegetarian fare with mutton, seafood and chicken dishes, from different regions of Southern India. Each dish bears a distinct stamp of the spices of that region. From Mutton Ghee Roast to a Kerala Fish Stew and Andhra Fried Chicken to a spicy Prawns Biryani, one can savour them all in Mumbai. So, go carnivores and take your choice from the varied offerings in the city. Trust me, it is time to move away from Bisi Bele Bhaat, Avial and Utthapams. These are my 5 top picks.
Prawn Gassi at Mahesh Lunch Home, Fort
You cannot possibly go to Mahesh Lunch Home and not indulge in the spicy and flavourful Mangalorean delicacy - Prawns Gassi. Devour this tangy curry with Neer Dosa or even Rice and you will be satiated beyond words.
Moplah Chicken Biryani at South of Vindhyas, The Orchid, Vile Parle East
Last but not the least, this medley of rice, chicken and spices cooked together by 'Master Chef Bala', is a meal by itself and one, that no carnivore can miss. The aromas of the biryani fill your nostrils even before you have had the first spoonful.
Mirapakai Kodi or Andhra Roast Chicken at Dakshin Culture Curry, Mahim
This fiery, fried snack tickles your taste buds for sure. Well-spiced and served with sautéed onions and garnished with grated coconut, this hearty chicken snack is a popular Andhra dish worth indulging in. One can relish it as a starter or even along with the main course. Either way, it is an unparalleled treat.
Fish Moilee at Thangabali, Andheri West
This Syrian Christian inspired popular dish – Fish Moilee, is a fragrant treat you cannot miss. Prepared using spices, coconut milk and fish, this light stew is a delight for the taste buds and pairs well with fluffy Appams or even Rice. Thangabali offers their version of the traditional one but leaves you craving for more.
Chicken Chettinad at 3 States Kitchen, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
This spicy chicken preparation with yoghurt-marinated chicken, oodles of curry leaves, pepper, ginger-garlic and chillies, from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu is exceedingly well-made here and a must-try.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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