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The `Amma' treat

Amma restaurant at Thampanoor does not boast of a great ambience, but its menu, which includes north Indian specialities, is impressive.


AMMA, ONE of the very few vegetarian restaurants in the city, is located at Thampanoor.

The restaurant has an ambience on par with any other eatery in the city. If you are a stickler for cleanliness and hygiene, Amma is definitely the place to be in. The customer also has a wide fare to choose from. Being a multi-cuisine restaurant, one can choose from south Indian, north Indian or Chinese, with a variety of chaats thrown-in.

But whichever cuisine you choose to have for the day, your appetiser can only be a soup. They have tomato soup (Rs. 30), hot and sour soup (Rs. 30), vegetable clear soup (Rs. 30) and talumien soup (Rs. 30) to choose from.

In the Chinese section, the main dish can be fried rice or noodles, which comes in the usual chopsuey and Schezwan style. They also have a variety of rotis, naans, kulchas and parathas to choose from. Their specialties are mint naan (Rs.15), methi naan (Rs.15), garlic naan (Rs. 20), Kashmiri naan (Rs. 20), aloo paratha (Rs. 20), stuffed paratha (Rs. 20), onion kulcha (Rs. 20), butter kulcha (Rs. 20) and paneer kulcha (Rs. 25). In the south Indian section, you have the usual vadai (curd, sambar and the plain one), pongal (Rs.15) and varieties of dosa and oothappam.

Their list of accompaniments is mind-boggling. The mushroom fry (Rs. 40) and mushroom capsicum fry (Rs. 40) are good, and so is the salt and pepper mushroom (Rs. 45). The chana fry (Rs. 30) and paneer furchi (Rs. 40) go very well with roti and naan. In the gravy section, both the Indian and Chinese gravy vie with each other. The Indian gravy dishes include paneer butter masala (Rs. 40), paneer tikka masala (Rs. 45), kadhai paneer (Rs. 45) and the unusual kaju paneer (Rs. 45) and veg kolhapuri (Rs. 35).

The Chinese gravy dishes, though quite bland and devoid of any masala, goes well with fried rice and noodles.

A person running a race against time can opt for thali meals (Rs. 30) or special thali meals (Rs. 50) for lunch. The special thali comprises a soup, chapatti with an Indian gravy, boli, payasam and ice cream. Sandwiches and burgers too are available at Amma. You can round off the meals with a seasonal fresh fruit juice, ice cream or milk shake.

AMBIKA VARMA

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