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Spicy treat

Fiery `Nellori' fare at Masala is challenging, but delightfully delicious


MASALA IS a real `dynamite' destination. Spice at its red-hot best is what one gets to relish at this new restaurant (Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills). Opened recently, Masala (Tel No: 23552255) is one of those few places in town that dishes out authentic, great-tasting `Nellori' fare that has properties to leave one hungry with just one wish: to come again. The rustic ambience is deliberate to impart a `raw' look to the whole situation, which is necessary to enjoy the robustness of the food. A hint of modernity comes only in the form of wood panels and light.

Masala is a venue where forks and knives look better if not used, although there is provision for the same for pure reasons of hospitality. The leaf-shaped menu is without any frills and an absolute delight for lovers of coastal food: Rich, spicy and piping hot, the fare is fiery and will tease anyone's taste buds to soak all the flavours.

The basket of bread contains three varieties, Phulka, Chapati, Paratha and Ceylon Paratha, while the `meat exotica' section comprises stunners that will appeal only to hard-boiled carnivores: Kavuzu Iguru (quail), Kundelu Mamsam Iguru (rabbit) and Emu Mamsam Iguru (Emu).

There is a sea of fish, chicken, lamb and prawn delicacies - typical of any Nellore-restaurant. An interesting resemblance is noticeable in the dishes - utterly red-coloured - and that which whets the appetite for a red-hot indulgence. Vegetarian-platters have the same tint, although less diverse in offering.

Owner K. Vinay Reddy has strategically positioned a sweetmeat shop - Challas, beside Masala for obvious reasons. There is a fruit juice counter - Temptations, for those who prefer to wash down their food with sweet juices.

"Very soon, we would be starting a breakfast counter," says Vinay. The breakfast menu, he says, would have interesting items like, Baabai idli (a Vijaywada-speciality), Omlet dosa, Kheema dosa and Butter chicken dosa, among other specialities. Beginning a day with an Idli nearly red in colour is not as bad as it sounds, only at Masala.

S.C.

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