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Ethnic platter

At Sri Rajasthani Dhaba, the menu is simple — three types of thalis and a few Rajasthani and Punjabi dishes


"THEY TAKE great pride in making their dinner cost much; I take my pride in making my dinner cost so little." — Henry David Thoreau

When the 19th Century American essayist, poet and philosopher said this, he didn't have bargain deals in mind; he was strong on frugality. Actually in "Walden," he says, the so-called comforts of life are a positive hindrance to the elevation of mankind. But these `elevated' thoughts need not trouble us in budget eating.

Sri Rajasthani Dhaba (ph: 26286709) on Second Avenue, Anna Nagar, was my first stop. By the time I wheezed and panted my way to the third floor restaurant, I was ready to accept anything that was served.

The Dhaba is a dhaba. There is no attempt at artificial rusticity and everything is functional. The colourful village belle on the cover of the menu adds to the ambience. Between the covers too, it is a simple affair — three types of thalis and a few Rajasthani and Punjabi dishes.

The Special Rajasthani Thali (Rs. 90) with two mithais, two savoury items, bajra roti, batti and dal and another two varieties of dal, three subzis, dahi and chawal caught my eye immediately. This is the deal for the HUNGRY.

The flow of phulkas and rice doesn't end. There is one more reason to try this deal. If you go for this thali, then you will sample nearly the entire Rajasthani selection here.

There is a choice of chaat items too. But both dahi (Rs. 25) and bhel (Rs. 20) puris didn't make a mark. It was the same with the malpua (Rs. 5) and jalebi (Rs. 10).

The Avial fare

WITH A name like Avial for a restaurant, it is sure to attract attention. Avial (the dish) lovers will agree with me. The very thought of fragrant, creamy mix of vegetables on hot rice is enough to trigger a flood in the mouth. So it was with these visions that I entered the Avial (ph: 24612337) on Greenways Road, R. A. Puram. Going through a bhel puri (Rs. 11), the signature dish, adai-avial (Rs. 20), mushroom masala (Rs. 35) and podi dosai (Rs. 19) was like walking into a studio with pictures done in monochrome. Mediocrity has that heavy an effect even on the tongue.

MARIEN MATHEW

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