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Of dosas and kababs

The dosa and kabab mela at Nikkis Nikkitas is a must visit



Dosa mela at Nikkis

WE WENT to Nikkis restaurant at Kaudiar for their dosa and tandoor mela with the least expectations. How many forms can a dosa take after all? But we were in for a surprise. The aroma wafting through the air was enough to draw us straight towards the dosa and tandoor counters, arranged so as to be visible from the eating area.

Dosa

We declined the offer of a soup, for nothing would make us sorrier than a delay in the arrival of the food. The dosas that made their way to our table looked tempting. We decided to try the Egg dosa first. Slightly crisp and soft, it was excellent. The Chicken tikka dosa and Keema dosa were equally good and filling. But Mughlai dosa won hands down. With the filling of cashew nut, dates, and raisins mixed in honey, the slightly sweet dosa was simply divine. Others dosas on offer include Onion dosa, Cauliflower and green peas dosa, Cheese dosa and the regular Masala dosa. The accompaniments were the usual chutney and sambar.

Kababs

We moved on to the kababs that Nikkis promised were delicious. The Chicken malai kabab left us craving for more. Though a regular in tandoori dishes, we decided to try out the Hariyali kabab too. With the right blend of spices, it too was good. Chicken garlic kabab, Fish tikka, Chicken seekh kabab, Kashmiri tikka, and Fish Irani are the other kababs available at Nikkis. "Most of the dishes available during the mela are listed in our regular menu. We try to introduce new flavours and fillings every day," says N. Ravichandran, general manager of Nikkis.

They have also a spread of Indian breads such as tandoori paratha, stuffed paratha, Peshawari naan and stuffed kulcha.

Why choose a non-vegetarian mela, that too mostly tandoori, as part of the Onam celebrations? "People generally eat out to have something different from what they make at home. And they prefer non-vegetarian food. On festival days, people want to have tasty food, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian," says Ravichandran.

Nikkitas, the pastry shop, provides the finest of desserts. With such a satiating meal, it is but natural that one would want the evening to end on a sweet note with some pastry, mousse or fudge tart.

The dosa and kabab mela is on till the weekend after Onam.

AMBIKA VARMA

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