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Good food at affordable rates



A phulka is being cooked

PIPING HOT `aloo paratas,' `paneer sabji' and `lassi.' Sounds inviting? If this is your idea of good food, then Ramji Bhojanalaya at Overbridge is the right place for you.

Owned by Balaram and his wife Sheeba, this little joint tries to bring a slice of authentic North Indian cuisine to Thiruvananthapuram. Says Sheeba: "We started this place in 1993. Previously we ran a place called Sharma Coffee House, which was a success."

Ambience

This dhaba-like place has seating arrangements that are nothing more than functional. As you walk in, the aroma of North Indian masalas and rotis flood the air. A blackboard listing out the day's specialties and a cable TV heightens the feel of a dhaba. However,the shabby appearance of the place does not extend to the food they serve.

The piece de resistance are definitely the paratas, with aloo (potato), gobi (cauliflower) and onion as the stuffing. Ramji Bhojanalaya also serves `muli' (raddish) paratas on request. The `sabjis' (side dish) range from paneer dishes such as `palak paneer,' `paneer burji' and `paneer butter masala.' `Channa masala,' `bhaingan ka bartha' and `dal fry' are also available.

Local influence

There is fried rice and jeera rice, apart from plain rice. Even when the restaurant claims to be a dhaba, the inclusion of items such as curd rice, lemon rice and tomato rice are pointers to the local influence. Masala pappads and lassi are in demand. Aloo paratas and onion paratas cost Rs.10 a piece while gobi parata and plain parata costs Rs. 14 and Rs. 6 respectively. The restaurant is open between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

RS

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