Nalapaka – Yummy North Karnataka food.
I happened to visit “Nalapaka” , , a restaurant that serves authentic north Karnataka food The moment you enter the restaurant, you find a placard.
It says ‘Sharanu Banni’ in Kannada. In simple English it means ‘Welcome’You get in and check out for availability of seats and go ahead and sit down to enjoy some authentic food.
You can see the members of staff dressed in the traditional attire exactly like those people living in North Karnataka. Here is a picture of them.
I also got the opportunity to visit their kitchen. Spick and Span indeed! The moment I went to take pictures, they were all so excited. They were all making what is called ‘Jollada Roti’ and Jola means corn.
And now for the best part called food.
You have two kinds of menu cards. One is for the typical lunch. Have a look at it.
The other one is for what is called ‘Tiffin Menu’ which also includes various specialties of the North Karnataka like paddu, etc
We sat on one of the tables and saw the usual water served along with some different varieties of powders namely chengai powder, (peanut powder), pickle, and many more of them.
While I happened to take the ‘Full meals’ (though I couldn’t finish it), my dad took what is called ‘Open Dosa’ and ‘Paddu’.
Open dosa is the normal dosa with lots of ‘chatni powder’ (orange powder) sprinkled across and Paddu are small dosas.
It looked so good that I couldn’t resist taking a piece of each one. Lip-smacking undoubtedly!!!
It included The “Jolada Roti” along with Yele kosu playa (Cabbage curry), Yennegai (one full brinjal curry), Avarekai and kallu playa (Averekai is a famous Karnataka vegetable also called ‘Flat Beans’) and some chilly and a little bit of butter. Then they served white rice, sambhar, rasam and then curd. There was butter milk as well. All in all it was an awesome treat after a hectic day. I was longing for this kind of food from sometime though. It is absolutely an unusual experience.
The restaurant is located at Rajajinagar, near the Navrang theatre. Little bit of spicy food but good food.
You need to eat to believe it.