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Madhuban, Cross Point Mall, DLF phase 4, Gurgaon

Picture a setting where you can are enchanted by the aroma of incense and soothed by the calm ambience. Now imagine this place serving delectable vegetarian dishes sans onions and garlic. Will you pay a visit to this venue? I will, despite being a hard core non vegetarian.

Madhuban, a sattvic south Indian chain of restaurants has opened its gates to Gurgaon and we finally have a place to explore when we are on strict vegetarian diet. The USP of this outlet lies in its usage of fresh ingredients and home made ghee and pickles. And since this is an Andhra based chain, expect some fireworks when you eat.

Proceeding towards the dishes I tasted:

Poddi Idli: Soft idlis coated in ghee and gunpowder. The gunpowder masala is freshly prepared so the whole ensemble is a bit spicy. The consistency of the accompanying sambhar is perfect – not too runny with well cooked vegetables. There are four types of chutneys served with idlis : peanut based which is hot; tamarind based which is tangy and spicy and tomato based which is a bit sweet due to jaggery. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Pesarattu: A thin and soft dosa made out of moong dal and served with warm upma is a perfect breakfast. The pesarattu is slightly salty but has the richness of coriander and moong dal grounded into a fine paste. The upma is good and the presence of curry leaves and rai seeds make it pretty authentic. This is served with a ginger chutney which is a bit sweet (jaggery) and pungent.  RECOMMENDED.

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Semiyan Payesam: Move on over your slow cooked thick semiyan, because payesam semiyan is a light and delightful dessert. The vermicelli is just boiled and not ghee roasted and served in cold milk which is not cooked. RECOMMENDED.

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Idiyappam: My favourite. So instead of the fried form, I ate the boiled one and I relished it. The rice noodles are steamed to perfection and formed in perfect roundels and served with spicy vegetable korma and fresh coconut oil and milk. The korma is fiery hot concocted out of tomatoes and ginger and the coconut milk is oh-so-sweet and light. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Bissi bhele bhaat: Finally savoured the most talked about dish of Karnataka. A strong whiff of desi ghee accompanies the bhaat and when you behold it, the copious amounts used will entice you. The maelstrom of varied flavours : tanginess and spiciness accompanied with the richness of ghee, the nutty chewiness of peanuts and the pungency of rai seeds will leave you wanting for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheese Dosa rolls: A fusion dish in their breakfast menu, this is worth trying. The presence of raw bell peppers compliments the crunchiness of the dosa. And the cheese, oh boy! The gooey cheese viscously pouring out of the dosa is overwhelming. But it is pretty salty – extra salt from cheese. RECOMMENDED.

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Tirupati Vrindavan, M-block market, Greater Kailash -1, New Delhi

We north Indians love the delicacies from the southern part of our country. Can we imagine our lives without the humble idli or the flavourful dosa? And can we imagine these dishes without their colourful and savoury chutneys/dips? No, not at all.

But when it comes to authenticity of the South Indian staples, there are only a handful restaurants which score high on it. Tirupati Vrindavan is one such fine dining place.

Situated at the famous M-block market, G.K. 1, Tirupati Vrindavan is easy to find. The place has minimalistic interiors and sophisticated and soothing ambience. South Indian restaurants should have enough walking space so that the servers can easily take huge dosas and this place, surprisingly, offers that.

The servers and the manager are polite, courteous and suggest you dishes based on your palatte. They are open to feedback and let you taste their improved versions. I was pretty impressed by this attitude.

Moving on to the lip smacking dishes I have had here :

Dahi Bada : One of the most ephemeral dishes I have had. So many elements imparting their uniqueness to give a dish that stands out from the rest. The softness of the badas, the smoothness and the sweetness of yoghurt, the bitterness of rai seeds and crushed curry leaves and the crunchiness of the boondi will leave you asking for more. The flavours are in perfect balance and none of the element overpowers the other. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Rawa Masala Dosa : Good but not excellent. The thing with rawa dosas is that once they get soft, you just can not enjoy them. So we gobbled up on this one before it got too late. The dosa was crunhy, fine in taste with the occasional bite of whole black cardomam and cumin seeds. The mashed potato mixture seemed more like our north Indian potato preparation and the amount of curry leaves and turmeric was less. Additionally, the potatoes were not mashed properly. Improvement needed.

Rasam : Piping hot rasam in Delhi winters is a must have. And this one was so flavourful and delicious. Indian food is known for its strong flavours and the strength is very well prominent here. The bitterness of rai seeds, the tanginess of tamarind, the hotness of red chillies and tomatoes and the pungency of whole ginger and garlic cloves provide a host of flavours to this one. RECOMMENDED.

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Rawa Masala idli : You know guys, it gets better with every dish. The rawa idlis are so soft that they maintain their sponginess even after an hour! And that too without heating. The addition of a spicy mixture of chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic, curry leaves, rai seeds and spices leave your palate with a food gasmic moment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Butter Masala Dosa : This is the speciality of Tirupati Vrindavan and is a must try. The crunchy masala dosa is lathered with a humongous quantity of butter – the taste of butter is pretty prominent here. And the potato mixture is well cooked – potatoes mashed to perfection with the lovely flavours of curry leaves and rai seeds. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Sambhar : This one definitely needs improvement. The sambhar is a bit sweet due to the presence of sweet tomatoes and cumin seeds. Traditionally cumin seeds are kept away from sambhar as rai seeds are already used. It is also a bit runny.

Chtuneys : What is a south Indian dish without the colourful cutneys? And these guys dish out some amazing and flavourful dips. The green one is sweet and is made with freshly crushed ginger and green chillies but it is not spicy at all. The orange one is tomato based and is again sweet yet savoury. The one with the coconut is subtle and good to taste.

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