Dhokla, Faafda, Thepla, Haandva – Yes!

The movie 3 Idiots, has this famous scene with Kareena Kapoor and Aamir Khan that refers to Gujarati dishes – Dhokla, Faafda, Thepla, Haandva. Watching the movie again made me yearn for those yummy delicacies. I set out to find some in Jayanagar.

Khandvi. Pic: Wikipedia free

A typical north Indian village setup where you are welcomed with vermilion on your forehead. Village, Jayanagar, has the perfect atmosphere for a wonderful dining experience. Such an unusual welcome in a restaurant! You can play Dandia-raas in the open space. The puppet shows will definitely keep the children engrossed. The Mehendi counters offer a wide range of Mehendi designs to apply. The ambience takes you on a virtual journey to Gujarat.

The food counters around you will put you to a dilemma as to what to try and what to leave for the next time. The Bataka na Bhajiya (potato bhajji) and the perfectly steamed Khichu accompanied with methi masala and groundnut oil is a must. The hot masala chai is served by a cycle roaming all over the place. And not to miss the piping hot Gajar no Halvo (Carrot Halva) for your desert. A sweet paan in the end makes it a complete meal. Oops! You don’t know how the time goes, there are so many things to do. 

Average cost of meal for two is Rs 600. No Alcohol served.

Khamman. Pic: Wikipedia Free

Rajdhani in Jayanagar promises to serve the typical Gujarati cuisine. Something unique about this place is that each food item has its own hand sign. The waiters just make the gestures of the required dish and, Aa lo! It is on your plate next. The friendly waiters are beside your table before you know it. The dishes here offer you a rich variety of proper Gujarati dishes.

The gujarati speciality that Rajdhani serves is Surti Undhiyu. This special dish from Surat is very rare in Bangalore and tastes heavenly. Besides tasting delicious, it is also considered one of the most nutritious dishes of Gujarat. It is made of a mixture of almost all the available vegetables.  Even the Ollo Rotlo is something rare that a Gujarati would search for in Bengaluru. The bajra rotlo is perfectly roasted and the Ollo has the right amount of spice.

Average cost of meal for two is Rs 600 (without alcohol). Alcohol served.

Rajdhani: 4th Floor, Bangalore Central Mall, 9th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: 43283010, 9986050434. Village: 6th Floor, Bangalore Central Mall, 9th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: 9663294243, 9663924344

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Anisha Nair is a Staff Journalist at Citizen Matters.