$type=slider$meta=0$snip=0$rm=0

Chewing on Kongu Nadu. In Anna Nagar

SHARE:








With a melange of spices, South Indian cuisines have more similarities than differences, but that statement can be overturned simply by the variety of food we have with such little difference. Kongu Nadu, a region consisting of parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, itself has a variety of cuisines, but again with stark similarities. It maybe safe to say that Chettinad cuisine apart, the rest of Kongu is similar. Then Rakesh Raghunathan, a wonderful food writer and a food historian himself who is going around preserving temple cuisines and documenting them, completely refutes me. He says, no. Kongu is a region in itself and the small part of Chettinad coming there has had no influence on its food. So, I guess then Kongu food is just that.

But when I was gobbling down chunks of lamb and prawns, Amit and I had no care in the world. History and Geography were the last thing on our minds. Amit, another wonderful food writer was leaving Chennai and we were thinking of ONE good place to have a good conversation. We laughed and said, #$@#% conversation, where should we eat? This was his discovery. Kovai Alankar Vilas, Anna Nagar. In a quaint basement with bright yellow boards, this place is to Kongu Food, what Amma Mess is to Chettinad. By Chennai standards, that is.

While the Kayir Katti Kola Urundai may be the king of the kola urundais (minced meat balls), the ones with binders and 'adulterants' aren't too bad. The generous sized ones here, at two/plate were well spiced with little heat and melt in the mouth consistency. Oh, and yummy. The parathas with their gravy and our order of mutton fry were easy to polish off. The mutton was well done (oh yes, way different from the medium done mutton from a Michelin kitchen), well spiced and still easy to wipe clean. The Kongu Biriyani, competing an entirely different competition from the Chennai Biriyanis, with its small grained rice, brown colour and a whiff of roasted spice, possibly coming from the coconut or maybe even the cinnamon, the Kongu biriyani is in a league of its own. This place serves biriyani that is close to what you get in the restaurants in Salem and Erode. The one dish that stood out though was the Karuvapilai Prawns (Curry Leaf Prawns). Well cooked but not rubbery prawns tossed with generous amounts of curry leaf to overload your senses with one dominant flavour, but the spices quietly adding their value in the background, this was our pick.

Amit refused to let me pay and he foot the bill. I think it was about Rs. 900 for all of this plus two nannari sherbets and two spiced tender coconut water drinks.

Kovai Alankar Vilas is on the 2nd Avenue, Anna Nagar, diagonally opposite Saravana Bhavan with bright yellow boards that is hard to miss.





COMMENTS

Featured Post

If you had only 1 hour in Rome..........

I am going to commit blasphemy in this post. But it's something that I've got to live with. I've been sc...

Name

24 hours,10,5 Star,74,About,1,African,1,Afternoon Tea,5,Ahmedabad,1,All day Dining,1,American,14,Andhra,1,Arabian,9,art,1,Asian,23,Awadhi,4,B'BQ,9,bakery,8,Bangalore,27,Banquet.,1,Bars,6,BBQ,1,Beach Side,6,Bengali,1,Best of,1,Best of 2016,1,Beyond,7,Biriyani,12,Bistro,14,Black bean chicken,1,Bread,3,Bread House,4,Breakfast,14,Brunch,11,Buffet,18,Burgers,27,Burmese,1,Cafe,55,Cake House,8,Cantonese,1,Carribean,1,Chaat,3,Charity,1,Cheese,3,Chef,44,Chef's Special,34,Chennai,447,Chettinad,3,Chicken,3,Chinese,35,Chocolate,5,Christmas,1,Coastal,1,Coffee,6,Coffee Shops,44,Colombo,4,Concept Restaurants,17,continental,55,Cooking,18,Coorgi,2,Crab,4,Darkness,1,Delhi,1,Dessert,48,Dessert Pub,14,Dhaba,1,dinner,5,Donation.,1,Donuts,5,Dosa,4,Drink,1,Dubai,2,Easy.,1,Eating out,481,EATOUT,25,Egg,3,English,2,Ethiopian,1,Europe,1,European,22,Events,7,exotic,10,Exotic meat,3,Experiences,1,Farmers,1,Fast foods,9,Feast,3,Fine Dining,20,Fish,1,Food Court,1,Food Festivals,64,Food Store,1,Foodie,1,French,3,Fusion,4,Galouti,3,Gems,1,German,2,Goan,2,Government,1,Greek,8,Grill,5,Grills,9,Group,1,Gujarat,2,Gujarati,5,Haleem,9,Hang out spots,3,Happening,55,Hawker centre,1,Healthy,1,Heritage,1,Hidden gem,1,High Tea,4,Hole in the wall,1,Holiday,2,Home Baker,2,Hyatt,1,Hyderabad,4,Hyderabaid,1,Ice Creams,8,Iftar,15,India,3,Indian,76,Indonesian,2,Infusion,1,Instagram,10,Interesting Reads,1,International,12,Irish,1,Italian,53,Italy,3,Japanese,17,Juice Bar,1,Kababs,5,Karaoke,1,Karavalli,1,Kashmiri,1,Kati Rolls,1,Kebab,6,Kerala,6,Kerala Cuisine,9,kiosk,2,Kitchens of India,1,Kongu,2,Kongu Nadu,1,Korean,1,Kumarakom,1,Lazy,1,Lebonese,3,Leela Palace,1,List,1,Live Counters,3,Lobster,2,Lounge,2,Lucknow,3,Lunch,4,Lunch Options,6,Luxury,2,Luxxury,1,Mahabalipuram,2,Mahabs,2,Maharashtrian,1,Malaysian,10,Mall,4,Mamallapuram,1,Marwari,1,Meals,1,Mediterranean,20,Mexican,8,Michelin,2,Midnight Craving,2,Milan,2,Milk Shake,1,Millets,1,Molecular Gastronomy,2,Muffin,1,Multi Cuisine,52,Mumbai,2,Muslim,1,Naan,1,Navaithas,1,Nellai,1,New,1,New Chef,2,New Cuisine,2,New Menu,3,New Restaurant,1,New year,1,Nizam,1,North Indian,22,Omelette,1,Open air,1,Packed Lunch,1,Pan Asian,6,Parota,1,Parsi,1,Party,3,Pasta,14,Patisserie,1,Pattaya,2,Persian,1,Photo,67,Photo Blog,63,Pizza,20,Pondy,4,Pop Up Dinners,4,Portugese,1,Potato,1,Prawns,2,Privacy Policy,1,Private Dinners,1,Pubs,5,Pubs and Discos,15,Puducherry,1,Punjabi,6,Pure Veg,12,quick foods,3,Rajasthan,1,Rajasthani,1,Ramadan,3,Ramzan Specials,27,Recipe,2,Restaurant,8,Restaurant Week,1,Restaurants in hotels,67,Resto-bar,1,Rice Bowls,1,Roadside,4,Robin Hood Army,1,Rome,1,Roof Top,6,Salem,1,Sandwich,1,Sea Food,10,Seaside,1,Serbian,1,Seregno,1,Showcase Videos,2,Singapore,5,Singaporean,7,Sizzlers,11,Slider,38,Snack,2,Social Responsibility,1,Soup,2,South Indian,36,Specials,68,Sri Lanka,4,Stay,3,Steak,6,Steaks,14,Stir Fry.,1,Street Food,21,Sunday,3,Supper Club,1,Sushi,1,Swiss,1,Taco,1,Taj,2,Tamil Nadu,1,Tandoori,2,Tea,4,Telangana,1,Telugu,1,Temple,1,Teppan,2,Tex Mex,6,Thai,24,Thailand,2,Thali,2,Tiffin,1,Traditional,2,Travel,31,Tunisian,1,Vadodra,2,Vegan,1,Vegetarian,14,Video,2,Vietnames,1,Vietnamese,6,Villa,1,Village,1,Waffles,3,Waterscapes,1,Wellness,1,Western frontier,5,Wish Grill,1,World,13,World Foodie,9,wraps,2,
ltr
item
Chennai Foody: Chewing on Kongu Nadu. In Anna Nagar
Chewing on Kongu Nadu. In Anna Nagar
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qfLFQbq3BEM/WhKsrCfwkXI/AAAAAAAACzk/f8QJJIn9nK8AONNWOPegFRRD7zKTbQ_GQCLcBGAs/s640/Kovai%2BAlankar%2B-%2B1.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qfLFQbq3BEM/WhKsrCfwkXI/AAAAAAAACzk/f8QJJIn9nK8AONNWOPegFRRD7zKTbQ_GQCLcBGAs/s72-c/Kovai%2BAlankar%2B-%2B1.jpg
Chennai Foody
http://www.chennaifoodie.com/2017/11/chewing-on-kongu-nadu-in-anna-nagar.html
http://www.chennaifoodie.com/
http://www.chennaifoodie.com/
http://www.chennaifoodie.com/2017/11/chewing-on-kongu-nadu-in-anna-nagar.html
true
1815036316554077706
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy