Moplah’s restaurant in Bengaluru tries to convey alive the flavours of Malabar

There appears to be a brand new restaurant mushrooming in Bengaluru each fortnight. In response to the Nationwide Restaurant Affiliation of India (NRAI) India Meals Companies Report – 2019, the town has over 42,000 eating places roughly. That’s extra eating places than the overall inhabitants of some island nations. And this report is 4 years previous. The quantity has in all probability gone up now. As the town’s eating panorama expands, there’s a rising want for uniqueness and authenticity. New restaurateurs have began to understand that merely providing acquainted dishes won’t suffice in a market saturated with such choices. Thus, the choice to concentrate on area of interest cuisines caters to the town’s various and discerning meals fanatics and fills a void by introducing lesser-known flavours and culinary traditions. 

Moplah’s, in Koramangala fifth block, is one such restaurant. It affords Malabari (North Kerala) delicacies. Venu Nambiar, the restaurateur, says there are locations aplenty in Bengaluru that provides Kerala meals. So, sticking to Malabari dishes, he reckons, is a strong technique to face out. 

Venu shouldn’t be new to the meals enterprise. He has stakes in Chianti, a sequence of Italian eating places within the metropolis. However Moplah’s is extra private for him. Being a Malayali raised outdoors Kerala, he visited his ancestral house in North Kerala throughout college holidays within the ‘70s. “Our neighbours had been Muslims. They might convey house meals or invite us over for iftar and different festivities. I discovered their model of cooking distinctive. They had been additionally heat individuals. So, I’ve a passion for his or her meals.”

The aroma of aromatic biryanis, the fragile intricacies of the pathiris, and the richness of the curries – every dish he loved throughout these festive feasts left an indelible impression. 

Chicken biryani at Moplah’s

Hen biryani at Moplah’s
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The restaurant is a product of this nostalgia. Its title itself is a name again to the neighbours at his ancestral house. 

Moplahs are descendants of early Muslim migrants from Arabia who settled within the Malabar area of Kerala.

Whereas organising the restaurant, Venu says he consulted his neighbours to get the Malabari-ness of the dishes proper. “Ammamma (Grandma), his aged neighbour, instructed me, ‘Mone, eruvu athara pora’ (My expensive boy, the spice is inadequate),” laughs Venu. “However they’re used to spicy meals. Somebody in Bangalore making an attempt out this delicacies for the primary time would possibly discover it too spicy. So, we have now tried to decrease the spice ranges a bit of bit with out robbing its authenticity.” 

Venu additionally added just a few dishes from different components of Kerala for selection and familiarity. Erachi ularthiyathu (tenderloin cooked and sautéed in a mix of spices and coconut chips) within the ‘Small Plates’ part of the menu, as an illustration, is a Syrian-Christian dish. “This Moplah model delicacies is a comparatively new delicacies to Bangalore. As soon as our patrons are used to it, we could have an unique Malabari menu,” he says. 

“The menu renews each 10 months, throughout which new dishes exchange the least fashionable ones,” he provides.

The ambiance shouldn’t be explicitly North Kerala. However yow will discover it within the particulars, like the celebrities within the window grill and the jackfruits in some work.


Location: Koramangala, Bengaluru

Timing: 12 pm to


Hits: Thalassery mutton biryani, Payyoli hen fry, kallu store meen curry, and kanthari ice cream

Misses: Koonthal fry

Value: ₹2000 for 2 individuals (approx)

How’s the meals?

We began our lunch with chilly drinks to beat the weird August warmth in Bengaluru. The pacha manga Juice provided a harmonious mix of uncooked mango’s tanginess mixed with hints of salt, sugar, and a refined contact of inexperienced chilli that added a novel twist. Equally intriguing was the nannari paal sharbat, a milk-based sherbet infused with the essence of nannari herb, offering a candy and fragrant refreshment.

The crispy koonthal fry, squid rings deep-fried with Malabar spices, was a tad salty. However the subsequent appetiser, the Payyoli hen fry, product of boneless hen leg, shallots, curry leaves, chilli powder, and coconut, created a pleasant mixture of textures and tastes.

Kanthari Ice Cream

Kanthari Ice Cream
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The principle course took us deeper into the guts of North Kerala delicacies. The Thalassery mutton biryani was a testomony to the artwork of dum cooking. The tender mutton, paired with aromatic Kaima rice, ghee, cashew nuts, and raisins, orchestrated a symphony of flavours that lingered on the palate. The kallu store meen curry, a recreation of the spicy fish curry served in Kerala’s well-known toddy retailers, went effectively with pathiris. We additionally loved the kozhi malli peralan, a Palakkad delicacy. Although North Kerala delicacies is predominantly meat-based, Moplah’s menu has fairly just a few vegeterian choices as effectively. 

The dish we discovered most intriguing awaited us within the desserts part. Kanthari ice cream. It’s house-made tender coconut ice cream gently infused with kanthari (chicken’s eye) chilli! Chilli in ice cream? What is going on? With a little bit of suspicion, we took a spoonful. It tasted candy and thicker than common vanilla ice-cream. No trace of chilli. However simply as you conclude that it’s only a gimmicky meals, kanthari hits you on the aftertaste, mildly burning your palete however leaving you with a smile. By no means have we loved such a paradoxical dessert.    

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