The day begins at 6 a.m. for N. Mary, dishing out trays of steaming idlis, golden brown Mysore bajji, garelu, puffed puris and dosas, while her son helps in serving and managing the customers.
The duo has been into the pushcart food business for the last ten years at Dwarakanagar and claim that the sale has seen considerable growth.
With the fuelling inflation, eating at restaurants may not be affordable for many. As a result, commuters are making a beeline for the pushcart counters. Surprisingly, even higher income group of people visit and relish the food sitting in their cars or picking up parcels at these counters.
After the regular shopping of vegetables and groceries, M. Pallavi, a housewife picks up parcels at the pushcart counter on her way back home. “It not only helps me catch some time with my husband before he leaves for work but also saves time as waiting for parcel service at hotels can take long,” she said.
M. Surya Narayana gets regular customers for his famous ‘pulla-attu' and steaming idlis near VUDA Park. The speciality here is the three different chutneys -tomato, coconut and Mumbai chutney, explained Padma Vasupalli, a regular visitor. “We come here to have our breakfast before setting out for a long day,” she added. Vara Prasad who visits in his car said that the taste of attu at the stall was quite unique.
“In established parlours, you have to shell out Rs. 20 for a plate of two idlis but here we can have four for Rs.10. The tangy attu can be relished for just Rs.5,” he noted.
P. Raju near Queen's NRI Hospital, Seethammadhara has good number of visitors on a daily basis. The batter for idli and dosa gets over within a few hours, he claimed.
With limited time, the facility to eat hot, quick and yet without pinching one's pocket draw many towards these counters despite the existence of low-budget hotels.