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Updated: November 30, 2011 20:01 IST

Strictly south and earthy

Madhavi Shivaprasad
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Serving it up: From the favourite uppittu to several varieties of dosas, Namoora Thindi satisfies varied tastes. Photo: K. S. Ramakrishnan
Serving it up: From the favourite uppittu to several varieties of dosas, Namoora Thindi satisfies varied tastes. Photo: K. S. Ramakrishnan

The portions are hearty and flavours honest. Head there if you want affordable, traditional, south-Indian comfort food.

For some reason, when it comes to south Indian food, I find myself hopelessly biased. Sipping rejuvenating hot filter coffee, especially on a cloudy, cold late afternoon —with a hot masala dosa and kesari bhath to go with it —is paradise for any south Indian, whether a foodie or not.

The number of multi cuisine fast food joints in the city seems to be drawing us away from the traditional flavours of the south. Visiting Nammoora Thindi, on Nagarabhavi Main Road, NGEF Layout, reminded me just how inimitable our dishes are. As is evident from the name, only nammoora breakfast items are served here with the exception of rice bhath.

Healthy food

Dosas — masala, plain and medu, are made in the morning while neer dosa, green-gram dosa and the novel bread dosa are available in the evening.

Though the dosa served with chutney and sambar fills the plate, it leaves you asking for more. “People prefer dosas to idlis. We do not use any artificial flavouring, colour or soda, which adds to the rich taste of our dosas,” says Ganesh Raj, the manager. You will also find their idlis are in many varieties, such as the methi palak and ‘nammoora' itself. Soft and tasty, the idlis can get addictive. Perfectly sweetened, the dahi vadas are definitely worth a try. For lovers of uppittu, this is where you should head.

Then, there are the Mangalore special sweets — varieties of halbai , sukkina unde, banana kesari bhath and the novel Mangalore bun. Nammoora Thindi is ideal for college students who are looking for something light and quick to kick-start their day on the way to university.

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