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A taste of home

Naivedyam is the place to be for delicious ome-cooked fare

THINK OF home cooked food, just like how mom makes it and we are in for big time nostalgia. Living away from home with neither the time nor the inclination to cook a regular meal, deep within our 21st century cynical hearts we yearn for the food we grew up on.

We are super independent and don't often indulge in senti stuff but then who can turn one's back on phulkas light as air, Jeera Aalu with that crunchy masala coating, tadka dal, chole, vada pav, fluffy idlis and crisp dosas?

There is no need to deny oneself the indulgence at Geeta H. Zaveri's homely, happy Naivedyam (Umanagar, Begumpet, Ph: 55254910, 31034160). Geeta has made a name for herself with her catering and when a place fell vacant, she thought of giving restauranteering a shot. "I do not plan things," Geeta says with a smile. "They just happen."

The 35-seater restaurant is striking for its homely décor and of course the spanking clean interiors. "Women keep an eye open for neat surroundings and cleanliness in the cooking area," Geeta explains.

The interiors with their brightly painted walls and mirrors give an impression of welcoming warmth. Open from eight in the morning to 10 at night, Naivedyam serves south Indian and north Indian food.

Started on October 4 this year, (to coincide with Geeta's birthday) the restaurant has been doing phenomenally well. "The secret is the home cooked flavour. I do not use Dalda or soda. I use only refined oil."

With three cooks, Geeta still does the cooking herself sometimes to help during rush hour. The Gujrati-style phulkas and all the paratas - plain, gobi, aalu or methi are hot favourites.

The other attractive thing about Naivedyam (meaning prasad) is the reasonable rates. When you consider the most expensive thing on the menu is Paneer Butter Masala for Rs 45, it gives a fair idea of the rates.

Phulkas are for Rs 3, paratas for Rs 10, vada pav for Rs 7 and a thali (2 rotis, plain rice, sambar, rasam, curry, curd and pickle) for Rs 30. Naivedyam is one place where you can indulge your craving for mom's cooking with hardly any damage to your wallet.


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