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Packed lunches or parties, Quality Catering door delivers South or North Indian dishes and snacks

Today's column is dedicated to you. Yes! You who have made this Goodfoodline possible. Thanks to you, I am plugged in to the city's food network. We have been able to bring to light hidden talents and food services that we need but didn't know where to find. In the process, we have met hardworking entrepreneurs, who function from home and do not have the resources to advertise. They cook caringly and we have had the food fortune to get a taste of the homely flavours. For instance, Quality Catering run by a husband and wife team, Ashok and Madhu Matta (their daughter-in-law Prabha Damodar also chips in), supplies vegetarian lunches and tiffin dabbas. They also cater to parties and cook South Indian as well as North Indian fare. From paneer bhurji and onion fried rice to dal makhani and the usual South Indian delicacies, they specialise in a wide variety. They also serve short-eats such as vegetable samosas, vegetable cutlets and more. The South Indian meal is priced at Rs. 70 and North Indian, Rs. 90 (extra charges for door delivery). They have been supplying to offices and factories. For a minimum order of three persons, they supply up to Anna Nagar, Ambattur, Perumbur and Padi. Address: 22/A, Vinayagar Koil Street, Vinayagapuram, Kolathur, Chennai 600099, ph: 98412 82626 or 98414 19278.P.S. We would like to know about your favourite caterers and cakemakers. In fact, please do share all your foodie secrets with us. And should you happen to be catering or making desserts or chocolates from home, feel free to call or email the Goodfoodline. We will be delighted to pass on the good word. Readers Recommend* Anu Caterers run by Anuradha Bathija supplies rice, roti, dhal, sabji and salad. She accepts orders from corporates and individuals for conferences and parties. She door delivers, at no extra cost, orders within Egmore and Nungambakkam but requires a minimum of five orders for free door delivery in other areas. She also conducts cookery classes. Ph: 28241326 or 92834 98948.* Krispy Cream, in association with an Australian company, will be holding a bread festival till March 2. You can see and sample a variety of breads. Address: 39, Fourth Street, Abhiramapuram. * Jaya runs Shekinah Caterers at Mogappair West that supplies veg and non-veg breakfast and lunch to residences and offices in and around Mogappair and Annanagar. Orders should be placed two hours before delivery and for a minimum of five people. For a minimum of 100 to 1,000 people, they also supply mutton or chicken biriyani. Ph: 26520189* Michael Mason specialises in Anglo Indian cooking. He is willing to work as a cook in a guesthouse or for an expatriate family. Ph: 99404 31994.Some cooking tips from Michael:1. If you want the onions to fry faster, then just add some salt (a pinch of salt for one onion). 2. When you are making tomato rice, if you want the rice to cook uniformly without sticking or burning, then place the dekchi of the tomato rice on a dosa pan (not the non stick one, but the thick iron dosa pan). Cookery Classes* Mala Sethi conducts cookery classes in continental and Indian cuisines and mocktail. The classes will be held at C.I.T. Colony, Mylapore on March 6, 8, 13 and 15. Ph: 93806 94067 and 24994067* Uma Srinivasan will be conducting cookery classes in non-vegetarian dishes, focusing on the Chettinad variety, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Four dishes will be taught per day. The ingredients will be provided and the dishes will be shared among the students. Printed notes will also be given and lunch will be served. Address: A.L. Seethalaxmi, (Uma Srinivasan), R-308, Ruby Building, Third Floor, Gems Park Avenue, West Mogappair, Chennai 600 073, ph: 26861952.Queries* Gopal wants to know if anyone can supply breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday at Mogappair East, near DAV Girls school. Ph. 94444-19649.* Deepa Senthil (deeparsn@yahoo.co.in) wants South Indian breakfast and dinner (veg or non veg) for four at Manapakkam. * Arungeetha Ethiraj wants one south Indian meal delivered at his office in Nungambakkam. Ph. 22243704* Mohan from Alwarpet (next to Lifestyle) wants North or South Indian lunch for five delivered at his office, twice or thrice a week. Ph. 98415-58329.Queries answered* Regarding the query of Geetanjali whether Basmati rice is healthier than the regular varieties of rice, dietician Inara Hasan Ali (Ph. 26216648) says that Basmati rice has more or less the same nutrients as the regular varieties of rice. It is unmilled rice that is healthier. It contains more B-complex and fibre. * Regarding the query about Amul's newly launched probiotic ice cream it is available in Cakes and Bakes.Dial 32511133 (before 8 a.m. on weekdays and before 2 p.m. on weekends) or e-mail allmypets@sify.com or mail us at Good Food Line, Metro Plus, The Hindu, Kasturi Buildings, 859/860, Anna Salai, Chennai - 600002.RASHMI UDAY SINGH

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