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Deccan delights from Ghazipur

Truly yummy: A south Indian platter

Truly yummy: A south Indian platter   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Packed in cheerful yellow cartons, Yum Yum South delivers excellent south Indian food at your doorstep

We had friends – including a much loved niece, mentioned earlier in these columns – coming home for dinner one evening. We had promised the niece a Chinese dinner. But I thought I’d look at other options, too. I surfed the net and discovered a food site called Yum Yum South. But there was a glitch (I was ordering from the wrong site, as I later discovered), and I had to go back to the original plan of lemon chicken and crispy lamb. Then a few days ago, when I was getting a bit tired of my daily paneer, I went back to Yumyumsouth.com. This time I ordered from the site itself – and ended up with a delicious south Indian dinner.

First, let me tell you about the outlet. It has branches across the city. The closest to my part of town is the one in Ghazipur. The food arrived within an hour. It was packed very well, too. The food was in small containers, in cheerful yellow cartons – with those quaint messages and images that most people in the north associate southern films with. There was a woman with dark glasses, a man with dark glasses, and two one-liners – Enna rascala and Eat it, mind it.

We love our idlis and upma, so we asked for a plate of Deccan Delight (upma, idli, vada: ₹179) and mini idlis coated with podi, served with sambar and chutneys (₹160). Then we ordered Mysore chicken with rice (₹ 265), coconut chicken (₹ 265) and lemon rice (with pickle and raita: ₹169). We got a complimentary bottle of spiced buttermilk (₹ 99).

Mildly spiced

The food was excellent. The chicken was soft and just mildly spiced. The chicken and gravy had the taste and flavour of coconut milk. The Mysore chicken with rice was rather similar to the other chicken dish I had ordered. I wanted to order the Kochi chicken pepper fry with parottas but wasn’t sure if I could take the spices. The idlis and upma were superb. We had the mini idlis the next day for breakfast, and found them soft and moist. The sambar it came with was rather good, too – thick, mildly sweet and full of vegetables.

The lemon rice was a bit disappointing. The rice was a bit too dry, I thought. But I enjoyed the raita – there was a separate container with some thick yoghurt, and another little box with crispy boondis in it.

There is a lot more on the menu – such as Allepey style mutton ghee roast with parottas, spicy Chettinad chicken with parottas, Kottayam fish curry with rice, kadi patta peas masala and paneer 65 with laccha paratha. From what I could tell, the menu is not the same in every outlet.

For the health freaks, they have beetroot idlis, ragi masala dosa and oats dosa. I would like to try out their sabudana khichri (sabudana, diced potatoes, peanuts, coconut powder, desi ghee, cumin seeds, curry leaves) and idli chaat (fried idlis in yoghurt, mint and tamarind chutney and crispy boondi).

But before that, I have to call the friends and the much loved niece over one day for a south Indian dinner. I owe them one.

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