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MOHAMMED ISHAQ from Shahi Takeaways has a special package for the month of Ramzan, which consists of mutton biriyani for 6 persons, chicken pepper masala, onion raita and brinjal chutney and 6 eggs. All this comes in attractive thermocol packing, which is free of cost. This package costs Rs. 500. Home delivery depends on the area. Tel: 26500012.

* G. Badri Narayanan recommends Giri and Co. for the best butter in Chennai. The shop is nearly 70 years old. Though the shop sells cooking oils and ghee, their specialty is the butter, which is always dairy fresh. The shop, known as Perumal and Co., among the old timers of Chennai, is located at 192, Audiappa Naick Street (Opp. Old Kothwal Chavadi). Tel: 25223095 or 25227521. * Bharathi from Choolaimedu makes a health supplement in a powder form made from ingredients like horsegram, soya, corn, green gram dal, channa, ragi, barley and oats. This powder is beneficial for persons with a variety of problems like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. She also makes a health drink supplement made from green gram, ragi, badam, cashewnut, groundnut, etc. This powder is to be boiled in water and can be mixed with milk. Tel: 23614662 or 9884245364. Home delivery depends on the area and size of the order.

* Anjuu Singh of La Fest caterers, who specialise in North Indian food, has a special buffet package for parties at Rs. 75 per head, which offers papad, 2 veg starters, phulkas/parathas, dal/ channa masala, one vegetarian subzi, rice item, curd item, gulab jamun and ice cream. For additional items, the rates are Rs. 10 for a veg starter, Rs. 15 for a veg side dish, Rs. 12 for a non-veg starter and Rs. 18 for a non-veg side dish. Conveyance charges will be extra. One can select from a menu of 221 items. The same as above with delivery will be Rs. 55 per person (without ice cream). Orders to be booked in advance. Tel: 2374 5762 or 98400 98865.

* For red wine, gooseberry (amla) wine, rose wine, ginger wine, desserts such as trifle, tender coconut pudding, souffl�s, tea cakes, Christmas cakes and Kerala dishes such as fish curry, chicken curry and pradhaman (Kerala style payasam), call Leela Ravinath of T.Nagar (near Vidyodaya school) at 2834 1025. No home delivery. For the desserts, her minimum order is five persons, whereas for the Kerala dishes, her minimum order would be half kg.

* Komal from Kilpauk caters for snacks like samosas, dal or paneer cutlets, egg or paneer rolls, Sindhi style chikki and cookies. She requires 24 hours notice and she does not home deliver. Tel: 2647 1354.

* For South Indian pure veg meals for 10 to 5,000 people, call Kamlambal from Kolathur at 2671 3830. Can home deliver in nearby areas.

* For South Indian, pure veg meals for 20 to 100 people, call L.R.

Kalyanadesigan of Hayagriva Caterers in Adambakkam at 31142641. Besides lunch or dinner, he can also supply breakfast by 7 a.m. and can home deliver to nearby areas.

* Maya Balasubramaniam recommends Agarwal Bhavan in Govindappa Naicken Street in Parrys for unsweetened Khoa.

Rashmi Uday Singh

(Rashmi Uday Singh is a food reporter, critic and author for 21 years. Food and health are her passions. )

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