It was a November Saturday Morning – A breeze, lush greens, a quite roadway and sunlight pouring in through the window. The tranquillity of Vivekananda Park and my own sense of peace after a tedious work-week complement each other. I was relaxed and laid-back.
Banana Leaf has always been my go to place for South Indian Cuisine. There is something non-superfluous, yet welcoming about this place and its people.
We started of with FILTER COFFEE, and only after gulping down two cups did my heart feel satiated. Though not a coffee person myself, there is something about filter coffee that just gets to me. This one is a must try.
Then we had PORATA (Kerala Paratha) with KURMA and RAITA. The paratha was crisp and yet quite thick & filling. The Kurma, while not a conventional choice for the Kerala Paratha tasted quite fine with it.
Then arrived the IDIYAPPAM because Rajesh (The Owner) was in a mood to overfeed his guests that morning (I kid of course, but everything was really filling). Idiyappam, also called string hoppers in English, is a traditional South India food consisting of rice flour pressed into noodle form and then steamed. It was an unconventional breakfast option but tasted delicious.
Finally when the Bengali in me yearned for something sweet, it was like someone read my mind, because out came the warm RAVA KESARI fresh from the kitchen. Rava kesari is made with semolina(suji in bengali), sugar and a pinch of saffron or food color. It is often served with simple meals as a dessert or as an offering to Gods. It was mouthwatering.
I would like to thank Rajesh Bala for his hospitality and his staff for their diligent and customer oriented nature.