VIDEO: CHEF NAREN THIMMAIAH OF KARAVALLI, TAJ GATEWAY IN BANGALORE

Karavalli is your ticket to taste the wonderful cuisine of Southwestern coastal region of India. Chef Naren Thimmaiah of Karavalli at Taj Gateway in Bangalore takes us through a quick culinary tour of this region that is a rich tapestry of different communities. Each community has a rich repertoire of dishes that use a wonderful and complex mix of spices ranging from pepper to cloves, cardamoms, anise seed and cinnamon. Bland is not a term that comes to mind when you taste the food from this region.

Chef Thimmaiah’s association with Karavalli goes back to the early days of Karavalli. This was first of its kind restaurant in Bangalore that showcased the homestyle cooking of Southwestern India. Many of the dishes served in the restaurant were sourced from various homemakers in this region that stretches from Kerala to Goa and includes Mangalore and Coorg regions of Karnataka.

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A BANGALORE MUST: KARAVALLI IS A WONDERFUL GATEWAY TO EXPLORE THE CUISINE OF KERALA, KARNATAKA & GOA

Karavall, Taj Gateway, Bangalore

Karavall, Taj Gateway, Bangalore

Forget zooming up and down  the coastal towns of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa to explore the various cuisines of this region. Instead head straight to Karavalli at Taj Gateway in Bangalore to explore new and old dishes from these coastal towns that are a patchwork quilt of Christian, Hindu and Muslim communities. There are the Moppalas of Northern Kerala, the Syrian Christians of Southern Kerala, Bunds and Havyaka brahmins from Northern Karnataka,  the Hindu and Christian communities from Goa. Each of these communities have  their own signature dishes using the rich repertoire of spices that this area is famous for right from peppercorns to cardamoms. It was the whiff of spices that brought the Europeans to this part of India a few hundred years ago and among them the Portuguese left a strong stamp on the cuisine of Goa.

Karavalli is located right in the heart of Bangalore on Residency Road. The restaurant has won many awards and made it to variou lists of must-eat places in Bangalore and India. So, is it any wonder then that on my annual visits to Bangalore I make a beeline to this restaurant? I either have a thali or a simple meal of appam and stew and wash it down with a decadent cup of ada pradhaman and filter coffee.

Executive Chef Naren Thimmaiah, Karavalli, Taj Gateway

Executive Chef Naren Thimmaiah,Taj Gateway

This time around I got to meet and talk with Chef Thimmiah, the executive chef of Taj Gateway.

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