Simbly South Mangaluru

This is the Agoli Manjanna Vanas for ₹399 from Simbly South Mangaluru, and is a major throwback to 2018.

Aati, the month where traditionally, the rains turn so torrential, they spell disaster for crops, enabling the dominance of pestilence & disease, & calling for the folk of Tulunadu to stay inside. In such times, Aati Kalenja, a friendly spirit, comes to the rescue in human form, & making a footward journey, blessed homes & fields. The natural produce & subsequent recipes blossoming in this hardship are unique, just like the time frame & festival.

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Clockwise from top:

  1. Kori Ajaddina: Delightfully medium spicy chicken Sukka with the right amount of coconut & tender chunks.

  2. Kadle salai payasam: The rustic sweetness of jaggery with the proteinacious presence of split chickpea. Well nuanced.

  3. Sambhar: Deep red, sweet with juicy Patrode shoots, this is advised in moderation for those who claim Sambhar orthodoxy.

  4. Thouthe Thetla Pelathari: Chopped jackfruit seed is mixed with Pathrode stem & cucumber- a sobering thin curry.

  5. Thojank Pelathari: Creamy firm jackfruit seed meets zesty Tora leaves in grated coconut & spice.

  6. Bangude Pulimunchi: Mackerel in tamarind & chilli gravy, mildly sweet, slightly spicier & really good.

  7. Uppad Pachil: Raw brined jackfruit, which pairs with the twang of coconut & salt.

  8. Kadle Baliyar Ajaddina: A dry prep of chickpeas, grated coconut & dehydrated shark fish. This offers a pleasant cut through of the chickpeas by the pungency of the shark.

  9. Metheda Ganji: Rice porridge with soaked fenugreek seeds, jaggery & salt. Bitter, native & the humblest dessert of the lot.

  10. Kori Ressa: Chicken in red gravy. On point.

Inner circle:

  1. Pathrode: Spiced steamed colacasia leaves are seasoned with coconut.

  2. Boiled rice.

  3. Babbangai Manni: Easily the most balanced dessert of the day, firm jelly-like with finely mixed Bonda.

  4. Ragi Manni: The pudding has a few cumin seeds thrown in, for the better.


Aritha Addya (rice breads) Clockwise from top

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  1. Pelakaida Gatti: Firm & crumbly with the grainy texture of rice & the mature sweetness of jackfruit, steamed between densely aromatic teak leaves, this ‘cake’ is best eaten hot.

  2. Moode: rice Idli steamed in screw pine(Pandan) leaves.

  3. Kottige: Rice Idli steamed in stitched jackfruit leaf cups.

  4. Manjalda iretha gatti: Long rice dumplings with a scrumptious stuffing of coconut & jaggery, steamed in turmeric leaves, that impart a zest.

  5. Pundi (centre): Steamed red rice balls, best chowed with clam curries.

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Chutneys clockwise from top left

  1. Kudtha chutney: Horse gram chutney, familiar to any son-of-the-salt Mangalorean.

  2. Thimare chutney: Leafy, sweetish & thick, this Brahmi leaf concentrate is ideal with Moode & Kotte, or to lick up.

  3. Ambadeda Uppad: Hog Plum is customarily used as a souring agent in curries of Tulunad, & can replace Tamarind in this aspect, once the rind is crushed to release the flavour. Resembles a Mango pickle on first glance but lacks the tang of a raw mango. Exciting.

  4. Kai Kukku chutney: Green mango & coconut mixed delightfully, this is an old favourite.


Kanile(Bamboo shoot) soup

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A smoky thin brew, with several crunchy & fibrous Bamboo pieces at the bottom, this unassuming liquid can give any soup a run for its money.

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