Where: Thiyagikumaran Street End, near Thomas Street, Town Hall
When: 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
What: Manthal, prawns and crab curry
Call: 0422-6956390, 98430-17430
A waft of deep-fried vanjram and crab masala hits you as you reach this 55-year-old mess, tucked away in Town Hall. In the kitchen, 78-year-old Kamalam rubs salt and masala on the glistening nethili fish. Kamalam does not allow any adulteration in her authentic Kannur style cooking. “I ground all the masalas. I don’t allow anyone else to even clean the fish.” She wakes up at four in the morning to prepare the fish.
Kamalam’s podis have a huge fan following in the neighbourhood, some of who bring their fish to be coated with her magic masalas. Her son Vijayakumar runs the shop. “People from as far as Sulur, Peelamedu, Palladam, Pollachi and Tiruppur come here to taste our fish,” he says with pride. They also take bulk orders.
The interiors remind you of Kerala home. Inside, Master Ramayya is cooking up an elaborate meal. He is affectionately called Masterji. “I cook everything the Kerala way. I have been working here for the past 17 years. I have picked up the recipes from amma.”
At two in the afternoon, the restaurant teems with people from nearby banks and jewellery showrooms. Mathi curry (Rs.60), ayila (Rs.70) and manthal (Rs. 100 to 200) are most popular.
“I also love the unpolished rice, which is hard to find anywhere else in the city,” says banker Mukundan as he bites into a crunchy manthal fry.
Source : Thanks to The Hindu – PARSHATHY J. NATH