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I had visited Rayalaseema Ruchulu in Hyderabad in 2009 and was bowled over by their delicacies though I was a little taken aback by their spiciness. I visited them again in 2012 and was able to enjoy the flavors in a much better way as I realized that you could customize your meal by asking for the level of spiciness. I was proud of my Telugu lineage as they introduced a lot of household recipes which you don’t get in a commercial atmosphere of a restaurant.
So when I heard that it was opening in Bangalore after a speculation of more than 3 years, I was really excited and waiting for a day to visit the place. Luckily I got the opportunity to visit within the first month of the opening itself. Situated in the gastronomical heaven of Bangalore which is Indiranagar 12th main, just below Humming Tree and above Mamagoto, the place was overwhelmingly crowded on a Sunday afternoon around 2.30pm. Luckily I had booked a table for 2 and was immediately ushered in. I loved the decor of the place which had emblems of Andhra culture represented in it.
Being famous for it’s non-vegetarian food, I started my meal atRayalaseema Ruchulu with Chepala Vepudu (Boneless Fish Fry) which was fresh, hot and succulent. My 2 year old also enjoyed the fish fry and it was great finger food for the feast lying ahead.
Another starter was Karivepaku Kodi Vepudu (Curry Leaves Chicken Fry). This disappointed us a bit not just because it was a bit under cooked but also because we asked for boneless variety but got otherwise. The management did apologize for their mistake though but the billing was done with the boneless cost which I had to get it reverted again. Fearing the spice of Rayalaseema Ruchulu, we had asked for Mild Spice which turned out to be no spice for regular Andhra Palate. Must remember to ask for Spicy version next time!
I had heard a lot about the Ragi Sangati which is both nutritious and delicious at the same time. So I ordered a small portion of it to taste and to go with it, I ordered Gongura Chicken Curry. Gongura as many know is a herb mainly used in Andhra cuisine which gives a tangy taste to pickles, pulses and even non-vegetarian curries. This was perfectly spiced and combined very well with Ragi Sangati and I regretted my decision of not ordering the big portion of it!
My wife preferred to have a RR Vegetarian Thali which had a right combination of all the pulses and curries of Andhra style perfected with Rasam and Sambar. To go along with the piping hot rice with ghee, she had Gunpowder and Avakai for company.
To round off the perfect lunch, we went for the Double Ka Meetha also known as Bread ka Meetha in local parlance. It is kind of bread pudding with roasted cashews inside it and almonds put as garnish. It was quite magical and just melted in the mouth. It was definitely the best dish of the meal after Gongura Chicken Curry.
The total cost of the meal was just about Rs.1500 for two which is quite affordable for the variety we tasted and the location and ambiance of the restaurant. The service had to improve though which I guess will take a bit of time to iron out. One tip to enjoy the food is order medium spicy if you don’t like spice at all and spicy if you can take medium level of spice and so on.
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