Having grown up in small towns of UP, fresh water fish was the closest to seafood I used to have (well, even that’s not exactly seafood, as fresh water fishes are grown through aquaculture in fresh water and don’t come from seas). Times have changed since last decade for me, during much of my travels I learnt about international and local cuisines and have started to enjoy the local tastes. I’ve always believed that travel makes you learn more and was interested to know that even Chef Naren, from Karavalli, traveled through the regions of southern India, talked to local communities and learnt so much about their local cuisine. With so much experience and learnings behind him, he has put together the new seafood menu for Aquafest at Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bangalore. This festival brings the best of seafood at Karavalli, and the most popular dishes from the festival make it to the regular menu for the next year. This is the 26th annual version of the seafood festival and it was a pleasure to try out the full platter of menu. Featuring 18 to 20 never tried before dishes from the local communities of South West India coastline and hinterlands all the way from Goa to Mangalore to Kerala, this is a must try menu. Chef Naren also talked about November being the best time to try new seafood in his restaurant as the breeding time is now over (with trawling ban stretching from July to September) and the sea life once again at full bloom meaning abundance of seafood. So below is what I got to try and totally savoured each one of them, if you love seafood, this is the place to be. The Aquafest is on until 30th Nov, even if you miss it until then, try out the most popular dishes which will make their way to the regular menu.
Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bangalore, is a perfect place to relax with your family over a weekend meal or to entertain your corporate guests during the week. Located in the heart of Bangalore, it is an absolute paradise with lush greenery, flowing waters and a perfect local feel.
Karuapila Konju – Tiger prawns pan fried with onion, tomato and fresh curry leaves
Scampi Tawa Fry – Fresh Scampi grilled in spicy Mangalorean Masala.
Koondal Varattiyathu – Marinated squids batter fried and cooked with special Kerala Masala.
Yettida Biscuit Rotti – Mangalorean spiced pooris infused with minced shrimps, spiced copra and semolina fillings.
King Fish Cafreal – Sear fish cooked with Goan Cafreal Masala.
Ari Kadukka – Spiced rice dough stuffed mussels, tossed with local spices.
Bombil Rawa Fry – Konkan coast Bombay duck marinated with spicy chilly masala, coated with semolina and fried.
Neitha Denji – Sea crab with a subtle Kundapur spice mix and clarified butter. You definitely need to make your hands dirty with this one. If you a pro at eating a crab, this soft crab is perfect, you can chew the whole thing and all that will be left is powdered shells, rest of it is a pure delicacy. This one for sure is making the cut to the regular menu.
An all time favourite Meen Moiley – Kerala style fish in coconut curry, flavoured with green chilli, curry leaves and turmeric.
Marwai Pundi – Wholesome meal of Clams simmered with rice dumplings.
Take your pick among the Neer Dosa, Appam or Malabar Paratha to go with the curries.
And finally the sweet, Raggi Manni – a cake made out of Raagi Flour, jaggery and coconut milk or Mangalore Kashi Halwa made with white pumpkin.
A seafood fan would not stop drooling over these delicacies, so go ahead an enjoy yourselves in the perfect ambiance and service of Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bangalore. Make a reservation.
Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel
66, Residency Rd, Ashok Nagar,
Phone: 080 – 6660 4545