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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Lentils and tamarind sauce soaked rice



It has been a good many years since that balmy December morning when I left the comforts of my parents’ home in Chennai for the untold horrors of Mumbai. I have since gone back to the city intermittently and each time I’ve felt more and more of an outsider. These days the city has become so alien to me that there are few things left for me to miss. Except its Sambar sadam (yes, capital ‘s’). A treat that deserves to be protected as a national treasure.

Nowhere in India, dare I say world, would you find sambar sadam that tastes quite as exquisite as it does in the restaurants of Chennai. In my early Mumbai days, I used to fly down to Chennai for weekends (on cheap Air India flights), head straight for Saravana Bhavan, down two portions of Sambar sadam and then proceed home. Such was the power it held over me. These days I have to rest content dreaming about steaming plates of Sambar sadam. But funny how it cheers me up like nothing ever can.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sigh!!!

Ammani chittieee said...

hi,

all your articles are very well written. kudos!

Ammani chittieee said...

hi,

all your articles are very well written. kudos!

The Last Blogger said...

Sambhar sadham is the best at home, IMHO. But having spent all my life in Coimbatore, the lure of Annapoorna's sambhar (with vadai or dosai) is really something I can never resist. Conspiracy theories about the secret of the taste ar rampant, but for me, there is only one Annapoorna sambhar..the very best.

mischief editor said...

sambar saadam in sb is only 'paruppu saatham'...

more than that let us give credit to bangalore for 'bisi bela huli anna' - the ultimate!

Soultan of Swing said...

hey i wonder if they still have those cheap AI flights which used to leave bombay at like 2am!
miss chennai...esp the eateries...i wish i didnt have an aunt there...cant visit the good old haunts when i go back this winter!