It’s no news to the reader of this blog that I love vada pav, so sometime ago when I heard that Purnabramha – Home Style Marathi Food joint has opened in Bangalore, I wanted to try it out ASAP in spite of it being a pure vegetarian place. But as luck would have had it I feel sick the week I wanted to try it, cold, cough, fever and the usual viral symptoms and was home bound for a week. I was acting like a sulk pot on the 6th day when a dear friend suggested she will come meet me there for lunch and I jumped at the opportunity.
They basically have two kind of thalis for lunch. One with snacks and unlimited and the other limited and without snack. We went for the bigger one (surprise) and since we were greedy we also ordered one thalipeeth between us . I loved the thali, so unpretentious simple and yummy food. The sabji was lauki cooked in a lots of channa dal and a bit of sugar may be. I am usually not a fan of sugar in mains but this was pretty spicy and the sugar balanced the spice, the kadhi was nice too but somehow I love punjabi style kadhi and for me no other kadhi matches up. What I loved the most about the thali however was the dal. Absolutely simple and topped with hing walla ghee, this is something that doesn’t come along by default with the dal. She mentioned that some people don’t enjoy the strong hing and hence she gives people an option. I am a person who always likes to try things the way they are supposed to be had and hence instantly said yes to it and I am glad I did because I think hing did add a punch to it that I loved.
The thalipeeth we ordered was also good though a bit heavy for me and a bit too thick. I have had thiner ones at a friends house.
What I also loved about the meal was the attention the owner was paying to everyone. She was clear she wanted this to be an experience. Wanted people to understand Marathi food which most people don’t know much about. And she told us that when a traditional marathi meal is had, you make rangolis around the thali and since she can’t do that for every customer she has got some ready made rangolis from an NGO and puts it around the thalis. A small thought but sometimes makes a lot of difference
Final words – Go for a homely and simple vegetarian Marathi lunch
130, 17th Main, KHB Colony, Koramangala, Bangalore.
Meal for two – Rs 500/-
Parking – Streets.