Exploring Authentic Tamil-Brahmin Vegetarian Banana Leaf Meal At Iyer Mess In Bengaluru|Malleshwaram

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Serving authentic Tamil-Brahmin style meals for close to 60 years now, Iyer Mess is a go-to spot for lunch at Malleshwaram, Bengaluru.

Founded in 1959, the mess is located in the home of owners, Venkatesh and Kamala Iyer.

The couple who have carried forward the tradition of serving homestyle vegetarian fare, use recipes handed down by Mr Iyer’s father to maintain taste and style of cooking.

In this episode of Gourmet On The Road, Food Lovers Editor, Kripal Amanna visits the well-known mess to explore its kitchen and taste the ‘veg homely meal’.

The kitchen starts as early as 5:00 am every morning, preparing a standard banana leaf meal, comprising of Rice, Sambar, Rasam, Poriyal, Kootu, Pickle, Yoghurt, Vada and Appalam. On Sundays the menu features a special additions of Payasam and Mor Kuzambu.

Rs 70 for a vegetarian meal

Kose/ Cabbage Poriyal
A fresh, crunchy medley of cabbage and flecks of coconut, simply seasoned with mustard. 8/10

Kumbalakai/ Sweet Pumpkin Kootu
A mildly tempered, delicious preparation. Can taste the sweetness of the pumpkin, a tasty combination with the chapati.

Paruppu Vada
deep fried yet wholesome because of the lentil or paruppu in the vada. Flecks of onion impart hints of sweetness and the green chillies give it that spicy kick.

Soft and light, a homestyle chapati.

Thayir Sadam/Curd Rice
thick and creamy, homemade curd. the milk for the curd is cooked on a coal stove!

Spicy, bitter accompaniment called oorukka in Tamil.

Moolangi/ Radish Sambar
Big in flavour, the spicy, fiery kick from the chilli is very prominent in this sambar. The radish is cooked just right!

a bit mellow. not as robustly flavoured as one would expect.

Crunchy, deep fried, perfect when eaten with rice and rasam or sambar.

ADDRESS – Iyer Mess, No 4/3, West Park Road Between 7th and 8th Cross, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003; tel: 098860 78290

LOCATION TAG – https://goo.gl/maps/JLGgTcL8MC5Pfs7L9

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Gr8 Kripala…Iyer mess in South India..offer hot & humble meal at all times…70inr ..really value for the happiness after you have this meal..😊👍

Sandeep Chiluveru says:

Oh !!! I am so hungry !!!

Lachu says:

Pavam, he is eating plain sambar rice just with papad. It should be eaten with poriyal and kootu. And chappati is a new addition to tamil food 😊

V D says:

Here I got what I was looking for, 10/10 for reddish sambhar, Wow!

Ramachandra Raju says:

DIRTY hotel DIRTY food They Serve Please Don't go I had been to This place last week For Dinner all Useless talk

Vaishali Mesta says:

Sir, amazing blog as usual.
I request you to make one blog regarding the proper way of eating Indian food. South Indian and North Indian.
Because many Western bloggers how they mess up eating in wrong way.
One of the blogger ate the entire pickle at once later by commenting it's not good.
They eat rice/non / chapati separately and gravy or side dish separately and comment rice is bland chapati is bland.
It gives wrong information around the world about Indian food.
I hope you understand my concern.
Thank you Sir.

Suresh Shenoy says:

Just now visited Iyer Mess. Had dinner. Tasty homely food. 👍

Shailaja Chandrashekhar says:

Sooper banana leaf meal

Shantaram Bhaskarbhatta says:

Kripal ji,
i admire ur respect for the food. Also envy ur appetite man 🙂

Vijay Rathi says:

why ppl dislike this video.

sriram prasad says:

You can better say Tamil vegetarian food instead of Tamil Brahmin

Aditi Sharmah {32} says:

Hi i am authentic Assamese Brahmin …the foods are so tempting 🤤..i will definitely visit tamil nadu once .❤️

santhosh venkalakunti says:

By seeing simplicity, love, caring by the couples who run this mess, will teach us what should we to be … heart melts

Rajini Nadarajah says:

I enjoyed your video.. Mouth watering to see you eating all those dishes..it's extravaganza from the way you taste and explain the food… and I think you like spicy food because you keep add the lemon pickle into rasam and tairu.. no heart to skip the ads because your video worth it

anil d says:

I love your explaing.. Awesome👏. Nice bgm

Tony Camilleri says:

I was really not prepared for what the kitchen looked like…

boona says:

Veg meals is veg meals….why "brahmin" word should be added..i dont understand…caste is not a qualification or degree that someone has earned….kindly avoid…Iyer n Iyengar…words too….
Thats not something great….

Siva Prasad says:

After watching each videos / vlogs (vegetarian delicacies), feel like following the same route to enjoy those mouth watering Indian cuisine at times. Thank you Kripal for bringing these eateries to the limelight, even otherwise they are only popular among their regular customers for decades. It gives an idea of good eateries to tourists who would love to explore and enjoy good traditional recipes 😊

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