ID at Sathyam is one of those places that I keep visiting very often. It is also one of the restaurants that have maintained their quality of food and service over the years.
ID is located inside Sathyam Cinemas, Royapettah on the first floor. ID has other outlets at Forum Vijaya Mall (Vadapalani), Phoenix Market City (Velacherry) and one at Neelangarai.
ID is running a special food festival featuring the finest traditional food with the Menu curated by none other other Rakesh Raghunathan from Puliyogare Travels.
For some of you, the dishes chosen to be a part of this festival may look and sound alien. The reason some of these dishes didn’t make it to our kitchens is simply because of the paucity of time and our lifestyle. Only in our grandmother’s cookbook will we find the recipes of these dishes and thanks to ID and Rakesh Ragunathan now many of you will get to taste some “good old classics”. Luckily I come from a family where we still make some of these traditional dishes and so I enjoyed my meal.
The food is served in a Thali style. I started off with Nilakadalai Kalavai which is a Peanut salad with diced cucumber, mango and capsicum. A salad sans the oil or dressing makes it a healthy snack.
The Kachipuram Idly, the name derived from its place of origin, a classic from the Varadharaja Perumal Temple is made using Black Urad Dhal and has an unusual shape for an Idly. Steamed in Mandhaarai leaves, it’s not only tasty but also very filling. Accompanied with some chutneys, it’s just great.
The Kathirikai Thogayal was tangy and spicy. It’s best eaten mixing it with rice but I enjoyed it with the Samai Kozhukattai a dumpling made with millets. Samai arisi (rice) is a great substitute to our regular rice.
The Vangi Bath was my personal favourite out of all the dishes. Fragrant rice cooked with Eggplant, dry coconut and spices, it was just delicious. A very popular dish in Karnataka.
The Kadamba Sadam is very similar to Sambar rice. Prepared with mixed country vegetables, rice, lentils and spices was great.
The Vendaya Oothappam tasted slightly bitter because of the Fenugreek seeds. Along with the different Chutneys and the Kathirikai thogayal it was too good.
I had reserved the Pudina Rasam for the end as Rasam is good for digestion. For desserts I enjoyed the Ksheera which is semolina, roasted and cooked in milk flavoured with cardamom, saffron and nutmeg. The Hayagreeva Maadi made by cooking channa dhal in jaggery was too sweet for my palate.
The festival begins from the 8th of June and is on for an entire month across all ID outlets. The Thali is priced at Rs. 230/-
IN A NUTSHELL
One will seldom get an opportunity to taste such rare old classic dishes. Enjoy the taste of tradition.