Sunday, August 31, 2014

Restaurants serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore -2014

A typical onam sadya spread
Image courtesy -
Augustus Binu
2017 Update  List of Restaurant serving Onam Sadhya 
Onam is back!!  With Onam just around the corner, it time for Pookalam, Onam kodi and Onam sadhya. For me the very thought Onam reminds me of my shcool days and Onam holidays. It was time when I would gang up with my cousins to pick flowers from the backyard for our Onam pookalam. Also, how can I forget the first grand illumination in the Trivandrum city. 

Sadly, this kind of Onam is gone, never to come back for many of us. 

Onam Sadya in Bangalore
For many of us living in Bangalore, there are many restaurants offering specially prepared Onam sadya. In my short search, I found few hotels hosting Onam sadya on Thiru Onam day. Hope this list will be useful to you. 

Restaurants Serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore

1.Ente Keralam located at Ulsoor Road, Bangalore

Enjoy Onam feast 
from 1st to 7th September 2014. The menu features special delicacies like Ada Pradhaman, along with Thorans, Avial, Eruseri, Rasam and more.

The rate

545/- + Tax from 1st to 6th Sept 2014,
645/- + Tax on 7th Sept 2013 - the 12 pm slot is already booked, you can try for 11am or after 3pm slot. They also provide pasayam ( 500 gm ) and sadhya as takeaway. 

Call on 080-32421002 to reserve or get complete details. 

2. The Paul Bangalore, at Domlur Layout

Onam sadya on September 7, 2014. Call 080 - 4047 7777 for reservations.

Rate: 1100/- + Tax

The Paul
3.Drumsticks, located at Richmond Road, Bangalore

Exclusive Onam Lunch Menu at Drumsticks Original Price: Rs.450 all inclusive.
Timings: 11:30 AM and  3:00 PM 
For Reservations Call : 080-41116903 OR 8971232671.

4.The Gateway

7th Sunday 1250/- plus tax, Time 11:30 - 1:30 2:30- 3:00
Contact # 66604545 to reserve your seat

5) Home Delivery of Onam Sadya 
Delivery Date: 7/9/14 ( Thiru Onam day only)
Time: 11 AM onward
Onam Sadya is delivered to your home - Serving 3 nos - Rate Rs 975/- 
Contact- (M) 9008477741, 080-65678238 for timing, and area covered by them.

6) Onam Sadya at Rangashankara - Anju's Cafe
Onam Sadya at Ranga Shankara

 September 7, 2014, 1 PM onwards
Onam sadya ( Lunch) Rs 430/-
 Bookings are open - Contact Anju for details - 91 9845036605 ( Few more slots open)

7) Cafe Malabari in Koramangala

  Onam Sadya on Sept 7, 2014
  Rate Rs 250/-
  Timing 12 to 3:30 PM
 080- 25507373 or 9035007372 for details.
  Check this good experience Onam Sadya at Cafe Malabari.

8. Menna's Delight, Domlur ( Myself)
This Onam, for the time time I'm hosting six people for Onam sadya in my house at Domlur, Bangalore. Thanks for MealTango, for giving me the experience to host Onam sadya in my house. 

What's Meal Tango?
Launched in India in July 2013, MealTango help travelers and food aficionados experience culture through food.

Meal Tango Dining Experience
Enjoy Onam sadya on a personal level only through MealTango. For the first time, I'm hosting six people for a Onam feast in my house.
Date and other details - Date 7th Sunday starts at 12:30, 499/- all inclusive.
Get in touch through to book a seat. Only 6 seats.

Onashamsakal to All!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2017 Update  List of Restaurant serving Onam Sadhya 

2016 Onam Sadya - List of restaurants serving Onam delicacies in Bangalore

Are you Keen to learn traditional Kerala cooking recipes and improve your culinary skills? 

Learn Kerala Cuisine in Bangalore
For those of you passionate about cooking various traditional Kerala dishes, or simply curious to learn and explore the vast variety of Kerala recipes, I've classes specialized on various cooking.
 In cooking lessons, I cover many typical Kerala delicacies like:
  • Appam, stew, fish molee 
  • Kappa and meen curry 
  • Puttu, kadala, Iddiappam and egg roast, egg curry
  • Meen pollichathu,meen mapas, meen vattichadhu,
  • Beef roast, dry, beef ularthiyathu, etc
  • Kerala chicken biryani, fish biryani,
  • Kerala sadya  
  • and more...
I've few more details on this page - Kerala cooking class in Bangalore!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Basic Fondant Icing with two tier cake stacking classes

Learn to make the fondant dough from the scratch, all basic techniques of how to work with fondant, rolling out and placing on the cake.
You will also learn how to cover cake with Ganache and drape the cakes with fondant and learn to stack the 2 tiers cakes and decorate with ruffles and make roses and leaves.
As an additional part you also learn how to powder dust your flowers. I've regular fondant icing classes in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Trivandrum. Pls, call me or email me at for class details.
Course details.
All tools, cakes and materials will be provided along with high tea. 
Techniques which you will learn in this class.
  • Making fondant dough from the starch
  • Kneading
  • Coloring
  • Basic shapes
  • Bows
  • Ruffles
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Learn how to Ganache both layer cakes. 
  • Stack both layers.
  • Powder dusting the flowers
Fondant - Two Tier Cake
Take away
  • Printed recipe of homemade fondant
  • Two tier stacked cake decorated by you.
  • Fondant modeling tool kit.
  • One set of plunger cutters
  • And confidence to make your own fondant cake
Contact Marina Charles at 09379398865 , 09341275334, 080-41715105 

Check for other Fondant Icing cakes done by students in the class.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How to make Masala Chai/Tea

Chai, anyone!
Do you have more than one tea in a day?
Which tea do you prefer? Lemon tea, Black tea, Masala tea...

If you are looking for some spicy tea, then here's the recipe for Masala chai. This recipe uses a blend of ginger and cardamom.

Ingredients to make Masala Tea:
  • Milk   = 1/2 cup
  • Water -1/2 cup
  • Tea –    1 tsp heaped ( I use red label tea leafs)
  • Sugar -  2 tsp
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  1. Crush ginger and cardamom together and keep aside. Boil milk and water till it froths.
  2. Now add sugar and stir well till it dissolves. Add crushed ginger cardamom and tea powder and simmer for 3-5 mins.
  3. When the tea starts to boil and turns strong, switch it off.
  4. Now filter the tea and serve hot.
Chai, ready!

South Indian Thali meal cooking lessons at Bangalore

"When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste."
Nathan who came from US loved the Puri and Aloo Masala and the South Indian Thali meals, enjoyed making them as much as he loved eating them. Menna's Indian Cooking Class Bangalore

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Finally Wheat Bread!

I'm always thrilled, happy to see the breads I make at home. I don't know if you feel the way I do. And, today I had freshly baked wheat bread for breakfast. I'm always happy to get the recipe right - the shift from Maida to full wheat.

Initially, these breads never used to come right. At time it didn't have the texture, sometimes it was stony, etc. Now, bread making has become second nature to me. If you're like my earlier self, then I would suggest you to pursue it till you get it right. 

Here's the bread from my kitchen.

Wheat Bread

Sliced Bread

Dinner rolls

Stuffed buns chicken mince
Finally, I got what it takes to make wheat bread. I'm sharing the recipe here so that you too can enjoy making wheat bread at home. If you get it right, then share the pics homemade loafs or add your feedback in the comments box.

Ingredients for wheat bread:
  1. Wheat Flour                           3 ½ Cup
  2. Water                                     250 ml
  3. Yeast                                     2 tsp
  4. Salt                                        1 ½ tsp
  5. Oil                                          5 tbsp
  6. Milk                                        50 ml
  • Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water(100 ml) with 1 tsp of sugar and keep it for 10 mts
  • Dissolve salt and oil in the remaining water (150ml)
  • Pour the yeast mixture to the flour and mix well then pour the salt mixture to the flour and knead well for at least 10 mts till it become smooth.
  • Add the milk and knead well, take it out from the bowl and knead on the marble surface till you find the gluten pane. It is very difficult to find in the wheat flour but it certainly comes in by the way you knead it.
  • Coat the mixing bowl with oil and place the dough in it and cover with a damp towel and let the dough rise to double the size, keep it at least for 2 hours
  • Grease pan with oil and keep aside.
  • After 2 hours punch down the dough and knead for 2-3 mts 
  • Now Divide the dough into balls or roll it out into your bread pan and place it in  the grease pan.(if you need buns)
  • Again cover it with a damp cloth and  set it aside for another 2 hours
  • Now brush the top with butter and sprinkle rosemary on top(if you need any flavour)
  • Pre heat the oven to 200 degree and bake it for 20-25mts.
  • Run a knife around the edge and immediately remove the rolls/Bread from the pan and cool it.
Kneading plays a very important role in this recipe since we are using wheat flour
Also the water is as important as your yeast. 
While kneading stretch and knead so that the gluten forms in faster.

Cooking, Baking and Icing Classes at Bangalore, Trivandrum and Hyderabad

The only way to become an expert in your field is by spending time studying your craft. Over the past 4 years I've spent hours studying about cooking, baking and Icing and now I'm ready to give you the best of everything I've learned! 

Join me for the workshops which I conduct at Bangalore, Hyderabad and Trivandrum and learn everything you need to know about modern cooking, baking and Icing. 

For more information contact me at 9379398865 or email me at


Monday, August 4, 2014

Hyderabad Baking and Icing Workshop

Really thrilled after my first baking and icing class in Hyderabad (28th and 29th June 2014) at Hotel Bassera.
It was like a dream come true to conduct baking class in the city which me what I'm today.

I had four wonderful session with many students, from beginner level to those who joined to perfect their skills in baking and icing. Special thanks to all those came for the classes. Hope you'll takeoff your baking art from here.

My next session in Hyderabad will be around second week of September 2014
Creators & the Creations :)

Pineapple Pastry 

First Timers after the Pastry Class

Add caption

Cupcake - Batch

Fondant Cakes Made By Students

Buttercream Icing 

From Austria for the love of Indian Food

From Austria for the love of Indian food - The lovely Claudia and the ever smiling Stefan came for four days sessions of Indian cooking class.

I am always reminded of “the great things in life”, like happy people and lovely get-together with good food. Both were so excited and eager to know and taste of Indian food. They wanted to learn from Naan to puris, Sambar to paneer and payasam.

I enjoyed those four days with them – and especially the part when they sit down and enjoy the homemade delights. Long live good taste Menna's Indian Cooking Class Bangalore
 — feeling wonderful with Claudia Mitterer. 
Enthusiastic Duo

Ready to Enjoy the Spread After the Class

After the Class - Claudia & Stephen

Pose for the pic