Appachi | Pondicherry Stories:Part-2 (Chettinad Cuisine)

Food in Pondicherry, Pondicherry Stories : Part-1(French Patisserie)

My first day in Pondicherry was a very special one, after I had my Breakfast at Baker Street; I walked for the whole day in the White Town. It was too much fun to hop from one café to the other. I went to Maison de Rose for Drinks, Café Artika to have the best Spinach, Mint and Banana Smoothie and Café De Flore to have a cooler.

But my next stop to eat was Appachi – a Chettinad Specialty restaurant on MG road. I wanted to enjoy the local Indian cuisine. The restaurant had a very traditional set up. The wooden stairs in the middle of the hall, the vintage cane furniture and instrumental local music in the background, created a classic ambience. It was amusing to see that the staff at Appachi, wears a typical Butler uniform. After asking for few recommendations by the staff, with much excitement, I ordered for Chettinad Chicken with Parotta and Korma, Fish Fry with onions, Tomato Soup and Lemon and Appam with Vegetable Korma.

I think we really should be thankful to the Chettiyar Community for inventing this amazing mix of spices, coconut milk and curry leaves. The curry was spicy and full of finger licking flavors. Served along with a Parotta (parantha in North-India) made with the Refined Flour and ghee. Ever since I knew I would be going to Pondicherry I really wanted to have Chettinad Chicken. Though I was too excited, I couldn’t finish the bowl as 3 people could eat from one entire portion.

Chettinad Chicken

Korma and Parotta
Korma and Parotta

A big piece of fish was fried and served with onions and lemon. The spices were different from what I was familiar with. The fish was crunchy on the outside and it tasted really nice with the lemon and onions.

Fish Fry
Fish Fry

After spending hours at the beach I wanted something hot to drink. A bowl of Tomato soup was on my mind and I knew, at Appachi the soup would definitely have a twist. This was served with fresh coriander leaves and it had south Indian spices. This hot and comforting bowl of soup is a must have on a breezy night.

Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup

I must confess that I have had better vegetable Korma at other places in Pondicherry (more on that later) so you can skip eating Korma here. But DO NOT miss having Appam. This Appam can be eaten along with the chicken curry. This is a light and healthier option than Parotta.

Appam, Korma and Curd
Appam, Korma and Curd

This place is really economical; the bill came up to 400. It’s comforting to have this delicious regional food. Visit this place to enjoy our own traditional Indian food.

Chettinad food in Pondicherry is favorite amongst tourists and food lovers and I am certain that people like me visit this place to smack their lips. After stuffing my face, the scooter ride was another high.

I went back to my room feeling content. I couldn’t wait to start my next day. There was so much see, feel and eat!

Food in Pondicherry, Pondicherry Stories : Part-3 (French Breakfast)

Food in Pondicherry, Pondicherry Stories :Part-4 (South Indian Vegetarian Food)

Food in Pondicherry, Pondicherry Stories :Part-5 (Italian Cuisine )

 

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