Kesariya- Royalty for Bangaloreans

Kesariya- Royalty for Bangaloreans

As I had been to other Rajasthani restaurants, I did not expect to be blown over by the rich textures or the beauty around me. But I was, and could see that a lot of care and thought, had gone behind everything here. Right from the floor to the ceiling…No seriously! I am not joking. The ceiling is covered with beautiful paintings reflecting the richness of Rajasthani art and the flooring again reflects the traditional feel of the space.

Designs from rajasthan

Designs from Rajasthan- This is on the ceiling

The lady who is the quiet force behind this venture is Ms. Vishakha Goenka. She was earlier with St. John’s Medical College Hospital as a nutritionist and has now taken over the reins of ‘Kesariya’ from her brother, Mr. Siddharth Goenka who conceptualized this space. Her experience as a nutritionist, adds a healthy dimension to these traditional dishes from the Shekhawathi region in Rajasthan. For example, in the ‘Dal Baati Churma’, my favourite in Rajasthani cuisine, the ‘Baati’ is sometimes baked depending on its variation. The fresh ingredients, the recipes passed on from centuries, find their rightful place here, on the lovely silverware amidst pillars( restored from havelis), jharokas and miniature paintings sourced from Rajasthan.

Traditional food from Rajasthan

Daal Panchmel, Bharma baati, Kesariya Choorma

Right from the brass handwash offered at our seats, the attentive service, the wonderful ambience with melodious Rajasthani folk songs, the silverware in which we are served to the course by course scrumptious meal….ummm..I felt like a queen.

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Restored woodwork from Havelis, silverware and beautiful tiles

The pure vegetarian restaurant includes special recipes which reflect the subtle nuances in the Shekhawati cuisine. Sangar or ‘sangri  ki sazi with kair‘, is one such speciality of the region. As I was curious to see the raw form, they got me the dry sangar. These special ingredients are sourced from Rajasthan. You can read more about this special ingredient and its significance in Rajasthan here.

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Sangar/ Sangria ki Sabzi with Kair. Ingredients sourced from Rajasthan. A Shekhawati speciality.

When we taste a new cuisine, it is not just a meal, but we also get to experience the culture of the place, its vibes and all that is special to the community. The restored pillars, archways, all of these spell a special connection to Rajasthan and the havelis in Shekhawat. You may well forget that you are in Bangalore and not Rajasthan.

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Balcony dining area at Kesariya. Paintings from Rajasthan.

 

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Jharokhas in the balcony dining area at Kesariya

The hospitality is again a differentiating factor. I loved the experience and felt very welcome.  In spite of running a full house, not even for a moment did I feel neglected. As some of the items on the menu were new to me, the staff was happy was explain the significance. The ‘Imlana’ is a tangy refreshing drink made of tamarind pulp and helps digestion. ‘Raabdi’ is again a drink made from bajra, which can be had either hot or cold. Vishakha  tells me that ‘Raabdi’ forms part of the staple diet in Rajasthan, owing to the heat. The extensive use of lentils again helps cool down the body. ‘Mongodi ki kadhi’ was again something new and I just loved it. This is gram flour cooked in curd. Totally yum…

Mr.Manohar, the Maharaj(chef) at Kesariya.

Mr.Manohar, the Maharaj(chef) at Kesariya.

With ‘Phulka’, ‘Mooli ka Paratha’ and ‘Sada poori’ I had a wide variety of curries to choose from. ‘Chana Jasalmeir’, ‘Sangar ki sanzi’, ‘Gobi matar’ and ‘Dhuli hari moongdal’. This was followed by Rice, ‘Ram Kheechdi’ and ‘Chole ka pulav’. My hubby always tells me that I am wasted on a buffet spread. So true! I truly felt it in ‘Kesariya’. Everything before me was so tasty, I would have loved a second helping. Alas! I can have only that much……too bad.

Mini Jamun Rabdi

Mini Jamun Rabdi. Yummy dessert at Kesariya

And how can I not tell you about the DESSERTS!!?? I had Malai Sandwich, Petha halwa(made of bottle gourd), mini Jamoon Rabdi and Pista Badam Kulfi. And the chef Mr. Manohar ( the Maharaj), tells me they have a live dessert counter on Saturdays and Sundays. And that includes paneer, apple and pineapple jalebi, Ghevar with rabri and Tawa taka tak. Ummm…my mouth is watering. I guess I will have to visit on a weekend to taste all of these. I have such a sweet tooth!! I guess that makes me a sweet person(haha).

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I love colours

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Padharo mhare desh ,Kesariya, Bangalore.

As I wind up, raving about the mini jamoon rabdi, Vishakha has some packed for me…wow. How sweet is that! Vishakha signs off saying that ‘Kesariya’ is their intention to preserve and showcase their culture from the Shekhawati region. And it is definitely beautifully showcased. If you have not visited yet, do check it out

Use #NammaMetro, It is 5 minutes away from the J P Nagar metro station on Outer ring road.

Lots of Twinkles to you. Have a great weekend.

Anupama

PS- Please note that this is not a sponsored post. The views are all my own and genuine. Also I have got two super nutritious recipes from the Maharaj, Mr. Manohar. I will post it in a day or so, after I try it myself. So keep checking.

The Treasures, Mangalore

The Treasures, Mangalore

Today let me take you on a virtual tour of my favourite handicraft store in Mangalore, ‘The Treasures’. When I say favourite, I have a whole lot of stuff that I bought here, including furniture. Whenever I visit my native, I make it a point to browse through this store for new finds. Their collection includes idols in brass, bronze, carved wooden pillars, furniture, home decor accessories and some more. As you enter the shop, a beautiful lady in bronze greets you and her accessory speaks of the lovely aesthetic sense the couple running this store have. Suraj and Reshma are friends and show me around their collections. They also do events and backdrops with traditional elements. For now, let me give you a peek into their store.

Yaali or Vyala, a Mythical creatu

To ward off the evil eye, found in temples across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Yali or vyala pillars handcarved in wood, from the south belt. Very prominent in most temples at the entrance or as part of pillars. They can be found in temples across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Yali is a feature of the Dravidian and Vijayanagar style of architecture. It is a mythical creature- part lion, part horse or part elephant and also with the tail as a serpent and sometimes with wings.  Signifying immense strength, it is believed to be stronger than any other animal. It is also believed to ward off the evil eye. So if you want to have this for your home, you know where you can get it.

Ganesha in a brass Mandap

Ganesha in a brass Mandap

Bronze and brass, Gods and Godessess with fine chiseled features. The Ganesha in a brass Mantap looks beautiful. They also customize and can get a bronze nameplate done for you.

Thorans for the door entrance

To decorate the entrance

See the Thorans (door hangings for the entrance) in metal, enamel and fabric. Notice the beautiful old door as the background to the thoran collection.

Curios

Soda bottles with marbles

I love to check out the collection of antiques that they have. Right from kitchen utensils, urulis and soda bottles with marbles, they have a super eclectic collection.

Hundred year Old wooden carved horse

Hundred year Old wooden carved horse, an antique

This carved horse in wood is 80 to 100 years old. It is as found and has not been restored or reworked. There are many such treasures to be discovered here.

Coconut shell art and mixed media

Art with coconut shells and mixed media

Any store worth its salt, should have the speciality of the town. And Mangalore being a coastal town, has coconuts as its speciality. Yes, the coconut shell art with mixed media gives it a special touch. There is also the pebble art which is very attractive and both these art forms are by the artist, Ganesh Shetty.

Pebble art

Pebble art- Men and women at work

The car festival is an annual temple celebration and is another crowd puller. This store has replicas of the ‘car’ or ‘Rath’ in wood and in thermocol. Definitely art with the local touch.

Car Festival

Mangalore Car festival

They also have lovely wooden furniture with the antique distressed look. Some are awfully old, but some others are custom made with the distressed finish. I will post pictures of my loot from here in a separate post. So next time you are in Mangalore do check them out.

PS- Since we have had some queries on the location, let me quickly update their address

The Treasures,” Brahma Samaj”, Near Navbharath Circle,

KodialBail, Mangalore-575003

For queries or custom orders, contact [email protected]

And for the record, this is not a sponsored post.

Lots of Twinkles to you, have a great weekend.

Anupama