Meen Pollichathu Image Credit: Anjana Sankar/XPRESS

ABU DHABI Indian cuisine is popular worldwide, mostly through the north Indian culinary traditions of Mughali and Awadhi.

But Ghee Rice, a new eatery in Abu Dhabi, is becoming the brand ambassador for the fiery flavours of Malabar, a coastal region in the north of Kerala.

Lip smacking

As seafood is the main diet on the coastal areas of Kerala, Ghee Rice has done it full justice on their menu. One of the must tries is Meen Pollichathu, a unique style of cooking marinated fish wrapped in banana leaves. Be prepared for a riot of flavours on your tongue as the spice slowly seeps into fish, making it succulently juicy and soft.

Shredded mussels, squid or crab tossed in a mix of spices, coconut, onions and curry leaves are also other lip-smackingly good seafood dishes you can try.

Another traditional speciality that is unique to Malabar is Erachichoru (meat rice) – medium grain rice cooked in special spices and meat, and wrapped in plantain leaves that locks in the aroma. The newly-introduced Ghee Rice combo for just Dh25 is a killer deal that offers you a complete meal with roti, rice, chicken and beef fry, two types of curry, salad and dessert.

While offering a ‘Slice of Malabar,’ the restaurant also proves its kitchen can dish out equally good continental and North Indian delights.

Those who cannot handle the pungent spices will not leave disappointed for sure. We were quite impressed with their fried stuffed mushrooms with remoulade sauce, finger chips with cheese and the prawns tempura.

With eclectic choices, good service and nominal prices, Ghee Rice is sure to become one of the most favoured and affordable restaurants in town.

Our ratings: Food 4, Ambience 3, Value for money 4, Over all 4

We recommend: Meen Pollichatu, Kallumakaya Ularthiyathu (shredded mussles)

For bookings contact 02 4182532

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