And what else we discovered in God’s own country? After having a good dharshan at Guruvayoor temple and just at the end of East Nada, found a cart full of healthy treasures – “White chillies”, “Kandhari chillies” (Kaandhaari Molagu),and local “Naarthanga” (Kaffir lime). Believe me, I have never seen White chillies and Kandhari chillies in my life before. Kandhari Chillies are pretty famous, small and a real hot chilli found in Kerala. The seller of these, explained the health benefits and various ways on how and where to use them. Kandhari chillies are known for its cholesterol control property, hence there are some companies making capsules out these. I was fortunate to have set my eyes and hands on them and now they are all happily pickling in my jar 😊
After being a vegetarian for 24 hrs, we decided to feast; after the strength of recommendation from our friend, local cabbie, auto driver’s and others in Thrissur, we could not resist “Sapphire”. We were told that they open the Biryani handa (the big vessel) at 11.45am, we chose to hit the place by 12:00 noon :). When we reached around 12.30 The place was already packed and we had to wait. Worth a wait, for the typical family room, while filling ourselves with the aromas of biriyani:)
The fish curry meals, their speciality mutton biryani, chicken biryani and fish biryani were truly the taste of Kerala. The private family room, gave us the freedom of expressing uninhibited emotions while hogging and slurping:), the high decibel chats with a friend who I met after years and catching up with good old wacky times. Sincerely self centric moments 🙂
After washing the greasy hands, it was time for a dessert. Sapphire’s “Cool hut” is next door and we tried some really good desserts and juice. All is well 🙂
“Hotel Devaragam” in East Nada, @Guruvayoor is one of the best places to stay and eat. I must have visited Guruvayoor probably more than 10 times, but never found a better place than this one, which is owned by K.P. Namboodiri’s.
Right from the ambience, food and service, I could not find anything missing. Very well maintained, extremely clean place and whatever food you may order, be it Kerala meals or North Indian, they were made to perfection and satisfaction. Kudos to the chef!!!
Friends visiting Guruvayoor, I recommend Devaragam. @Rs 3800 for a a day that includes complimentary breakfast. Alacarte lunch and dinner is a total value for money.