Chennai, India – A Taste of Gujerati at Shree Mithai
Shree Mithai took up the whole 3 floors of this building in the upmarket district of Anna Nagar. My destination yesterday evening was the fine dining restaurant on the top-most floor, where a strictly vegetarian Gujerati menu was offered.
Starters was a vegetarian tandoori selection: sesame-encrusted potato patties, whole potatoes stuffed with cheese-raisins-spices, mashed-spiced-bean kebabs and golden-fried lentil dumplings.
- Dilpasand Malai Kofta – soft paneer-cottage-cheese-and-potato dumplings, stuffed with dried fruits, and cooked in a subtly-spiced sauce thickened with crushed nuts.
- Mutter Paneer – cottage cheese and green peas cooked in a spicy sauce.
- Selection of breads: Butter Naan, Lacha Parantha, Missi Masala Roti, Plain Roti. They were all very good.
Ended the meal with a "Kesar Pistach" (pistachio ice-cream). There was also a very rich, creamy milk drink filled with chopped almonds that was also very good (Kesar Badam milk).
Old No. 99, New No. 189, AI Block
IV Avenue, Shanthi Colony
Anna Nagar, Chennai
You know me I can never resist a sweet shop so, of course, I did make a fool of myself in Sri Krishna: ooh-ing, ahh-ing, and stuffing myself silly with Mysore Paks, Ladoos, etc. looking like a sugar-high, half-crazed sahib :-D
All the beautiful sweets seemed to be made from the same ingredients though: hot ghee, jaggery sugar, sometimes milk or curds were added, and flavorings (spices) & coloring to differentiate them.