Spicy head cheese — Chettinad style, sauteed liver on toast or creamy brain cutlets, we source some of the best organ meats in B-town.
At this popular hangout, chef
Manuchandra recommends Cajun-style blackened chicken livers with mustard and mint, brain cutlets seasoned with green chilli and fenugreek or rolled in breadcrumbs. Or toast slathered with chicken liver pate, sautéed onions. At Wood Street. Details: 43692713
Mudhi ghanta, or fish head, is a delicacy for serious sea foodies that comes deep fried in a thin broth along with veggies. Eaten with plain rice, it is delicious and filling especially if you can explore enthusiastically the unnamed bits of cartilage, soft brain matter and misshapen bones that make the dish even more satisfying. At Koramangala.
There are several places that
offer this wonderful spicy-subtle mutton head curry dish from Chettinad known as thalakari kulambu that goes beautifully with idlis and dosas or steamed ponni rice. But we zeroed in on Adupsadi’s version with their heady mix
of Byadgi and Guntur chillies along with
complex spices. At Double Road, Indiranagar. Details: 25251234
For the truly epicurious
Restaurateur Kalyan Gopalkrishna who seriously researches the more wallet-friendly places gives us his recommendations.
1. New Prashant Hotel in Gandhi Bazaar serves a host of simple but unique meat dishes such as tale mamsa, liver fry (especially good), kheema gojju (meat balls) and local versions of biryani. Details: 32559420
2. Chandus Deluxe Restaurant in Malleshwaram has a line up of nalli (bone marrow), tale mamsa (head meat), tilli (spleen), gududa (kidney) and boti (intestine). The gududa or mutton kidney almost melts in the mouth and perfectly pairs with some ragi mudde while their brain fry is supposedly the best in town. Details: 23465257.
3. Green Garden Dhaba near Manayata Tech Park, Nagavara, might induce you to make the long trek just to sample their tale mamsa.
Beyond the familiar bheja fry offered
in late night eateries, served up with a sinful overdose of spice, oil and curry leaf, Zarine Kharas’ refined Parsi delicacy has simple, fresh coriander and green chillies for flavour. She uses an old Parsi recipe, mixing the lamb brain gently by hand, coats them in bread crumbs, egg and deep-fries them to a crisp outer shell and inner creamy consistency served with piquant tomato dip. At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Details: 41154372
Simmered gently for hours
till the meat is practically falling
off the bone, chef Selvaraju’s braised pork knuckle is a delightful one-dish meal. Full of flavour and sought after by regulars at this popular fine dining spot, it is served up with a creamy saffron polenta and an intense pan jus. Best to call ahead and make sure that it features on the day’s specials to avoid
disappointment. At Vivanta by Taj, MG Road. Details: 66604444
Trust the chefs at The Oberoi to treat
these delicate secondary cuts of meat with Michel
in-star finesse — melt in the mouth pork belly slices served with chanterelle (mushrooms), potato purée, nutmeg and red wine jus. Or cooked Chinese style with braised noodles. Plus pan-fried lamb sweetbreads with bacon, cauliflower puree, hazelnut brittle, and blackberry coulis or the deceptively simple paya – rich soup made with slow-cooked lamb trotters and onion, tomatoes, garlic and spices. Not
always available on the regular menu
but can be organised on request.