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    Enjoy pocket-friendly South Indian dishes with new take-out restaurant, Curry Soru.

    THE tantalising aroma of rich spices wafts through the door as I step into Curry Soru. Inside a transparent display cabinet, I spot a heaping bowl of kanava (squid) masala surrounded by dishes filled to the brim with flaky parotta, delicate idiyappam and deep-fried vanjaram meen.
    The take-out restaurant that opened last week, fancies itself as the South Indian equivalent of pizza delivery in Pondicherry. Started by local couple D Reshma and A Anandeeswaran, it is their answer to all those times when “we may eat pizza or pasta, but have a craving for rice and curry,” says Anandeeswaran. With vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes lined up on either side, we point out our choice of biryani and squid curry with parottas. In less than two minutes, our take away is ready. While the signature kanava is piquant, the biryani—studded with pint-sized prawns enveloped in copious gravy—is more subtle than spicy.
    “We wanted to make South Indian food available in a jiffy, but also at nominal prices,” adds Reshma. Their combo thali meals range from Rs 50 to Rs 70, while the biryani is priced at less than Rs 120 .The food is prepared by a team of cooks at Lawspet.
    Keeping Pondicherry’s penchant for seafood in mind, weekend specials include fish biryani and shell-less crab fry.
    For lunch and dinner, at Perumal Koil Street. Free delivery (for a minimum order of Rs 200 for up to 5 kms). Details: 9655552565

    — Olympia Shilpa Gerald

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