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Saravana Bhavan: The spot for vegetarian food

September 16, 2012

P Rajagopal shows us that if you are passionate enough about the food you make, you will soon have restaurants sprouting up all over the globe.

If you’re looking for hearty Indian vegetarian food that even meat lovers will enjoy, then look no further as this spot has a multitude of delicious dishes to pick from.

The menu boasts over 300 authentic dishes along with some of their own special creations.

Founder, P Rajagopal opened up his first branch in India 30years ago. Eventually his sons Shiva Kumar and Saravanan joined him in the business and it has grown tremendously since. The first one in Malaysia was the Bangsar outlet that opened up in 2003 and the most recent one is the Brickfields restaurant, which opened up last year.

Their success has spread worldwide with 27 outlets in India and 30 across the globe in 10 countries. The recipe for their success has been their passion for serving authentic and delicious high quality vegetarian food.

As we sat down to order, I noticed that the wait staff were helpful and eager to explain the various dishes on the menu, which made it much easier for us to order. We were recommended the Cashew Nut Pulau, Butter Fry Dhal, Aloo Dam Punjabi, Palak Paneer and the Tandoor Paratha.

The Cashew Nut Pulau is decadent with a strong ghee flavour that is peppered with chopped coriander for a fresh zing. The cashews lend creaminess to the dish that is sublime when paired with the dhal or palak paneer.

The difference between the regular dhal and the butter fry dhal is in the richness. The butter fry dhal is creamier and thicker. Definitely not healthy, but plenty tasty! As for the palak paneer, I just have to say, creamed spinach with cubes of cheese wins me over. It is especially good with the accompanying nan bread.

An interesting dish is the Aloo Dam Punjabi. It is a mashed spiced potato that is shaped around a quartered hard-boiled egg, topped with a grape and served in thick flavourful gravy. The intial thought of a grape with all those ingredients might scare you, but it actually works really well together giving it a bit of juicy sweetness.

If a nan bread and a roti canai had a baby, the tandoor paratha is exactly what you would get. The roti is crispy and yet has the dense quality of a nan. The slight charring makes it a tasty treat and is lovely dunked into the dhal.

Wash the food down with a Triveni; a refreshing mix of grape, ginger, and pineapple juice. And for dessert I highly recommend the kesari. It is not too sticky or greasy and has just the right amount of sweetness. You can never go wrong with a gulab jamun either, dripping in a sweet as honey syrup. Slurp!

Saravana Bhavan also has a delivery and catering service so if you can’t get to the food it can make its way over to you! Do check them out for a delicious treat.

Add: 52, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Tel: 603 2287 1228 Open: 8.30 am – 11.30 pm
Pros: Delicious vegetarian food
Cons: Certain dishes are only available in the evenings
Price Range: RM20
Parking: Difficult

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