Since its inauguration in 2000, Ente Keralam set the benchmark for stand-alone fine dining Keralian restaurants in Chennai. Step into the Ente Keralam and be transported to a different time, tasteful touches of luxe South Indian memorabilia with a modern twist. Ente Keralam aims to give their guests the kind of culinary experience that one would receive in god’s own country, and they have managed it get it on point. It’s not just the delicious food that has earned Ente Keralam loyal patrons — service is speedy and the servers are mercifully attentive to all requests.
Ente Keralam’s emits the tantalizing fragrances of South Indian cultures. The restaurant has not just found the balance with a menu that brings together culinary specialties from the Kerala’s many regions and communities but also keeps bringing culinary experts from Kerala for well-executed and authentic dining experience. Ente Keralam boasts an incredible spread made from fiercely-guarded recipes passed down through generations. So, are you ready to enjoy the most authentic and traditional Keralian dishes that Chennai has to offer!
Food served on Table :
Puttu & Ragi Puttu – Puttu is a timeless culinary treasure of Kerala, made with rice flour or ragi flour (for Ragi Puttu) combined with grated coconut and salt and steamed in a special Puttu Maker called Puttukudam and then served hot with curry, small yellow bananas and fried pappadam. Soft, smooth and delicious Puttu is humble yet healthy and filling, mild coconut flavoured dish popular in all over Kerala.
Malabar Konchu Porichathu – Malabar Konchu Porichathu is fresh water prawns marinated with spices and deep fried with grated coconut and curry leaves. In Malabar Konchu Porichathu the delicious soft and juicy prawns inside crisp spicy layer brings out an mouthwatering aroma that is truly divine.
Kurumulaku Chicken – Kurumulaku Chicken or Chicken Pepper Fry is made with marinated chicken pieces, whole ground spices, onions, tomato, freshly crushed black pepper corns and curry leaves and then stir-fry until golden browned. The spicy and tender kurumulaku chicken is succulent and bursting with bold peppery flavours, a treat to your palate.
Kerala style Vegetable Kurma & Appam – South Indian Vegetable Kurma is a stew of assorted veggies simmered in a mild spicy, thick & flavorful coconut based gravy which pairs well with Appam. Soft, crisp and lacy appam is vegan and gluten free, made with fermented rice batter, fresh grated coconut and coconut milk. Aromatic and creamy Kerala style Mixed Vegetable Kurma pair perfectly with crisp Appam.
Nadan Kozhi Curry & Malabar Paratha – Nadan Kozhi Curry is made by simmering chicken in coconut oil with fresh ground Kerala spice powder, roasted coconut & coconut milk. This Kerala cuisine is well known for its unique flavors, delicious taste & simplicity. Nadan Kozhi Curry is a fairly thick curry with coconut milk and spicy, delicious & bursting with flavours that brings a smile to everyone’s face. Crisp, flaky layered Malabar Paratha made from refined flour is a thing of immense joy when paired with flavourful Nadan Kozhi Curry.
Nadan Erachi Ularthiyathu – Nadan Erachi Ularthiyathu is marinated tender mutton pieces cooked in freshly ground spices and sauteed with onions, tomato, coconut slices & slowly roasted until gets dark brown color and aromatic flavor. Nadan Erachi Ularthiyathu or Kerala Mutton Roast is a spicy and delicious coconut flavoured mutton dry preparation which paired well with steamed rice or Ghee Rice.
Karimeen Pollichathu – Karimeen Pollichathu is spice marinated pearl fish wrapped inside banana leaf and grilled over charcoal oven is one of the famous and delicious fish delicacy of Kerala. The aroma of Karimeen Pollichathu is out of this world! The aromatic grilled fish is melt-in-mouth soft and very spicy.
Ney Choru – Ney choru is flavourful Ghee rice infused with ghee, various aromatic spices and garnished with fried onions and cashew-nuts. In malayalam ‘ney’ means ghee and ‘choru’ means rice. Ney Choru has mild yet pleasing spice flavours which goes well with any Chicken, Fish or Mutton curry.
Malabar Shell Fish Curry – Malabar Shell Fish Curry is boneless shellfish chunks are cooked in gravy of coconut milk, variety of spices, kudampuli (Dried malabar tamarind) and curry leaves with coconut oil. Local spices and kudampuli gives this fish curry a very appealing taste and a slight tang with a hint of smoky flavour.
Describing Taste and Flavor :
The cylindrical-shaped Puttu is a South Indian dish made with ground rice and coconut. Puttu at Ente Keralam is one item that should not be missed. From pineapple to beetroot or just the usual rice or ragi Puttu, the Ente Keralam promises a wide selection of Kerala’s most favourite breakfast dish, including a chocolate dessert variant.
The taste buds that got soothed by Puttu suddenly got activated by the spicy Malabar Konchu Porichathu, which in turn brought all the senses alive. Good for sharing is the Malabar Konchu Porichathu with an intense in-your-face spice that goes well with the soft and juicy deep fried prawns.
A must-order is their meaty and succulent Kurumulaku Chicken or Chicken Pepper Fry mixed with fragrant dry spices. The juicy chunks of chicken meat are slathered in crushed black pepper corns for a strong dose of spiciness.
Then a nice-smelling banana leaf package with a small piece of lemon is served, which turns out to be Karimeen Pollichathu. Unwrapping the banana leaf, you will find a full fish covered with spicy aromatic masala wafting through the air. Three or four gashes on both sides of the fish not only enables the masala to seep through, but also make it easy to devour the spicy, steaming fish.
Sure to hook you is their super fresh Malabar Shell Fish Curry that stars a generous portion of moist and delectably flaky shellfish fillet steamed with sliced kudampuli, spices and curry leaves in a gravy of coconut milk.
An absolute must-order is the Nadan Kozhi Curry with Malabar Paratha that sees fresh slices of soft and moist chicken simmered with the perfect amount of mildly spicy, coconut milk gravy.
The Nadan Erachi Ularthiyathu is peppery, super tasty and definitely worth having seconds! Nadan Erachi Ularthiyathu here are also super juicy, very meaty and slathered with finger-licking freshly ground spices that will keep you busy for a while.
Little trinkets of flavours surrounded the spread beautifully and they graced our palettes with every bite, giving us the true taste of Kerala.
The popularity of authentic Kerala food is evident from the line of people patiently waiting for a table at Ente Keralam. The interiors are muted and the display shows off the typical sights of the Kerala. Ente Keralam became one of the best fine dining Keralian restaurants that bridged the gap between luxury star properties and hole in the wall establishments across the city. Perfect for dates and intimate gatherings with friends or family is this buzzy Keralian-style diner in Alwarpet.
Ente Keralam, 1, Poes Garden, 1st Street, Alwarpet, Chennai
Timing : 12noon – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm Average Cost : 800/- for two people
Reservation : +91 7810044874 / 044 42328585
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