There is nothing like the beauty of God’s Own Country, and there is nothing like the exquisite taste of a typical Kerala meal (known as sadhya) as well. If you are visiting Cochin, or driving through, then you should definitely visit this restaurant which is located on Bye-Pass Road. BTH Sarovaram is also located in the heart of the city and you can visit this outlet if you don’t feel like driving until the outskirts of the town. But let me tell you, it will be worth the drive!
Our visit to Badettu took place in April while coming back from the Airport. I remember taking an early morning flight from Bangalore to Cochin and ensured I didn’t eat a single bite of anything during the flight, so that I could do full justice to the sadhya.
We visited this restaurant which is located on the first floor at BTH Sarovaram. It happened to be Good Friday and I must say the restaurant was very crowded. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table, but the wait was worth it.
The meals are served on the ever-popular plantain leaf or vazha ila as its better known in this part of the country. The following were the items for lunch:
1. Lime Pickle
3. Cabbage Thoran – Thoran or Upperi is a popular and common dish which is usually a dry dish made up of finely chopped vegetables. – The thoran that day was my favorite one made of cabbage. It tasted great!
4. Aviyal – This dish is a mixture of various vegetables and coconut. It is seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves. – Another one of my favorite dishes. The coconut oil from the seasoning added the extra flavor to this dish.
5. Kaalan – This is a gravy made of yogurt, coconut and a vegetable that looks like a banana. This dish is very thick and can be very sour too.
6. Puliyinchi – This is one of my favorites as you can eat it along with the rice, or by itself. It looks like pickle, but its nothing but a paste like consistency made of ginger, tamarind, green chillies, and jaggery. Puli means tamarind and inchi is ginger.
7. Rice – You can either have white rice, or boiled rice with your meal. I choose to have the ever popular boiled rice which is normally eaten by Malayalees all over Kerala and the world as well.
8. Parippu – This is a thick curry lentil dish eaten with rice, papadum and ghee. If you are not a fan of ghee, you can just mix the dhal and rice also.
9. Sambar – A popular gravy which you will find all over South India. It is thick gravy made of lentils, tamarind, and vegetables. The asafoetida is what gives the right flavor to the sambar.
10. Rasam – This is served in a small stainless steel bowl since it’s very watery. Unlike the parippu and sambar which is thick, rasam is a watery dish made of tamarind, tomatoes, and spices. It helps in digestion and many people choose to drink this instead of mixing it with the rice.
11. Papadum – The size of the papadum is huge. It’s so crispy that you can break it into pieces and mix it with the rice and eat, or just eat it by itself on the side.
12. Palada Pradhaman – Pradhaman is a sweet dish in the form of a thick liquid, similar to payasam (or kheer as we are used to hearing). The Pradhaman has a variety of ingredients and is made with white sugar or jaggery to which milk or coconut milk is added. There are various types of Pradhaman. For our sadhya that day, we ate Palada Pradhaman which is made of flakes of cooked rice, milk, and sugar. It tasted amazing as it was very sweet.
I was happy that I visited this place to have my favorite Kerala Meal. Though it was crowded, the waiters were quick and friendly too. The AC was on high and it felt good to sit in a cool place and enjoy a nice hot meal.
I recommend this place to those who love Kerala Meals, and even if you don’t, I am sure you will start liking them after visiting Badettu.
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