Vrindavan hotel - packing nostalgia in banana leaves

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The aroma wafting from the delicious lunch neatly packed in steamed banana leaf is quite nostalgic for a Malayali food lover. When a group of youngsters, who couldn't forget the mouthwatering taste and also the sweet memories associated with the packed lunches, opened a hotel, they didn't have to think much to include it on their menu.

When the owners of the Vrindavan hotel in Thrissur decided to introduce some unique vegetarian dishes, they were sure to honour some amazing memories as well. They deliver delicious breakfast, named 'prathal,' for just Rs 50 at homes around Thrissur town. There are many, especially old people, who eagerly wait for Vrindavan's tasty 'prathal.' The owners of the eatery vow that this routine won'[t break even if there is a strike or hartal.

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Traditional and nutritious breakfast dishes like puttu, dosa, idli and puri are neatly packed and delivered at the door steps. These days, homemakers who have to send their kids quite early in the morning to school, too, have become the fans of prathal. Many expatriates who have their aged parents or relatives in Thrissur trust Vrindavan to make sure that their loved ones have delicious food every day. The owners have introduced the ‘prathal’ as they couldn’t forget the agonized face of a Malayali NRI, who broke down in front of them saying that he didn't know when his ill mother had gone hungry for 2 days. Later Vrindavan started home delivering freshly cooked lunch as well. They would deliver lunch at homes every day and would collect the payment at the end of the month. Lunch is packed in steamed banana leaf as they realized that many old people found it difficult to wash the plates.

Vrindavan has given a tasty 'makeover' to the good old idli, making it a favourite dish of those who couldn't even stand idlis. Chilli idli which is marinated in Chinese sauces and fried to perfection, paneer idli made by adding paneer to the batter, small idli tikkas cooked in a tandoor and Mysore idli which is made with dried chilli, fenugreek, curry leaves and urad dal are some of the unique idli dishes served at Vrindavan.

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Mushroom with coconut fukla, paneer khali mirchi (pepper) rotis, and paneer kondattam are the specialities which are loved by their regulars. The Vrindavan hotel, which has already become Thrissur's own vegetarian haven, is owned by T S Ulhas Babu, K B Suresh Kumar, and Prajeeb Chnadran Melethil. The hotel which was first started in the Marar road later opened an outlet at the Bennet road near the Sacred Heart School as well.

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