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A yummy taste of South India


Rassam Express offer yummy snacks from the South of India and combo meals, writes GITA HARI.

Ever been to The Capital in BKC – the spanking, immaculate, stunning and spectacular 18-storey glass building with commercial, retail and restaurant spaces which boasts of world’s largest automated car parking system and the sky lobby, on the 3rd level of the Lobby is where we headed to for a luncheon at the pure vegetarian eatery Rassam Express. It’s more like a QSR with orders being served on slotted synthetic plates. The seating is limited due to a food court-like arrangement. Pricing is reasonable and ingredients are fresh and tasty. Being in a restricted space it does have its limitations yet ideal for quick tea-time breaks.

Going with our first orders first, Rawa Idli and Medu Vada we found the accompaniment of sambar and chutneys were authentic Tambrahm- something rare as most restaurants use cinnamon or garlic in them thereby messing up with the entire feel of the appetizing snack. Ghee Roast Dosa was a better option among Express Dosas as it was nice and crispy. A must-try is the house specialty of Express Special Dosa. It comes with a flavourful filling of corn, potato bhaji and processed cheese in a perfectly done dosa.

Go for Dal Wada, again a plate of two large crunchy lentil wadas or Mix Pakora of bell peppers, potato, baby corn and mirchi if it’s chai time and you cannot miss the signature Rassam in a tea cup full of flavours and colour albeit a tad too spicy. Make sure to mention your preferred degree of sharpness before you place the order. Though palatable, Pav Bhaji could not come up to street food standard in taste.

Meal combos come with a snack/paneer makhani, Rice of the Day (biryani), mini uttappa with chutney and sambhar or paratha with salad, papad and pickle besides a dessert. Strawberry Gateau was excellent as a sweet finale.

Wind up with Madras filter coffee, Kerala chass (typical curry leaves crushed seasoned buttermilk), Mango Lassi, Thandai, Cutting Chai or juices. Depending on Healthy Meal or palate teasers (Rassam Sp. Chinese Paneer) for Rs. 225 and Rs.195 respectively, you can enjoy a filling lunch here. A hot favourite with office goers from its building and vicinity, Rassam Express in sky lobby at The Capital BKC offers a beautiful, tranquil Reliance JIO garden view with yummy snacks from the South of India and combo meals.


Food : 4

Ambiance: 3

Service: 3.5

Pricing: 4

Overall: 3.5


food pakoraMix Veg Pakora


For the batter:

500 gm Besan

250 gm Rice flour

1 tsp Ajwain

A pinch of Hing

2 tsp Red chilli powder

½ tsp Turmeric powder

Oil for frying

Salt to taste

Vegetables: (all sliced into thin roundels and kept in salted water)

2 Small brinjals

2 Large potato

2 Capsicum

4 Large green chilli (slit them keeping the top and base intact)


Take all the dry ingredients add water and prepare the batter – not too thick or too watery. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. Dunk the vegetable slices one by one in the batter and glide these into the oil. Turn their sides and fry till golden brown. Drain the fried vegetable pakoras on tissue napkins. Serve hot with pudina chutney and tomato ketchup.

food dosaCheese & Corn Masala Dosa


2 cups Dosa batter

1 cup Potato masala bhaji

1 cup Processed Cheese grated (set aside a little for garnish)

1 cup Boiled American corn kernels

2 Capsicum chopped

1 large Red onion chopped

2 Green chillies chopped


Heat dosa griddle and pour a ladleful of batter and make a dosa. Pour oil around dosa and let it cook for a minute. Spread potato bhaji on one half of dosa. Top it with a layer of cheese, corn kernels, chopped onion, capsicum and green chillies. Add more cheese on top. Fold over the empty side on it and gently press them together. Plate it and cut dosa into four pieces. Garnish with grated cheese. Serve hot with coconut chutney.