I have been meaning to write about this for a long time. I finally wrote it, after a friend of ours came home with a bag full of carry out items from AK. The flavor of food was so powerful that my little daughter insisted on having restaurant style Indian food for dinner that day!
Yes. Finally, we have a great Indian buffet in Cincinnati. Amma’s kitchen has been in the scene for several months now.
I have been to the buffet a few times, despite the 15 mile distance. What better place to eat on mother’s day than Amma’s kitchen?
The buffet reminds you of the often quoted jingle line ‘edai eduppadu – edai viduppadu’ (What to choose, what to leave – rough translation bereft of grammar) that used to go with the ‘Maniammal Textile’ ad in Chennai.
Let us see. Salads. Why go all the way to Amma’s kitchen to eat salads!
The South Indian tiffin section.
Pongal never fails in this buffet. Cooked just right. The right proportion of rice and lentils, the right bite of peppers and ginger. And a nice white chutney and the red chutney to go with it. There were some green sauces too, I didnt even attempt them.
Idlies are good too. But one doesnt normally indulge in iddlies in a buffet. Vadas are good. But beware, one or two of them as starters just take up all the room.
The Madras ‘barotta’, glistening with oil, and the layery texture is also good all the time. There are some good accompaniments to this in the form of an average vegetable kurma, a well above average brinjal gravy curry, a mushroom curry at times, and I also vaguely remember an assortment of roasted peppers. Even their biriyani and their raita are good.
Just when you think you are done, the waiter brings you a choice of dosas – plain, Mysore, rava, uttappam etc. One does indulge. The dosai, masala, chutney, sambar combination is pretty decent.
The rasam, I havent had room!
On the south Indian side, their kaara kozhambu and the curd rice combination was out of the world. So was the occasional paruppu usili.
There was shrikhand for dessert on mother’s day. I have seen jamoons, payasam, rasmalai etc. Havent had room.
A piece of advice for those who head out to Amma’s.
Plan enough time for a nap. The carbs certainly demand that your brain and body rest for a while!