While the prices of food items like vegetables are going northwards and restaurant owners are busy deciding their new, upped prices, there are still some places in the city that believe in the humble meal. One such small eatery is South Indian Snacks Centre, popularly known as Kutty’s. It is a favourite with students, sarkari office-goers and journalists who hang around Jantar Mantar. The hottest item on their menu, the masala dosa, is priced at Rs 25 and always in the making.
C Kesavan Kutty, who set up shop 22 years ago, says, “150 to 200 customers every day is pretty normal, though we really don’t count. Apart from the masala dosa, the sambhar vada and Mysore Masala also sell well.”
The lowest price on the menu is Rs 20, and the highest, Rs 40. Prepared in groundnut oil, the dosas here are crispy, but the masala stuffing, made from mashed potatoes and other spices, is buttery smooth.
“Most of our customers here are regulars who come here every alternate day,” says Kutty. Once here, don’t miss out on eating the Rava Kesar—a rich sweet dish made of sooji (semolina) and dry fruits, all prepared in desi ghee just for Rs 25.
Where: South Indian Snacks Centre, Shop No. 6, Jantar Mantar Road