Mokkajonna Corn Rolls and Avisala Paneer Vepudu
Mokkajonna Corn Rolls and Avisala Paneer Vepudu

Ragi The Kitchen – Indulge in Rayalaseema Dishes

Hyderabad is a rapidly changing city. Whether it’s the towering skyscrapers or cafes and restaurants, something new crops up every month. With a flurry of South Indian and Asian restaurants in the city, in comes another restaurant that brings delicacies from Andhra and Rayalaseems regions to Hyderabad – Ragi – The Kitchen.

While the restaurant opened in December last year, I happened to visit it after I came back from the Chikmagalur trip. Having seen a few videos about this place, it was on my list. However, thanks to Shiva and the team for inviting me for a homely meal at Ragi. So like a true food blogger, I’ll share my honest thoughts in this blog post.

Feel At Home Ambiance

While Jubilee Hills is bustling with cafes and party places, it’s always good to see places like Ragi coming up in the area. Located in a quaint place on road number 78, Ragi is right next to Cravery. The last time I passed through this road, there was a cafe here.

Nevertheless, there’s a dash of greenery and parking space as soon as you reach here. They also have a spacious waiting area outside. The moment you enter the restaurant, there are quite a few things that are fighting to grab your attention. First are the terracotta figurines on the walls, second are the equally beautiful floor and finally it’s the faint lighting. Amidst all of this, you have some plants, all of which make you feel at home.

I loved their decor, cutlery, and everything else on the table – especially the coasters. If you ask me about the best place to sit, I’ll suggest sitting near the large windows. Not only you’ll have good light, but you can also enjoy the urban views outside dotted with greenery. In one sentence, it’s a small and cozy setup where you’ll get comfortable soon.

Homely ambience at Ragi The Kitchen
Homely ambience at Ragi The Kitchen

Realising Rayalaseems Delicacies At Ragi – The Kitchen

Though I spent most of my growing-up years in Ahmedabad and Panchgani, I developed a taste for South Indian food rather early. I’m always open to trying new dishes and that’s why I wanted to visit Ragi and experience their food. I guess, I have mentioned this earlier as well, but I was always skeptical of finding good vegetarian food in Hyderabad.

However, many places that I’ve visited off late are serving some good vegetarian food. I’ve tried and tasted 29 vegetarian restaurants in Hyderabad, some of which serve meat, but equally good vegetarian food as well.

Ragi – The Kitchen has a decent menu with dishes from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. While the menu isn’t as thick as a book, there are mandatory items that are synonymous with the regions. My meat-eating friends will quite like the spread, vegetarians have decent options. However, as I said, all the marquee dishes from the region are here.

Further, they also serve a scrumptious thali for lunches which I want to try whenever I’m in the area next. Lastly, instead of breaking my head on what to order, I asked the team to help me!

Starters Inspired By Local Flavours

For starters, I was recommended to try the Mokkajonna Corn Rolls and Avisala Paneer Vepudu. The Mokkajonna Corn rolls were a delightful twist on the familiar corn vadas I’ve had at other places. They were incredibly flavorful, with the corn adding a burst of sweetness that perfectly complemented the spices. It was a refreshing take on a classic snack.

Mokkajonna Corn Rolls and Avisala Paneer Vepudu
Mokkajonna Corn Rolls and Avisala Paneer Vepudu

On the other hand, Avisala Paneer Vepudu was a new experience for me. Paneer coated with flaxseed powder offered a unique flavor profile that was both different and enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the desi ingredients blended together, resulting in a dish that showcased local flavors while providing a satisfying flavor.

Comforting Mains

After savoring the delightful starters, I eagerly delved into the comforting main course that awaited me. The table was adorned with a spread of mouthwatering dishes, including the renowned Gutthi Vankaya accompanied by soft and fluffy Phulkas. As one of my all-time favorites, the stuffed brinjals were a treat for both the eyes and the taste buds. These stuffed brinjals were cooked to perfection, with the spices infusing the tender flesh, creating a delightful medley of flavors.

Alongside, there was the popular Rayalaseema dish, Muddapappu Avakaya Annam—a wholesome combination of rice and dal, served with a generous dollop of Avakaya, the tangy and spicy local mango pickle. The marriage of flavors in this dish was nothing short of divine.

Ragi Sangati, Gutthi Vankaya and Muddapappu Avakkaya Annam at Ragi
Ragi Sangati, Gutthi Vankaya and Muddapappu Avakkaya Annam

However, the star of the show was the Ragi Sangati, a dish I had the pleasure of trying for the first time. This delectable preparation, made from finger millet, had a unique texture and earthy taste that instantly won me over. Paired with the delectable Veruchanakkaya Chutney, a condiment made with roasted brinjals, it was a match made in culinary heaven. The chutney’s smoky notes and the wholesome Ragi Sangati formed a delightful symphony of flavors that left me craving for more. Both these are a must-try here and recommend.

Soothing Drinks & Luscious Desserts

We were served with a variety of refreshing accompaniments to compliment our meal, including my beloved Nannari Sharbath and the delightful Konaseema Rose Milk. The Rose Milk was a rejuvenating beverage, slightly on the sweeter side but undeniably refreshing.

However, my personal favorite, Nannari Sharbath, stole the spotlight once again. Infused with sabja seeds and the perfect balance of sweetness, it provided a cooling and invigorating sensation that never fails to please my taste buds. Ever since I first tasted it a few years ago, Nannari Sharbath has become my go-to drink for its unique and irresistible flavor.

Delectable desserts and soothing drinks at Ragi
Delectable desserts and soothing drinks

For desserts, we had the pleasure of savoring two seasonal delicacies: Mango Cream and Mulberry Rabdi Cream. The Mango Cream was a true delight for mango enthusiasts, as it showcased the essence of fresh mangoes in every spoonful. Mulberry Rabdi Cream, stood out as one of the best desserts I’ve had in recent times. The highlight was the delectable crust that added a delightful crunch and texture to the creamy indulgence. The combination of rich mulberry flavors and the creamy rabdi was a match made in dessert heaven. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend giving it a try.

Rejoice Rayalaseema Flavors at Ragi – The Kitchen

Dining at Ragi- The Kitchen and immersing myself in the flavors of Rayalaseema cuisine was a wonderful experience. From the moment I savored the delectable starters, including the remarkable Avisala Paneer Vepudu, to indulging in the heavenly Mulberry Cream for dessert, every dish left a lasting impression.

The cozy and comforting ambiance of the place enhanced the overall dining experience, making it a recommended destination for all food enthusiasts, whether vegetarians or meat-eaters. No matter your preferences, Ragi- The Kitchen promises an exceptional gastronomic journey that celebrates the rich heritage and delectable flavors of Rayalaseema cuisine.

A big shout out to Shiva, Sai Krishan, Veera, and Chef Narasimhulu for the wonderful dining experience. That’s about it for this blog post, let me know your thoughts in the comments below, tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj, DM on Instagram, or Get In Touch.

About Atulmaharaj

A seasoned blogger and a content marketer for close to a decade now. I write about Food, Technology, Lifestyle, Travel, and Finance related posts. Blogging brings me joy and the best part is I get to read and e-meet so many amazing bloggers! PS: I'm also the founder for Socialmaharaj.com :) Favorite Quote: "Traveling is like reading a book, one who hasn't traveled, hasn't turned a page.

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