Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Mulbagal is famous for magnificent temples, rock-climbing and delicious food (dosas, idlis and chaats). In-fact cooks from Mulbagal often find a place in the entourage of Karnataka’s ministers during their tours/campaigns.

Mulbagal or Mulabagilu translates to Eastern Door in Kannada. Historically Mulbagal was the easternmost gateway to the majestic Vijayanagara Empire and the previous state of Mysore.

Onion Dosa at Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Onion Dosa – I know it resembles a pizza 😛 – Tastes way better!!

Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre represents the epitome of  dosa-making in Mulbagal and is thronged by the locals for their daily-dose of breakfast and evening snacks.

Although the menu varies – staples include dosas (Masala, Plain and Onion), Idli (Thatte Idli, Regular Idli, Sabakki Idli), Rice bath (varies daily) and mini-vadas.

Masala Dosa at Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Masala Dosa in one of its supreme forms 🙂

Undoubtedly its the ‘Dosas’ that take the crown, try any of their dosas and you wont be disappointed. My personal favorites are Masala Dosa and Onion Dosa. The Idlis are good, but not as great as the dosas.

The dosas are cooked in a special vessel with a side-wall – making them with soft-at-the-centre and crispy at-the-ends.

special-cookery-for-the-mulbagal-dosa

Dosas with side-walls 😀

Useful Information:

  • Timings: Monday to Sunday (7:30 am to 11:30 am) and (5 pm to 8 pm)
  • Cash only, no cards are accepted
  • One of their specialty is ‘Sabakki (sabudana) Idli’ – which is prepared only on Sundays
  • Ample space to park motorcycles
  • They don’t serve coffee/tea and sambar
  • Location: Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre, Bazar Street (Next to Canara Bank ATM) Mulbagal Karnataka
Touring on a Yamaha YZF-R3 in India, Malur karnataka

Exploring Malur after a heavy breakfast !!

Indian Paratha Company Devanahalli

A standalone dedicated place serving only parathas is hard to come by on the highways in South India – Indian Paratha Company is the first.

Veg parathas + chai + a beautiful piece road leading to the place are good enough to entice the motorcyclists – so around 12 hungry motorcycling pals descended to this place – occasion being the last bachelor ride of a dear friend.

Based on what we tried, I recommend:

Mooli Paratha and Ginger Chai:

This was a real surprise, I am not a fan of Mooli parathas in South India (somehow it just doesn’t taste as good as they do up-north) – but the ones here were good and tasted much better than the popular aloo parathas.

The Sidekicks – Achar + green chutney were lip-smackingly delicious!! (no-wonder they are charged extra :P)

The Ginger tea is a perfect companion on a cold-morning ride 🙂

Mooli Paratha and Ginger-Tea at Indian Paratha Company, Devanahalli

Mooli Paratha & Ginger Tea – Must Try!!

Parathzza:

A base made of paratha-dough (akin to the pizza-base) and the stuffings laid-out on top (akin to pizza toppings) – voila, parathzza !!

Chettinad Parathzza at Indian Paratha Company near Nandi Hills

Chettinad Parathzza

Good to know:

  • Parking for cars/motorcycles is on the service-road, no dedicated parking
  • Eating outdoors is best enjoyed till 9 to 9:30 am and from 5 pm onwards (highly recommended to avoid other times of the day)
  • Food is on the expensive side ( An average of 70 to 100/plate of paratha – which is 4 slices)
  • Veg-food only
  • Milkshakes , inspite being on the menu werent available
  • Lots of space to sit, hang-out, relax and eat at your own pace (unlike some places where the next group of people are breathing down your neck to vacate the table)
  • Cards Accepted
  • Timings: 7 am to 11 pm all days (although I recommend to reach after 730 am )
Indian Paratha Company near Nandi Hills

Indian Paratha Company on AH43/NH7

Location:

This place is after the Bengaluru International Airport (on the highway –NH7/AH43) before the deviation to Nandi Hills

Google Maps Location

5 Breakfast Ride Getaways from Bangalore – 2nd Edition

The quest for more breakfast ride getaways continues…

Presenting the second-set of the 5 best South-Indian Breakfast Getaways from my beloved city.

1) Nani Hotel, Vijayapura

This place has been delighting the town of Vijayapura for over 50 years with yummy Dosas, Idlis and Rice bath.

  • Must Eat – Masala Dosa + Filter Coffee (ask them to make it strong – works like charm during this perfect weather)  🙂
  • Distance from Bangalore – 58kms
  • Highway – NH7 (after Bengaluru Airport)
  • Location – Google Maps Link
  • Timings – 7 am to 11 am
  • Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
  • The menu keeps changing (as and when they get over)
Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

2) Shashi Hotel, Nittur

A family-run place/house serving delicious food for about 100 years and the hospitality is unlike anything I have seen 🙂 There is no signboard, but ask anyone in Nittur town for Shashi’s hotel and they point you to his house.

  • Must Eat – Lemon garlic rice (the best I have had till date) + thatte idli + rava idli
  • Distance from Bangalore- 100kms (brilliant tarmac)
  • Highway – NH206 (Bangalore – Shimoga highway After Gubbi town)
  • Location –  Google Maps Link  (Landmark: KSRTC Bus Stand, Nittur and ask for Shashi’s hotel)
  • Timings- 7am to 12pm (open throughout the week)
  • Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
  • Highly Recommend to call Mr.Shashi on +919686100951
Thatte Idli with Nippat at Shashi Hotel Nittur, Karnataka

Thatte Idli with Nippat – works really well!!

3) Hotel Sri Satyanarayana, Someshwara after Agumbe

Brilliant roads (except the Agumbe ghat) + great food = An awesome combo 🙂

  • Must Eat – Avalakki with Curd + Neer dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore- 370kms
  • Highway – NH 48 + SH 57
  • Location:  Google Maps Link
  • Timings- 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Parking- yes lots of space in front of the hotel
  • Highly Recommended to stay-over, experience the sunrise at Agumbe and head to Hotel Satyanarayana for breakfast
Avalakki with Curd - Hotel Sri Satyanarayana, Someshwar, Agumbe Karnataka

Avalakki with Curd – Minimum 3 plates/person is required :d

4) Shark Dhaba, (between Solur and Kunigal)

Breakfast under the trees by day and a regular dhaba by night – they churn out yummy dosas and chutney on NH 48.

PS: I m still wondering why they had to name it ‘Shark Dhaba’ 😛

  • Must Eat – Thatte Idli and vada with generous servings of chutney + filter coffee (avoid the tea) + masala dosas
  • Distance from Bangalore- 50kms
  • Highway – NH48 (Bangalore-Mangalore highway)
  • Location – Google Maps Link 
  • Timings- 6 am to 11 am
  • Parking- lavish parking facility
Thatte Idli and Vada at Shark Dhabha after Solur, Karnataka ( NH48)

Thatte Idli and Vada at Shark Dhabha after Solur NH48

5) Annapoorna Hotel, Kollegal [This place has been closed – as on 19-Jul 2015 update from a friend 😦 ]

One of the best known hotels in Kollegal/Chamarajanagar sector – they serve delicious south-Indian breakfast and lunch.

  • Must Eat – chow chow bath
  • Distance from Bangalore- 140kms
  • Highway – NH 209
  • Location – Google Maps Link
  • Timings- 6 30 am to 5 pm
  • Parking- big and secure parking
Kesari & Khara Bath at Annapurna Hotel Kollegal, Chamarajnagar

Yin and Yang 😛

6) Hotel Prasanna Kaggalipura (Kanakpura Road)

This place was found during one of the cycling trips – the relaxed pace helps to notice places :d

  • Must Eat – thatte idly with sagoo + puri with sagoo
  • Distance from Bangalore- 35 kms
  • Highway – NH 209
  • Location – Near Kaggalipura lake bund (its on the main highway and is easy to spot due to town traffic)
  • Timings- 6 30 am to 11 am
  • Parking- maximum of 5 to 6 bikes can be parked upfront (bylanes can accomodate another couple )
Thatte Idly at Hotel Prasanna, Kagglipura

Thatte Idly with Sagoo – A Must Try

All the above places don’t accept cards – Cash only.