My better half told me about Dodda Mane (which means large house in Kannada) that was one of the location for the TV series of Malgudi Days based on the book by RK Narayan. Swamy and Malgudi Days was one of my favourite serials of my childhood and few will need reminders of this amazing wealth of stories. The fact that this place still exists thrilled me to no end. Dodda Mane is located in the Agumbe Forest state highway. Since we were already on a Karnataka drive and that it was in our way made it even more imperative to visit the place. Not that I would not have diverted and drove any distance if it wasn’t on the way.
The ancestral house is around 150 years old and has a rustic look and feel. With a rifle on the wall, this is classic at its most classic ! The family has konkani roots and serves the most delicious traditional veg food on a banana leaf. The family from the youngest to the oldest are involved in making and serving food. All this is executed by a firm hand of Ajji (grandmother) who always has a smile but iron control over her family. The fact that they do not charge money for the food or stay but leave it to the patrons to pay whatever they feel like makes this a very different and humble experience. They have been doing this for years together. The stay also is the same deal.
You need to call up in advance and book your spot (preferably 24 hrs before). The numbers are Kasturi Akka at 08181-233075 or her son in-law Ravikumar Pai at 9448603343. Google coordinates
It was a rainy day and the various umbrellas kept in the front provided some colors from the grey day that it was. Added to that the warm welcome to the company and you have already hit the sweet spot !
Here is the glimpse of the food. All of the components were beautifully balanced. There was this curry and chutney both made of hog plum and tamarind that was just brilliant. The sweet and tangy flavors blending beautifully. The raw mango chutney was another classic touch to the excellent meal. Sour and spicy exactly how I like it. The simple meal was served with love and affection and that shows in the quality of all the dishes that was brought to the leaf. A must try if you are going to Agumbe Forest
Linked to ABC Wednesday (R) with Reliving Childhood