Scrumptious South Indian Delights You Don’t Want To Miss

Scrumptious South Indian Delights You Don’t Want To Miss
Rawa Idlis are staple Kannadiga breakfast, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Savour authentic South Indian delicacies at these darshinis in Namma Bengaluru at pocket friendly prices

Roshni Subramanian
August 12 , 2019
10 Min Read

They say “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. In the midst of Bengaluru’s hectic hours, a Bengalurian can hardly spare the time to breathe. A king sized breakfast is the last thing on their minds. But who wants a royal breakfast when you can have lip smacking khara bath and benne dosa at dirt cheap prices.

The long queue at Veena Stores or the chaos in CTR might make you think twice, but a plateful of kesari bath is all it takes to make it up for all the trouble one might have taken to get there. No matter what happens, Bengaluru can never fall short of darshinis. The whole concept of darshini itself is something quite unique to the city of Bengaluru. They offer cheap, affordable and traditional tiffin with zero extravagance. Darshinis were initially started as a ‘pay first’ and ‘self service’ concept but have over time evolved into a more customer friendly setting.  Here’s a list of darshinis that you should head to when in Bengaluru.



Sri Sagar CTR(Central Tiffin Room), Malleshwaram

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The saying “what’s in a name” was most definitely coined for CTR. Often referred to by both names – Sri Sagar and CTR , this place is an institution in itself. The endless queue of people waiting for a table might make you a little anxious. But a tad bit of patience pays off really well in this case. Talk about century old joints and this place pops up for sure. CTR has been in business since 1920. The management might have changed hands from time to time but the taste hasn’t. A plate of benne masala dosai and filter coffee is a staple order for most loyalists here. CTR over the years has struck the right balance between taste, hygiene and affordability.

Must Have – Benne Masala Dosai, Kesari Bath, Filter Coffee


MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room), Lal Bagh Road

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 The birthplace of rava idlis, MTR was started in 1924 by the name of Brahmin Coffee Club by the Maiya brothers. It is today known to be a pioneer in the readymade food industry. What started off as a survival technique during the emergency in ’75 has paved its way into the hearts of the townies. But much before being a game changer in the instant foods sector MTR had managed to establish itself as the go to place for comfort food. MTR till date thrives on its integrity and the loyalty of the customers with a footfall of almost 1500 customers every day.

Must Have - Rawa Idli, Badam Halwa


Veena Stores, Malleshwaram

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A satiating meal when you are completely broke seems like a farfetched dream. Well, Veena Stores has got your back during ‘that time of the month’. When in Malleshwaram, it’s almost impossible to miss Veena Stores. At least the mob that throngs this small joint regularly will ensure that you don’t. A frequent hang out spot for not just the Tambrahm community that dominates Malleshwaram, Veena Stores is frequented by the tourist and localites alike. Patrons of Veena Stores swear by the tangy puliyogare, lip smacking khara bath and the unlimited coconut chutney. A crowd favourite here is the vadai and idlis that are well, for a lack of a better term as soft as a baby’s posterior. And this coming from someone who detests idlis whole heartedly is quite something.

Must Have – Idli Vadai, Bisibelle Bath, Savige Bath


Vidyarthi Bhawan, Basavanagudi

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Vidyarthi Bhawan as the name suggests was started off as a joint primarily for students but the fan base has expanded over the years.  The management of Vidyarthi Bhawan was handed over to Ramakrishna Adiga by the Ural Family in 1970’s. This diner has played host to some of the most renowned names in the kannada literary world like BR Lakshamana Rao, Gopal Krishna Adiga , P Lankesh, MN Vyasa Rao to name a few. There were even speculations that actor Rajnikanth was a frequent visitor to this establishment. Their signature dish, thick dosai served with coconut chutney has brought thousands of guests to its doors craving for more.

Must Have – Rava Vada, Maddur Vada,


Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Basavangudi

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Craving a typical davara – tumbler experience? Well, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar is just the place you’re looking for. Steaming hot breakfast at 6AM and a meal within 100 bucks is what makes this joint so beloved amongst the masses. With a 54 year old history, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar has been serving authentic filter coffee to customers who have seen the city transition from Bangalore to Bengaluru. Brahmin’s Coffee Bar is one of those rare joints that don’t serve sambar on the side but the heavenly chutney more than makes up for it. After the demise of the owner Radhakrishna Adiga, the reigns of the business were handed over to his son Narasimha Rao. If not for anything, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar is worth a visit for the nostalgia that it arouses.

Must Have – Khara Bath, Filter Coffee

New Modern Hotel, Basavangudi

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New Modern Hotel’s tagline “Home Away From Home” couldn’t have been more apt. More commonly known as NMH, this place has been standing tall since 1959. Their legendary dosais are to die for and the peculiar vada soup will instantly grab your attention. It’s the old world charm of this place that is etched into the minds of the customers here. A frequent hangout spot for many generations, one shouldn’t be surprised that this place enjoys an iconic status today.

Must Have – Poori Sagu, Set Dosai, Vada soup

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