Ali Baba in Frazer Town: Cuisine of the Navayathi Community of Bhatkal

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Ever since Rajesh Pai of Kanua told me about Ali Baba in Frazer Town, I have been meaning to go. I’ve sent several people there on the strength of his recommendation alone.

From the name, you’d think it was yet another of those hummus-pita-fatoush-shawarma type places that have mushroomed all over Bangalore East. Much like the cave in the eponymous story, though, Ali Baba conceals a precious treasure: it serves the cuisine of the little-known Navayath community of Bhatkal, on the Konkan coast. Keep reading…

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