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Malgudi Fine Indian Cuisine Review

Indian food. Sigh who doesn't like Indian food? I mean, maybe not everyone but as a Malaysian, I think that we've grown enough with Indian foods all around us that the probability of not liking their cuisine is pretty low. Regardless of race, everyone loves a good teh tarik time at Mamak or even a scrumptious hand feed banana leaf meal. Don't even get me started with the huge variety of naan, paratha, and etc. The choices are endless and honestly, I can't imagine the world without them.

And that is why these past few days have been really hard. LOL

I realised that I've been gaining so much weight last year so about a week ago, I've decided to start dieting again. I'll talk about that in another post but the reason why I'm writing this right now (it's 12.35am right now FYI), is that I am currently craving for a good Indian meal and I know it's an impossible dream right now. I need to stay focused on the diet! HAHAHA. This leaves me with just a few plausible choice to counter this intense hunger (and there is no way I'm breaking my diet plan in less than a week). Wanting to practice thinking out of the box, I thought why not just write about my last Indian food-venture last January. Maybe reminiscing would do something good to satiate my cravings (although I have a feeling this will backfire later).

It was a beautiful Saturday when my Althea colleagues and I visited Malgudi, a Fine Indian Cuisine Restaurant located in Section 16, Petaling Jaya. We are all such a huge Indian foods lovers, so we were already very excited to try some proper Indian cuisine for the first time! Malgudi is owned by an acquaintance of Tammy and after going through some rebranding, they wanted us to give some feedback and insights on the menu. Of course, it was such an honour for foodies like us so we gladly agree to the invitation! I really put a high hope on it especially when I learned that their chefs come all the way from India. Finally, I can try something really authentic and compare the taste to what we have here! With a huge variety of menu including Southern and Northern Indian meals (and there are menus for vegetarian too), I had such a pleasant time trying different foods. Without further ado, lets check them all out;

1. Bread and Rice Varieties

For our main, we were served with both bread and rice varieties available there. For Briyani rice, there are several options ready for order including; chicken, mutton, prawn, mushroom, paneer (a type of cheese), egg, veggies or plain. Our table had the Chicken Briyani (RM16) and Mutton Briyani (RM19) type. Alternatively, you can also opt for just a plain white rice to be eaten with other side dishes available to order. Personally, I usually love mutton more but for this two, I can't really decide as the chicken one was good too.

As for the doughy type; we managed to try a few different type of Naans (plain, butter, garlic, and cheese), Tandoori Roti and also a popular Northern Indian dish called Masala Kulcha which is a soft type naan that tasted wonderful when you pair it up with a masala dish. The Naans were so good that we ended up ordering more of them afterwards. My usual favourite is garlic and cheese; because it's so crispy, it tasted good enough for me to savour it plain without dipping into any sides. If you still need a dipping sauce, you can always have them with the curries which I think is a marvellous choice too.

2. Starters & Rasam

For starters, we had a nice and crunchy Kanava 65 (RM14) which is a deep fried pepper squid. It's really crispy and yummy to munch on. Perfect when paired up with the rice. It comes in a pretty nice portion too. Gahh~ how I wish I can munch on this right now!

Available Starters:
Paneer 65 / Mushroom 65 / Chicken 65 / Gobi 65 / Pavakai Chips / Baby Corn / Kanava 65 / Chips Combo / Salad

My family is a big fan of Rasam so my mum always makes it at home, but it was the first time for me to try the Nandu Rasam (RM7) with crab in it. Honestly, I didn't even know that there are many types of rasam in Indian cuisine. It's such a great thing to know something new, especially when it tasted great too!

Available Soup:
Murungaka Rasam / Nandu Rasam / Chicken Rasam / Mutton Bone Soup

3. Tandoor & Egg

We also had the Tandoori Chicken (RM 14) and an egg dish called the Egg Podimas (RM7). I just love love love the mint sauce that comes with the chicken. It's such an amaze-balls! I keep on dipping my Naan bread and the chicken into the sauce, I think I might have had eaten them all by myself! LOL. The girls are so nice to give most of it to me. Hihihi. Meanwhile, I think that the Egg Podimas taste nicest when it's being paired up with a plain white rice. This Indian version of  scrambled fried egg is made with egg (obviously), onions, chilis and turmeric.

Available Tandoor & Egg Menu:
Fish Tikka / Tandoori Chicken / Chicken Tikka / Tangri Kebab / Malai Kebab / Small or Large Tandoori Platter / Veg Thali /Egg Podimas / Egg Curry

4. Vegetarian

Wanting to try something new, we also ordered a dish called the Vegetarian Manchurian (RM11). It's made of deep fried mixed vegetable dumpling in a spicy gravy. I find this an interesting taste and ended up actually liking it! It's very soft and at the same time a little savoury as well. We were also served with a dish called the Bhindi Masala (RM9) which I also ended up loving.

Available Vegetarian Menu: 
Bhindi Masala / Potato Varuval / Mushroom Masala / Aloo Gobi Masala / Paneer Butter Masala / Mix. Veg Porial / Palak Paneer / Green Peas Masala / Karthirikai Varuval / Chilli Paneer / Veg. Manchurian.

5. Others

Now, this is something we all know. You can't go wrong with a good ol' fried chicken! This Lollypop Chicken (RM14) is so yummy and addicting I wish I can keep eating it forever. With a crispy outside and juicy inside, it's perfect to pair up with the Naan bread too!

Available Chicken: 
Chicken Varuval / Chettinad Chicken Masala / Lollypop Chicken / Chicken Roast / Kudai Chicken / Butter Chicken Masala / Chicken Kurma / Chicken Pepper Fry / Chicken Manchurian

Available Mutton: 
Mutton Baruval / Mutton Masala / Lamb Chop Masala / Mutton Rib Bone Curry / Mutton Roganjosh

Available Seafood: 
Vaval Meen Kulambu / Vanjarai Fish Curry / Fish Pepper Fry / Chettinad Meen Kulambu / Prawn Varuval


I find myself enjoying the meal so much that I can't seem to pin point any menu that I don't particularly like (that's a first in a long time!). That's how big of Indian food fan I am! If I am to pick my favourite dish out of all, I would say the Naan. I just love how crispy (yet so soft) they are. Other than that, I think the Bhindi Masala was really nice too. The ambience of the restaurant and the service are just first class and I love how clean the premise is. The prices of the menu are also affordable. I have a feeling that I might come back for a second round!

Malgudi Classic Indian Cuisine17,
Lorong Universiti C, Section 16,
46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Business Hours:
Lunch: 12.00PM – 3:30PM
Dinner: 6.00 – 10:30PM
Closed on Tuesdays
Phone: +60 3-7931 2556

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ


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