Unique must-try budget bites in Kochi

No more instant noodles

author_img Jane Esther Thomas and Rebin Mathew Published :  04th May 2018 05:00 PM   |   Published :   |  04th May 2018 05:00 PM

Beef & Banana Fritters| Pic: Friday Mania

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. The tail-end of the month, where you’ve burned a hole in your wallet by splurging on: best-selling books that end up gathering dust on a shelf, that ‘little black dress’ for a special occasion that never comes around, and gold-class movie tickets plus popcorn for a film that you slept through. 

Upon feeling the crunch, you eventually do what every millennial does and turn to cheap eats like instant noodles for sustenance. At Indulge, we understand that having a strict allowance for food can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience, especially for youngsters who don’t know how to cook yet. Thankfully, Kochi does boast of a variety of outlets that prove eating on a budget doesn't have to be boring.

Hidden gem
Located behind the Reserve Bank office in Kaloor, Marhaba Kitchen is a lesser-known eatery amongst most foodies in the city. But, if you walk in during lunch time you’d have to wait in line for to sample their incredibly-filling and flavourful chicken biryani. 
`60 (half-plate)

Tea time
Looking for a quick bite to pair with your piping hot cup of chai? Head to this hole-in-the-wall called Sri Muruga Cafe at Mini Bypass Junction, Thrippunithura. While you’re there, don’t forget to dip crispy banana fritters into their spicy beef roast. `70-`120

Puttu magic
Situated right on the banks of Vembanad lake this Kumbalam-based outlet is quickly gaining a cult following amongst late-night diners. Shibu’s Puttu Kada—which is open from 9 pm to 3 am—is best known for its mind-blowing combination of steamed rice cake (puttu) and beef roast. Not into puttu? Well, their tapioca and fish curry doesn’t disappoint either. `100

Urban tadka
Feast like a Sardar, at Pallimukku’s Punjabi Dhabha. Try out their mouth-watering thali which is comprised of three chappatis (each with a healthy dollop of ghee on it), white rice, two curries (changes daily), pickle and pappad. `110

If you’re thinking eating cheap means compromising on dietary restrictions, think again. For those planning to eat healthily, there’s always NM Idli Kada and its wide range of fluffy rice cakes. We recommend sampling the pepper idli variant. `60