• Kaitlyn Chatwood

New Street Food Menu from Nilgiri Spice

South Indian Cuisine Edinburgh
Nilgiri Spice's Dosa dishes

Located a stone's throw away from the Meadows, it's easy to miss Nilgiri Spice nestled in amongst the hustle and bustle of Tollcross authentic Indian restaurant is set to launch a new Street Food Menu on 7th June and it looks incredible.

What makes this place unique is that they serve authentic dishes from southern India, with its own unique spice palette. The restaurant imports spices from Nilgiri, India - where most of the spices originate in the hills - to bring that local, tantalising taste to Edinburgh. Many people from the Southern part of India are foodies of a different level and as well as delivering tasty dishes, there are some health benefits too. The restaurant uses natural oils in their cooking without any excess and instead of using a one or two base gravy system, they always cook everything from scratch. So, every day, you can be assured that what you are eating is quality ingredients freshly cooked to create an excellent, unique dish.

While there are a few classic dishes such as Tikka Masala, there is a wider variety of different things to try, not found anywhere else in Edinburgh. This includes their favourite dishes such as Dosas (a type of crepe made from lentils and rice) and Bhindi Bhaji Masala (okra cooked with grated coconut). Nilgiri Spice also has a delicious seafood menu with offerings of Meen Moilee and Goan Fish Curry. Their signature dish is the Lamb Nilgiri that feature 21 different spices from Nilgiri hills.

Okra Curry at Nilgiri Spice
Bhindi Bhaji Masala

Their new Street Food menu is stunning.

Wonderfully marinated overnight is the Houseboat Chicken Curry, or you can try the Mumbai Vada Pau (vegetarian) which consists of deep fried potato dumplings, or possibly a Ghee Roast Dosa which is a perfect simple snack. There are eight roadside starters and four main curry dishes, with another four types of Dosa so there is a plethora of dishes to choose from.

The chef’s favourite on this new Street Food menu is the Nilgiri’s Naan Chicken Liver Roll. Served with cheese and a green salad on a plain naan, this is a delicious lunch snack and is not served anywhere else in Edinburgh, so this is a special opportunity to try something new.

The restaurant opened in 2018 in order to bring the Southern taste of India to Edinburgh. It was opened by Manoj Kalappurackal, a restauranteur, and their current Head Chef Ajikumar, who has more than 25 years of experience in various Indian cuisines including trie Indian street food.

The best bit of this new menu? Everything (apart from the Railway Station Lamb Curry at £6.75) is under £6. It is a perfect price for such a tantalising menu and they chose to do this in order to open their doors to younger customers. Manoj Kalappurackal said ‘…we always wanted to create an ideal menu that can go along with our à la carte menu for those who want to taste what we offer at an affordable price. Street food style food that we offer will cater mainly [to] the young customers, we believe.’ With Edinburgh having several universities and colleges with an ever-growing number of students, this a deal which many won’t want to miss.

If you fancy a wonderful, authentic Indian, or want to try new dishes, Nilgiri Spice is the best place to go. Be sure to go on June 7th when they launch this amazing new menu!

Nilgiri Spice, 14-14a Brougham Street, Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH

Telephone: 0131 229 5578 Website: https://nilgirispice.co.uk/

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