Flaky and hot porotta soaked in the spicy and flavoursome beef gravy with a few chunks of perfectly cooked beef is a dream meal for any food lover in Kerala. This iconic combination has become one of the most favourite foods in the state that people go on long trips just to find out good eat outs or wayside eateries that serve delicious porotta and beef. Raja’s quaint eatery on the banks of the lake in Alappuzha has already earned a name as one of the best places to enjoy porotta and beef.
The unique flavour
Alappuzha is known for its beautiful backwaters, exciting houseboat rides and mouth-watering dishes. Hot beef curry gets boiled over the woodfire stove in Raja’s eatery always. The soft chunks of beef that have absorbed all the flavours of the delicious masala gravy just melt in your mouth. You could scoop a piece of beef and some gravy with a flaky porotta and experience how they excite your taste buds. Those who have experienced this unique taste are sure to return.
The quaint eatery on the lake's banks is over half a century old. The number of foodies who come to Alappuzha just to enjoy Raja’s porotta and beef has gone up. The kitchen in this eatery ‘wakes’ up at 3 am. The hotel closes only when the curry and the porotta get over. The hotel was originally opened for tourists who enjoy a houseboat ride on the lake. However, now, the hotel has become a symbol of the rich culinary culture of the district.
Even though idiyappam, puttu and banana fritters too are available, most people enjoy the classic combination of porotta and beef. Interestingly, a delicious and filling meal can be enjoyed at Raja’s eatery for an incredibly lower price. People start thronging his watery from 6 am onwards.
It is truly a splendid experience enjoying delicious porotta and beef with a glass of hot tea while watching the morning sun rays kissing the serene waves of the lake. Raja has a few assistants too to help him in the kitchen. The hotel is close to Kainat jetty in Alappuzha. The lines of vehicles of those who come to Raja’s eatery to enjoy porotta and beef can be seen on the sides of the road from the junction itself.