Where to have the best shaap food in Mahe?

Shaap food
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Freshly tapped toddy with delicious tapioca and fish curry is an iconic combination that is mandatorily served in every shaap in Kerala. Indulge in the quintessential pairing of freshly tapped toddy, delectable tapioca, and fish curry—an iconic combination celebrated across every shaap in Kerala. A visit to a toddy shop transcends the enjoyment of toddy alone; it's an invitation to savour their mouthwatering offerings. Locally referred to as 'shaap curry,' these dishes boast a spicy kick and an abundance of flavours. The menu spans from flavourful fish curry and crispy fried fish to a diverse array of chicken, beef, and mutton creations, making it seemingly endless. Notably, toddy shops in Kerala rival even premium restaurants in delivering delightful and authentic culinary experiences. Nestled in Azhiyoor, Mahe, Monthal Shaap stands out for its reputation in serving delectable fish dishes alongside expertly roasted and fried meat items.

Visitors to Monthal Shaap are captivated by the picturesque countryside. Amidst the refreshing toddy and delightful food, patrons can relish the cool breeze flowing from the nearby river. People from various places flock here to experience the tantalizing fish items.

Paal kappa and crab roast
Paal kappa and crab roast. Photo: Shutterstock/Maya Pix and louisooi

Spicy curries featuring mackerel, stingray, prawns, and catfish are expertly paired with tapioca. These curries can be enjoyed with soft pathal, paal kappa, porotta, orotti, and puttu. For meat enthusiasts, the special mutton stew or chicken and beef roast are highly recommended. Popular items on the menu include fried prawns, roasted crab, quail curry, and clams. Additionally, fried sole fish, crab, chicken parts curry, liver roast, and fired anchovies are among the most sought-after choices.

While some toddy shops are criticized for exorbitant food prices, Monthal Toddy Shop offers reasonably priced options. Despite the weight-based pricing of larger fish, such as 450 gm of gourami fish sold for just Rs 300, the overall cost is budget-friendly. Other dishes are priced between Rs 100 and Rs 150. Unlike the typical fiery shaap curries, Monthal Shaap's dishes are moderately spicy, catering to families with children who often visit the toddy shop. The experience is enhanced by sipping on cold, sweet toddy while relishing the delicious food – a truly spectacular culinary journey.

Kerala fish curry.
Kerala fish curry. Photo: Onmanorama
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