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Your booking is successfully booked <br> One of our member will contact you within 24 hours of the confirmation.<br> Terms and conditions for larger groups during November and December may differ.<br> At busy times tables will be held for 15 minutes and then released.<br> We make every attempt to handle specific tables or requests.<br> Please Note: A contact telephone number is mandatory for reservations and we cannot confirm the reservation unless this has been supplied.<br> Please call Rasa <strong> 020 7249 0344. </strong>
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Rasa N16

Monday to Thursday 6:00pm to 10:45pm
Friday 6:00pm to 11:30pm
Saturday Lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm Dinner 6:00pm to 11:30pm
Sunday Lunch 12:00pm to 2:45pm Dinner 6:00pm to 10:45pm

Location
55 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 OAR
Tel: 0207 249 0344

Rasa W1

Monday to Saturday Lunch: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Monday to Saturday : Dinner: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday : 1 pm to 3 pm, Dinner 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location
6 Dering Street
London W1S 1AD
Tel: 020 7629 1346

“Once there was a time when the whole world was enamored of the fragrance of Kerala.”

The south west state of Kerala lies on the Malabar Coast of India, a beautiful tropical region made up almost entirely of inland waterways, coconut groves and spice plantations.

Kerala has traded its spices – cardamom, ginger, turmeric and black pepper – with Arab, Chinese and European merchants for thousands of years. As Sugatha Kumari, a Keralite poet and ecologist, said: “Once there was a time when the whole world was enamoured of the fragrance of Kerala”.

Because of the diversity of people coming into and setting in Kerala over the centuries, the region has an open attitude to visitors and a powerful mix of religions. Kerala was the first place in the world to freely elect a communist government (and vote it out several years later). It has India’s lowest birthrate and its highest literacy rate, and probably the highest concentration of poets.

Rasa means taste (but not only of food), and we want you to experience a taste of Kerala’s village traditions, along with some dishes from other southern Indian states. At Rasa, we will remind you of Kerala’s traditions: the elephant parade and boat festival, and of Onam, Kerala’s greatest festival, celebrated in September with music, dance, and, of course, food.

Culinary Tradition

In Kerala, your dishes are served on a huge fresh banana leaf, a disposable platter. Contact with your food is direct and tactile as you eat with your right hand, mixing wet into dry ingredients – a messy business for the uninitiated.

No meal is complete without a selection of pickles and chutneys to add piquancy (in Kerala, these are placed top left on the leaf), rice to fill you, a very liquid dal (spiced cooked lentils) to moisten dry dishes, some yoghurt to cool the more fiery curries, and a selection of crisp savories.

Not surprisingly, these dishes are often made from bananas, as Kerala has over 250 types, from bright green through every shade of yellow to clay pink.

To complete a feast, there may be bananas cooked in raw sugar syrup, scented with cardamom from Kerala’s cardamom hills in the east, or a sweet pudding with raisins and cashew nuts, since Kerala is the cashew capital of India.

Rasa Gurukul

Rasa Gurukul is a stunningly beautiful riverside retreat among the tranquil coconut and spice groves of Kerala. The institute imparts traditional methods of cooking, farming and gardening in an environment that allows students and visitors to rediscover the elements of a traditional lifestyle, and through them, to re-engineer their lifestyles into a happier, purer, fresher and sustainable continuation.

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