Saturday, March 28, 2009

Food Bits - A Dosa Love

As an Arkansan, my childhood exposure to ethic food was limited to the worst kind of steam table “Chinese” and faire from a Yankee-run establishment on the highway. Not much haute cuisine.

Likewise, my initial foray with Indian food came as a low-renter in England scarffing down the late night volcanic curry that seemed to be required weekend eating. English sure. Indian? Not so much.

It was not until my days in the Internet Boom that I was exposed to the flavors and thrills of South Indian cuisine (big thanks to Hitesh and the Blueshift crew).

This is where the Masala Dosa came into my life!

The ultimate comfort food, A Masala Dosa is a thin, crispy crepe served with a stuffing of potatoes, onions and spices. A little crunch, a little spicy tuck at the back of your tongue, and maybe a mango lassi to help wash it all down. Paradise.

Where to get one in Atlanta? There is great South Indian all over the city. Roll with the gourmets at Madras Saravana Bhavan or hit the lunchtime Dosa bar at my old Norcross haunt The Palace.

Me for, it all about what is now called Chopaati in Decatur. Although the new proprietors have dispensed with the Styrofoam so loved by their predecessors, it is still snack bar seating with excellent food at cheap-eat prices. I have a twelve year history with this place and consider it an oasis. Now with Bollywood movies playing at the back of the dining room!

Want to try some Indian food from your own kitchen? See what the ladies at Show Me the Curry can teach you.

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