Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Dosa with a twist

- By Deepa Krishnan

These days, even regular middle class food in this city has become a global adventure. 

Arya Bhavan is a tiny Udupi restaurant in Matunga, and I recently had this scrumptious dish there:
Chinese Spring Dosa with Coconut Chutney, Tomato Chutney, Sambar and Cheese
What a mad medley of multiple cuisines!! Inside the dosa, the stuffing is Chinese-inspired, with pan-tossed cabbage, sprouts, spring onions and what not. The dosa and sambar are South Indian, so is the coconut chutney, but the tomatoes in the red chutney (and the chillies) are South American. Cheese of course is a truly global thing, and no one really knows where it originated - perhaps the Middle East, or Europe or Central Asia. 

Now put all these together, serve it beautifully on a banana leaf and what do you get? A divine, spicy, tangy, tasty combination that leaves you quite astounded. At a price that even the aam aadmi can afford.

No wonder the Udupis are thriving!! Wah re Mumbai meri jaan!

2 comments:

Mahesh Vijapurkar said...

Udpi restaurants are a national treasure even if they 'twist' the recipes. Sadly, new areas are bereft of them because real estate prices make them unaffordable as a business proposition.

BombayJules said...

OOOh that looks delicious. I went to Matunga for the first time recently and was really impressed by the little eateries there...will definitely have to try this one out!

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