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Go for `dosa'

The Great Dosa Festival at Checkers provides interesting options of a variety of dosas.



COMPLETE PICTURE: The dosa with all its accompaniments.

FROM AN anytime snack of crisp paper thin wafers to a filling meal with wholesome stuffing, and served with chutneys and a dollop of butter, the dosa has made a place in the heart of connoisseurs of food in spite of the current pizza, French fries and burger fast food culture. Thus you have the plain dosa, masala dosa, vegetable dosa and the exotic mushroom dosa with innumerable takers cutting across age groups.

And to get a taste of some more variants, about 30 to be precise, be there at Checkers for the ongoing Great Checkers Dosa Festival where Chef Venkatachalam and his team have lined up a lip-smacking dosa fare. "The festival is organised to encourage dosa and present a variety to the connoisseurs," says Shiv Shanker, manager Checkers.

Some of the popular dosas at the festival are "the Mysore dosa, Paneer dosa, the four-feet Family dosa and the Paneer tikka dosa stuffed with paneer tikka taken straight out of the tandoor," he adds.



SNACK IT UP: The girls are enjoying the family dosa.

The dosa platter at the fest has a mixed fare catering to different taste buds, from a spicy Avakkai dosa, a non-spicy Dry fruit rava dosa with almonds, cashews and cherries for toppings to a Honey dosa for the sweet tooth as also the Mango and Pineapple dosas. The Paneer tikka dosa is high calorie fare but you can go in for the oil-free Steam dosa if you are cutting down calories. For the leafy variants, check out the Palak (spinach), Pudina (mint), Coriander and Karivepaku (curry leaves) podi dosa.

Each dosa, sprinkled with grated coconut and curry powder, is served with fresh coconut, ginger and mint chutneys along with a delicious sambhar, and the end product is simply scrumptious, for the food aficionado.

The prices are pocket friendly. For instance, a Plain dosa is priced at Rs. 20 and the Paneer tikka dosa on the higher end, at Rs. 45. Plus you get a free 200 ml of Coca Cola free with each order. The festival is on Mondays to Fridays (4 p.m. - 11 p.m.) and Saturdays and Sundays (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) and the best time to grab a chair in the restaurant is between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Check out a few of the appetising dosas before the festival closes on May 4. Checkers is situated on Street No.7, opposite Minerva Coffee Shop, Himayatnagar, Tel: 55822666. Bon Appetit.

SYEDA FARIDA

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