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Dine on dosas

At Dosa's, one can be assured of fresh new ideas in the preparation of delectable dosas


MAKING DOSAS is an art, an oft-overlooked one that few can master. At Dosa's - the newly opened restaurant at G.S. Mall (beside Amrutha Mall) dosas are nearly just the thing - surprisingly light, a little sour and incredibly crispy.

Four cane tables in a spacious room brightly lit with fluorescent lights is what makes Dosa's, so don't come here for anything beyond the food.

This is fast food, South Indian style where nothing costs more than Rs. 30. Just one dosa can be quite filling, nevertheless make sure all the 20 varieties on the menu are tried before you deliver a verdict as to which is the best dosa. The restaurant promises fresh new ideas in dosas. It could be a cheese cake dosa, a paneer butter masala dosa, a pudina chutney dosa, or just a peas dosa - the taste is flavourful and may even seem like cash-strapped concepts that students in most college hostels are familiar with. An empty corridor painted in light yellow and lingerie-clad mannequins (thanks to a certain hosiery shop close by) leads one to the entrance of the restaurant. The nose is the first thing that alerts one on entry, with the tantalising aroma of freshly made dosas. And then begins a wait for a delectable taste from the kitchen.

The chef recommends Chatpata dosa and Dry fruit dosa for the adventurous. In fact, you may even need to convince the man behind the counter that you can consume a Chatpata dosa that comes with `double masala' by default.

Dosa's also serves idli and uttapams. Try out their cheese uttapams and paneer onion uttapam, which harmonises well with the pudina and alam chutney. Chutneys served here are something else, and have become a huge hit with only one week since the restaurant was opened. The light-green coconut chutney is just mind-altering and one could lick up a few bucketfuls in no time.

Combo meals/combo dosa give you value for money and can comfortably serve two-three mouths. "From next month onwards, we are planning to start Rice roti (roti made out of pounded rice) and include a few additional curries which are found nowhere in Hyderabad," says Moosa, the restaurant owner. Now that makes for another story to be told another time.

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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