Feasting on dosas
Dosas made of exotic batter and with delightful fillings. That's the Dosa + festival for you
VARIETY, THY name is dosa. This South Indian delicacy has never failed to enthuse chefs. They keep experimenting with it, and it usually never lets them down. Whoever thought there would come a day when a dosa would have a filling as exotic as white chocolate flakes?
At the "Dosa + festival" currently on at Pavilion, the 24-hr coffee shop of The Residency, you can choose from a range of dosas, some traditional and some fusion, as accompaniment for your dinner.
Sixteen varieties are on offer every day, till October 3. The concluding day being a Sunday, you can feast on dosas for lunch too.
The chefs plan to keep changing the special dosas on offer, so that regular diners will find something new every day.
For the review, we first start off with Vegetable Omelette dosa. Made of moong dal, it has nothing to do with an egg, except for its name. The Ragi Keerai adai is not for those who love spice. Its mild flavour will linger for long after you've tucked into the last morsel. It goes well with tomato puli chutney, paruppu and coriander chutneys.
This time, the number of accompaniments has gone up too. Besides the customary coconut chutney, the restaurant offers tomato-onion, beetroot, carrot, paruppu, coriander, curry leaf and greens chutneys and a finger lickin' fruit chutney. There are also two varieties of sambar to choose from - the regular paruppu sambar and the Chettinad variety.
The Alagar dosa (a Madurai speciality) tastes more like an adai thanks to the addition of jeera and black pepper. If you love the flavour of cream, try out the soft, cream dosa. Mushroom masala dosa is also on offer, but it is a little heavy on spice.
Savour every bit of the cucumber dosa. It is not shocking green like cucumber dosas are wont to look, but the flavour is great. The paneer tikka dosa was good, with the filling retaining just a hint of smoky aroma, a reminder of the time it spent in the tandoor.
In the non-vegetarian section, try out the chicken tikka dosa.
It is spicy, but the masala-flavoured tikka and the crispy dosa made for a great combination.
The mutton pepper fry dosa (dosa stuffed with mutton) is heavy on spice. So, tear off smaller bits, you'll enjoy it that much more.
The Kheema dosa (dosa filled with kheema masala, Chettinad style) is good and will leave you asking for more.
To round off in sin, tuck into ice-cream dosa and Chocolate Praline dosa.
The ice-cream dosa is as good as it always is.
The only flip side is that you can't savour each bite; you've to gobble it up before the ice cream fully melts.
The Chocolate praline dosa is a new addition and is simply divine.
Imagine a piping hot, crispy dosa with melting flakes of white chocolate and crunchy praline inside.
If that is not enough, think of a drizzle of honey and hot chocolate on the outside.
You definitely can't stop with one. For reservations, call: 2201234.
SUBHA J RAO &
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