Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dosey-Dosas @ Saravanaas

A few weeks ago, Greeshma introduced me to the wonderful world of dosas.  Admittedly, I have a very limited knowledge of Indian food (I can count all my Indian food experiences on one hand), but as a fan of spicy seasoned food, it's something I can definitely get behind !

Greeshma had heard great things about Saravanaas, so Saravanaas was where we went.  We could smell the restaurant from the street as we exited our cab, and it smelled heavenly to our ravenous stomachs. 

I asked Greeshma to order everything, and unfortunately my camera died before everything was properly captured, but here's a sneak preview.  I am sure I will be back soon for some more dosa action. :- )

Mango lassi and Greeshma's hand.  Everyone
had a lassi at the table, so I had one too!  Thick with a lovely
mango flavor.  Awesome companion to my spicy entree.

Our starter: the idli vada - mini steamed rice patty and lentil doughnut served with a variety of chutneys and sauces.  I looooved the lentil soup and dunked everything I could into it.

Closeup of the lentil doughnut. 
Why is every kind of doughnut so delicious?

Greeshma and her monstrosity of a masala dosa.
After seeing this, I realize dosas are the best friend I never knew I had!
Mildly spiced potatoes were found waaaaay in the very center of this madness.  It was fun watching Greeshma attack it !

Dosas, as you can gather, are thin crepes made of rice and lentils and can have potatoes spread thin between the crepe or hidden in the center of a crepe funnel (like above).  I had the spicy dosa, which I would totally get again.  The potatoes were amazingly hot and spicy; utter love at first bite.

Han tip: Mega food baby alert for Saravanaas: the food is deceptively more filling than it appears.  Please wear elastic pants or babydoll dresses when you dine here.  You'll thank me later.

81 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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1 comment:

  1. holy mother!! that dosa is the BIGGEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN. hahhahaha i love it!!! wow. i cannot get over how huge that is.

    <3 metal plates at indian places. and the little grooves for different curries? so awesome. all plates should be metal and have little grooves.