On one of the amazing days in Delhi, we were out to try some flavorsome, some south Indian food! One reason is totally obvious! The Incredible Indian food- the spices, flavors, and textures of each dish is special and mouthwatering! Spending a couple of days traveling through the city trying all the amazing flavors is a must!
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Saravana Bhavan Hotel
We headed towards an amazing place. One of the best south Indian restaurants in North Delhi is Saravana Bhavan. It is actually one of the largest food chains in India. The main branch of this restaurant is in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Apart from having 33 outlets in India, there are 47 more across the globe. The outlets are still expanding in numbers. They are making sure that any South Indian food lover from any part of the world, satisfies their food craving from the hotel in their city.
Saravana Bhavan is famous for its world-class Dosa and filter coffee. If you encounter a Saravana Bhavan hotel nearby, don’t miss out on these. We did the same and had the best experience ever!
What is dosa and how does a dosa taste?
Dosa is one of the most popular south Indian breakfast. Every south Indian has Dosas at least once or twice in a week for sure. There are different types of dosas but the most widely prepared one is made of fermented rice flour. It is either made crispy or a little thick and usually round in shape. Dosa is then folded in a desirable shape. It is totally healthy as it is low in calories making it best for breakfast and sometimes dinner too. Stuffed dosas are loaded with various ingredients but the most common ones being potatoes and onions. It is usually served with a chutney which is a blend of ingredients and spices. The most popular chutney is made with coconut and best suits the Dosa.
How foreigners react to Dosa?
As we walk into Saravana Bhavan, we could get the delicious aura of South Indian food. We were suggested to order Dosa as it was best there. Dosa is just not Dosa here! There are so many different types of Dosas and we were very confused about what to order. After a while, we settled on Ghee Kara Dosa and Ghee Paneer Dosa.
Ghee Kara Dosa is basically Dosa with stuffed potatoes and spices with a large amount of Ghee. Ghee Paneer Dosa has the filled of cottage cheese in it and is flavourful. Ghee usually is healthy fat and also improves digestion. A lot of Indian foods contain Ghee in their dishes to enhance their taste. In Saravana Bhavan Dosa is served with three chutneys- coconut, onion and greens chutney. Sambar is also given along with it. Sambar is basically a popular south Indian lentil dish that is rich in protein. It is best suited for Dosa, Idly or cooked rice.
Tah and I enjoyed it to the fullest. The crispy dosas were some of the best Indian food we had. Every chutney was equally tasty and not to miss the Sambar. It has a rich herb flavor and was so filling!
South Indian Filter coffee
If you are in India and you don’t try filter coffee, then it’s a total no-no. The unique taste of coffee cannot be described in words. A strong decoction is prepared well in advance with the best flavor of the coffee. Milk is then boiled and added to the decoction. It is usually not thick milk but has a really smooth texture. Filter coffee is served in a special vessel set called ‘Dabara Set’ in Tamil Nadu, India. It is basically a metal tumbler and a cup. You add sugar to the cup and mix it well by pouring in each of the vessels two to three times. This way, the sugar mixes well and you also get such a good, frothy filter coffee. Sip your coffee as you bite that delicious piece of dosa.
Top 5 South Indian dishes you should try
Apart from Dosas, there is n number of south Indian dishes that will tingle your happy mood and fill not only your tummy but also your heart. Here are some of the best ones.
- Idly – Similar to dosa, Idly is also made with the same rice flour batter but a little thick in consistency. It is a steamed rice cake kind of dish. The side dishes are similar to that of Dosa. It is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world.
- Vada- There are different kinds of Vadas all over India. But the most popular south Indian vadas are Medu vada and Masala Vada. Both are made of different kinds of lentils and are deeply fried. Though a little oily, it is too tasty to resist!
- Biriyani- How can you miss out the world-famous Hyderabadi Biriyani. Loaded with spices, long rice, and meat, it is one of the favorites for non-veg lovers!
- Pongal- Pongal is again a rice dish. It has a combination of rice and lentils with ghee and pepper. It is one of the most filling breakfasts you will ever find.
- Curd Rice- This is something you will definitely encounter in every south Indian restaurant or household. Freshly prepared curd (Yogurt) is mixed with cooked rice and eaten at the end of a meal, usually for lunch. It is best had with pickles as a side dish.
South Indian food is usually said to be spicy. But, not all dishes fall under this category. It is just a myth. Yes, the food is loaded with spices as ingredients but the dish as a whole isn’t always spicy. Next time, you are visiting India, grab that hot filter coffee and crispy Dosa for sure! I hope you have a tempting and tooth-some experience to share! Do let us know your favorite south Indian dish in the comments below.