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Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. And Dosa, a thin pancake made from black lentils and rice that originate from this state. Dosas have been around for many, many years and are a very popular dish in south India. Many people eat dosa for breakfast or dinner. It is a simple, yet filling and satisfying meal, especially when served with sambhar or chutney.

There are many different types of dosa that you can choose from. A masala dosa, which is a plain dosa, filled with a delicious combination of lightly cooked potatoes, tossed with fried onions and spices. Or a rava dosa, that is made with semolina, which gives it a nice crispy tasty. An oothappum, which originated from the dosa, but is slightly thicker, contains ingredients such as tomatoes or an onion and chilli mix, which are cooked into the batter. A ghee roast, which is a popular quick snack in India that consists of a plain dosa with butter. You can also have dosas with many different toppings and fillings, such as onions, or chillies, or paneer, which is a type of Indian cheese. If you’re going with family or a group of friends, there is a 6 foot dosa that was made to be shared and Chennai Dosa have won an award for it being the largest dosa in Europe.

The 6 Foot Dosa

The 6 Foot Dosa

Apart from dosas, Chennai Dosa also offers a wide range of south Indian dishes, including idli, parotta and fried rice. And popular starters such as, samosa; methu vadai, which is a savoury snack in a doughnut shape, and gobi 65, which is fried cauliflower. Chennai Dosa has been awarded best Idli and Dosa seller in the United Kingdom. And in less than seven years of opening its first store, seven other branches have opened, with one more opening this month. Two of their branches are pure vegetarian.

My Rating: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ Very popular destination with good traditional Indian food at reasonable prices.

My Recommendation:

Starter: Methu Vada

Main: Masala Dosa

Dessert: Gulab Jamun

Average Price: £5 per person.

My Tip: Book a table, as it gets very busy in the evenings and weekends!

Visit http://www.chennaidosa.com/ to find your nearest branch.

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Saravana Bhavan – The Legacy

A vegetarian chain store that has been around for nearly 30 years and has now spread to every corner of the globe. Most Indian restaurants only serve the food that is from their part of India, as Indian cuisine is very diverse, every state has its own specialities.

However, in Saravana Bhavan, they bring different types of food from all over India under one roof. With such a wide variety of options in their menu, from South Indian and North Indian cuisine to Chinese, as well as sweets and savouries you won’t be left short of choice.

If you want to experience real Indian food, then the best option to go for is the thali. The thali is a meal that has a selection of different portions of food which are served in small bowls on a big plate. It is a very popular meal choice all over India and is quickly becoming the craze in many Indian restaurants worldwide. Examples of the type of food a thali would contain are rice, dhal, chapatti, vegetables, papadums and sweets.

South Indian Thali

Apart from thali’s, you can also get other traditional food, such as a dosa, which is similar to a pancake but thinner, made from rice and black lentils. Another popular dish is idli, also made from black lentils and rice, however in a complete different form – as a circular savoury cake. Both idli and dosa are south Indian dishes and are served with sambhar or chutney. Sambhar is like a vegetable stew made from toor dhal and chutney is a pasty sauce which comes in many different ‘flavours’.

North Indian dishes that are available at Saravana Bhavan include breads such as naan, parota, chapatti, and a variety of curries to go along with the breads including paneer, chaana, and potato.

Saravana Bhavan has a busy, family atmosphere, however you will never be waiting too long for your food. It is a must try, with their traditional yet modern themes and styling, they have got the correct blend for an Indian restaurant in London.

My Rating: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ With the prices being very reasonable for the extremely good and rich taste and quality, do not miss out on this hidden treasure.

My Recommendation:

Starters: Chilly Paneer

Main: South Indian Thali

Drink: Mango Lassi

Average Price: £10 per person, possibly even less! Very reasonable prices for very good, quality food.

My Tip: It can get busy in the evenings, so to avoid waiting for a table, get there as early as possible.

Both branches are located very near to each of their underground tube stations (East Ham on the District and Hammersmith & City lines and Rayners Lane on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines).

East Ham – 300 High Street North, Manor Park, London, E12 6SA or Telephone: 0208 552 4677

Rayners Lane – 403 Alexandra Avenue, Rayners Lane, Harrow, HA2 9SG or Telephone: 0208 869 9966

Visit their website for more information http://www.saravanabhavan.co.uk/