Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Well Fed: Udupi Palace

On Mother's Day my parents, Indio and I ventured to Little India on Gerrard Street in Toronto. Since I didn't have the stroller with me, I strapped Indy on in the Ergo, which was great for maneuvering through the crowds and the small spaces in the stores. I hadn't used it in awhile and was quickly reminded why I loved it so much: at 26 lbs, Indio felt like a feather!

After a bit of sari shopping for me, we decided to stop to grab a bite at Udupi Palace, a South Indian restaurant whose specialty is dosa. Dosa is a crispy crepe made of rice and lentil flour and traditionally filled with masala potatoes. You can also have them filled with paneer [Indian cheese], onions, or nothing at all. Dosa is served with a vegetable soup called sambar, which is a bit sour for my liking, and a delicious coconut chutney, which I savour so that it will last until the very last bite!

We ordered a plain dosa, masala dosa and a paneer dosa. Surprisingly, all three arrived at the same time, which is sometimes not possible at a South Indian restaurant because there is only one griddle so dosas are made one at a time. They were all cooked to perfection: crispy and hot! And the coconut chutney was probably the best I've had. My only *complaint* would be the lack of attention from the 5 or so waiters standing around while our water glasses remained unfilled.

Lately, Indio has been insistent on feeding himself, which is great, except when the food in question is curry- or tomato-based, because I hate trying to get those stains out! I will admit that I hinder his independence if it means he might get to wear that shirt one more time, stain-free! However, at Udupi, I just let him be! [Ok, ok, I changed him into a shirt that I didn't mind if it got stained, but still...]
[waiting to order.]

[dipping pieces of dosa in sambar wearing the *stainable* shirt...notice 3 waiters in the background.]

Though I was sad not to spend Mother's Day with E [he's working in NYC this week.], it was great to spend it with my mom [and dad and Indio!].


Faiza May 11, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

i've never had dosa before but i will definitely try it out! sounds scrumptious!

bklyn76 May 11, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

you've NEVER had dosa??? oh my, we must go soon! indy will show you how it's done!

Nooreen May 12, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

dossa and indy..perfect combination :)
hope you got beautiful sarees! can't wait to see them!

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