March 23, 2013 § 2 Comments
India is one of my favourite places to travel and this holiday I spent one month there. I started my trip in South India on the beautiful beaches in Kerala. I love South Indian food and there seems to be a shortage of it in Vancouver which drives my appetite for the authentic version in India.
I had my first masala dosa on a beach front restaurant while I watched the waves crash in the ocean. The thin crepe is made from rice and lentils and stuffed with spiced potatoes and served with sides of sambar and coconut chutney. Masala dosas go perfectly with a cup chai. But be careful, they are quite filling because of the large quantity of potatoes.
Idli has got to be one of my favourite breakfast items. It is made from rice and is very light and fluffy. The coconut sambar is usually quite spicy but very flavourful and each bite hits the spot. Idli is a nice light and filling breakfast that satisfies the palate.
Poori bhaji is a north Indian breakfast that you can find in south India which is a heavier option. It comes with poori, deep fried roti and a potato curry which is made with boiled potatoes that are mashed and minced thinly and cooked with spices, garlic and onions. It is full of flavour though it is something that I eat in moderation.
In Vancouver you can find these items at a few restaurants. A good restaurant is Chutney Villa on Broadway at Main which serves South Indian food and has popular lunch specials for $9.95. The international chain Saravana Bhavan is down Broadway at Oak Street and serves everything South Indian including an amazing buffet for $12.99.