Love Indian food? Of course you do. But the west’s idea of ‘Indian food’ is usually the north Indian dishes of naan bread, rotis, curries, samosas, aloo gobi, palak paneer and the like.

Visitors to India’s more tropical southern states like Kerala will discover the joy of dishes like the humble but venerable masala dosa. Known as the pancake of India, it even has its own festival.

A dosa is a crepe made from a fermented-overnight batter of rice and black lentils. It becomes a mouth-watering masala dosa when filled with lightly cooked potatoes, fried onions and spices.

Dosa is eaten throughout the day (any excuse will do) and even Mcdonalds got on board, adding a masala dosa brioche to its breakfast menu in 2017. A move not appreciated by all dosa devotees.


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The humble but venerable masala dosa of India’s southern states is a flavoursome dish that inspires devotion.

Tamara Pitelen

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Tamara Pitelen is a writer, editor and PR consultant who specialises in wellness and spirituality. Now based in Bath, UK, Tamara has spent 20 years writing for newspapers, magazines and websites whilst living in Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, England, New Zealand and Australia.