Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dosa Party

If you are as big a Martha fan as I am, I am sure you read about Saravanaa Bhavan in New York City, on her blog a couple of weeks ago. Saravanna Bhavan is a very popular traditional vegetarian restaurant in India. This restaurant originated in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), India known for its traditional dishes such dosas, idlis (steam cooked rice-lentil cakes) and thali.  A dosa is a crepe made with rice and lentil batter, often served with sambar (lentil-vegetable stew), potato curry and coconut chutney. Many times, my weekend lunch entertaining revolves around dosas. I always have the batter ready in the fridge. If I am having non-vegeterian guests, I serve dosa with chicken korma. With vegetarian guests, I serve it with sambar, potato curry and coconut chutney. 

My book, Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen, has one whole chapter about a Dosa Party, where it gives guidelines and recipes about how to entertain with dosas.

These images have been adopted from my book, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen.  

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes), please check out my book, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen, at my website

Happy Mother's Day!

I am joining French Country CottageCindy for Show, Tell,  Foodie Friday and How Sweet the Sound.


  1. Komali, love the table setting and the little copper kadais are to die for...where are they from?
    My first time here....but I think I'll hang out here for a while.

  2. Hi Neha,
    Those little kadais are from Sur la Table, about 6 years ago.

  3. Hello Komali,
    your tablescaping is so beautiful as the food is healthy and yummy. The ownly thing I miss on this photos is the wonderfull scent of the spices.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  4. A very pretty table setting with inviting food.

  5. I love vegetarian food the best, in our house we're not big on meat except form time to time, like now for Mother's Day, they seem to like this particular food I'll be making. I love the beautiful elements you've chosen for your table. I wish I could get your cookig book: Entertaining from an Ethnic Idian Cooking...which I love!
    Have a nice Mom's Day.

  6. Hi
    Found this blog not only giving detailed and authentic info on Indian food, it is well presented too.
    We have 'spotted!' it right now here:

  7. Hi,
    Delurking for the first time. Love your ideas for Indian entertaining! The banana leaf plate is awesome! In the Tamil community we place the banana leaf the other way round, with the tip of the leaf towards the left :) Your garden is an endless source of inspiration!