My food adventures seem to have no end in Delhi. Be it in my neighbourhood, my immediate precincts or the entire city; my explorations know no bounds. While wandering, first to come on my wish list is surely the Carnatic Café, a boon for those who love gorging on south Indian food at New Friends’ Colony Community Centre.
Do not hesitate in trying out the rare Dosa (fermented crepe prepared from rice batter) varieties, which are prepared with much patience and expertise with each of them tasting heavenly. Equally sublime is the ambience of the south Indian village carrying an ethnic touch. Enjoy your Dosa with a glass of fresh lime soda or mallige (butter milk) sitting outside the semi-open kitchen to give you the feel of a modern day dhaba.
South Indian indulgence
Though, dosas are the star attraction over here, you may not forget the taste of the weird looking Paddu that includes the rice balls (fried in ghee) that appear like eggs to be served with the sambhar and chutneys of three colours. Quite enticing are the Upma as well as Uthapams too. Complete your meal with the lip-smacking, ghee-dripping Kesari Bath, a dessert that is fulfilling enough for two.
The place is ideal for a dinner at night if you like enjoying meals under the quiet, dim light with soft music being played in the background. Perhaps a restaurant with few tables but a hospitable heart, Carnatic Café wins over you with its warm and friendly atmosphere. Still curious to come again to relish the Malleshwaram 18th Cross Dosa, I proceed to explore other parts of the small yet beautiful market with lots more to eat.
The local trail continues
Ahh! The smell of hot, steaming momos, reach your nostrils at the entrance of the market after walking few steps inside it. Also known as dumplings, this dish of the Tibetan origin captures your attention with its appearance. They are the light and fluffy balls of dough that have been given a makeover to suit the spicy palate of Delhi. Talking of the best fusion, reminds me of those tried out in C. R. Park carrying the taste of Darjeeling.
The street vendors have adapted to the local flavor by offering crispy fried momos along with its Tandoor or Paneer variety, which are an instant hit with the customers. You can also enjoy the servings with mayonnaise, extra spicy dip and the sprinkling of chaat masala according to your choice.
A spontaneous stopover
Another snack that can be light on your pocket, is the spicy double egg roll with vegetable fillings and sauces. What brings me to this place is the need to kill the fire in my belly at Open Oven. Get a quick bite of the molten truffle brownie or the chocolate mud slice served hot. Set below the stairs in a secluded corner of India mall, the shop is an ideal sit-out for two. My idea of adding to the bonhomie is ordering for the dessert over a casual chit-chat during one of those cool, breezy evenings.