Monday, November 18, 2013

What's Special? - Proddatur (Andhra Pradesh)

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All of us travel quite a bit during our life time visiting various places for various reasons. I as a foodie and blogger love to try the special local cuisine be it from a star restaurant or even a road side joint. If its called the special of the location then I am in for it :)

"What's special" is going to be a series of special food joints or rather the special food of the places that I visit :) Those who are familiar with it will reminiscence it and for those who are planning to go can try it! :)

First of What's special would be Proddatur Dosa! :) 

Proddatur part of Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh. I got a chance to visit this place a couple of weeks back. 

A small cozy village with small busy streets filled with shops and buzzing business. Gold and cotton are the major business over there and this place celebrates Dasara festival in a grand scale. 

Subramaniyam Dosa Corner - A small road side dosa stall is located near the Ammavarisala temple also known as Sri Vasavi Kanyakaparameshwari Temple in Proddatur. 

This shop is so much known for their super spicy delicious dosa! The first time I heard about it, I was so thrilled of the concoction of spices used and the ghee dripping dosa and made it a point to visit the shop. 

The Shop looked so very ordinary but with an extraordinary chef who was making dosas within a wink of the eye! 

Yes you need to jaw drop like how I did when I reveal the price of the dosa. There are varieties of dosas ranging from Rs.50 - Rs. 500. Yes you read it right!!!! The dosas are so delicious and on demand that the rates are super high but kind of worth it too :)

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The dosa batter seems to be a bit different. The locals say that the proportions of rice to dhall that he uses is the trade secret and no one knows it other than the chef himself. 

One other person said they make a porridge with soaked ground rice batter and mix it with the dosa batter to get that super crispy dosas! :) Shhhhhhhh no one knows it right!

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The dosa is first made on the traditional iron skillet. Not so thick nor so thin! 

Then it is flipped and comes the spoon full of melted ghee to roast the dosa. 

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The dosa master then drops a dolop of red chutney made with xyz ingredients but lip smacking spice is added. 

Then comes the green chutney. He quickly spreads both the chutneys evenly. 

At this point he adds more chutney if you ask for extra spicy dosa!!! I bet no one on earth eats spice like an Andhraite! Steaming spice I say!!

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Now again a spoon full of ghee is poured on the dosa to pacify the spice!! Oh it really adds to the taste I say. 

Next comes the finely chopped onion and tomato. Fresh and juicy tomatoes add so much to the taste and makes the dosa heavy into your tummy. 1 dosa is good enough for an average eater like me. 

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Last is the super secret powder that is sprinkled generously. Almost a handful of it on the dosa makes it smell, taste and feel so good. I was really not able to guess the ingredients in the powder. Some say its dried tamarind leaf powder with other spices, but his combination is again a secret. 

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Thats it! The ghee roast dosa is ready! :) This was super delicious and worth all the money!

The higher the value of dosa the better the taste and better the ingredients! I heard he adds all dry fruits and nuts to make the most sought after dosa worth Rs.500! :) 

Oh no I dint try that :( There is always a next time and a time for you all too! 

Written by: Nithya
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kailash said...

I am from proddatur..and this post made my day :-)

Swati Sapna said...

Lucky you! I would love to try this guys dosas too Nithya... Looks absolutely smashing. And ur right, the whole fun of travelling to new places has got a lot to do with discovering local food :)

Anonymous said...

Wow there are so many secret ingredients in the dosa! Diod the chef tell you what was in it? What an amazing photo blog with so many different places in our country that we have never even heard of!


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Shruti J said...

Lovely one!!! I can have this plate anytime of the day... :)

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