Dosa Hut Chat House Welcomes You
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Right at the outset, perhaps, several notes of explanation may be in order. The word dosa, which appears in the restaurant's title, refers to a type of crepe, a crispy pancake made with lentil and rice flour. These crepes are designed to be filled or topped with a number of savory accoutrements. In contrast, an uthappam, which also holds a prominent place on the restaurant's menu, is a thicker, less crisp pancake that is also made with rice & lentils and, like its crispy counterpart, also filled or topped with a variety of seasoned selections.
Secondly, the word chat (chaat) really means "snack" and these are generally listed in the appetizer section of Indian menus.
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Finally, the great majority of Indian restaurants in the U.S. offer their patrons the cuisine of north India, which is famous for its elaborate meat preparations, rice pilafs, velvety sauces, and delicate use of flavorings. In south India, where much of the population is vegetarian, the emphasis is on rice, lentils, pancakes, seafood, vegetables, and coconut. As a general rule, the flavorings in the south tend to be very spicy - sometimes fiery.
The Dosahut Chathouse majors in the latter and offers up some of the best south Indian cuisine it has ever been my pleasure to ingest. And, fortunately, diners are asked in advance with regard to the preference for spice. If you are a neophyte to Indian cuisine, or particularly delicate of disposition, my advice would be to stipulate "mild" in no uncertain terms. This will give you the full benefits of the kitchen's incomparable seasonings, provide just a tantalizing touch of heat, and significantly reduce the danger of any possible peristaltic reprisals.