Surguru | Pondicherry Stories :Part-4 (South-Indian Vegetarian Food)

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After my delightful breakfast at Café Des Arts, I went to Surguru on Mission Street for a pure vegetarian South-Indian feast. I’d heard stories about how the dosas are so different in each region of the country. And just after having my first bite of masala dosa, those stories echoed in my ears. In North-India, we don’t get the similar flavour and the texture.

The entrance of the restaurant looked really nice with those plants and so much greenery. The restaurant was clean and as expected the operations were running smoothly and the staff was efficient.

I ordered for Thali Meals, Masala Dosa and Onion Rawa Masala Dosa. The food arrived on our table in no time.

The Dosas unlike in North-India were soft and the filling was mild. It was served with tomato chutney, coconut chutney, sambar and red chutney. The soft, fluffy Dosa with tangy sambar and chutney was the yummiest vegetarian meal I had. Though the Dosa was a bit oily, it tasted heavenly because ghee (clarified butter) was the main component, which made the Dosa so soft. The Potato filling had subtle flavour and it was balanced very well with the taste of spicy Sambar. The tomato chutney was the star on the plate, it was prepared with Tomato, onions and curry leaves caramelised together with Poppy seeds. It was something that we normally don’t get to eat in North-India, I licked my fingers for this one.

Onion Rawa Masala Dosa
Onion Rawa Masala Dosa in Pondicherry

Onion Rawa Masala was equally soft and tasty. The generous portion of onions, potato filling, cashews and chunks of Black Pepper made this dosa delicious and a bit more fancy.

Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa in Pondicherry

Then came the Thali Meal, immensely popular in South India, Thali Meal is a combination of small portions of various everyday dishes. The Thali Meals consists of Rice, Daal, Sambar, Rasam, Avial, Korma, Parotta, Chutnies, Poori, Papaddam, Vegetable, Curd, Lemon Rice and Payassam (Sweet Dish). I have never had such a tasty Korma, Daal and Vegetables in the recent times. I gorged on this Thali like it would disappear from the face of Earth. The combination of Tamarind, Chilli, Coconut, Lentils, Poppy seeds and Curry leaves is magical. You must have this for lunch and they give refills for each dish on that plate.

Thali Meals
Thali Meals in Pondicherry

They have huge variety of Dosas and for the Weekend Dinner there is a special Dosa menu. Podi Dosa, Keerai Dosa are a few to mention.

I was so happy with the food here, that I visited this place 3 times, in my weeklong stay in Pondicherry. The restaurant is pocket friendly too, for this meal I paid Rs. 235.

Now I will have to find an equally nice place in North-India, because this one is a taste to remember and hold on to.

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