Dosas can be found in Barcelona, at a price. The place to go is a great little restaurant called Veg World India in Gracia. The menu offers a variety of vegetarian food from various parts of India and the restaurant boasts a 90% vegan menu. A rock solid testament to the food is the fact that I dragged a hungry carnivorous Scotsman to a 90% vegan restaurant which doesn’t serve alcohol, and he enjoyed his meal!
We shared a starter of Papri Chaat- nice enough, but didn’t quiet hit that particular chaat taste. Chaat is an India snack made up of layers of fresh diced coriander, diced onions, a spicy coriander sauce, a sweet brown sauce and a yogurt sauce over boiled potatoes or chickpeas or other ingredients depending on the type of chaat. All this is layered over a bed of fried pastry diskettes (similar to the skin of a samosa). The best chaat or chaat makers come from Lucknow in India. One of the few good things to come out of India’s Buffalo Belt.*
Reasonable chaat aside, they do a super cool masala dosa! Masala dosa is an Indian style crepe made from fermented rice batter with a filling of curried potatoes. The dosa was served with a bowl of dark spicy sambhar and a little spoonful of perfect coconut chutney. Heaven. The dish is a traditional breakfast in South India and takes the best part of a day to prepare, ferment and cook. A whole day to prepare a breakfast!!
My inability to put so much effort into preparing a meal myself tempers my judgement on the price. But 10 Euros for a masala dosa and 12 Euros for a paneer dosa did pinch. I didn’t order it but a plate of idlis was around 7 Euros. Ouch! Fantastic restaurant, but more of an occasional treat methinks.
Damn you dosas and idlis! Why are you such hard work?
Address: 26 Carrer de Bruniquer, Gracia, Barcelona
Telephone: 932 107 056
Price: Roughly 10-15 Euros per person
Time: Open from Tuesday to Sunday. 12-4 for lunch and 8-12 for dinner
* The belt and the buffaloes explained: Yes, Americans have a Bible Belt, and we have a Buffalo Belt. The Buffalo Belt of India (Primarily the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and periphery areas) used to be the playgrounds of those uber cultured and hedonistic Mughal emperors. A place where art, literature and academia flourished. In more recent years though, the Buffalo Belt accounts for the highest incidence of women killed by their husbands and in-laws for not providing a large enough dowry at marriage (2008 stats put the total number of reported dowry deaths at 1210 for Bihar and 2237 for Uttar Pradesh). Delightful fellas!