We have all tasted Dosa and Idli at some point in our lives, but the ones we tasted in Bangalore are not even close to what we have had earlier. The kind of variety, of just these two dishes, available in Bangalore is mind-boggling. So we decided to try as many varieties of Dosa and idli and a few more dishes as we could.
Our journey began at Veena stores with some Super Soft IDLI, VADA, BISIBELE BHAAT and KHARA BHAAT. Mind you, ALL OF THIS is just breakfast!
The first thing North Indians like us notice is the coconut chutney which is quite different to the one we get. The chutney is not white at all, in fact, it is green in colour with a few green chillies and mint added. This chutney is super flavourful and an absolute necessity with just about any dish. After the super-soft melt-in-the-mouth Idli, we tried a very different variation known as the GREEN IDLI. Fried in desi ghee and doused in a spicy mix of spinach. It's full of flavour and quite wholesome.
The most interesting part of this trip was the variety of DOSA. Even though most of the Dosas had a potato filling in them and were served with some condiments, they all had quite a distinct flavour. We tried the Benne Dosa which is made in A LOT of Butter. It's super crisp and heavenly to taste. We then went for the Benne KALI DOSA, which was slightly softer but equally Buttery. Then the Kali Dosa, which is an open Dosa topped with a finely mashed potato masala, chutney and lots and lots of ghee. Finally, we ate the BHAAT MASALA DOSA which is topped with spiced rice, potato masala, chutney and again Ghee. The variety of Dosa to try in Bangalore is insane and each one of them is as good as the previous one.
The Breakfast Food Tour came to an end on a sweet note at HOLIGE MANE, where we tried the traditional Mane and Badam mane as well. It is white flour dough balls stuffed with a variety of fillings, cooked in hot oil and topped with ghee. This sweet dish was totally worth it. Try all these amazing meals in Bangalore!
1. Veena Stores
187, 15th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Idli Vada - INR 45
Bisi Bele Bhaat - INR 50
Chow Chow Bhaat - INR 50
2. Sri Raghavendra Stores
Opposite Manipal North Side Hospital, Near Malleshwaram Railway Station, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Shavige Bhaat - 25
3. New Krishna Bhavan
Sampige Theatre, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Green Idli - 55
4. CTR - Central Tiffin Room
7th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Masala Dosa - INR 45
Coffee - INR 15
5. Janatha Hotel
162, 8th Cross Rd, Sangeetha Apts, Malleshwaram West, Bangalore
Uddina Vade - INR 20
6. HVR - Hassan Veg Restaurant
162/1, 1st Main, Kumara Park West, Seshadripuram, Bangalore
Benne Kali Dosa - INR 45
7. Chikkanna Tiffin Room
8/10, 1st Cross Road, 4th Block, Kumara Park West, Seshadripuram, Bangalore
Bhaat Masala Dosa - INR 70
Thuppa Kali Dosa - INR 60
8. Holige Mane
6th Cross, Sampige Rd, Near to Adyar Anandh Bhavan, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Badam Hilie - INR 30
Bele Holige - INR 20