Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Breakfast in Bangalore

One of the best things about this experience is the food. I haven't had anything from north India so far, but I've liked many of the southern dishes I have tried.

On the first day we were taken out for breakfast by the ThoughtWorks University staff to a very small restaurant down a very crowded street. At this place we tried two traditional Indian breakfast dishes.

Side Street Near Office

Idli is a rather plain, soft, small cake made primarily of rice. Frankly, it isn't very good on its own and very much needs the accompanying sauces.

Idli with Sambar and Chutney - Chennai Banana Leaf, SyndalIdli with Sambar and Chutney by avlxyz

Masala Dosa has a much better texture. It reminds me more of a crepe, at least in terms of looks (I haven't actually had a crepe). Dosa is also made of rice, and ours came with spicy yellow potatoes in the middle. Spiciness for breakfast is new to me, but it's also very good.

Breakfast at the Blue Diamond Hotel, ChennaiDosa by paulswansen

The side items were the same for both dishes. I much preferred the mint chutney. The sambar was good as well, but not quite what I expected at this hour.

mint and tomato chutneys with vegetable pakoraMint and Tomato Chutneys by sashafatcat

I'll definitely be on the lookout for good chutney back in the States.

Note the attributed photos aren't by anyone I know, I just found them on Flickr licensed under the creative commons because I hadn't taken any pictures myself.


  1. I knew I would be jealous of your adventures in Indian food!

  2. Cool, man.

    I just saw your photostream, and I will forever refer to cookies as glucose biscuits.