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South Indian Lunching: Masala Dosa @ Sarovar, Milpitas

Melanie Wong | Oct 14, 200501:25 AM    

Sarovar shares a parking lot with Marie Callender's in Milpitas just off of 237 and 880. It's known for its broad selection of Northern and Southern specialties on the lunch buffet. I was actually here at dinner time. There were no customers in the room when I walked in at 7pm. Three staff members approached the door, and one said, "we don't have buffet now, only menu." That was fine with me, I just wanted to try a dosa.

I ordered the moong masala dosa, made with bean flour, since I've not had one before. However, I was served and charged for a regular masala dosa, $4.50. I also didn't get the vada I ordered. But, no matter, a full-size dosa was enough of a meal for me.

This was a bit blonder and underdone. The wider end was thickish, but the narrower end was thin and crisp. I was surprised at home much oil the crepe had on both the inside and outside surfaces. Despite being on the soft side, it did have a nice sourdough, yeasty flavor.

The filling was oilier than any others I've tried. It had more golden brown onion flavor, along with peas, carrots, and fresh parsley. While mild in the heat department, it had a round spicing.

The sambar featured chopped celery and cabbage. It had an out of place sour note. But I didn't get sick afterwards, so I guess it wasn't spoiled.

The tomato chutney rocked. With medium heat turned on, it had alot of other spices at play too. The coconut chutney had a brownish-beige cast and tasted and smelled like peanuts. Never had that before.

Sarovar Indian Cuisine
301 South Abbott Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 942-1116
http://sarovar.com/

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