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South Indian Lunching: Moong Dosa Combo @ Savera Indian Cuisine, Fremont

Melanie Wong | Jan 2, 2006 09:33 PM

Not exactly "lunching", I gave Savera a try for a recent dinner. It's been in the current location for a few months and in larger quarters with lavendar-colored walls and bright blue flooring, it's not exclusively South Indian any more. In fact, the South Indian part seems rather minimal now in the mix that is dominated by North Indian style dishes, some chaat as appetizers, tandoori specialties, and sweets, plus a section called Hyderabad chicken specialties that offers Chicken 65, Ginger chicken, Chilly (sic) chicken, and Chicken Manchuria. The Gujarati thali section of the menu is crossed out, sadly. But anyway, back to South Indian . . .

I ordered the South Indian Combination Special #2 --- Moong Dosa, Idli, Sambhar --- for $6.25. The menu instructs you to state your preference for soft or crisp dosas, and asked for crisp. And, crispy I got. The green-tinged dosa made with green lentils had very nice flavor on its own and was as thin and crispy as can be. Toward the center it had a proteinaceous chewiness. This dosa was also remarkable for not being oily or greasy. I like to eat these with my hands and this left hardly a grease smudge unlike most other examples. The other cool thing is that this was a full-sized dosa, not a mini one that some places serve as part of the combos. The potato filling had slivers of fresh jalapeno chili and lots of cilantro but was rather light on the yellow spices. Chutneys were decent, and the tomato one was especially spicy hot.

The full-sized idli showed up a little later. Freshly steamed, it was wonderfully airy and as tender as a baby's butt. I liked breaking off small pieces of it to dip in the thick and spicy sambhar that was studded with bits of juicy tomato and soft cauliflower florets.

The mango lassi was thick and rich. All in all, a very satisfactory performance.

Savera Indian Cuisine
34145 Fremont Blvd.
(west of Paseo Padre Parkway)

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