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Surati Farsan --report from San Diego (long)

sds | Oct 24, 200507:18 PM

Last week I visited Surati Farsan, a fairly new North Indian style "street food" restaurant. As a disclaimer, I'm Indian, and grew up eating many of these foods. There was a group of 6 girls, who split most everything so that the novices could try a bit of everything. Here is what we had:

Dhaipuri: Puri is essentially a tiny deep fried shell, filled with potato, sweet chutney (tamarind), spicy chutney (cilantro and mint based) and yogurt. This was delicious...*Almost* like Mom used to make.

Masala Dosa: Ask for the items on the side (I prefer it this way, or else things tend to get soggy). Basically, the dosa is a giant crepe, filled with potato, and served with a lentil soup (sambar) and some coconut chutney. Get the items on the side, then make little tacos from the dosa, some potato, dip in the sambar and add chutney as needed. This was really good!!

Pau Bhaji: A mixture of all vegetables, cooked down until they are almost a mush, with lots of spices. I can make this dish at home, and was not a fan of it here. My friends liked it though...It comes with fried bread to dip.

Shevpuri: Very similar to the Dhaipuri, but with no yogurt and crispy little wonton-like items on top. Very good!

Panipuri: Similar to Shevpuri, but it has a different sauce inside...This was a little disappointing. They gave a sweet sauce on the side that was not complementary to the food at all.

Samosa: Your standard Indian fare...It compared well, and was not too greasy.

All in all, I'd reccomend this place. It did a pretty good job, and definitely made me nostalgic...

Link: http://entertainment.signonsandiego.c...

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