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First of many pre-Saint-Paddy's-Day weekend posts! [Mar. 17th, 2007|05:00 pm]
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Anyway, I went to New York with no specific plans, and ended up meeting dubaiwalla and subsequently bklyn_in_dubai. And dubaiwalla says he wants to find this particular guy who sells vegan "dosas" out of his truck. I'm thinking, in Manhattan? A borough of 1.6 million people? Then we somehow walked directly to it, and had a flippin' great meal. I had heard of dosas before but never tried one, and this thing was so fresh and spicy and vegetabley and colorful, that I think I'm converted for life.


Thiru preparing our "Pondicherry" dosas with samosa in the middle.


Samosa in the middle!


One of zillioons of newspaper articles taped to the truck.


Tasty, wow. Hot soup in the styro cup. Yum.

These NYC pictures will probably compromis three or four entries, as I took SO many pictures. To dubaiwalla: It's after 5:00pm in Dubai and I still haven't slept. We were delayed two hours out of New York because of that snow storm. When we took off, I could see the whole city was white. I would imagine that might cramp your plans! Did you make it to some kind of shelter okay? Did you not freeze? Are you alright? I hope the snowstorm didn't totally ruin any of the various plans you had.
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[User Picture]From: nickdangerous
2007-03-17 01:51 pm (UTC)
Dosas? Looks like samosas!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-03-17 02:00 pm (UTC)
Dosas don't usually contain samosas, I understand. But these did!
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[User Picture]From: indianasweetie
2007-03-17 02:50 pm (UTC)
looks delicious!
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[User Picture]From: webwawa
2007-03-17 04:30 pm (UTC)
YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM
samosas + tamarind sauce = happy wawa
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2007-03-17 07:02 pm (UTC)
Indeed! Do you know why it's called tamarind?
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[User Picture]From: webwawa
2007-03-17 09:16 pm (UTC)
hmmmm no?
i could google it though
you wanna tell me? ;)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-03-18 08:54 pm (UTC)
I don't know either! Is he going to tell us??
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-03-20 02:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delay!

Tamarind fruit originates from Eastern Africa, but its name has Semitic roots. It comes from the Arabic, tamr hindi [تمر هندي], which simply means 'date of India'. Date in this instance is used as a general term for the fruits of palm trees but funnily enough, neither does tamarind originate from India nor is it related to palm trees! This though hasn't stopped other languages from translating it word for word, including German (Indische Dattel) and Russian (Indiyski finik [Индийский финик]).
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2007-03-20 02:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry! That was moi...

Though not directly related, the etymologies of saffron and turmeric are equally interesting.
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2007-03-17 06:59 pm (UTC)
I come from the land of dosas and I have eaten dozens of varieties in my time, but never a samosa dosa. Jealous, I am! dubaiwalla, you need to tell me where this place is next time I head to Manhattan!!

It's actually been a while since I've eaten dosas, but next month I get to eat the best in India from grandma's kitchen.

You've got me hungry now...

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-03-18 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, dubaiwalla said something like, "Why do I have to come to New York to discover new Indian food?" So I'm curious to find out how more conventional dosas compare.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-03-18 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, and btw, this place is on the south edge of Washington Square Park.
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2007-03-19 01:52 am (UTC)

I'm using my dosa icon

All your pictures so far have been gorgeous.

I haven't had a full night's sleep since... Monday? But it's one thing to keep missing 2 or 3 hours, and another to wander around by foot after 30 hours without meaningful rest.

You can get great dosas in Dubai. If you're in Karama, check out Woodlands near the fish market. My favorite is the masala dosa, which can be rather spicy. Make sure you apply plenty of the coconut sauce.

They closed the airport later that evening, multiple friends had trouble getting into the city for related reasons.

I was out most of the day, and will probably post stories (and pictures) when I have the time to do it.

I'm back in DC now, and have to catch up with real life.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-03-19 10:54 am (UTC)

I want to eat your dosa icon

It's a good thing you weren't flying back. I'm glad you didn't have trouble getting to DC.

Definitely noting your Karama dosa recommendation!
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2007-03-19 02:31 pm (UTC)

Re: I want to eat your dosa icon

I was lucky I came early to meet you. If I'd tried to go with my friends on the 5 PM bus the following evening, I'd not have arrived in Chinatown until 1 AM Saturday morning. Also, the ride back to DC took me just 4 hours, because I had great luck with traffic then too.
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2007-03-20 05:54 am (UTC)

Re: I want to eat your dosa icon

do you guys realize how jealous I am that I missed the reunion? btw, it's looking like last week in june is almost set for me to be back in Dubai!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-03-27 09:41 pm (UTC)

Re: I want to eat your dosa icon

YAY!!!
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