Lately, I've been dreaming of the masala dosais devoured in Bangalore. The crispy pancake exterior coated with ghee and filled with spiced potatoes, fried onion and mustard seeds. When you start dreaming of dosais and waking up thinking your hands smell like sambar, it's probably time to head out and find an Indian restaurant to satisfy those cravings.
Tucked away beside a string of milk bars and corner stores, behind an unassuming shopfront, is the dosai of my dreams.
Indian and Sri Lankan Takeaway in Wentworthville may not win any prizes for creativity in the naming department, but their dosais are fresh, hot, and gigantically crispy. We arrive during the lunch time rush and the tables are occupied with diners, eating elbow to elbow. We order a chicken and vegetable roll and a spinach vadai to munch on while we wait for a table. The rolls are filled with a flavoursome spiced potato and meat filling, coated in a pleasantly crispy crumb. The spinach vadai is not bad either, picture a savoury doughnut infused with chili and onion. We notice a group of lunch time diners leave and pounce on their empty table.
The ghee dosai ($4.50) we order arrives promptly, accompanied by two chutneys and sambar. The sambar is a bit thinner than the way my Mum makes it, but it is especially good for dosai-dipping. The chutneys won't make your nose water or deliver a massive flavour punch, but they also nicely complement the sambar. The highlight, however, is definitely the dosai- crispy-thin and enriched with butter. The servings are also very generous- in fact, anything ordered appears to be extremely good value. You can heap up your plate with four vegetarian dishes for around $6. And there are a vast array of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to choose from...
Occasionally, someone will order a kottu rotti and conversations will be punctuated by the rhythmic clanging of a metal skewer, sometimes to the tune of the strangely hypnotic Sun TV music videos streamed onto the restaurant's TV. In any case, if you too are dreaming of dosais, or have yet to discover how delightful this South Indian dish can be (it's more than just a pancake!), wander over to Wentworthville and pop into Indian and Sri Lankan Takeaway.