One of my favorite restaurants here in Pune is called Savera. It's on FC road, right across from the main gate to Fergusson College. It's a student hang out, so the atmosphere is quite casual, but the food is totally delicious. Also, they have south indian as well as north indian dishes... so all your culinary needs can be met in one fell swoop.
This the home of the AMAZING Spinach Dosa (aka Palak Dosa) which I previously mentioned in a different post. I finally got a more beautiful picture of it. Please don't drool all over your keyboard! The dosa is spread with an amazing paste of spinach. The bhaji mix has all the usual suspects : onions, turmeric, potatoes, mustard seeds etc... but also has fresh cashews and dried yellow raisins, both of which have a natural sweetness that balances perfectly with the astringent qualities of spinach. Sooooo good.
When you order a dosa, you always get a small bowl of sambar (a spicey - but not hot spicey - brothy soup) and a small bowl of coconut chutney. Each place has a different sambar recipe, and to tell you the truth, theirs is not my favorite. It's a bit sweeter than I like it - I think it's got more tamarind in it than others. Nonetheless, it's great to dip each dosa bite into the sambar and the coconut chutney. Sooooooo good.
You might notice a guest appearance in this picture of the titular Spinach Dal.
Here it is all by itself. It really does deserve its own picture. This stuff is THE BOMB. So spinachy, so cuminy, so garlicky, soooooooooo good. Just look how green it is! It is probably my favorite culinary experience of this trip. It is 100% up my alley. I love it so much that I begged and pleaded for the recipe...
You can see how overjoyed I am. The recipe is quite inexact (ex: Boil spinach. Boil Dal. Add cumin and garlic. etc). So I need to get home to my kitchen and do some experimenting and figure out the right quantities and such, but I promised to share my endeavors, as well as my final recipe with you once I have it down. As you can see from my beaming smile, it's worth the wait!