A few weeks ago, I met up with a mitra* from Sanskrit class. Since she is of good Indian stock and I am not, and since I do love Indian food and so does she, we decided to head over to Udupi Palace on Gerrard Street in Toronto. Read on to see what we ate!
*Mitra is Sanskrit for friend. I remember this because one of the chapters that we studied from the Hitopadesa was called Mitralabhah, or the “gaining of friends.” Whether or not my use of “mitra” in this situation is properly conjugated is another issue (sigh, I feel useless without my notes or Coulson).
Here’s my attempt to identify the different items on this delicious platter:
Clockwise from top:
- special bondha (lentil dumplings with onion and potato)
- medhu vada (fried lentil doughnuts)
- bhajia (sliced potatoes breaded and deep fried)
- chilli pakora (spiced chilli breaded and deep fried) –> this one was… interesting. Let’s say I won’t ever eat an entire chilli like that again. But you have to live life at its fullest, right? Just once?
- tamarind chutney
- coconut chutney
In the middle, clockwise from top:
- iddly (steamed rice and lentil patties)
- onion pakoras (chopped onions battered in chickpea flour and deep fried)
- mint chutney
L explains to me that this is an unusual combination – cheese in Indian food? I’m not talking about paneer. I’m talking about melted cheese, “Western” styles. But apparently it works.
I liked the food at Udupi Palace. Goodness, writing this post is making me hungry.
In case I’ve made you hungry too:
1460 Gerrard Street E