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Royals takes a shot at making dosas

“It was very good and I would love to have one in our palace”

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Kate Middelton and Prince William
Kate Middelton and Prince William, Wikimedia Commons
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CHICAGO, IL — Prince William and Princess Catherine for the first time whipped up a perfectly crispy, tasty dosa (loved by millions), using the home version of a machine invented by a Bengaluru-based chief executive, Eshwar Vikas.

The young entrepreneur, 24, designed a commercial version for his company, Mukunda Foods, three years ago, and he was on hand to show the Royals how easy it is to use the home DosaMatic machine, which creates pancakes, crepes, dosas and even omelets.

Prince William stated “it was very good and I would love to have one in our palace” then the Duchess said “because you can also use it to make pancakes, the whole of London will want one.”

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Mukunda Foods and US-based partner Business Direct Group will be introducing to the world a brand new commercial DosaMatic at the upcoming NRA show to be held during May 21-24 at McCormick Place Chicago booth 8651 and at Northshore Banquet hall 2519 W Devon in Chicago on May 25.

This new machine will allow restaurateurs, caterers, temples, etc. to save on labor, earn higher profits and produce dosa instantly at just the push of a button.

While the home version of the DosaMatic is not available to the public as yet, pre-orders will be taken. A $100 deposit will give you a 50% discount when released to market this fall.

Attendance will be high so call with the time slot that you are planning to attend.
For more information visit www.Dosausa.com or to schedule a demo call 773 453-7003 (IANS)

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Sir you should try north Indian also. I am sure there are plenty more Indian items that will amuse you. Such is the quality of Indian spices. I am glad our country is achieving new heights in different sectors .

  • Pritam Go Green

    Sir you should try north Indian also. I am sure there are plenty more Indian items that will amuse you. Such is the quality of Indian spices. I am glad our country is achieving new heights in different sectors .

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There are more than Dosa and Idlis in South Indian cuisine: Chef Hari Nayak

Chefs like him and the others, he says, are trying to change the thought process of "what a Westerner thinks about Indian food".

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New Delhi, Dec 17: South Indian cuisine is “very underrated” and goes much beyond idlis and dosas, says New York-based Indian chef Hari Nayak, who he is also working hard to dispel misconceptions about Indian food in general in the West.

“South Indian (style of) cooking is very underrated. People think that South Indian dishes are just dosas and idlis. But I grew up eating fish and other non-vegetarian food items — apart from the vegetarian ones,” Nayak, who grew up in Udupi in Karnataka, told IANS during a brief visit to the national capital.

“I would like to build a concept around it and make it more exciting to people (of North India) so that they can try something which is also Indian food and is tasty and healthy. For instance, we use coconut milk instead of cream. It is lighter and healthier,” added the restaurateur.

There is the same misconception about Indian food in New York and other parts of the US and the UK as well.

“If we talk about Indian food, it’s all about Punjabi ‘khana’ in the West. If I open a South Indian restaurant serving just Kerala or Goan food, the Westerner would come and ask for naan, chicken tikka masala and dal makhani. That’s what they are exposed to.

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South Indian food goes beyond Dosa and Idlis. Pixabay

“If I don’t serve that, they won’t come back. They would say, ‘This is not an Indian restaurant’. So, misconceptions are there.”

Chefs like him and the others, he says, are trying to change the thought process of “what a Westerner thinks about Indian food”.

“We are working hard to change the perception of Indian food — that is not greasy, not always curry-based. There is so much more to Indian food than that. Hopefully, in the next 10 years, Indian regional food items apart from Punjabi will be enjoyed by Westerners as well,” said Nayak, who shares a strong bond with popular chef Vikas Khanna.

Would he blame Indian chefs for emphasising more on North Indian cuisine in the West?

“In the early 1960s, when Indian cuisine started getting popular in the West, chefs focused only on that (North Indian food). Nobody tried to do something different. Since the last 30-40 years, chefs have been serving the same things, so people have preconceived notions about Indian food.

“I think Indian chefs are to be blamed — but that’s what was selling. After all, it’s business. Even now, if you go to a Kerala restaurant, you will still find naan, rotis, chana masala and tandoori chicken on the menu because they don’t want people to walk out.

“There are Chettinad restaurants in New York but the last two pages of the menu are dedicated to North Indian food. It’s unfortunate,” said Nayak, who moved to the US over two decades ago.

How does he plan to bring about change?

“It won’t happen overnight. I do a lot of pop-up events. I use scallops, an ingredient which is familiar to the Western palate, and I make Indian food with that. I never use North Indian flavours much. That’s how I create awareness,” he said.

Nayak was here for the launch of The Trial, which is a blend of chefs, entrepreneurs, and innovative food concepts. It is a delivery cum dine-in kitchen concept on Golf Course Road, Gurugram.

“We are at a nascent stage. If somebody comes in with a concept that’s interesting to me, then I will help,” he said.

“The chef can interact with about 15 customers at a time at The Trial, which is counter style. Serving just 15 people is not enough to sustain a business. So, there is a delivery model too,” said Nayak, who plans to launch his own restaurant in Bengaluru soon.

Before that, he will unveil his book — “Spice Trail” — which has “100 modern global recipes to excite and inspire home cooks”.

“I have written five books for the Western market, but my new book is for the Indian market. It will release at the beginning of 2018,” he said.

“It will teach home cooks to prepare food by adding new ingredients to their pantry… ingredients that are available in supermarkets. Using them while cooking will make their everyday food more exciting,” he added. IANS