The Best Dosa in Toronto
The best dosa in Toronto are not concentrated in the downtown core. In fact, you'll find the fermented rice and urad dal (black lentil) crepes spread thin across the GTA at South Indian restaurants from Mississauga to Scarborough.
For the uninitiated, the South Indian staple consists of crepes, often painted with ghee or stuffed with savoury fillings like mildly spiced potatoes, onions or paneer. They're accompanied by sides like sambar (a tangy lentil soup with vegetables) and a selection of tangy or cooling condiments, like coconut, tomato or coriander chutney.
Here is where to find the best dosa in Toronto.
This South Indian restaurant found in Little India is known for its vast selection of vegetarian specialties, though the dosas are among the most popular. Choose from 16 varieties like the crispy paper dosa stuffed with potato, onion masala, or the chili and paneer. Each order is served with coconut chutney and spicy sambhar, and any dosa is available in a $10 combo with medhu vada, idli and a choice of ulthapam.
Located on Bloor near Ossington, this South Indian restaurant offers an astounding variety of dosa. Selections include standard rice and urad dal crepes along with rava dosa made with rice and cream of wheat. Ordered plain, painted with ghee or stuffed with a mild chili cheese filling, tangy mysore or stewed meats, these dosas can eat like snacks or hearty meals and come complete with various chutneys.
Large appetites need not look any further than this South Indian restaurant in Bloorcourt. Here there are several ultra-filling thali available, including a dosa-and-vegetable thali that includes four plain dosas, sambar, chutney and three different curries - vegetable, potato and eggplant.
This Mississauga restaurant offers all the basics, along with an entire menu of creative dosa dishes. Purists can stick to the onion dosa stuffed with aloo masala, while the more adventurous can opt for garlic butter dosas or a North Indian-meats-South Indian hybrid like the chaat dosa, dusted with chaat powder and garnished with tamarind sauce.
This worldwide family of vegetarian restaurants includes two GTA locations (Mississauga and Scarborough). Find dosas on the lunch buffet or order a thali to sample the largest variety, including the incredible flavour punch of their tri-coloured chutneys - tomato, coconut and mint.
Thin, spongy crepes are a favourite at this South Indian restaurant's locations in Scarborough and Brampton. The ample selection can be overwhelming, but it’s hard to go wrong with stuffing choices like cauliflower masala or gunpowder-spiced potatoes. Their weekday lunch buffets are a great way to sample widely.
Found on Albion, this South Indian eatery is a popular spot known for two-foot-wide dosas served hot off the pan. Choose from almost 50 varieties, ranging from traditional to cheddar cheese or egg yolk-topped variations. Each dosa is served with a rainbow of chuneys - coconut, tomato, and coriander - as well as steaming hot lentil soup.
The vegetarian take-out shop and catering operation on Morningside has been in business for over 18 years, specializing in South Indian staples including all manners of snacks and sweets. The dosas are a family recipe made the old-fashioned way, roasted on a tawa with clarified butter until crisp and golden brown. Each order comes with sambar and a daily-made coconut chutney.
Found on Bathurst just north of Bloor, this compact mom and pop shop is a new addition to downtown's dosa offerings. The menu is brief and seating is limited, but the dosas are prepared fresh, ladled onto a hot tava and stuffed with flavour-packed fillings to order. Served with cooling chutneys and hot sambar on tiffin trays, their dosas are hearty and delicious, whether eaten in-house or for take-away.
In Scarborough, find dosas offered as part of set tiffin meals that turn the snack food into an easy, light supper. Select from traditional dosas like onion, blended cheese or mysore masala, each available with optional add-ons like podi spice powder and ghee, or painted with sesame oil.
Three locations in the GTA (Scarborough, Mississauga and Brampton) serve a variety of folded, rolled and towering dosas in flavours like Podi, with ground dhal and chilli powder, and the cheese masala, with potatoes and shredded cheese. On weekends, opt for the house special, a mutton keema crepe stuffed with minced mutton and served with special gravy and chutney.
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