Indian Creperie Now Selling Dosas, Uttapams, and Other Carbolicious South Indian Snacks
Vada, a/k/a fried rice doughnuts with curry leaves and chiles, at Indian Creperie
Inexpensive Indian eats are relatively plentiful at the intersection of Bleecker and MacDougal streets, with the Kati Roll Company, Thelewala, and Masala Times offering rolls, chaats, and curries. Yet with the exception of "the Dosa Man," who sells his namesake product on the south side of Washington Square Park, South Indian snacks have been lacking. Until now, that is. Indian Creperie opened last week, selling a variety of dosa (a thin, large lentil-and-rice pancake, often stuffed with potatoes) and uttapam (a thick lentil-and-rice pancake, with fillings cooked into the batter), plus assorted snacks like vada and idli.
We popped in for a quick lunch over the weekend to sample the goods. The narrow shop is sparsely decorated, but gets a flash of vibrancy from a wall of potted plants and bottled lentils and spices.
To begin we opted for the vada ($5, pictured above), fried savory doughnuts made from rice flour, spiced with curry leaves and chili. They arrived piping-hot and accompanied by two spicy chutneys, one coconut-based, the other tomato. Although the vada were a little on the dry side, they were nicely flavored.
Mysore masala dosa
We then tried the Mysore masala dosa ($7.95), which was filled with spiced potatoes and chili paste. The turmeric-hued spuds packed a punch, with lots of curry leaves, mustard seeds, and onions in the mix. We're used to seeing dosas wrapped into long tubes, but this one was triangular. The pancake itself was nice and crispy on the edges and softer in the middle. Although it's more expensive than the nearby Dosa Man's, these versions come with the possibility of meat fillings (shrimp, chicken, or beef), as opposed to being exclusively vegan.
Onion and pea uttapam
Finally, we went for the onion and pea uttapam ($7.95), chock-full of veggies. Denser than the dosa, it has the thicknenss of an American breakfast pancake, but is much crisper. The pancake itself is gently flavored, but the accompanying chutneys help amp up the heat.
Inside Indian Creperie
All in all, we were quite satisfied with our selections and are glad that we can find more South Indian fare in the neighborhood. All of the flavors were vibrant and packed a good amount of heat. Yes, the ambiance leaves a little to be desired, but Indian Creperie is a good bet for a snack or quick meal.
Indian Creperie's website still isn't up and running, but here's a glimpse of the menu:
Idli $5 Vada $5 Idli Vada Combo $5 Fried Idli $5 Fried Chili $5 Masala Idli $6
Not So Small Bites
Plain Dosa $6.95 Masala Dosa $7.95 Mysore Masala Dosa $7.95 Vegetable Dosa $8.95 Amul Cheese Dosa $8.95 Amul Cheese Chili Dosa $8.95 Chicken Chettinad Dosa $8.95 Shrimp Chili Dosa $9.95 Kerela Beef Dosa $10.95
Onion Peas Uttapam $7.95 Onion Chili Uttapam $7.95 Vegetable Uttapam $7.95
Plain Rava Dosa $7.95 Rava Masala Dosa $8.95 Onion Chili Rava Masala Dosa $8.95
Chutneys (small $3/large $5)
Coconut Chutney Spicy Tomato Chutney Garlic Chutney Kokum & Mango Chutney Fish Chutney
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