This evening I arrived in my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts completely famished after spending the whole day traveling. My parents took me to The Dosa Temple in Ashland, MA, which is a vegetarian Indian restaurant. The combination of fatigue and hunger seemed to supersize my cravings and as I sat down for dinner, I felt like I hadn't eaten in a week. Lucky for me, the menu was extensive with a huge variety of delicious options. The menu contains a combination of Northern and Southern Indian dishes in addition to integrating Chinese food. Their specialty is definitely Southern Indian food, although every dish I've had there has been amazing. I also know that it is authentic Indian food, as my family and I are usually the token Caucasian bunch.
This restaurant has two discounts that can be used together. The first is that they are featured in the entertainment booklet that can be purchased online for a small fee and includes various other discounts to restaurants. We used the online booklet version that my dad has free access to through his auto membership. The coupon is good for up to $8 worth of a free entree with the purchase of another entree. The second discount this restaurant offers is that if you pay with cash, you save 5% off your bill. We took advantage of both and got a delicious meal at a very low price.
First, we each ordered soups. My dad and I ordered the rasam soup ($2 each) and my mom ordered the sweet corn soup ($3).
Next, we ordered some appetizers to share. We got an order of 2 vegetable samosas ($4.50) and the mixed vegetable bajji: onion, potato, eggplant, chili and bell peppers ($5).
The samosas were delicious and the outside was very crispy. The inside was filled with well seasoned and spiced potatoes that were soft and easy to eat and a great contrast to the hard outer layer.
After having this dish, we needed something to balance the spiciness out. We ordered the tossed kachumber salad ($4) which was very cooling and refreshing.
Next, our entrees came. We ordered the Temple Special Masala Dosa: crepe with spiced chutney, sauteed onion, tomato and potato, rolled and sliced ($9) and the Vada Curry: lentil balls cooked in coconut and mild spices ($9).
The Vada Curry was extraordinary and unlike any other Indian dish I've ever had and I eat Indian food a lot! It was very creamy and had a strong nutty flavor. There were so many different textures, from the smooth, luscious coconut sauce to the crunchy lentils and corn. The sweet sauce worked really well with the spiced lentil concoction and was so scrumptious. We were fighting over who would finish this dish and I am happy to report that I won!
Lastly, we ordered some paratha bread ($3) which was the only vegan option. I was glad this was the only vegan option as it was spectacular and a great way to end the meal, since none of the desserts were vegan. The bread was very flaky and oily and seemed more like a pastry than an Indian bread. It satisfied my craving for something sweet and worked really well to balance out the spicy food.