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healthy, light, delicious, and for every palate
The famous Indian dosa--the legendary light-as-a-feather crêpe--is the centrepiece of Masala Dosa's extensive menu. Combined with its aromatic accompaniments: sauteed potatoes infused with mustard seed and curry flavors, sambar (a delicious combination of lentils, vegetables, and tamarind broth), and coconut chutney, the humble dosa is a mouth-watering meal for any occasion. Masala Dosa's menu is rich in vegan- and vegetarian-friendly starters, mains, desserts, and drinks, and includes the complex and exotic thali, spicy and fragrant curries, and other authentic Indian specialties, like yoghurt lassis and roti wraps.
authentic indian specialties in the heart of cape town's bohemian district
Long Street--one of the most famous streets in Cape Town, and celebrated in literature, plays, visual arts, and song--forms the heart of authentic bohemian life in the city. The street boasts restaurants, book and antique stores, boutique hotels and backpackers' lodges, and quirky, one-of-a-kind retail shops. It's a must-visit for any local or tourist, steps from the city center (and, equally famous, Greenmarket Square) and minutes from the V&A Waterfront. Admire the gorgeous Victorian architecture, see the second oldest place of Muslim worship in Cape Town, the Palm Tree Mosque, and browse through the superb selection of rare, second-hand, and new books at the celebrated Clarke's Bookstore. Join us at Masala Dosa for lunch or dinner to complete an unforgettable afternoon having wandered the city's streets like a local!
kashmir to cape town: a culinary and personal journey
My name is Riyaz Mir, and I'm your host at Masala Dosa. I was born in Kashmir in northern India and grew up, sitting by my mother's side in our kitchen, in Srinagar. In Kashmir, men aren't supposed to cook, but my early years, watching my mother lovingly tend her steaming pots in that kitchen, taught me both the importance of sharing my culture with friends near and far, and the subtle magic of mixing spices, herbs, and fresh ingredients. I moved to South Africa in 2004, bringing stories, recipes, and a love of cooking with me. I started working at Masala Dosa soon after my arrival, and many of our oldest customers have been with me from those early days. In 2016, the opportunity arose to buy the restaurant and make it reflect my own values, traditions, and passions. With my business partner, the South African novelist Damon Galgut, together we welcome you to Masala Dosa and to the ongoing personal and culinary journey that started among the mountains of Kashmir so many years ago.