An order of thosai comes complete with dhal and splashes of dips like chutney, typically served on a classic metal plate with banana leaf.
With such a colourful presentation, it is not hard to fall for the dish, especially after you’ve tasted the marriage between the refreshing tartness of the thosai and the rich and spicy flavours of the accompanying dips.
A popular variation is the masala thosai, accompanied by spiced potatoes and different types of sambar (vegetarian curry).
Little India’s famous eateries are where you can sample this light, simple fare. Perfect for vegetarians, there is even a super-sized version of this dish known (appropriately enough) as the rocket thosai.
Look for Komala Villas restaurant or the Madras Woodlands in Little India for hard-to-beat versions of this South Indian classic. Just before you scoot off, wash the meal down with the ever excellent South Indian-style milk coffee, a perfect way to round off any thosai-based meal.