Indian food is generally characterized by bold, spicy and very colorful dishes enough to leave your taste buds amazed with various palatable experiences. I am a firm believer that a big breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Masala bay is a family restaurant situated in Karama, Dubai and offers a variety of South Indian breakfasts at a fraction of the cost. Their breakfast buffet is priced at only 18AED, this includes the continental breakfast too.
We ordered the following:
Keema Dosa, which was stuffed with spicy minced beef meat and peas. For those of you who don’t know what dosa is, its a crepe of sorts that’s made from rice batter and black lentils and is slightly fermented.
It is a staple dish in South Indian states. It is eaten plain or with different fillings such as potatoes (Masala Dosa). Fun fact Masala dosa was listed as number 49 on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011. I found the Keema dosa really spicy but deliciously tasty too. This is accompanied by coconut chutney and sambar.
We also ordered the puri baaji. The puri is basically made up of flat rounds of flour which are deep fried, served with a spiced potato curry like dish. The puri was so delicious on its own but combined with the baaji was delicious as the soft potatoes melted in my mouth. I was already full after my second puri.
It didn’t end there, we also had the aapam which is a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk, if you have tasted Ethiopian food, it tastes a little like injera.
We had the aapam with with egg roast, which usually accompanies appam. Egg roast consists of boiled eggs roasted in a masala gravy of onion and tomato. This. Mixed together they form a delicious blend of sour, savoury and sweet flavours. The Egg roast was delicious. I loved the strong taste of caramelized onions that came through with each mouthful.
To wash down we ordered the Indian filter coffee, which ground coffee is made by mixing frothed and boiled milk in a traditional Indian filter. There is a grass screen where you can watch how the coffee is made. The coffee is tasted freshly brewed and gave me a delicious caffeine fix.
Just a friendly word of caution for all those that are conscious about calories, these meals can be high calorific. I found that the dosa’s and purri’s were slightly oily, as can be expected but delicious nonetheless.
The service was simply amazing, despite it being quite busy, we had attentive staff who took great care of us.
In India they break fasts like kings, I would, however, suggest a lavish breakfast like this once in a while. wink wink