One of the Best Dosa in Bangalore is Shri Sagar CTR Benne Dosa.
This CRISPY and CRUNCHY Dosa will drive you crazy if you’re a dosa lover!
Today I will share my experience of having one of the best Dosa in Bengaluru – the Benne Masala Dosa.
The Mangalore Bajii and CTR Filter Coffee!!!
Let’s jump right in!
I love dosas especially from the Tamil Nadu restaurants like Saravana Bhavan, Adyar Anandha Bhavan, etc.
I fall in love, especially with the crispy and crunchy ones! And I take a lot of time to eat whenever I have dosa in my plate.
The crunchy ends of the dosa satisfy my taste buds. I even wouldn’t mind if there is no side dish like chutney or sambar (which go well with the dosas).
As I was raised in Bengaluru (read more about me), I always look forward to having crispy dosas whenever I go out.
One such old and famous restaurant is in Malleshwaram – CTR (Central Tiffin Room), also known as “Shri Sagar” where you get hands down one of the best dosa in Bangalore.
Shri Sagar (CTR – Central Tiffin Rooms) Address
7th Cross Rd,
Near Malleshwaram playground,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003
This time around when I was in Bangalore with my husband, I thought of sharing the benne dosa with my husband. So we decided to go out and visit Shri Sagar.
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Inside Shri Sagar
CTR/Shri Sagar is always crowded. People just throng this place for it’s tasty vegetarian options.
People wait in the queue because it’s a small restaurant. So next time when you plan to visit, be prepared to face the crowd, and be patient till the table is cleared!
The best advice would be to go early – be it breakfast, lunch or dinner to avoid waiting time.
Best Dosa in Bangalore – the Benne Dosa
So on that particular day, my husband and I waited for some time for one of the tables to be cleared. And then we got the seats!
The waiter was obviously very busy and when he inquired what would we like to eat….
The first thing we ordered was (well you know) – Benne Masala Dosa!
Not just us, but almost everyone who visits this restaurant, order Benne Dosa and Mangalore Bajji.
People are so fond of these dishes, that they even order more than a plate and relish the taste.
What is Benne Dosa?
Benne Dosa literally translates to Butter Dosa (Benne is Butter in Kannada).
Benne Masala Dosa is prepared using the normal dosa batter prepared using urad dal and idly/dosa rice and a little channa dal for that brown colour and crispiness on the outside.
The dosa batter is spread flat on a hot iron tawa.
The inner masala/masale stuffing (nothing but potato masala or usually called as Aalugedde pallya in Kannada) is placed on the dosa.
Then, a generous amount of butter is added to give it that extra glaze and crispiness.
As you see the waiter carrying the yellow plastic plates heaped with those buttery glimmering dosas, your eyes are sure to be stuck on it, watching it arrive at your table or the neighbouring one.
You are very likely to be swoon into the wafting aroma of melted butter.
Benne dosa is prepared using butter which gives the shine and more importantly the CRISPINESS and CRUNCHINESS!!!!
The crispiness lasts almost until the last bite. It’s simply a music to the ears when you just try to poke in between to hear the crispy sound.
On top of that, the tasty masala (made up of potato) stuffed inside the butter dosa takes it to the next level.
This butter dosa is simply very rich, but having it once in a while will surely treat your taste buds.
Kids will love this crispy and crunchy dosa.
Usually, in any restaurant dosas are served with sambar and 2 to 3 variety of chutneys.
But, in Shri Sagar Benne Masala Dosa is served along with 2 variety of chutneys (coconut chutney & mint chutney). The combination of the dosa with the chutney tastes outstanding!
You will actually feel that sambar is just not the only best side dish for dosas, even chutneys go well with it.
As all Indians know that Dosas always go well with chutney or sambar. When you take a piece of the crispy dosa and potato masala, dip into the chutney and then taste it – You really fall in love with the South Indian Cuisine!
How Benne Dosa is Different from Other Dosas?
There is a vast difference between the dosas available in Karnataka and the famous dosas from Tamil Nadu.
In Tamilnadu, the dosas are usually thin and crispy on the outer and inside. Whereas, in Karnataka, the dosas are usually soft and fluffy from the inside and crispy and crunchy on the outside.
We also tried the Mangalore Bajji after having Benne Dosa which is also famous in Shri Sagar.
What is Mangalore Bajji?
Mangalore Bajjis are nothing but maida-rice flour fritters.
Meaning, maida or all-purpose flour (acts as a binding agent), rice flour (gives the crispy texture), curd (aids in fermentation), salt and a little sugar is mixed well to form a thick batter.
It is then left for hours to ferment and then small portions of the batter are dropped into hot oil and fried until they turn golden brown and crispy.
How Mangalore Bajji is different from other bajji or bonda or vada
Usually, bajjis and bondas are prepared using gram flour, and vada is prepared using channa dal or urad dal along with few chopped onions and spices and herbs.
Whereas, this Mangalore Bajji is a simple dish prepared with just maida and rice flour as the base ingredient. They are so crispy on the outside and soft inside with a slightly sweetened taste.
And, these bajjis are prepared in the shape of small balls or bondas.
We ordered Mangalore Bajji. We got 5 pieces of them.
Taking a piece of the bajji and dipping it in the chutney and tasting it makes the experience complete!
Dosa and Bajji dishes are traditional South Indian dishes that are usually had for breakfast.
If you are someone who is new to Indian foods, you definitely must try the Benne Dosa and Mangalore Bajji.
CTR Filter Coffee
A strong, not so sweet and perfectly aromatic, this cup of coffee will simply kick start your day or give you respite at the end of a tough day.
No matter how many benne dosas and Bajjis you eat, you still have that little space left for the hot cup of frothy filter coffee.
After having Benne Dosas, Mangalore Bajjis and other veg items, a piping hot filter coffee marks the end of a great and heartfelt breakfast or evening tiffin.
The pleasant aroma of a great coffee fills your entire being. The Shri Sagar (CTR) filter coffee does exactly the same thing.
A sense of satisfaction dawns on you after having a good and simple breakfast here in CTR. Not only breakfast but also the Lunch and Dinner as well.
After tasting this kind of dosa, you undoubtedly will call it one of the best dosa in Bangalore!
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