If you’re looking for South India’s signature street food, find the nearest Sri Ganesh’s Dosa House for the widest variety of dosas in New Jersey.
Dosas – typically a thin rice and lentil crepe wrapped around a vegetable filling – are portable, filling, and economical. There are fifty different dosas on the Dosa House menu with fillings ranging from potatoes to paneer (fresh cheese), and crepes fried in oil, butter or ghee. Add sixteen semolina dosas (rava dosas), twenty versions of uttapam (pancakes with the filling in the batter), and various savory idli (cakes) and vada (fritters) and you could try a different South Indian treat here every day for months. The Mysore Masala Dosa I ordered had a spicy potato and onion mixture wrapped in a delicately thin, also spicy, crepe. Turns out there’s chili powder layered on the crepe too. Each dosa comes with small containers of sambar (a spicy lentil stew) and freshly made coconut chutney.
To my non-Indian palate, everything I tried was very spicy, a good sign, since Dosa House is cooking mainly for the Indian-American community, not lowering the spice level for American taste buds. The Jersey City Dosa House is on Newark Avenue in the heart of Little India. Other Jersey Dosa Hut locations are on Oak Tree Road in Iselin (Middlesex County), and in Parsippany (Morris County). Good thing I ordered the mango lassi yogurt drink to dowse the heat.