If you haven’t heard the term “dosa” before, think of it like India’s savory, slightly crunchy take on the traditional crêpe. Now, make that crêpe 18 inches in diameter, and fill it with one of over a dozen possible delicious fillings, and you have the signature dish of Cambridge’s local favorite Dosa Factory.
Located in the heart of one of my favorite neighborhoods – the young, offbeat, and lively Central Square – Dosa Factory is a casual Indian street food style restaurant, which occupies the rear of well-established Indian grocer and spice shop Shalimar. Since opening, Dosa Factory has expanded its menu of Indian and Indian-fusion street food specialties.
They offer the classic Tikkas and Curries, served inside a rice flour dosa, or as a main, with sides of rice and naan. However, Dosa Factory has also taken influence from its quirky Cambridge home, with untraditional menu items like the Ginger Honey Dessert Dosa, and Indian burritos called “Kathhis.” The price is also hard to beat, as $9.95 will get you a Teekha Chana Dosa the length of your arm, which will fill you up the rest of the night. However, if you can control your appetite to leave room for dessert, I highly recommend topping off the night with a Gulab Jamun – fried dough balls soaked in rose water syrup, and sugary enough to gratify even the most insatiable sweet tooth.
Friends and I have spent many warm summer nights at their outdoor seating, surrounded by dosa, mango lassis, and laughter.