Blog de Thanjai Restaurant

Ever tried Southern Indian cuisine? If you haven't, then you seriously don't know what you're missing out on. And if you've never tried South Indian cuisine from this Cote-Des-Neiges spot, then trust me, you're missing out big time. Protip: try their dosa...

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Thanjai: This Southern Indian spot boasts a very unique and specific menu, so unless you’re very well versed in the Indian culinary world, make sure to read the dish descriptions so you don’t miss any gems. They specialize in a large lentil and rice flour crepe like pancakes called “dosa”.

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Thanjai, dubbed by many as the best Indian restaurant in Montreal, is well known for its truly authentic South Indian flavours. Unlike many other Indian restaurants in Canada, Thanjai chefs use a huge variety of spices, homemade masala and a limited amount of oil to produce dishes that are both healthy and bursting with flavour.

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Thanjai. Kumaresan Muthukrishnan is on a mission to introduce South Indian cooking to a wider clientele. Thanjai’s kitchen offers dishes from the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, many of them hard to find in town. Begin with potato balls (aloo bonda) or lentil fritters (vada). Then get steamed discs of fermented rice and lentils known as idli, a stir-fry of feathery flatbread called kothu parotta, and ven pongal.

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“Thanjai is not exactly a Michelin star, but the food served here is awfully nice and comforting, warm. One of the specialties of the place? The dosas, these huge but almost crepes made from rice flour and lentils and golden in ghee – clarified butter – which are served stuffed with vegetables, lentils or potatoes, coriander, etc. – And that is eaten dipped in various chutneys.” – Marie-Claude Lorite from La Presse writes. Read the full feature here.

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