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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - EATING OUT | SEVEN DAYS - Rachel Collins rcollins@ir­ish­times.com Twit­ter: @or­rcollins

IN­DIAN FOOD

Di­wali, the In­dian fes­ti­val of lights, takes place next week. It’s the Hindu equiv­a­lent of Christ­mas, and as with all good cel­e­bra­tions, there’s lots of food so we’ve picked some good In­dian places in Dublin.

Delhi O’Deli (10 points for the cheesy name) – at 12 Moore Street, Dublin 1, del­hiodeli.com – sells veg­e­tar­ian street food, a common sight on ev­ery street cor­ner, beach and back road in In­dia. Try the Tokri Chaat (¤4.49), a north-In­dian snack of vegetables served in a bas­ket made of fried potato; or pani puri (¤2.99), lit­tle dough balls filled with potato, chick­pea and spices; or the ubiq­ui­tous bhelpuri (¤2.99), puffed rice tossed with vegetables, tamarind, mint chut­ney and spices. Fin­ish off with a jaw-tin­glingly sweet In­dian dessert such as jalebi (like a syrup- soaked deep fried pret­zel), ¤1.99.

Around the cor­ner, Mad­ina Desi at 60 Mary street, Dublin 1 (mad­ina.ie) holds a spe­cial place in my heart, as it was the first place in Ire­land that I found a masala dosa after dis­cov­er­ing them in In­dia a decade ago. Tra­di­tion­ally a break­fast food, th­ese wafer-thin rice flour pan­cakes are the size of a car tyre, rolled in a tube with a por­tion of spiced potato inside, served with lentil sam­bar and co­conut chut­ney. Truly de­li­cious, and only ¤4.95.

A lit­tle fur­ther out of town (and fur­ther up in the price bracket)

Rasam (18-19 Glasthule Rd, Dun Laoghaire, rasam.ie) serves high-end In­dian cui­sine, such as Ker­alan mango prawn (¤20.95) and a tra­di­tional In­dian “thali”, an en­tire meal served on a sil­ver plat­ter. The Rasam ver­sion in­cludes lamb, chicken, prawns, pota­toes and spinach, served with rice, naan and pickle (¤28.50). If you’d rather eat at home,

Bom­bay Pantry (bom­bay­pantry.com) has six Dublin out­lets and one in Bray, of­fer­ing top-notch take away, in­clud­ing the House­wives Choice, a nicely spiced chicken dish with tomato, cream, co­rian­der and cashew nuts. It even has a pa­leo menu for the cave­men among us.

You can also try some In­dian food at Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions in the Arena, Tal­laght (fes­ti­val­oflights.ie) and in the Ci­ty­west Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (dublindi­wali.ie) this week­end. RACHEL COLLINS

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